A creative response to Monopoly

May 24, 2013

Brian Van Slyke is a worker-owner at the Toolbox for Education and Social Activism (TESA), which creates educational resources on social change and cooperative movements. One of his coolest projects is a radical re-doing of the board game “Monopoly,” which has given generations of kids great fun while teaching them all the wrong values. The version of capitalism presented in Monopoly–grab all the wealth, make others pay, and leave them in financial ruin–is in fact a massive social problem, one of the greatest problems confronting humanity. Enter Brian Van Slyke, who wanted to create a fun game that could get young people thinking about the solution to that problem. The result is “Co-opoly,” a game about co-ops and the immense benefits they bring to individuals and communities. You can read more about the game and Van Slyke in this Truthout interview.

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