notes from the stakeholder economy

  • Adoption of Technology in the U.S., 1900 to Present | Blackrock Blog

    This graph from the BlackRock Blog highlights the tech advances/consumer adoption paradigm.  Every day, the runway gets shorter particularly for low capital/upfront costs (to the consumer) technologies. full story »

  • NRECA explores viability of co-ops achieving 100 percent renewable energy portfolio | NCBA

    NCBA CLUSA was pleased to report last year that Washington, D.C. residents living east of the Anacostia River were organizing the region’s first solar cooperative—the co-op business model was appealing to homeowners skeptical of solar company representatives' promises. In a new study, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) explores the viability of co-ops achieving ... full story »

  • John McCain: Salute to a Communist | New York Times

    From The New York Times, March 24, 2016, by Senator John McCain: Mr. Berg went to Spain when he was a very young man. He fought in some of the biggest and most consequential battles of the war. He sustained wounds. He watched friends die. He knew he had ransomed his life to a lost cause, ... full story »

  • The Global Risks Interconnections Map 2016

    Visit the World Economic Forum site for a look at their interesting "map" of how global risks are interconnected.   full story »

  • At Spain’s Door, a Welcome Mat for Entrepreneurs | The New York Times

    The New York Times recently reported on a 2013 Spanish law hoping to boost entrepreneurship: Ms. Carr, 42, a Californian who has traveled extensively in Europe, long dreamed of living and working there. But as the founder of a start-up company and as an American citizen, she assumed that it would be “next to impossible” to ... full story »

  • Economic development promotes democracy, but there’s a catch | WashingtonPost.com

    From The Washington Post's Monkey Cage: "I provide evidence for another. Paradoxically, high economic growth and the high national income it—ultimately—causes have counterposed effects: the first entrenches the dictator, while the second undermines the dictatorship. Vigorous growth—which boosts household incomes and government revenues—enhances the incumbent’s survival odds. Thus, dictators have a personal interest in growth. But ... full story »

  • The Innovation Economy Must Include Everyone | ID8 Nation

    MAPA Group Partner Bill Generett wrote about economic inclusiveness for ID8 Nation: Today, a disturbing commonality unites our nation’s high-growth regional economies. African Americans, Latinos and many women are not benefitting from the prosperity created in these economies. This economic disconnect and the resulting economic imbalance has created two separate and different societies around race, class ... full story »

  • Public-Private Partnerships | Center for American Progress

    Understanding the Difference Between Procurement and Finance A public-private partnership, or P3, is an alternative approach to infrastructure procurement for large-scale, complex projects that allows a private entity to exercise greater control and decision-making authority than it would be able to under a traditional procurement arrangement. A P3 approach allows the public sector to transfer some ... full story »

  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises | Stanford Social Innovation Blog

    Don Shaffer of RSF Social Finance writes on the Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog: To build a thriving social enterprise sector, we need to rethink the purpose of capital and employ an integrated capital strategy. Integrated capital is the coordinated and collaborative use of different forms of capital (equity investments, loans, gifts, loan guarantees, and so ... full story »

  • Worker Co-ops Need to Get to Scale? | Rooflines

    Article by Steve Dubb on Mondragon, the growing worker coop movement in the U.S. and what’s needed to bring worker cooperatives to scale: “Negotiating the balance between providing outside support and empowering worker-owners to be lead agents in their own success also requires clear communication. ‘The relationships between the developer, the co-op, and any other local partners must ... full story »

  • The Disruption Machine | The New Yorker

    Some passages of "The Disruption Machine" by Jill Lepore we found particularly compelling: "...generally, the rhetoric of disruption—a language of panic, fear, asymmetry, and disorder—calls on the rhetoric of another kind of conflict, in which an upstart refuses to play by the established rules of engagement, and blows things up. Don’t think of Toyota taking on ... full story »

  • Achieving a Resilient and Agile Grid | NRECA

    MAPA's Craig Miller has published a new white paper, Achieving a Resilient and Agile Grid, with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association: The grid is changing in response to new requirements, and also in response to the increasing potential of advanced sensors, controls, and analytics. This paper looks at what a potential future grid could achieve and the ... full story »

  • MONDRAGON Corporation opens a period of reflection to plan its future

    Txema Gisasola has resigned as President of the General Council, for personal reasons. The basic characteristics of the future MONDRAGON model will be outlined during this period. The new President of the General Council will be appointed once the establishment of the new framework project for MONDRAGON has come to an end. Mondragón, 17 January 2014.- The co-operatives ... full story »

  • Statement issued by EROSKI on the MOU in relation to its AFS | EROSKI

    Statement issued by EROSKI (a Mondragon coop) on the memorandum of understanding in relation to its AFS, presented by Kontsumobide (the Basque Consumer Affairs Institute) EROSKI wishes to report its positive assessment of the mediation process brokered by Kontsumobide  (the Basque Consumer Affairs Institute) involving EROSKI (issuer), financial institutions (retailers) and several Consumer Associations acting on ... full story »

