Shift Change is an inspirational documentary by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about the real possibilities offered by worker cooperatives during this time of industrial decline, chronic unemployment, and systemic economic crisis. Lively stories of secure, dignified jobs, in democratic workplaces including New England's own Equal Exchange and the path-breaking Mondragon Cooperative Corporation.
Join us for an evening screening, hosted at a woodshop run by a local craftsman, Kenneth Kohl. Ken is a woodworker of 45 years. He is passionate about the spaces we surround ourselves with and he is looking to develop a cooperative setting to work in; to share gifts and resources with others who want to use woodworking as a vehicle of change.
At this event we will:
- watch the film together
- learn about cooperatives
- talk about forming a woodworker cooperative
- learn about cooperative development from other local work-owners
We gather at 7 at the shop for a 7:30 screen time. Facilitated conversation to follow.
More about the Film:
With the long decline in well-paid jobs and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, and growing numbers around the world are ready to employ a different business model to help re-invent our failing economy, generate long-term community resilience and stability, and create a more egalitarian and democratic way of life.
Shiftchange visits the more than 50 year old network of cooperative businesses in Mondragon, Spain, and thriving examples of such businesses in the U.S. The film shares on-the-ground experience, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front line of the new economy. Come witness and celebrate together the ingenuity and creativity of worker-owners who are “building the road as we travel” towards a more democratic, just, stable, and sustainable economy.
View trailer: http://shiftchange.org/video-clips/