Monthly Archives: October 2009

Pittsburgh pinball

Silly me. I open my big mouth about my unscheduled relaxing week in Pittsburgh, and sure enough…never a dull moment. It turns out that the housing situation for the second half of my stay in Cincinnati was only the start … Continue reading

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Mondragon and the Steelworkers

Today was my first full day in Pittsburgh. By coincidence, it was also the day that Mondragon Internacional and the United Steelworkers announced their intention to work together to build worker ownership in North America. This is extremely interesting news, … Continue reading

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Back from the dead

Remember me? The guy who set off on this amazing trip to visit the legendary co-ops of the Basque Country and then disappeared off the face of the earth? Yeah. That’s the one. I promise that I will get back … Continue reading

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Mondragon 4: Outside the bubble

In the valleys surrounding Mondragon/Arrasate, roughly 60% of jobs are in the cooperative sector. These co-ops have a rule that top management can be paid no more than six times the starting wage. There are two exceptions: the CEO of … Continue reading

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Mondragon 3: Uncle!

That fabulous remote hotel wrecked my email access, so I have been behind on everything. I had hoped to provide an account of each day’s adventures in Co-op Land, but for now, it appears that I’ll just have to offer … Continue reading

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Mondragon 2: Getting down to business

On the first day of our formal education, we went right to the middle of things…in more ways than one. I’ve known that this trip is going to reveal a system that is more complex and less perfect than the … Continue reading

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Mondragon 1: Arrival in the Basque Country

NOTE: This was written two days ago. I’ve had internet access issues, so it’s taken a while to post. Hopefully I’ll get some additional writing from the past two days up very soon. Please stand by… I’m already overwhelmed. I … Continue reading

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