  • Why Your Employees Should Own Your Business | ASBC

    by John Abrams On the last day of 2012 South Mountain Company (SMC) celebrated the end of its twenty fifth year as a worker cooperative. It was an extraordinary year – rich, demanding, uplifting, and profitable. In 1987 I re-structured the company from a sole proprietorship to an employee owned cooperative corporation. It was a dramatic hinge ... full story »

  • Lagun-Aro EPSV’S General Assembly agrees to improve early retirement benefits and the employment aid fund

    Note: Lagun-Aro is the social security mutual of Mondragon, one of the three original Mondragon institutional pillars along with the university (Mondragon University) and the bank (Laboral Kutza).  Lagun-Aro EPSV’s General Assembly today approved an increase in early retirement benefits and greater financing for the Employment Aid Fund, as a speedy response to extra commitments related ... full story »

  • Supporters of workers cooperatives flesh out plans for Reading | Reading Eagle

    By Don Spatz Reading,PA --  Reading could get its first workers cooperative next year in its push to foster an alternative business model that competes with Wall Street. The co-op would be an employee-owned firm composed mostly of apprentices being trained in building demolition, deconstruction (razing all or some of a building, but reusing its parts) and ... full story »

  • 215 members of Fagor Electrodomésticos already relocated in other MONDRAGON cooperatives

    215 members of Fagor Electrodomésticos already relocated in other MONDRAGON cooperatives. 500 more relocations to other group cooperatives forecast over the next six months. The group of candidates for early retirement based on Lagun-Aro EPSV regulations rises to 300 people. To date, 215 members of Fagor Electrodomésticos are already working in other cooperatives in the MONDRAGON Corporation. The ... full story »

  • The Basque cooperative movement: a model of solidarity | deia.com

    by Joseba Azkarraga Rodero These are not the best of times for either the economy or employment. The economic crisis that has assailed our country has had its impact on each and every sector, as well as on each and every company, regardless of its organisational structure. This also means that cooperativism in general, and in ... full story »

  • Financial Crisis at Fagor Electrodomésticos Vs. “Building development capacities” Cooperative Model

    One, if not the most important, concern of the Club of Rome is to pay attention to fractal issues that may anticipate a change in our social and economic future. From this perspective, we have closely followed the evolution of the Mondragon (MCC) cooperative experience as a benchmark for another way of doing business and ... full story »

  • The future of Mondragon following its third financial crisis

    ALTHOUGH the financial crisis at Fagor Electrodomésticos (FE) is more spectacular due to the renown of the brand involved, it is neither the first nor the largest suffered by what is today the leading business group in the Basque Country. Therefore, to glimpse how it will react in the face of this adversity, it is ... full story »

  • We Need More Employee-Owned Businesses | U.S. News

    By David Brodwin Worker-owned businesses are on the rise. The number of worker-owned business in the U.S. is growing robustly, around 6 percent per year, and these businesses now account for about 12 percent of the private sector workforce. Yet, worker-owned business are frequently disparaged as "not quite capitalism." Skeptics repeat the cliché that worker-owners bog ... full story »

  • Union co-op group taking root in Cincinnati | Cincinnati.com

    College Hill farm is first of several planned worker-owner initiatives to include pipe fitting, manufacturing By Mark Curnutte COLLEGE HILL — Zeke Coleman, laid off from his previous job in the food industry, has found a living wage and his passion in an emerging local jobs program that has attracted international attention. Coleman, 33, of Hamilton, is one ... full story »

  • More Than Zucchini | AFL-CIO Our Values @Work

    By Kenneth Quinnell A couple of unions and a worker-owned co-op are teaming up to grow a new sustainable farming model in Cincinnati, and Stephen Dienger couldn’t be happier. An apprentice farmer at the Our Harvest Cooperative, he came to the co-op in 2012 after working at farms in St. Louis and Cincinnati, where he developed ... full story »

  • How to Democratize the US Economy | The Nation

    A long-term plan to renovate the American dream begins at the local level and scales up. This article is adapted from Gar Alperovitz’s What Then Must We Do? (Chelsea Green). by Gar Alperovitz Everyone knows the United States faces enormous challenges: unemployment, poverty, global warming, environmental decay—to say nothing of whole cities that have essentially been thrown away. ... full story »

  • Time to Make Job Creation a Team Sport | Huffington Post

    By Frank Islam and Ed Crego The American jobs machine is broken. To fix this, we need to bring more cooperation to capitalism and make it a team sport. In our previous two blogs we looked at the condition of labor and workers in the United States and recommended worker cooperatives as a means to address that ... full story »

