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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…

Conversación con Michael Peck – Representante de Mondragón para Norteamérica

Michael Peck recently joined MIT CO-LAB and the School of Community Innovation – a program of co-creation for leaders who work for ethnic and regional inclusion (Escuela de Innovación Comunitaria: Un programa de co-creación para líderes que trabajan por la inclusión étnica y regional) – for a discussion on Mondragon and worker cooperatives via Google Chat. Note the discussion is…

Mondragons in Appalachia

Sixty years later, the global industrial worker cooperative phenomenon, Mondragon, inspired by a village priest, proves that a transformational solidarity economic vision backed up by decades of persevering sweat equity can make all the difference between endemic poverty and a sustaining middle class. Yesterday at the Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, I witnessed the privilege of seeing my niece graduate…

Fagor Electrodomesticos – A U.S. Perspective

by Phil Amadon and Kristen Barker (Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative) The failure of Fagor Electrodomesticos (FE) and the beginning successes of the union co-op movement inspired by the Mondragon–United Steelworker agreement in 2009 are two sides of the same coin. The majority of the working class around the world seems to know more clearly than any other social group that…

When the Right Ones Get It Wrong

The Mondragon Cooperative Group (“Humanity At Work” through Cooperation, Participation, Social Responsibility and Innovation, headquartered in the Basque region between Spain and France) is ranked as the world’s largest worker-owned industrial cooperative group but also as the top Basque industrial group, tenth in Spain with 80,000 personnel, a presence in 70 countries, and winner of the 2013 Financial Times “Boldness in Business” award. Mondragon’s…

Corporate & Capitalist Transition & Transformation Models

Paper submitted by Michael Peck (Mondragon USA), Steve Dubb (The Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland), and Rob Witherell (United Steelworkers Union) for the “Corporations in a Great Transition: Visions, Models, and Pathways for Transformation” event hosted by the Tellus Institute & MIT Sloan School of Management, in Boston on October 31st & November 1st, 2013. Capitalism at a Crossroads Although the…

Mondragon: Spain’s giant co-operative where times are hard but few go bust |Guardian

From The Guardian: Whereas workers at other Spanish companies must answer to shareholder needs – often by sacrificing their jobs – that is not true at Mondragon, which acts as the parent company to 111 small, medium-sized and larger co-ops. And as Spain struggles through double-dip recession, fierce austerity and 26% unemployment, this is one company that is not about…

Building the New American Ownership Society from the Middle…Out

Now that the elections are over and before the nation’s fiscal cliff becomes a roadrunner cartoon without a happy ending, how can “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” with more elected women reformat, reinvent and re-glue Humpty Dumpty America back together again? In fact, today’s transformational issue transfixing our immediate attention is twofold – whether the chicken…

Running In The Deep – A Tale of Two Cities

Two of the hardest lessons to assimilate leading up to America’s 2012 national elections include the unchallenged devastation from extreme weather fall-out and credible domestic job creation economics by fully globalized industries such as automotive production. The first lesson is being re-learned in excruciating real-time (160 lives lost, $60 billion in damages, and counting) by the country’s powered-out, Northeast coastal…

The Shared Prosperity Election

Voting to preserve morally stale, unproductive and oligarchy self-serving economic inequalities will only reinforce the trickle-down public versus trickle-down private sector thematic impedance mismatch. This, in turn, will exacerbate opportunistic tendencies within those who jump to capitalize on so-called electoral mandates to entertain even more disingenuous comparisons between inherent incongruities. Economic statistics prove in jobs lost and created both domestically…

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