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The Rag Blog, Rag Radio, and the New Journalism Project
Present Noted Writer and Political Activist Carl Davidson:
‘Mondragon and the Workers’ Cooperative Movement’
A Multi-Media Presentation
Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, 7-10 p.m.
At 5604 Manor Community Center,
5604 Manor Road, Austin, Texas
Austin singer/songwriter Bill Oliver will perform.
Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available.
$5 Suggested Donation
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Carl Davidson in Austin:
‘The Mondragon Corporation and
the Workers’ Cooperative Movement‘
The Rag Blog, Rag Radio, and the New Journalism Project present noted writer and political activist Carl Davidson with a multi-media presentation on “The Mondragon Corporation and the Workers’ Cooperative Movement,” from 7-10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at 5604 Manor Community Center, 5604 Manor Road, Austin, Texas. There is a suggested donation of $5. After the presentation, Austin musician Bill Oliver will perform live. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available.
The Mondragon Corporation is a 50-year-old network of factories and agencies, involving close to 100,000 workers — centered in Spain’s Basque country, but now spanning the globe. Mondragon is an experiment, at once radical and practical, in how the working class can become masters of their workplaces and surrounding communities.
Carl Davidson, a regular contributor to The Rag Blog, is a co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a national board member of Solidarity Economy Network, and a local Beaver County, PA member of Steelworkers Associates. In the 1960s, he was a national leader of SDS and a writer and editor for the Guardian newsweekly. He is also author of several books, including, with Jerry Harris, CyberRadicalism: A New Left for a Global Age, and New Paths to Socialism, essays on worker coops, Marxism and the green economy.
Bill Oliver, known as the “Environmental Troubadour,” is an Austin-based singer/songwriter and entertainer.
5604 Manor is a community center run by the Workers Defense Project, Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and the Third Coast Workers for Cooperation.
The Rag Blog is a progressive internet newsmagazine based in Austin, Texas. The Rag Blog is published by the New Journalism Project, a 501(c)(3) Texas nonprofit corporation. Rag Radio is a weekly public affairs program hosted by Rag Blog editor Thorne Dreyer, Fridays, 2-3 p.m., on KOOP 91.7-FM in Austin.
Carl Davidson will also discuss the Mondragon Corporation and workers cooperatives on Rag Radio, Friday, Sept. 9, from 2-3 p.m. on KOOP 91.7-FM, and streamed live on the World Wide Web.
- Read articles about the Mondragon Corporation by Carl Davidson on The Rag Blog
Just three weeks ago the obituary for Robert Oakeshott appeared in The Guardian, and already there are discussions of Mondragón at Wikipedia and here that do not mention his seminal, early books on that subject – such a travesty in my mind; see
Robert Oakeshott, who has died aged 77, …He championed the cause of worker co-operatives and employee ownership in the UK and around the world. In the 1970s, Robert visited the successful Mondragón network of co-operatives in the Basque region of Spain. He recognised that Mondragón’s success was due in part to the bank at the centre of its network, Caja Laboral, and particularly its consultancy division, the Empresarial. [end excerpt]