  • A Formula for Reawakening Labor: Capitalism, Communities and Cooperatives | Huffington Post

    By Frank Islam and Ed Crego Based upon the rhetoric at the quadrennial labor convention held in Los Angeles this week, it appears that the labor movement will be trying new things and working diligently to break out of the daze we described in our most recent blog. Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, in his keynote ... full story »

  • Mondragon and National Cooperative Bank Partner in Growing Domestic Worker-Owned Cooperatives

    For Release: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Laboral Kutxa (the Mondragon Bank) and National Cooperative Bank (NCB) to Partner in Growing Domestic Worker-Owned Cooperatives  NCB & Laboral Kutxa Form Precedent-Setting USA Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding Signed on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 The world’s largest industrial, worker-owned and run cooperative, Mondragon, founded in the Basque region of Spain over fifty-five years ago and ... full story »

  • The Alternative American Dream: Inclusive Capitalism | PBS NewsHour

    By Chris Mackin In this 1987 MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour report, Paul Solman reported on workers' attempt to buyout the General Dynamics shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, and spoke with Chris Mackin, a leader in the worker ownership movement. Paul Solman: Worker ownership: When I joined the labor force in 1970, it was the dream of many an "alternative" business, ... full story »

  • Cincinnati union co-op Our Harvest grows a national profile from roots in College Hill | WCPO

    by Elissa Yancey, WCPO Digital Contributing Environment Editor CINCINNATI – On a main road in College Hill, smack dab in the middle of an urban food desert, sits a quiet, 28-acre farm at the center of a revolution. A freshly built propagation house stands just a hundred yards or so off a four-lane section of North Bend Road ... full story »

  • The President’s Climate Action Plan | Executive Office of the President

    While no single step can reverse the effects of climate change, we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted and damaged. Through steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our children’s health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so that ... full story »

  • New Legislation Helps Drive the National Cooperative Movement | PR Newswire

    WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The chief Congressional champion for the national cooperative movement, Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), has introduced H.R. 2437, the Creating Jobs Through Cooperatives Act. The legislation authorizes $25 million per year through 2017 to create the National Cooperative Development Program within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program will provide assistance in a number of ways including: awarding ... full story »

  • Our Broken Social Contract | The New York Times

    By Thomas B. Edsall Many Americans think that their country has lost its way. But when they try to make sense of what’s happening, they disagree about whether the problem is essentially economic or whether it stems from cultural and moral decay. Charles Murray, the provocative author of “Coming Apart” and “The Bell Curve,” argues that the ... full story »

  • Can co-ops remake America’s economy from the ground up? | Marketplace

    Federal Reserve policymakers have generally relied on tweaking interest rates as a strategy for jump staring the economy. But in a country where wages adjusted for inflation have been stuck in place for almost a decade, some scholars think the economy needs a more aggressive overhaul. Gar Alperovitz is a political economist and historian. His new book, called "What Then ... full story »

  • Can Unions and Cooperatives Join Forces? | Truthout.com

    An Interview With United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard By Amy Dean United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard talks to Truthout about the challenges and opportunities of a new labor model: the union co-op. As the economic crisis festers for many long-term unemployed and underemployed people, the idea of worker-owned and worker-run cooperatives has become ever more appealing as a ... full story »

  • C-W Interview: Rob Witherell | Community-Wealth.org

    Interview of Rob Witherell Representative, United Steelworkers (USW) Interviewed by Steve Dubb, Research Director, The Democracy Collaborative, March 2013 Rob Witherell works for the United Steelworkers union at its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to working on contract negotiations, benefits analysis, research and organizing, Robhas also led the United Steelworkers’ efforts on developing union co-ops and is the union’s lead liaison ... full story »

  • CUNY Law Community Economic Development Clinic Partners with Mondragon Corporation on Union Coops | CUNY School of Law

    New York, NY – The City University of New York School of Law’s Community Economic Development (CED) Clinic has launched a new partnership with the Mondragon Cooperatives, the largest worker-owned cooperative in the world. Under the new partnership, the CED Clinic, in collaboration with Pennsylvania-based Regional Housing Legal Services, will help launch the Pittsburgh Clean & ... full story »

  • New Michigan Energy + Technology Center to focus on developing Muskegon’s port and B.C. Cobb site | M Live

    CHICAGO – The Michigan Energy + Technology Center consortium of companies announced a formal partnership Monday and outlined plans to work on two initial projects including development of Muskegon’s port facilities. The agreement joining Consumers Energy, Rockford Berge, Michigan State University and other Michigan-based energy-related companies was outlined at the first day of the American Wind ... full story »

  • Can Co-ops Save Unions? | In These Times

    Labor-cooperative partnerships may herald a new strategy for labor–if they can get off the ground. BY REBECCA BURNS What has 18 owners, no bosses and high hopes for fostering workplace democracy in America? New Era Windows LLC, a worker-owned cooperative formed last year by members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110. After occupying their factory to save ... full story »

