Co-opoly: The Game of Co-operatives
In Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, players start a cooperative (a democratic business or organization). In order to survive as individuals and to strive for the success of their co-op, players make tough choices regarding big and small challenges while putting their teamwork to the test.
This is an exciting game of skill and solidarity, where everyone wins – or everybody loses. Will the Point Bank continue to dominate the players, or will they break free and take control by jump-starting the movement for a truly democratic economy in their community?
This game is full of heart-pounding fun, laughter, high-fives, and collaboration amongst all players.
By playing Co-opoly, players discover the unique benefits and challenges of the cooperative world – as well as the skills needed to participate in a co-op!
Watch our "how to play" video below.
We also have several other resources and products to extend your Co-opoly experience. Those include:
- The Co-opoly Education Kit
- Building Strong Cooperatives: Co-op Developer Teaching Guide
- Exploring Cooperatives & Cooperation with Youth
- 10 Reasons Co-ops Rock Poster
Testimonials & Accolades for Co-opoly
Donna Balkan, Communications Manager, Canadian Co-operative Association:
"As both a co-operator and a long-time player and collector of board games, Co-opoly is a dream come true. Educational games have a tendency to be long on learning and short on playability, but Co-opoly is a wonderful exception, combining the real-life challenges and opportunities co-ops face with solid game play. The Work cards, which require you to draw, act out a charade or describe a specific word or phrase, give Co-opoly a party game feel, while the roll-and-move mechanics make the game easy for players at all skill levels to learn. Like co-ops themselves, Co-opoly combines principle and practice: an appropriate initiative for the International Year of Co-operatives and beyond."
San Francisco Mime Troupe Collective Workshop Participants:
“Usually there can only be one winner of a board game, so everyone is out for themselves. In Co-opoly everything must be done together, for each other.... Co-opoly is an informative and engaging game that challenges players to work together to accomplish community goals.”
"Move over Monopoly, the big boys are in town and they are not sitting quietly!
The game is based on real life issues and principles and has a lot of educational value not found in most games. The education portion is subtly in play thru the entire game, as players learn how to best make a co-op setting work for them and their community.
Check this one out! GREAT FUN is awaiting you!!!!"
Teenage Participants of the Girls Eye View program:
“The game made me think about how personal situations affect income and how quickly things change from day to day.... I thought that working together made the game more fun than competing.... I liked how we all have different and equal voices.... It made me think about how everyone’s situation is different and we all don’t need the same amount of money but need the same amount of respect.
Becca Koganer, Worker-Owner, Equal Exchange Cooperative:
Playing Co-opoly was fun and slightly ironic. The challenges co-ops face are pretty clearly felt going through the game, but even when things weren’t looking too bright for us, we were always laughing and having a good time. I think this gets at the heart of what co-ops are: people! People working together for a common goal, sharing risk and return. The game spoke to me on a personal and professional level...
Alex Liotta, an engineering student:
[Co-opoly is the] most fun I've had playing a board game in a very long time... Why aren't more board games cooperative?
Cynthia Lin, WORT Madison Community Radio Host, Madison, WI:
Co-opoly is an innovative and valuable learning tool. During our test-drive session, the game surfaced some nuanced and very real questions about how to practice the art of cooperative work... As the game threw challenges, opportunities, and tough choices at us, we drew from our own experiences to navigate the collective decisions that we needed to make. I was genuinely surprised by how substantive the conversations and the learning process could get with this game!
As quoted in The Guardian:
'And what did the teams playing Co-opoly think of it?
Nisha who had been playing with her two young boys, Ishan 8 and Ravi 11, was full of praise: "My two boys are normally very competitive all the time but the game made them listen to each other and work things out together," says Nisha. "It wasn't about winning individually it was about everyone winning, something that I think was really good for them to learn."
Ishan was equally keen: "It helps you understand that everything doesn't have to be about winning or losing, it's about working together."
Rachel and Nick and their three children aged 12, 11 and 9 also gave it the thumbs up: "We're all Monopoly nuts but still found the game to be really enjoyable and fun" says Rachel who happens to be on the management team of Busy Bee Toys, the UK's first community-owned co-op toy shop in Manchester. "It's great to play a game which has a collective aim."'
As quoted in The Valley Advocate:
"With a high level of accuracy and entertainment value, the game had simulated a real-world situation convincingly. Our careless, high-risk approach to running the co-op had resulted in its early demise. We ended the game earlier than we had expected. We felt defeated, but not willing to quit. We wanted another chance.
Unanimously, we decided that next game night, we’d give Co-opoly our undivided attention. It almost whipped us twice, but I’m glad to say our second co-op prospered and we’re looking forward to trying again."