Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work

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November 2nd, 2013, 1:15pm – 2:30pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 4M31 (Manitoba Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

Shift Change tells the little known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. With the economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. Some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent economies in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life. This film takes us to the Mondrag√≥n Cooperative Corporation that, since the 1950s, has transformed a depressed area of Spain into one of the most productive in Europe with a high standard of living and an egalitarian way of life. In various parts of the US, the film takes us to green industry cooperatives, co-op bakeries, and Equal Exchange, one of the largest roasters of fair trade coffee in the world.