Democracy at Work DC

You’re invited to a special presentation on the cooperative economy in Cuba. With 5,000 worker-owned businesses already in operation, cooperatives have achieved a prominent role in Cuba’s socialist economy and are expected to continue to grow.

Camila Pineiro, an expert and consultant on the solidarity economy and cooperatives in Cuba, will examine how the cooperative sector has evolved and the role cooperatives are playing in shaping Cuban society.

Please RSVP to let us know that you can come. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 8th, 6:30-8:00pm
Cleveland Park Library
Lower Level Meeting Room 2
3310 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Camila began her consultancy work at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana. She has researched and published extensively about economic democracy and alternative economic institutions. Camila completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Havana, with a specialization in the social and economic performance of new non-agricultural cooperatives. Currently, she is a cooperative development consultant at Keystone Development Center and a Research Fellow at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University.

Join Democracy at Work DC to discuss and explore ways in which worker coops and socialist movements can work together to promote freedom, cooperation, and economic justice.

Worker coops promote cooperation and freedom of workers, but may fail because worker coops are not united in exercising political power. Socialism stresses political power as a way to build a free and just society, but may fail to build a democratic economy where workers are free to make production choices.

Please RSVP to let us know that you can come. We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 22nd, 6:30-8:00pm
Shaw Neighborhood Library in the “WTD” Meeting Room
1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Can worker cooperatives compete with big business? Without a doubt! Founded in 1956, Mondragon is now a multi-million dollar federation of worker coops employing more than 80,000 people globally. You’re invited to a unique opportunity to learn from their success!

Tickets to this special event are not required, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Michael Peck, the North American Delegate for MONDRAGON Corporation, will be speaking about:

  • how Mondragon got its start
  • how it achieved spectacular growth
  • the emerging 1Worker1Vote movement in the US

Monday, December 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
Shaw Neighborhood Library in the “WTD” Meeting Room
1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

As we move towards creating employee-owned businesses in our own communities, there is much to be learned from the Mondragon experience.

Michael Alden Peck is a co-founder/executive director of the 1worker1vote movement, a NY-registered 501c3 dedicated to supporting hybrid worker ownership enterprises, inspired by the Mondragon cooperative ecosystem. Michael has served as Mondragon’s first and only USA delegate since 1999. He is also an executive committee board member of the American Sustainable Business Council, a Blue Green Alliance corporate advisory board member, and founder of the MAPA Group—a mission-driven, business development consultancy.

All Things Coop Podcast: Episode 2

In this episode of our podcast, we chat with Ben Winter of Pedal People—a worker owned coop in Northampton Mass that uses bicycles to transport goods and provide services. We discuss how the worker coop started and its success over these past 16 years.

All Things Coop is the new podcast put on by Democracy at Work DC where members of d@w-DC and guests discuss…well…everything coop. From theoretical and philosophical conversations about political economy and the relations of production, to on-the-ground interviews with cooperative workers, All Things Coop aims to appeal to a wide audience of activists, organizers, workers, and students to be better educated and motivated to creating a new cooperative society.

Free Film Screening – Oct 29

What if working together for the good of all was the most common business model? We’re hosting a FREE screening of A New Economy, a 2016 documentary film that explores the worker cooperative model through the stories of seven businesses striving to put people over profits.

Tickets to this free movie are not required, but RSVPs are appreciated.

Monday, October 29th, 6:30-8:30pm
West End Library in the “WEE” Meeting Room
2301 L ST NW, Washington, DC 20037

Please join us to see what a new economy can look like. A short discussion of the film will follow the screening. Enjoy the trailer!