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An inspiring look at successful businesses owned and managed by their workers in the U.S. and Mondragon, Spain.
An inspiring look at successful businesses owned and managed by their workers in the U.S. and Mondragon, Spain.
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After nearly two years' work, we are close to finishing Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work, a documentary about companies in the U.S. and in Mondragón, Spain that are owned and managed by their workers!

At a time when millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes, the usual economic solutions are not working.  More people are willing to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy.

Many worker-owned firms are more fun to work in, more profitable and innovative, and committed to the communities where they are based. Yet most people don't realize how successful they have been and the promise they offer for a better life. 

Shift Change tells the little-known stories of employee-owned enterprises that compete successfully in today's economy, while providing dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.  

Shift Change will be completed this summer, during the United Nation's-declared International Year of the Cooperative.

In March, we posted the 6 min. film preview online, and people from North America, Europe, South Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere have watched it.  Many have sent messages that they can't wait to see the finished film. 

Your tax deductible donation through Kickstarter will help pay for remaining post production expenses, and make this hopeful message available to people all over the world. 

"I have come to believe two things.  First, worker ownership works. Second, while public policy certainly matters, awareness is a more important barrier to the increase of worker-owned businesses." —Loren Rodgers, Executive Director, National Center for Employee Ownership

Shift Change (encourages) the development of work cooperatives in North America as one solution to our severe economic problems as well as a means for a regional economy to compete successfully in the global economy." Dan Swinney, Executive Director, Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council

"Gorgeous!  Simply beautiful! I love what I see so far.  The U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives strongly supports this project." —Melissa Hoover, Executive Director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

"The Mondragon experience provides an amazingly successful yet realistic model of employee-owned, democratic firms.  The time is ripe for a new documentary about Mondragon and Moving Images is an ideal organization to produce it."   —George Cheney, Professor of Communications, Kent State University, author, Values at Work

Want to see more sneak peeks from Shift Change? We'll be posting new video clips and photos each week in the month of April on our Facebook page. Become a fan today and don't miss a beat! Visit us on Facebook >

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