Worker Cooperatives

Part 2: Islands Within a Sea of Capitalism

The second episode in our Worker Cooperative series takes a deep dive into the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, the largest network of federated cooperatives in the world. We take listeners on a journey through the Basque region of Spain where Mondragon is located, and explore Mondragon's successes and challenges through candid  conversations with several worker-members at Mondragon headquarters and at various cooperatives within the federation.

After presenting an in-depth exploration of the recent and mixed history of Mondragon from multiple perspectives—including a Marxist analysis—we travel across the Atlantic to Jackson, Mississippi, where an ambitious initiative is just getting underway. Cooperation Jackson is part of the same trans-local organizing movement that inspired Cooperation Richmond, which was featured in Episode one. Cooperation Jackson aims to be the Mondragon of North America.

Featuring

Kali Akuno- Co-Founder and Co-Director of Cooperation Jackson

Gorka Espiau - Senior Fellow at the Agirre Lehendakaria Center at the University of the Basque Country

Sam Gindin - Writer, Director of Research at the Canadian Auto Workers (retired),

Professor of Political Science at York University (retired)

Ander Exteberria - Cooperative Dissemination at Mondragon Corporation

Izaksun Ezpeleta - Worker/member at Fagor Electronics

Andoni - Worker/member at Fagor Ederland

Music

Chris Zabriskie

The Johns

Will Stratton

Mississippi Sheiks

Transcript

 

Many thanks to Phil Wrigglesworth for the cover art,  and thank you as to well to Ellie Llewelyn, Kenneth Rosales, and Neda Raymond for assistance with translation and voice over.

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