We Made A Free Documentary on How to Start a Worker Co-op

The worker cooperative movement is flourishing. That’s because there’s a growing understanding that the economy and the businesses we work in would fair better if they were owned and run by the people. But starting a worker co-op is difficult, and the process can be daunting. That’s why we at TESA teamed up with The Laura[…]

Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics in the Black Community

Each year, members of the African-American community begin the celebration of the holiday of Kwanzaa on December 26th. Kwanzaa is a cultural and political celebration of the lives of African-Americans and incorporates afro-centric symbols and traditions during a week-long celebration. At the heart of Kwanzaa are seven principles (Nguzo Saba) that are taught and highlighted on[…]

Gifts for Social Activists

Social Justice Gift Ideas – Appreciate the Activists in Your Life This Holiday Season with Games and Books! This holiday season, buy gifts for activists that are not just thoughtful, but also support independent artists, makers, and movements. At the TESA Collective, a worker-owned cooperative and creators of Rise Up: The Game of People and[…]

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School of Hard Knocks: An Interview with Aaron Scott of Chaplains on the Harbor

On a mission to speak with innovative, creative political educators working across the country, TESA’s Darya Marchenkova recently interviewed Aaron Scott. Aaron Scott is the organizer and co-founder of Chaplains on the Harbor, a church dedicated to good news of the poor, by the poor, for the poor in rural Grays Harbor County WA. Chaplains[…]

Co-opoly is back!

Co-opoly is back! Co-opoly, The Game of Cooperatives is back and better than before! TESA Collective recently announced the triumphant return of the collaborative, strategic game that teaches the practical skills needed to run a co-op.  Test your business acumen and work as a team to create a thriving cooperative. First launched in 2011, Co-opoly[…]

The Revolutionary Power of Financial Education / Poder revolucionario de la educación financiera

En Español abajo This is a collaborative article by A Bookkeeping Cooperative, AORTA, Open Bookkeeping, and the TESA Collective, creators of the Cooperative Financial Education Kit.  We see a problem. As professionals (and worker-owners) who work with a range of cooperatives, we see a pattern in who holds the finance positions in co-ops. This pattern[…]