Own the Change: Watch This Free Documentary on Starting a Worker Cooperative

The worker cooperative movement is growing. That’s because people across the country are realizing the economy and the businesses they work for would fair better if they were owned and governed democratically by the people. But starting a worker co-op is difficult, and the process can often be daunting. So that’s why we, The Toolbox[…]

How Co-ops Build Stronger Communities, A New Economy, and A Better World

Buy “Co-ops Build!” poster series! Cooperatives are businesses and organizations democratically owned and managed by the people they serve. They come in many shapes and sizes: from a handful of people to thousands upon thousands of members. Some are owned and run by workers, others are owned and governed by consumers, still others are for[…]

We Are The Movement: Hear the Voices of Youth Cooperatives from Around the World

CICOPA, an organization that represents 65,000 cooperatives around the world, has released a short film that amplifies the voices of young cooperators from nine countries. (Including our friends at The Worcester Roots Project in Massachusetts!) In a statement, Manuel Mariscal, President of CICOPA, said that the youth was the future of the co-op movement. “Young[…]

TESA is giving away over 100 free copies of Co-opoly to Youth Groups and Co-op Developers

Thanks to our grant from the CHS Foundation, Inc., we’re giving away over 100 free copies of our game Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives to groups working with youth as well as cooperative development organizations around the United States! All it takes to receive these games is to fill out this brief and easy application[…]

Starting Cooperatives While Behind Bars

Shareable reports on how one major cooperative program spearheaded by prisoners in Puerto Rico is changing their lives both while they are incarcerated and once they are released. According to the National Institute of Justice, 76.6 percent of released prisoners are rearrested within five years in the United States. Compare that with the recidivism rate of[…]

Play Co-opoly Over Some Employee Owned Beers

The next time you play Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives over some beers with friends, think about picking up some New Belgium Brewing. ESOPs are cousins to co-ops! And below is a great video from PBS about the employee-owned difference at New Belgium. Earlier this year, one of our worker-owners was at a New Belgium[…]

Here’s How One NYC Neighborhood is Using Cooperation to Overcome Gentrification

New York recently made history by deciding to contribute millions of city funds towards worker cooperative development. And that decision is already having an impact across neighborhoods. Here’s one fascinating story of how our friends at The Working World and the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation are starting cooperatives to overcome gentrification in Bed-Stuy for[…]

Behind the Project

TESA Works with Pinchot University to Create Cooperative Business Curriculum

TESA worked with the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Pinchot University to adapt and build their existing business curriculum to a worker-cooperative business curriculum. This partnership lead to the creation of an extensive worker co-op start-up program, with sessions focused on a range of topics from “Cooperative Culture” to “Membership, Structure, and Governance.” Challenges[…]

How We Built an Online Cooperative Educational Video Library with NASCO

TESA worked with the North American Students for Cooperation to build a free online video series that focuses on cooperative education on topics ranging from the Fair Housing Act to democratic meeting facilitation skills. Challenges Faced After receiving a grant from the CHS Foundation to create a free educational video series on cooperatives and co-op[…]