mondragon1The driving motive for the Mondragon Cooperatives of northern Spain is not earnings, but strengthening community and boosting quality of life. Their considerable profits are secondary.

mondragon_signSonoma's Praxis Peace Institute has hosted two previous study-tours of the Mondragon Cooperatives, in 2008 and 2010, and has another coming up in September. Institute Founder and Director Georgia Kelly describes some highlights of the trip.

cooperative_experinceThe people-first ethic that drives the Mondragon enterprises is far different than the values of most businesses, in Spain and beyond. For example, Kelly recounts, no worker is ever fired.

 

 

 

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