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Successful entrepreneurship requires much determination | Gaztenpresa Blog

Originally published in Spain, in the Gaztenpresa blog, we had it translated into English:   Yes. You can. If you really want it you can convert yourself into an entrepreneur. An expert is telling you this. Oscar Muguerza, the Director of Trade of LABORAL Kutxa Enterprises and Gaztenpresa’s coach, participated in the “Innova Bilbao 2016,” an event that set the standard for…

How Co-ops Build Stronger Communities, a New Economy and a Better World | Truthout

Written by the team at the TESA Collective: Cooperatives are businesses and organizations democratically owned and managed by the people they serve. They come in many shapes and sizes: from a handful of people to thousands upon thousands of members. Some are owned and run by workers, others are owned and governed by consumers, still others are for producers (like…

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…

Pope Francis: Speech at World Meeting of Popular Movements

Pope Francis spoke on July9, 2015 at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, taking place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The inspiring speech included the following: “The first task is to put the economy at the service of peoples. Human beings and nature must not be at the service of money. Let us say NO to an economy of exclusion and inequality,…

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…

The challenge for Mondragon | Sage Journals

Competitiveness today requires being able to operate at a global scale. The financial crisis invigorated this requirement, posing new challenges to the economic viability of conventional companies and demanding alternative organizational forms of production. Although a wealth of research has focused on capitalist companies, little attention has been paid to the way these challenges affected worker cooperatives. Drawing from a…

White Collar Wage Theft Is Trending: Companies Using Jail And Illegal Arrangements To Prevent Employees From Leaving | Forbes.com

This Forbes.com article ended by citing the work our own Carmen Huertas-Noble and others are doing in New York City to develop worker cooperative businesses: The best answer to our problem is unrelated to the law. The law changes at a glacial pace and is easily perverted. New York City recently funded $1.2 million to support worker cooperatives. Worker cooperatives are…

How Much Outside Help Do Worker Co-ops Need to Get to Scale? | Rooflines

Article by Steve Dubb on Mondragon, the growing worker coop movement in the U.S. and what’s needed to bring worker cooperatives to scale: “Negotiating the balance between providing outside support and empowering worker-owners to be lead agents in their own success also requires clear communication. ‘The relationships between the developer, the co-op, and any other local partners must be carefully…

“It’s total moral surrender”: Matt Taibbi | Salon.com

From Salon.com: His relentless coverage of Wall Street malfeasance turned him into one of the most influential journalists of his generation, but in his new book, “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap,” Matt Taibbi takes a close and dispiriting look at how inequality and government dysfunction have created a two-tiered justice system in which most…

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