Friday Video: Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work

Arizmendi Bakeries. Photo by Myleen Hollero

Shift Change examines the movement toward democratic, worker-owned businesses from the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation [MCC] in the Basque region of Spain to the recent creation of the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleaveland, Ohio.

Produced by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, this film explores a different kind of business model, putting communities and human lives above bottom line profits. You can hear a few of the stories from these worker/owners and learn about the success of the model in the short clip below. You can also read a bit each of the coops featured in the video by clicking here. 

Screenings are beginning across the United States. See a complete list here.


What are your thoughts on worker owned cooperatives? What are the models where you live? We’d love to hear from you! 

SHIFT CHANGE – preview from Mark Dworkin on Vimeo.