Praxis Peace Institute Mondragón Seminar and Tour

Experience the inner workings of a successful consortium of cooperatives in Spain. Rooted in education and sustainable social values, the Mondragón Cooperatives embody a democratic model of economics for the 21st century.

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Sep 09, 2012 12:00 AM
Sep 15, 2012 12:00 AM


Mondragón, Spain

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Praxis Peace Institute is organizing its fourth 5-day workshop/seminar with the Mondragón Cooperatives in the Basque country of Spain. The purpose of the seminar is to learn about worker owned businesses from the leading consortium of cooperatives in the world. Praxis organized two previous seminars at the Mondragón Cooperatives (2008 and 2010).

With more than 50 years of experience, the Mondragón Cooperatives now encompass 264 worker-owned businesses, employ more than 100,000 worker-owners, and have production plants on four continents. Their democratic model of management and humanitarian commitment to social responsibility, are pivotal factors in their long-term success. Mondragón describes their organizational ethic as “an environment in constant economic, social and political evolution.”

Highlights include:

• The culture and values of Mondragón.

• Visits to cooperative businesses, including a youth cooperative and an incubator for new cooperative projects.

• A presentation of Mondragón projects for developing countries.

• Learn about the financial mechanisms of Mondragón: how it works, why it thrives.

• Mondragón’s Corporate Management Model.

• Visit Mondragón University and the education center where the Mondragón movement began.

• How to transfer the Mondragón Experience to our communities.

The seminar will include 4 days of presentations and tours of Mondragón businesses. On the 5th day, Praxis Peace Institute will host a day of discussion and brainstorming on ways in which these ideas can be used in our communities back home and how we can find support for cooperative business ventures.

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