Co-opoly Goes International


Licensing deals in three continents, and translations in more than 10 languages underway

argentina_co-opolyAMHERST, Mass—The independently produced board game Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives is spreading its global reach with the addition of Argentina to the International Co-opoly Board. Representatives from organizations that produce Co-opoly in their country are eligible to serve on the board. The current members are working together to create an innovative, collaborative contract and supply chain to translate and ethically produce Co-opoly in Spain, France, Germany, South Korea, the UK, the Philippines, the United States, and beyond.


What the New Economy Means to CoFED

cofed_logoWe asked the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive to share their thoughts on the new economy and how it intersects with their work. CoFED growing the movement of future food co-op leaders.

Here’s what they had to say.

By Farzana Serang and Megan Svoboda

CoFED exists to strengthen a solidarity economy based on principles of cooperation and democracy. The student co-ops that CoFED supports are building healthier alternatives to corporate food services and industrial agriculture. They are coming together as economic units to fulfill their common needs and aspirations. Students are challenging traditional business structures and putting theory into practice through things like affirmative action hiring processes, democratic decision-making, and ethical purchasing policies.


Innovative Program to Build the New Economy

saint_marys_logoKalista Popp, a recent graduate from an innovative co-op program at Saint Mary’s University, reached out to tell us about the Co-op Management Education Program for Credit Unions and Cooperatives. We thought it was interesting and that you’d probably want to hear about it too, so we asked her to write a guest blog post for us.

By Kalista Popp, CME Graduate (’13)

As a recent graduate of the Saint Mary’s Co-op Management Education (CME) Program for Credit Unions and Co-operatives, I want to contribute to promoting the master’s degree option to more co-operators. Despite how much I have talked up the program in conferences, work exchanges, and personal discussions with many people from co-ops and credit unions, I always discover more untapped areas of different co-op sectors to reach.


CHS Grant Helps Fund TESA's Academy

academyIn collaobration with the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), we’re excited to announce that we have received a grant from the CHS Foundation through their 2014 Cooperative Education Grants Program to help us develop our online course program through our TESA Academy.

What does this mean for you? It means that we’re able to reduce the cost of our courses and offer them at an even lower, more affordable rate. Through the grant, we’re able to offer Intro to Cooperatives, Worker Co-ops 101, and Creating a Cooperative Food Economy for just $20-80 (sliding scale).


What the New Economy Means to Western Mass Jobs with Justice

wmjwjWe asked Western Mass Jobs with Justice to share their thoughts on the new economy and how it intersects with their work. WMJwJ works to improve working people’s standard of living, fight for job security, and protect workers’ right to organize.

Here’s what they had to say.

By Rose Bookbinder

We are striving to build an economy that puts people before profits.  Building coalitions amongst likely allies we are creating a society that is just, sustainable, and ensures that workers’ rights are protected and expanded. We bring together labor, community, student, and faith to create innovative solutions to the problems that workers face.


What the New Economy Means to SolidarityNYC


We reached out to our friends at SolidarityNYC to ask for their thoughts on the new economy and how it intersects with their work. SolidarityNYC connects, supports, and promotes New York City’s solidarity economy.

Here’s what they had to say.

By Lauren Taylor Hudson and Cheyenna Weber

What does the new economy mean to your organization?

Cheyenna: Solidarity economy is a Latin American term, originally, and is in use globally within social movements seeking economic democracy. In the U.S. it is less responsive to trends in entrepreneurship or philanthropy, which we see as a strength, though it does mean we’re often asked to identify how it relates to sharing economy, new economy, green economy, cooperative economy, or collaborative consumption.


Translate Co-opoly!

Coopoly19Co-opoly is helping build a new economy around the globe. Now, you can be part of that by joining a crew of dedicated people translating Co-opoly.

We have established exciting relationships with partners who are producing Co-opoly in more than five European countries, Argentina, and South Korea, all while creating a new supply chain that supports people and the planet.

We’re currently working on translations and localizations for Malaysia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Chile, New Zealand, Brazil, and Ethiopia.


Creating an Ethical Supply Chain in Social Justice Work

Participating in the new economy means that we, at TESA, have to do things differently—in our line of work, that means we’ve had to come up with an ethical way to produce our games and other resources, because the status quo wasn’t cutting it.

dandelionSo we put as much effort into finding sustainable and ethical ways to make our games as we do in designing them. Okay, maybe not exactly as much, but when you’ve spent hours blearily searching for ethical U.S. manufacturers of things like dice and timers and plastic baggies and on and on (why did we make a game with so many components?), it sure feels like a comparable exertion to developing the game itself.