  • Interview With Rob Witherell: Representative, United Steelworkers (USW) | Truthout

    By Steve Dubb Rob Witherell works for the United Steelworkers union at its headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to working on contract negotiations, benefits analysis, research and organizing, Rob has also led the United Steelworkers’ efforts on developing union co-ops and is the union’s lead liaison with the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation. Could you tell us a ... full story »

  • Growing the Wealth | Center for American Progress Report

    How Government Encourages Broad-Based Inclusive Capitalism By David Madland and Karla Walter American companies use a variety of financial incentives, from broad-based profit sharing and stock options to worker cooperatives and employee stock ownership plans, to reward their employees with a portion of the wealth those workers help generate. This kind of compensation goes well beyond simply ... full story »

  • The Mondragón Cooperatives: An Inspiring Economic Hybrid | Tikkun

    by Georgia Kelly Riding from the Bilbao Airport to the small town of Mondragón, one is struck by the sheer beauty of the forested hills and verdant valleys in Spain’s Basque Country. The roads are as smooth as if they were paved yesterday, and there is nothing in this bucolic landscape to suggest anything is amiss ... full story »

  • State-Wrecked: The Corruption of Capitalism in America | New York Times

    By David A. Stockman The Dow Jones and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes reached record highs on Thursday, having completely erased the losses since the stock market’s last peak, in 2007. But instead of cheering, we should be very afraid. Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American ... full story »

  • MONDRAGON Corporation, winner at the Boldness in Business awards organized by the Financial Times

    In the Drivers of Change category. In competition with six other companies from all over the world selected by the jury of the prestigious awards organized by the Financial Times and Arcelor Mittal. MONDRAGON Corporation has won the Drivers of Change category at the Boldness in Business awards, organized on an annual basis by the London-based ... full story »

  • The corporate ‘predator state’ | The Washington Post

    By Katrina vanden Heuvel Bipartisan agreement in Washington usually means citizens should hold on to their wallets or get ready for another threat to peace. In today’s politics, the bipartisan center usually applauds when entrenched interests and big money speak. Beneath all the partisan bickering, bipartisan majorities are solid for a trade policy run by and ... full story »

  • Meet the New Left: Small-Business Owners | The Nation

    By William Greider A promising new force is finding its voice in progressive politics, though it is still widely ignored or misunderstood. These overlooked progressives are small-business owners and entrepreneurs who are not usually confused with left-wing activists. It does seem improbable: roughly half of small-business people are Republicans, only a third or so identify themselves ... full story »

  • More US unions are now running their own businesses | MSNBC

    by Ned Resnikoff A handful of American unions aren’t content to just negotiate with the boss—instead, they’re cutting the boss out of the equation entirely. For example, the United Steelworkers union (USW) is starting a handful of co-ops across the rust belt in collaboration with the Basque Mondragon Corporation; a sprawling federation of cooperative businesses, in which ... full story »

  • Mondragon: Spain’s giant co-operative where times are hard but few go bust | The Guardian

    by Giles Tremlett José María Ormaetxea is the co-founder of Spain's seventh biggest industrial group, but he potters around Mondragon in a Ford Fiesta and lives in an ordinary flat in this industrial town tucked into a valley in the country's northern Basque region. "Imagine how rich he could have been if he had founded a different ... full story »

  • Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business | Yes! Magazine

    The steelworkers deal that could turn the rust belt green. by Amy Dean “Too often we have seen Wall Street hollow out companies by draining their cash and assets and hollow out communities by shedding jobs and shuttering plants,” said United Steelworkers (USW) President Leo Gerard in 2009. “We need a new business model that invests in ... full story »

  • Learn More About Mondragon

    Review the following links to learn more about Mongradon: Introduction to the Mondragon Corporation: Video Presentation Who Are We Our Management model Structure & Sectors Most Relevant Data, 2011 (We “close” the year on 31st March, so all the consolidated results for 2012 will be published by June 2013.) Corporate Profile Annual Report Cooperativisim Experience Co-operatives Information, Publications, Literature: a. http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/language/en-US/ENG/Co-operativism/Co-operative-Experience.aspx b. http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/language/en-US/ENG/Co-operativism/Co-operative-Legislation.aspx c. http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/language/en-US/ENG/Co-operativism/Interesting-links-in-the-field-of-Co-operativism.aspx   full story »

  • SOCIAL-REPUBLICAN PROPERTY | UCLA Law Review

    by William H. Simon UCLA Law Review, 38 UCLA L. Rev. 1335, August, 1991 Copyright 1991 by the Regents of the University of California; William H. Simon INTRODUCTION Economic democracy is the idea that the norms of equality and participation that classical liberalism confines to a narrowly defined sphere of government should apply to the sphere of economic life. ... full story »

