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The Real Game Changers: Co-opoly & Rise Up

by Jasmine in Cooperatives

A Game Like no Other

“Just like fiction and other works of art, games are a reflection of our beliefs, fears, values, hopes and dreams. Games can help us use our imaginations to challenge the status quo. For over a hundred years, board games have been created to be used in the fight for a better world.” Brian Van Slyke, Truthout.

Brian Van Slyke is a co-founder of TESA Collective, a cooperative who created the revolutionary board games Co-opoly: The Game of Co-operatives and Rise Up: The Game of Power and People.

Monopoly, meet Co-opoly

Co-opoly: The Game of Co-operatives, released in 2011, is a creative and educational board game. The game acts as a teaching tool and educates its players on cooperatives. TESA Collective released two versions of Co-oply, the worker cooperative edition and the United Kingdom edition. However, TESA Collective is working on delivering other editions in the future. These editions include food co-operatives, artisans co-operatives, housing co-operatives and more. The purpose of creating different versions of Co-opoly is to provide an understanding, and address the different traits of each cooperative.

Rise Up!

Rise Up: The Game of Power and People is the newest board game TESA Collective created. Rise Up challenges the traditional themes of warfare, exploitation and conquest in board games. The game promotes social collaboration to initiate change, and players either win or lose as team. The game is about directing power back to the people, and beating unjust systems as a unit. However, Rise Up is not just a board game, but a tool encouraging players to use their imaginations and to create discussion with others on the change that is needed to improve and help the world.

Both board games are ethically made from environmentally friendly material by a team of activists, artists, game designers, and cooperators. The games are produced in the United States.

 

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Wilfrid Laurier University – Fair Trade Campus

by Jasmine in Fair Trade Campus

In January 2017, Wilfrid Laurier University started the new year by receiving their Fair Trade Campus designation. Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated this accomplishment by hosting an open house on January 25 at BYTE, the coffee shop in Lazaridis Hall on its campus. The open house featured a series of interactive stations that represented key points along a food product’s supply chain. However, not only was the open house held to celebrate the university’s achievement, but it was also an opportunity to raise awareness on the fair trade movement to the Laurier community.

The Laurier staff was dedicated and worked hard last year to establish a fair trade steering committee; and worked with retail managers and various food vendors to increase the accessibility of fair trade products on campus. All food outlets operated by the University, Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union in Brantford and Waterloo, and catering services, serve fair trade certified coffee, as well as offering three fair trade certified tea options, and one chocolate option. The Wilfrid Laurier community can access fair trade certified products at the following locations:

Coffee:

  • Fresh Food Company
  • Union Market
  • BYTE75 Coffee & Social
  • Wilf’s Restaurant
  • Veritas Cafe
  • Golden Grounds
  • Catering

Tea:

  • Fresh Food Company
  • BYTE75 Coffee & Social
  • Wilf’s Restaurant
  • Golden Grounds
  • Veritas Cafe
  • Golden Grounds
  • Catering

Chocolate:

  • Union Market
  • BYTE75 Coffee & Social

Other – Little Miracles Organic Fusion Bottled:

  • TeaVeritas Cafe

Furthermore, BYTE 75 and Wilfrid Laurier University has teamed up to create a custom Laurier coffee blend. The coffee blend aims to cater the taste buds of the Laurier community by collecting data on Laurier students and their flavour preferences.

Although Wilfrid Laurier University received Fair Trade designation, the university continues to work hard in educating the Laurier community on the fair trade movement; and providing accessible fair trade certified options on campus. To learn more about Wilfrid Laurier University as a Fairtrade Campus, click here.

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