Forum: The Mondragon Cooperatives (Richard Hobbs)

With 120 worker-owned cooperatives developed over nearly six decades, the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque region of Northern Spain offer perhaps the most shining example on planet earth of institutions that are democratic, egalitarian, cooperative, sustainable, and kind.

With no laid off workers since 1956 and higher income than Spanish workers, what lessons can we learn from the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the Western world?

Richard Hobbs is an immigration attorney, former director of the Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County, and Executive Director of Human Agenda.  He will join us to discuss Mondragon only days after returning from his latest visit there.

After the Forum, please join us for a buffet lunch at 12:15pm.  The lunch is complimentary for first-time visitors and students.

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  • Sena & Alex H.

    Anything about co-ops, the Basques, or worker owned enterprises gets my attention. This was a heady combination of great, long term success in all three. Fascinating! The lunch afterward at the Humanist Community is always wonderful as well.

    July 20

  • Starchild

    Will anyone be driving down to this from SF? I would be interested in getting a ride with you if possible.

    July 19

    • Starchild

      One reason churches and religion are as effective as they are at winning hearts and minds despite their irrationality is because they typically provide community. I feel like if I'd posted my message above seeking a ride to a group event to a church forum with 1,952 members, I would've likely gotten a ride, or at the very least a response or two. And yes, I fully realize no one has/had any particular obligation -- just some food for thought.

      July 20

    • Sena & Alex H.

      I'm sorry it didn't work out. Perhaps no one was driving down from SF to Palo Alto.

      July 20

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