  • Social Democracy in the Age of Austerity | Renewal

    by Joe Guinan Democratic wealth-holding can give social democracy a new set of economic institutions and political power bases. Social democracy at a crossroads Historians joke that, no matter what the period, the middle class is always rising. In the same vein, social democracy seems perpetually at a crossroads. This may not be surprising, given the revisionist origins ... full story »

  • Let’s play fantasy economics. Things could really get better. | The Guardian

    Andrew Simms A family-oriented nation of fairness, social justice and mutual ownership? It exists – just not all in one place Do you grudgingly accept there is no fundamental alternative to how things are, hard times and difficult choices? Then come to Goodland. You might want to live here. Its president refuses the state mansion. He gives away ... full story »

  • Green consumer products: Good? Or just less bad? | The Socially Conscious Consumer

    How can we create products that provide a net good for the planet and for its inhabitants? I often focus on this question because it’s a key challenge facing business leaders and consumers who seek to promote sustainable lifestyles through the purchase and use of consumer products. Unfortunately, while we have made incremental steps by creating ... full story »

  • The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor | The New York Times

    By Thomas B. Edsall A concept promulgated by the right — the notion of the hidden prosperity of the poor — underpins the conservative take on the ongoing debate over rising inequality. The political right uses this concept to undermine the argument made by liberals that the increasingly unequal distribution of income poses a danger to the ... full story »

  • Plant, projects help Napoleon earn title of ‘America’s Number One Solar Small Town’ | Toledo Blade

    NAPOLEON — Michael Peck still finds it amazing that a tiny area smack in the middle of rural northwest Ohio can have such a large solar footprint. Granted, since last February, the city of Napoleon has been home to a solar panel-making operation headed by Mr. Peck, chairman of Isofoton North America Inc., an offspring of ... full story »

  • Spanish co-op might point the way forward for workers in America | MSNBC

    by Ned Resnikoff Believe it or not, worker-owned businesses are on the rise in the United States. In a time of high unemployment and low wages, majority-worker owned companies and cooperatives have been quietly growing across the country. The Guardian’s Moira Herbst offers up a few prominent examples: a Minnesota grocery chain proprietor who left the business ... full story »

  • Skills Don’t Pay the Bills | The New York Times

    by Adam Davidson Earlier this month, hoping to understand the future of the moribund manufacturing job market, I visited the engineering technology program at Queensborough Community College in New York City. I knew that advanced manufacturing had become reliant on computers, yet the classroom I visited had nothing but computers. As the instructor Joseph Goldenberg explained, ... full story »

  • The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent | New York Times

    By Chrystia Feeland Ms. Freeland writes, "The history of the United States can be read as one such virtuous circle. But as the story of Venice shows, virtuous circles can be broken. Elites that have prospered from inclusive systems can be tempted to pull up the ladder they climbed to the top. Eventually, their societies become extractive and ... full story »

  • Pivoting a City: Can Startups Help More Than Themselves? | The Atlantic

    by Alexis Madrigal Pittsburgh has proven fertile soil for new companies, but the startup mentality may meet its match in a real town's legacy problems.  Pittsburgh is a great place to investigate the possibilities of a start-up led urban resurgence because of all the cities between the coast and Chicago, it's the one that's farthest along the path ... full story »

  • Mondragon International’s “Multi-Localization” Study | Presented to London School of Economics

    As a practicing modern manufacturing antidote, Mondragon, a closely studied and emulated global “doing well by doing good” industrial worker cooperative multinational with a 55-year track record, has released a new “multi-localization” analysis that turns traditional zero-sum outsourcing and off-shoring practices on their nefarious heads. The Mondragon international “multi-localization” model built on Mondragon’s respected “one ... full story »

  • Solar firm targets steady growth | Toledo Blade

    Job fair for veterans seeks staff for plant under way in Napoleon BY KRIS TURNER NAPOLEON — The solar-panel machinery inside Isofoton USA’s sprawling Napoleon facility is spaced out like giant puzzle pieces. Machines are arranged in a line across the length of the former warehouse. Some of the equipment is ready to be strung together, while other ... full story »

  • Red, White and Green: The True Colors of America’s Clean Tech Jobs | DBL Investors

    September 2012—a new white paper from DBL Shows Red States Lead in Green Job Growth Clean tech may cre­ate a highly par­ti­san debate in Wash­ing­ton D.C., but in the rest of coun­try, it cre­ates jobs. A new report exam­ines the sharp con­trasts between polit­i­cal rhetoric and on-the-ground real­ity, and shows that red states – not blue ... full story »

  • Ohio Veterans Job Fair for Friday, September 7th, 2012

    The global leader in solar solutions will open its factory in Napoleon in November 2012 Napoleon, Ohio, August 28, 2012 – In light of the forthcoming opening of its factory in Napoleon, Ohio in November, ISOFOTON North America (INA), global leader in solar solutions, is pleased to announce an INA Flyer Final for September 7, 2012. The ... full story »

