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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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    1. Missing avatar

      David Brinovec on October 14, 2012

      Hello, I'm interested in doing a screening or showing of this film at a local Unitarian church. Me and my girlfriend have gone there to watch a number of films. I've been interested in this film for a long time now and I think the venue would be a good place to have it shown.

      The best way to reach me would probably be email. My email address is

      I hope to hear from you. :-)

    2. Raines Cohen
      on October 2, 2012

      you might want to put out an update about the world premiere and upcoming screenings. Looking forward to seeing you in Oakland in a couple weeks.

    3. Moving Images Creator on May 3, 2012

      Hi Salvo,
      Setting the rewards was a balancing act between the very real need for funds to finish the film and wanting to be generous and encouraging.

      Where are you? Maybe we can collaborate on a screening in your area next fall?

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      Salvo on May 3, 2012

      Well, I just happened to come across this project and didn't hesitate to support it. Yet, I find it somewhat unfortunate that getting the documentary itself requires a rather hight pledge which many people, whom I imagine the film is thought to be addressed to, cannot simply afford. Anyway, it's a very important political manifest, and I hope it gets the audiance it deserves. Good luck and many thanks for your work.

    5. Bill Aal on May 2, 2012

      congratulations with 2 days to spare! lets see how much we can raise now....

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      Esther Moroze on May 1, 2012

      I thought May Day to be the best to make our contribution. Good luck. Can't wait to see it. Your Cuz.

    7. Rodney North on May 1, 2012

      If all 219 of us who have backed this increased our pledge by just $6 each, we'd get there. Pretty doable - eh?

    8. Yochai Gal on April 23, 2012

      I can't express how excited I am about this film. Based on the preview I can say that this will be a seminal work, something the coop community (and arguably the world) has been waiting for - a polished, timely, (and if I know the directors/producers) balanced film. I think it will not only become an asset to current coop enthusiasts but also for future cooperators in generations to come.

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      George Cheney on April 18, 2012

      This is a timely, informative and inspiring project! I've been fortunate to follow the work of Moving Images since the inception of Shift Change. Melissa, Mark and Tony's work is inventive and thorough. The film will be a rich resource for academic courses, public discussions, and for people who are tired of old ways of doing business but who can't quite visualize a different--and better--way to go. This is the documentary many of us have been waiting for. Shift Change will help to propel a much-needed national conversation about workplace democracy, local ownership, and sustainable community economic development. This practical vision can bridge economic and political divides in our country. The values of democracy, equality and solidarity are not new but they need renewal. Mondragon and other cases profiled in the film are real, and they can point the way to a much broader movement. Support this effort; tell your friends; be a part of the change.

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      Daphne Berry on April 17, 2012

      When my students and I are discussing different types of business organizations, we address organizational mission, structure and function, ownership, and outcomes to various stakeholders. This film promises to be a resource for me in the classroom as students hear about business organizations in which employee ownership, workers’ knowledge of the business and participation in decision making about their jobs are the norm. I look forward to seeing the completed product.

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      Tony Harrah on April 16, 2012

      As a board member of Moving Images, I've been lucky enough to be part of this project since its inception. I knew little of Mondragon, or worker cooperatives in general, before traveling to the Basque country of Spain to work with Mark and Melissa in September of last year. The experience of visiting work-sites and talking with a wide range of rank-and-file worker-owners, managers and community members was unforgettable. This is an experiment which has been a success on many levels, and one which has been able to adapt to radical changes in the Spanish, European and world economies over the past fifty years. In addition, Mondragon has been an inspiration to many worker owned co-ops in the U.S. Shift Change will explore these links, and tell the stories of many U.S. companies which are thriving under worker ownership. These stories are important! Please contact friends, relatives and co-workers and direct them to this site to help support the project.

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      Tim Huet on April 11, 2012

      Thrilled to see that you landed an interview with Jose Maria Ormaechea, the most accomplished worker cooperator alive (arguably ever). I eagerly await the film!

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      Orna Locker on April 10, 2012

      I was moved to pledge because I am very excited about the idea of cooperatives and promoting this form of business as an important building block of the New Economy we must build. I can't wait to see the movie and encourage others to see it as well. Also, I appreciate and am grateful for your wonderful work for social and economic justice and want to support its continuation.

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      Bill McIntyre on April 9, 2012

      I have worked at a 100% employee-owned company for over 15 years and saw what good things employee ownership could do for people on a personal, professional and financial basis. For the last 10 years, I've worked at a non-profit outreach center whose mission is to expand employee ownership, because it truly is a better way of doing business - better for workers, better for the company, better for the customers, and better for the community. Shift Change helps spread the word by telling worker-owners' stories in their own words. With widespread distribution, it will make a difference. I enthusiastically support the film and willingly made a pledge. Please make a pledge and help Mark, Melissa and Tony complete this very worthwhile project . Thanks.

      Bill McIntyre

    15. Rodney North on April 9, 2012

      I work in a worker co-op, and whenever I tell people about it they love the idea and wonder why they had never heard of such a business model before. Well, this documentary can be a good step towards fixing that.
      So please help these filmmakers bring their film to the public. Thanks!