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Movie Night: Shift Change and Exploration to form a Woodworkers Co-op

  • Jul 11, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

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.

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  • wbasford

    I wasn't able to get to the meetup, due to time and distance, but I'm curious about how it went. Has anyone posted a report of the meetup? Will there be another meetup on this topic of starting a woodworking coop?

    1 · July 29, 2013

    • Nicole

      Great, I had the same question.

      1 · July 29, 2013

    • Louise W.

      I wish I could make the mtg on the 4th- but we are having a permaculture walkaround out at my farm that evening so I will be in a high-speed wobble til that is done..however, I am taking early retirement from MMC and my last day is 9/13 so you will likely hear something from me after that. Good luck with the next steps; I will keep an ear open to see how it goes! Louise W.

      July 30, 2013

  • Ken K.

    I was delighted by the turn out and conversations about co-ops looking forward to continuing procezs of development of a wood working cooperative. Many thanks again

    July 29, 2013

  • Nickola C.

    Won't be able to make it tonight after all, Hope this leaves enough time for someone on the wait list to attend!

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      Thank you for the notice Nickola!. It will.

      July 11, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Update: There will be some tasty snacks at the shop for us prepared by Maria Sanchez, who is Ken's wife for those who don't already know them. Maria was the owner of Inca Roots Restaurant for several years in Portland. She now teaches hands on South American cooking workshops. Maria believes that in order for our society to be whole and healthy we need to be in solidarity with one another and with nature. ...and so, in the spirit reciprocity, we begin the process of forming a woodworkers cooperative.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Hello there! Do any of you have a lawn chair or a camp stowed in the trunk to bring?

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Niki Wolf G.

    Is there a waiting list?

    July 7, 2013

  • Nicole

    Wow, my land trust is working on creating a local woods market, or "CSW" (compared to a CSA). We are hoping to partner with local woodworkers... a potential extension to a woodworking cooperative. I really wish I could be there, but here is more info for those who are interested:

    1 · July 6, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      Yeah! Really cool!!

      July 6, 2013

    • Rachel L.

      We can start a discussion board and plan a follow up gathering.

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • Ken K.

    Hi Niki there will be room enough, bring food, this being part of the sharing.( Pot luck : )

    July 7, 2013

  • Emily D.

    I'll probably have my son, I'm looking forward to this!

    June 13, 2013

  • Ken K.

    Directions, south main st. At cash corner,turn right between Chad Little power equip. and Fastenal. Shop space is around back next to RR tracks. Any ? Feel free to call at (207)[masked] ,Ken

    1 · June 24, 2013

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    A former member

    Sounds really cool! Looking forward to it!

    June 14, 2013

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