Reparations and Cooperatives: Building Economic and Racial Justice in the South

The impact of hundreds of years of racial and economic injustice live on in the United States, which is why there’s still a huge racial wealth gap – and in fact, it’s only getting worse. So we need proactive people’s movements to not just redistribute the existing wealth, but to also set up institutions that[…]

Free Resource: Winning Debates About Unions and Workers’ Rights

Want to help your students, co-workers, friends, activists, and family members have better conversations about unions and workers’ rights? Well, then this resource that we at the TESA Collective designed is just for you. Don’t let your argument get drowned out by anti-union rhetoric, come prepared. Our exercise lets you role-play with different scenarios and[…]

Cause/Effect: A Free Introductory Workshop on Climate Change

Extreme weather. Scarce resources. Natural disasters. Climate change is becoming clearer and more urgent every year. There is plenty of work to be done, and many communities are already taking action. You can, too, with TESA’s free workshop introducing the causes and effects of climate change. Often, climate literacy is the first step to action:[…]

Work With Us to Create RISE: Our Next Game for the 99%

Who said the revolution can’t be fun? The world’s changing: students, neighbors, workers, and everyday people are organizing and building movements to take on corrupt corporations and unjust systems. So we at the TESA Collective, the creators of Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives and Loud & Proud, are making RISE – a board game to[…]

These Low-Wage Workers Are Rising Up to Take On Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has one of the highest concentrations of wealth in the world, and tech companies are reaping massive profits. Most of this tsunami of wealth gets passed onto the tech world’s CEOs, top programmers, and shareholders. But guess who doesn’t get a cut of that enormous pie? Workers like janitors, groundskeepers, landscapers, and security[…]

Your Study Guide to the Cooperative Movement

Cooperatives are all the rage! And that’s because cooperatives are, well, pretty great. They can change lives, communities, regions, and entire economies. At the same time, while an increasing number of people are discovering cooperatives, it’s not always clear how or where to learn more about them – whether you want the fundamentals or to[…]

When Workers and Consumers Share Ownership, Everyone Wins

There’s some big news out of Seattle. Not only are two consumer-owned cooperatives in the area merging, they’re also making workers equal owners of their co-op. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal: Seattle’s Central Co-op will become the first grocery store in the country to shift from an entirely member-owned store to what’s called[…]

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[…]