Playing to learn: Co-opoly, the game of cooperatives

A new game about cooperatives is being developed. The worker cooperative Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), recently launched a fund-raising and awareness campaign for its initiative, Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives.

16 September 2011

In Co-opoly, players collaborate to found and run a democratic business. In order to survive as individuals and to strive for the success of their cooperative, players make tough choices regarding big and small challenges while putting their teamwork abilities to the test. It is a game of skill and solidarity, where everyone wins or everybody loses. By playing Co-opoly, players learn the unique benefits, challenges, and workings of the cooperative world in addition to the skills needed to participate in a cooperative.

The company is seeking to raise 12.000 USD to cover the costs of producing and touring Co-opoly. Individuals can contribute to Co-opoly via Kickstarter until October 2nd, and organizations and cooperatives may contribute via Co-opoly’s website until November 1st. TESA is now working with a group in Uruguay to translate Co-opoly into Spanish. In the coming months, the game will be showcased at events across the United States to build momentum for the International Year of the Cooperative.

At the conferences where Co-opoly has been featured, such as the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, it has been a major success. Participants have called it “fun and engaging” and “a great teaching tool about how to build and sustain” cooperatives.

TESA is a worker-owned developer of educational resources for social change established in the United States. To have more information, please follow this link:

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037
E-mail: cicopa[at]

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