Mondragon Diaries: Day One: Why Humanity Comes First at Work
By Carl Davidson
Keep On Keepin' On
“This is not paradise and we are not angels.”
--Mikal Lezamiz, Director of Cooperative Dissemination, MCC
I'm with a group of 25 social activists on a study tour organized by the Praxis Project. Our focus the the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, a 50-year-old network of nearly 120 factories and agencies, involving nearly 100,000 workers in one way or another, and centered in the the Basque Country but now spanning the global. We here to study the history of these unique worker-owned factories, how they work, why they have been successful, and how they might be expanded in various ways as instruments of social change. Georgia Kelly of the Praxis Project is our cheerful and helpful tour leader, but Mikel is in charge of teaching us what he knows.
Follow Carl Davison on his review of the Mondragon experience HERE.