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To Solve Food Access Problem, Cincy Neighborhood Looks to Model from Spain | NextCity

Zoe Sullivan writes about the Apple Street Market and Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative for NextCity: CUCI’s seeds were planted in 2009 following conversations between U.S. Steelworkers and representatives of Spain’s Mondragon cooperative business network, according to Kristen Barker, CUCI’s Executive Director. Mondragon’s network includes 120 worker cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain, employing over 70,000 worker-owners. The union cooperative model…

Preston Meets Mondragón: Worker ownership and democratic businesses for Preston

On Wednesday, July 25th, during the Preston, UK, Cooperative Development Network’s “Preston Meets Mondragon” symposium held at local University of Central Lancaster facilities: The day was introduced by Professor Sue Smith, Director of the Centre for SME Development and Deputy Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Central Lancaster and Social Innovation Manager and Chair of the Preston…

Humanity at Work – MONDRAGON, a social innovation ecosystem case study | Young Foundation

From The Young Foundation: MONDRAGON is a large global business owned by its workers delivering economic and social equality by combining success in the marketplace with social benefit. We found that MONDRAGON, with annual revenues of over €12 billion (equivalent to those of Kellogg’s and Visa), doesn’t just have social values as a nice-to-have, like many corporate social responsibility or…

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…

Brownbag with President of Mondragon International

The Institute for Policy Studies is hosting a brownbag lunch with Josu Ugarte, President of Mondragon International on Tuesday, May 5th in Washington, D.C. Ugarte presented a paper to the London School of Economic in July of 2012 providing metrics on how Mondragon’s “multi-localization” approach both facilitates globalizing factory-based production while creating more domestic employment with higher wages as a direct result of internationalizing…

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…

Celebrating One Year of 1worker1vote.org

In late October 2009, the United Steelworkers (USW), Mondragon International and its North America delegation, Mondragon International North America (MINA), decided to collaborate to create equal access to equal share ownership through manufacturing-based enterprises in line with Mondragon’s principles, global footprint and 60 years of experience. On March 26, 2012, after more than two years of research preparations and feedback from…

Building a Worker Coop Ecosystem: Mondragon meets the Five Boroughs

1worker1vote.org co-founders will be at this event in New York City on Monday, March 30. Hosted by Labor Studies at Murphy Institute, this is a free, public conversation with Frederick Freundlich of Mondragon University and members of the NYC Worker Cooperative Coalition. Fred Freundlich is a professor of cooperative enterprise and coordinator of a masters program on cooperative enterprise at the…

Union Co-op Overview

Originally posted at Owning a Better Future. In 2009, the USW announced its collaboration with Mondragon to develop unionized, worker-owned cooperative businesses (“union co-ops”) in the U.S. and Canada. About Mondragon The Mondragon Corporation is comprised of over 100 separate worker-owned cooperative businesses in industrial, retail, finance and knowledge sectors, and was established in 1956 in Mondragon, Spain with the formation of its first co-op, ULGOR,…

European Austerity Politics and its Effect on Spain and the Mondragon Experience

Michael Pettis’ Syriza and the French indemnity of 1871-73 is worthy of a serious read because it is extremely well done and because it has implications for Spain, for Mondragon, and for what www.1worker1vote.org is attempting to build throughout the U.S. My attempt at a partial summary of Michael Pettis’ key-statements supporting this observation follows (with the underlining of several of Mr. Pettis’ statements…

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