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[…]
Powerful and thoughtful reasons that cooperatives can change our communities, our economy, and our lives.
A card deck with six mini-games for activists Just in time for the holidays, TESA Collective’s latest collaboration has arrived: Beautiful Trouble: A Strategy Card Deck! This exciting and adaptable deck contains over 100 cards and dozens of key strategies and tactics that have inspired centuries of people-powered victories. “A crucial resource for change-makers.” — Archbishop[…]
Plus: Free, downloadable co-op posters.
How we built a game and interactive curriculum to support new members in a dog-walking cooperative.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]