Lessons from 10 Years of Building the Cooperative Movement

When TESA first launched roughly ten years ago, it was hard to see a week into the future, let alone a decade. It’s incredible to reflect on so many years spent working with so many people on cultivating the cooperative movement. In this time, we have been committed to building a more just and democratic[…]

How We Developed a Program to Launch Childcare Cooperatives

For the last 18 months, we at the TESA Collective have been collaborating with WomenVenture, an SBA-designated Women’s Business Center focused on helping women start and grow profitable and sustainable businesses. Their focus is to train entrepreneurs, advise businesses, provide loans, and create jobs in Minnesota. We have been working to support the development of[…]

30 Years of Building a New Food System: An Interview with Equal Exchange

A little over 30 years ago, Equal Exchange started as a small company with a big mission: to change the food industry from the inside out. They understood that the farmers who put food on our plates were invisible to most consumers, and abused by the corporations who paid them meager amounts for their backbreaking[…]

Victory for the Worker Co-op Movement: Another City Supports the Cooperative Economy

There’s a new major victory for the cooperative movement: the city of Berkeley, California recently threw its support behind worker co-ops as a way to combat economic inequality and help the city’s local economy flourish. According to the East Bay Express:  The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously on Fe.26 to include co-ops in the city’s small-business[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]