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[…]

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[…]

Tips For Making Your Conference Workshops Interactive and Engaging

Our worker-owner Andrew Stachiw has years of experience in facilitating conference workshops. Here, he shares some of the guidelines he’s developed to make them interactive and engaging – because there’s nothing worse than going to a conference you’re excited about and having the presenter put you to sleep. As many of us know, a conference[…]

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[…]

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[…]