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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.

Elon Exposed: How Tesla & SpaceX Thrive off Taxpayer Dollars

Check out one of d@w-DC’s members on RT America’s broadcast! Anya Parampil reports on billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s recent comments that he supports President Trump’s decision to create a “Space Force” branch of the military. Anya explains that while many of us associate the Space Force with military expansion, Musk likely sees the initiative as an opportunity to win government contracts, breaking down how his SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity companies thrive off taxpayer money. Kevin Gustafson, organizer with Democracy at Work DC, joins In Question to trace the source of Musk’s wealth and discuss the poor working conditions faced by many of his employees.

One of d@w-DC’s member explores the idea that if democracy is an ideal that is worth aspiring to, than the workplace would be the first place where it should be allowed. Worker cooperatives offer an antidote to the ills of to today’s economic systems.

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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!