How we collaborated to make a digital game promoting worker health

How do your choices impact your health… and your success at work? That is the question that guided the work we did to make a custom, online game with the Center for Worker Health at the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Public Health. The Center for Worker Heath “is a research and education center established in 2016[…]

We made an online Get Out The Vote game for Planned Parenthood Votes

In September of 2020, in the middle of a pandemic and election year, we were approached by Planned Parenthood Votes to help them engage their “get out the vote” volunteers through a digital, online game. They had three main issues they had in mind when they came to us.  First, phone-banking and text-banking volunteers will[…]

Water for Tomorrow: Creating a Game for The Nature Conservancy

At the TESA Collective, we make customized games for organizations that want to engage their audiences in playful and powerful ways. In 2017, we were approached by The Nature Conservancy to do just that. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has advanced land and water conservation around the world for nearly 70 years. In New York state, TNC[…]

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[…]

Rousing Success for TESA’s Rise Up Kickstarter

Thanks to 740 people and organizations who backed Rise Up: The Game of People and Power on Kickstarter, we’re proud to report that our board game about building movements will be available to the public by April 2017! When we launched our Kickstarter, we set a goal of raising $35,000 over the course of a[…]

Using Non-Competitive Games for Education and Building Community

When people think of games, they often think of competitive games where one player wins, and everyone else loses. Competitive games encourage players to work against each other, rather than together. Competition can not only be discouraging for the majority of non-winners, but over time can turn people off from playing games all together. Why[…]