Relationships to Make Your Co-op Successful

Co-op.ed.logoThe worker-cooperative movement continues to grow, which means more and more people are being introduced to business ownership and the practices of workplace democracy that drive the movement.  On its own, starting a new business is extremely difficult, add in new practices like member meetings, democratic decision making, and horizontal management techniques, and the challenges facing a new cooperative or group of cooperators only appear more daunting.  Moreover, even as an educator of cooperative techniques and methods, I constantly find myself in need of new skills and advice, whether it be basic accounting, or techniques to educate about non-violent communication. Thankfully the cooperative movement is full of knowledgeable and talented people. 

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We're Documenting Economic Democracy with GRITtv

gWhile the economic democracy movement has been expanding, the mainstream media have not kept up. Workplace democracy is no easy task, and many of those looking to make change simply do not have access to the information they need. That’s why we’ve started working with the intrepid journalists at GRITtv to document the movement by interviewing the frontline activists who are fighting for a new economy. This film will be a vital tool to help create a new economy by designing better policies and starting new co-ops.

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Teaching How to Resist War—Our Partnership with War Resisters League

BEHIND-THE-PROJECTOur Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

The War Resisters League (WRL) has been resisting war at home and war abroad since 1923. Today, as one of the leading radical voices in the antiwar movement, they challenge military recruitment and war profiteering, organize nonviolent direct action, and offer on-the-ground tools to end the current war and all wars.

We worked with WRL to update, develop, and overhaul curriculum, infographics, and interactive activities for WRL’s Tax Day Flyer and nascent Anti-Tear Gas Campaign. Working with WRL facilitators, organizers, and researchers, TESA was able to provide an in-depth and interactive curriculum to be used in correlation with WRL’s yearly tax day activism, and as a gateway workshop to their expanding Anti-Tear Gas Campaign.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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TESA Brings Cooperative Education to 100 Campuses Across the Country

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Our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

TESA worked with the NCBA to create the Cooperative Teach-In program to connect learning communities and campuses around the country with nearby cooperatives and educational resources on cooperatives. By the time this year-long program was over, TESA had helped to facilitate nearly 100 co-op education opportunities around the country, benefiting thousands.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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Making Equal Exchange a More Democratic and Participatory Workplace

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Our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about TESA’s work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

Here, we cover our work introducing Equal Exchange worker-owners to the principles of democratic and participatory education and help them develop everyday practices to implement in their West Bridgewater, MA factory and offices.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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Go Behind the Scenes of the Green Worker Cooperatives Co-op Academy

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Our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about our work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

Here, we focus on our work with the Bronx-based Green Worker Cooperatives (GWC). As one of the country’s premiere co-op developers, GWC has launched many new cooperatives. They turned to us to create a popular education curriculum for their worker co-op academy.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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Discover the Co-op Movement with our Equal Exchange Cooperative Education Scholarship

equal_exchangeWe are thrilled to announce that, with the financial support of Equal Exchange TESA is launching a Cooperative Education Scholarship for our TESA Academy. The scholarship will allow us to offer a minimum of one free seat for our the cooperative track of our Academy. Currently, this scholarship will apply to Introduction to Cooperatives, Worker-Coops 101, and Creating a Cooperative Food Economy. As the year progresses, we plan on expanding the offerings in our cooperative track, and in turn, this scholarship will extend to any new classes we produce that focus on cooperatives.

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How We Helped Launch 8 Co-ops (and Built an International Education Platform) with the Cooperative Development Institute

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Remember VH1’s Behind the Music series? We didn’t realize, but it’s still on the air. The channel gives you an all-access pass to the celebrity artists of the day. You can hear how Ludacris used to be an intern, or about Carrie Underwood’s search for love.

We’ve been inspired to riff off that idea and so we’re launching a new series here about the whys, hows, and whats behind the work we do.

We won’t get personal—no love life stories, don’t worry—but our Behind the Project series will give you the scoop about TESA’s work. We want to show you what we do and how we do it. We’re proud of our work, inspired by the work our partners do, and we’re committed to transparency as an organization. You’ll get an inside look at what we do and the kinds of projects we can do with you.

Inspired? Get in touch—we’d love to work with you, too!

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