Do you know about the secret history of Monopoly and it’s (real) inventor, Lizzie Magie? In the early 1900s, Lizzie Magie, who was an early feminist and established activist, invented a surprisingly popular game that she called The Landlord’s Game. The game turned into an underground sensation: anyone from college students to parents would make[…]
Have an activist in your life? Maybe they are a lifelong organizer, or recent events have lit a new fire under them? Either way, our Holiday Gift Guide for Activists (below) can help you find something special for the people who mean the most to you: from board games to apparel and puzzles. Plus – almost everything is discounted! Whether you’re[…]
A worker-owned cooperative is both a radically unique and simultaneously plainly obvious kind of business: it is the embodiment of true democracy, taking shape in the workplace. In a worker co-op, each person who works at the company owns one equal share of the company and has one democratic voice in how it’s governed. Worker[…]
We believe that playing games can allow people to see themselves as agents of change while creating memorable moments that inspire action.
Over the last year, we worked with the wonderful folks at The Nature Conservancy to develop a 4-month training program called Act on Water. We were excited to partner with The Nature Conservancy again, who we previously collaborated with to create a custom board game that they use throughout New York State, called Water for[…]
Powerful and thoughtful reasons that cooperatives can change our communities, our economy, and our lives.
The TESA Collective creates tools, programs, and games for your cause. Our clients include small community groups, national nonprofits, movement builders, city governments, companies with causes, and more. We also create and publish our own games for change, including Rise Up: The Game of People & Power and Space Cats Fight Fascism. This position will[…]
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[…]
Last month, we shared the origins of the new card deck Beautiful Trouble. This week, we’re following up with a second installment, on the philosophy and purpose of the game. The Philosophy of Beautiful Trouble The new card deck Beautiful Trouble aims to inspire people to get creative with their activism approaches and implement art[…]
In case you missed it, last fall TESA became one of the two organizations leading the US Federation of Worker Co-op’s Co-op Organizing Pilot for the state of Vermont! TESA member Andrew Stachiw, and Alex Fischer of A Bookkeeping Cooperative are leading the pilot program in Vermont, one of two in the US. Over the[…]