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Worker Cooperatives in a Globalizing World | Great Transition Initiative

Mondragon’s former president Josu Ugarte was recently interviewed for the Great Transition Initiative. We think this is one of the most relevant summaries of Mondragon available. We also appreciate the challenge and potential summed up in the last exchange: What is the future of large, global cooperatives? Is the Mondragon story unique or replicable? The Basque roots of Mondragon remain…

Sharing Economy Is Redefined During Two Simultaneous Events, Nov. 13 and 14

– Union Co-op Symposium and Platform Cooperativism Event Offer Look at What’s Happening on the Ground and on the Web in the New Economy – Cincinnati, Ohio and New York City – The two most exciting gatherings around worker-ownership in the country are happening at the same time this month: the Union Co-op Symposium in Cincinnati and the Platform Cooperativism convention…

Cincinnati’s experiment with an economy that works for everyone | Waging Nonviolence

By Gilbert Geoff With the 2016 presidential campaigns underway, economic populism has taken center stage. Bernie Sanders, calling for a $1 trillion investment in a sustainable infrastructure jobs program along with publically funded health care and college education, has forced Hillary Clinton to offer vague support for similar measures, while even some Republican candidates, like Marco Rubio, have asserted the…

Report from Mondragon Cooperatives

Mondragon cooperatives in industrial sector created 1,000 jobs in 2014. The headlines: The Corporation’s cooperatives have 74,117 workers. Last year, sales totalled about €11,000 million, while investment amounted to €345 million. Internationalisation continues, with 125 production subsidiaries abroad – 3 more than the year before. With 479 patent families, Mondragon accounts for 25% patents in the Basque Country, participating in…

Pope Francis and the Just Third Way | Homiletic & Pastoral Review

From the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Pope Francis faces many challenges in his efforts to modernize the application of Catholic social doctrine to today’s problems, particularly the growing global wealth, income, and power gap. His greatest challenge, however, may be overcoming a prevailing ignorance or misunderstanding of the basic moral principles that make lasting, systemic solutions possible. As taught in…

Black Populists, Organized Labor, Cooperatives & Worker Control

1:1 co-founder Michael Peck was on a panel about union coops this week during the Labor Research and Action Network conference. One of his co-panelists was Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D. Professor at CUNY and author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice.  We wanted to share the slides from her presentation on Black Populists, Organized Labor, Cooperatives and Worker Control (PDF).…

1worker1vote.org Principles

We’re often asked why union co-ops are a good fit for the American business ecosystem and why workers and entrepreneurs would be interested in pursuing this type of corporate structure. To help answer that, we’ve been working on a list of 1worker1vote.org principles: We do not ask for any government hand-outs or programs, only for a level playing field. We believe…

Celebrating the Founder of Mondragon’s Centennial

The inspiration behind and founder of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Father José María Arizmendiarrieta, was born 100 years ago this month. As part of the celebration and remembrance, the magazine that he founded in 1960, TU Lankide, has produced a special issue exploring Arizmendiarrieta’s history, philosophy and action. Originally published in Spanish, the publishers have also provided an English translation of this special issue of TU…

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