  • The Launching Pad | The New York Times

    By Thomas Friedman I can remember bad presidential campaigns in good times and good campaigns in bad times, but it is hard to recall a worse campaign in a worse time. Mitt Romney’s campaign has been about nothing, and President Obama’s has been about Romney. I’m sure Obama’s attacks on Romney’s career at Bain Capital have ... full story »

  • Steve Dubb: Why Building Community Wealth Is a Key Challenge to Corporate Power | Naked Capitalism

    As resistance has grown to America’s widening gulf between the “1 percent” and the rest of the population, something new has exploded in America’s communities; “community wealth building” is an explicit strategy to democratize the ownership of wealth from the ground up. With traditional regulatory and tax-and-spend approaches faltering at every level, the notion that ... full story »

  • Energetx Composites exporting wind blade molds to Spain | Holland Sentinel

    By Stephen Kloosterman, May 22, 2012 Holland’s Energetx Composites LLC started work Sunday exporting 11 molds used to create industrial-size wind turbine blades. The molds — which range in size from 26 feet to 149 feet — are being shipped to Aeroblade, based in Minano, Spain, Energetx officials said in a prepared statement. On Sunday, a team of ... full story »

  • Responsible Private Equity Investors Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing | Huffington Post

    by Marco Trbovich Private equity firms and their investors from Taft-Hartley and state pension funds offered compelling accounts of their success in securing profitable returns on investment in U.S. manufacturing -- especially in the Midwest -- at the Heartland Capital Strategies fourth and final Responsible Investment Forum, organized in collaboration with the Blue Green Alliance. Read the ... full story »

  • The Midwest’s Manufacturing Conundrum | The Atlantic Cities

    By Richard Florida May 11, 2012 America's manufacturing revival is being hailed by a growing chorus of voices. Manufacturing jobs increased at their fastest rate in almost a year, according to data from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The Boston Consulting Group is forecasting the creation of between two and three million new manufacturing jobs ... full story »

  • Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production | Brookings Institution Report

    This report from the Brookings Institution offers "the first comprehensive analysis ever of the metropolitan geography of U.S. manufacturing." They note, "the report begins by situating the present moment of U.S. manufacturing. It continues by reporting a series of often surprising descriptive trends affecting the nature and location of American production. Finally, it concludes by proposing ... full story »

  • Solar Energy: Napoleon’s Solar Campaign | Site Selection

    Isofoton, based in Malaga, Spain, was formed in 1981 as a spin-off project at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. The global firm, which operates a factory in the Andalusia Technology Park in Malaga, formed Isofoton North America about 10 years ago with the idea of entering the U.S. market. Michael Peck, chairman of Isofoton North ... full story »

  • Reconstructing America’s Economic System Is Within Reach | Truthout

    Excerpt from the introduction to the new paperback edition of "America Beyond Capitalism": The primary theoretical and strategic argument of America Beyond Capitalism is that an "evolutionary reconstruction" of the system is not only necessary but well within the range of long run possibility. The argument rests on three challenging assessments: The first and foundational judgment is ... full story »

  • Cooperative businesses provide a new-old model for job growth | Christian Science Monitor

    Co-ops worldwide represent much more than hippie grocery stores: They're a fast-growing way to do business better in fields from finance to agriculture to industry. By Jessica Reeder, Sharable Magazine What do coffee growers in Ethiopia, hardware store owners in America, and Basque entrepreneurs have in common? For one thing, many of them belong to cooperatives. By ... full story »

  • Restoring Worker Equity in the U.S. Economy | Blue-Green Blog

    By Brian Lombardozzi In Pittsburgh, PA, on March 26, 2012, BlueGreen Alliance founding members the United Steelworkers (USW), together with the global worker industrial cooperative leader Mondragon International, S.A. and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) announced a new union co-op model for organizations wanting to combine worker equity with a progressive collective bargaining process. This ... full story »

  • Worker Ownership For the 21st Century? | The Nation

    By Laura Flanders It may not be the revolution’s dawn, but it’s certainly a glint in the darkness. On Monday, this country’s largest industrial labor union teamed up with the world’s largest worker-cooperative to present a plan that would put people to work in labor-driven enterprises that build worker power and communities, too. Titled “Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable ... full story »

  • Mondragon: Collective approach pays big dividends | Financial Times

    By Miles Johnson In a world where bankers and executives often argue that high pay is directly correlated with success and talent, Mondragon, the Basque workers co-operative, is proud to offer an alternative model. Founded in 1956, with its roots in a technical college set up by a Catholic priest, the Mondragon Corporation is one of Spain’s ... full story »

  • The New “Union Co-op” Model | Gar Alperovitz

    From Gar Alperovitz's blog: The new model for a “union co-op,” one which combines principles of worker ownership and labor solidarity—jointly announced by the United Steelworkers, the Ohio Employee Ownership Center and Mondragón on March 26, 2012—represents a major and positive historic advance in community wealth-building. Their work is helping to forge the building blocks of a ... full story »

  • Worker Ownership for the 99%

    The United Steelworkers, Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center Announce a New Union Cooperative Model to Reinsert Worker Equity Back into the U.S. Economy Pittsburgh (March 26, 2012) – Leo W. Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers (USW), together with representatives from Mondragon International, S.A., the global worker industrial cooperative leader, and the Ohio ... full story »

  • Inequality Undermines Democracy | New York Times

    By Eduardo Porter Americans have never been too worried about the income gap. The gap between the rich and the rest has been much wider in the United States than in other developed nations for decades. Still, polls show we are much less concerned about it than people in those other nations are. Read the article from ... full story »

  • Why Some Countries Go Bust | New York Times Magazine

    By Adam Davidson By his own admission, Daron Acemoglu is a slightly pudgy and fairly nerdy guy with an unpronounceable last name. But when I mentioned that I was interviewing him to two econ buffs, they each gasped and said, “I love Daron Acemoglu,” as if I were talking about Keith Richards. The Turkish M.I.T. professor ... full story »

  • Living by Default | The New Yorker

    by James Surowiecki We normally say that a company “went bankrupt,” implying that it had no choice. But when, recently, American Airlines filed for bankruptcy, it did so deliberately. The airline had four billion dollars in the bank and could have kept paying its bills. But it has been losing money for a while, and its ... full story »

  • Worker-Owners of America, Unite! | New York Times

    In an op-ed in the New York Times on 12/14/11, Professor Gar Alperovitz writes: "...worker-owned companies make a difference. In Cleveland, for instance, an integrated group of worker-owned companies, supported in part by the purchasing power of large hospitals and universities, has taken the lead in local solar-panel installation, “green” institutional laundry services and a commercial ... full story »

  • USW Resolution: Workers’ Capital, Industrial Democracy and Worker Ownership

    Passed August 18, 2011 by the United Steelworkers Resolution No. 27: Workers' Capital, Industrial Democracy and Worker Ownership Click here to download the Resolution. full story »

  • Spanish-Based Energy Technology Manufacturer lands in Ohio

    Photovoltaic Manufacturing Facility to Generate 330 Green Jobs Columbus – Isofoton, a leading solar energy technology company, chose Napoleon, Ohio, as the new home for its North American manufacturing facility. Contingent upon state approvals, the Ohio Department of Development will offer assistance of $15.8 million to leverage Isofoton’s pledged $16.4 million investment in Ohio. Isofoton - 7 ... full story »

  • Creating Shared Value | Harvard Business Review

    by Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer The capitalist system is under siege. In recent years business increasingly has been viewed as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems. Companies are widely perceived to be prospering at the expense of the broader community. Even worse, the more business has begun to embrace corporate responsibility, ... full story »

  • Scarborough in El Economista

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  • Transformative 49.9 MW Solar Array to be Developed on Reclaimed Ohio Strip Mine; Spain’s Leading Solar Manufacturers to Build Ohio Production Facilities

    Gov. Strickland, American Electric Power CEO, Turning Point Solar and Others Sign Memoranda to Create $250 Million Solar Farm COLUMBUS, OHIO--October 5, 2010 — Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today announced agreements to create Turning Point Solar, a 49.9 MW solar array to be built on strip-mined land adjacent to The Wilds nature conservancy.  At signing ceremonies ... full story »

  • Scarborough on Renewable Energy in El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)

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  • Scarborough in La Tribuna (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)

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  • The Cleveland Model | The Nation

    by Gar Alperovitz, Thad Williamson and Ted Howard Something important is happening in Cleveland: a new model of large-scale worker- and community-benefiting enterprises is beginning to build serious momentum in one of the cities most dramatically impacted by the nation's decaying economy. The Evergreen Cooperative Laundry (ECL)--a worker-owned, industrial-size, thoroughly "green" operation--opened its doors late last ... full story »

  • To jumpstart US job market, turn workers into owners Many Americans build wealth through their home. Why not through work? | Christian Science Monitor

    By Melissa Hoover and Beadsie Woo San Francisco and Baltimore — Seldom do the United Steelworkers, the United Nations, and film director Michael Moore express the same idea at the same time. But all have, in their own way, promoted the benefits of cooperative businesses in recent months. The Steelworkers Union, North America’s largest industrial union, has ... full story »

  • The Growth of Citizen Co-Ops Is a Positive Development As Corporations Fail Us in Every Way | Alternet

    By Sena Christian During Andrew McLeod's 10-day visit to the Basque Country of northern Spain, he met a 34-year-old man named Aitor Garro, who makes aluminum car components. For the last 13 years, this man has worked at Fagor Ederlan, a division of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, which is the world's largest system of worker-owned businesses. ... full story »

  • In Cleveland, Worker Co-Ops Look to a Spanish Model | Time

    By Judith D. Schwartz While officials, pundits and the everyday folks who have to pay bills lament unemployment rates that won't go down and wages that won't go up, some Rust Belt planners and union leaders are feeling optimistic: they're taking inspiration from the Basque region of Spain, where a network of worker-owned cooperatives launched amid ... full story »

  • This Import Might Preserve American Jobs | Miller-McCune

    By Judith D. Schwartz As the U.S. unemployment breaches the 10 percent mark — with manufacturing sector rates even higher — policymakers and industry representatives in the Midwest are seeking strategies to keep the Rust Belt from getting even rustier. In this war for economic survival, groups in cities like Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago, as well ... full story »

  • The Case for Worker Co-ops | NYT Economix Blog

    By Nancy Folbre Since many of our most prestigious economic institutions have embarrassed themselves at our expense over the last year, maybe it’s time to look around. Worker-owned and -managed businesses combine the romance of entrepreneurship with solid family values and commitment to community. What’s not to like? Read the blog post here. full story »

  • Workers of the World, Incorporate | NYT Economix Blog

    By Nancy Folbre On Oct. 27, the United Steelworkers announced an agreement with Mondragon International to move toward establishment of manufacturing cooperatives in the United States and Canada. Maybe this agreement represents a symbolic gesture that will not generate any significant economic benefits. Maybe it represents a step in the evolution of a new institutional form ... full story »

  • Keep Wealth Local | Report

    The Keep Wealth Local: Shared Ownership and Wealth Control for Rural Communities report is part of the Wealth Creation in Rural America initiative, funded by the Ford Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to help low-wealth rural areas overcome their isolation and integrate into regional economies in ways that increase their own- ership and influence ... full story »

  • Steelworkers Partner With World’s Largest Worker-Owned Co-Op | In These Times

    By Lindsay Beyerstein Big news from last week largely overlooked by the mainstream media: The United Steelworkers will join forces with MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A., the largest worker-owned cooperative in the world, to start worker-owned factories in Canada and the United States. “We see today’s agreement as a historic first step towards making union co-ops a viable ... full story »

  • USW Signs Agreement With Mondragon To Create Worker-Owned Cooperatives | Daily Labor Report

    by Michelle Amber Contending that North America needs a “much different economic model” than the current “Wall Street model,” United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard Oct. 27 announced his union has reached a “framework agreement” with Mondragon Internacional to collaborate in an effort to create worker cooperatives in the manufacturing sector in the United States and Canada. ... full story »

  • Steelworkers Form Collaboration with MONDRAGON, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative

    Steelworkers Form Collaboration with MONDRAGON, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative Pittsburgh(Oct. 27, 2009) – The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within theUnited StatesandCanada.  The USW and MONDRAGON will work to establish manufacturing cooperatives that adapt collective bargaining principles to ... full story »

  • Scarborough Presentation in Dominica

    U.S. consultant to give lecture on renewable energy BY Staff Reporter Originally published: July 10, 2009 05:59:00 AM Last updated: July 10, 2009 09:43:56 AM The Embassy of the United States of America to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in partnership with the Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC) will today hold a public lecture on Renewable Energy. The lecture, ... full story »

  • Scarborough on Economic Development in Barbados

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  • Scarborough on Renewable Energy in the Barbados Advocate

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  • Scarborough in the Barbados Advocate

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  • Scarborough on Renewable Energy in El Comercio (Lima, Peru)

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  • Gov. Rendell Inaugurates Edensburg Factory

     PA Governor Rendell Inaugurates Gamesa's Cambria County Manufacturing Facility  HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of Gamesa Corp.'s manufacturing facility for wind turbineturbine generator blades - its first in North America North America - at the South Park Industrial Complex in Cambria County. More than 230 people ... full story »

  • PA Gov. Rendell – Gamesa’s three new manufacturing facilities

    PA Gov. Rendell Announces Bucks County as Site of Gamesa's Three New Manufacturing Facilities High-Tech Plants to Create More Than 300 Manufacturing Jobs, Return a Former U.S. Steel Industrial Site to Productive Use HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward  G. Rendell today announced the Spanish wind-energy company Gamesa Corp. is expanding operations inPennsylvania by investing another $34 million to ... full story »

  • Gov. Rendell Announces Gamesa coming to PA

    Gov Rendell Announces Energy Technology Company Gamesa Coming to PA Proposed Facilities Expected to Create Up to 1,000 Jobs, Provide Clean Electricity to 135,000 Homes HARRISBURG – After several months of negotiations, PA Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that the Spanish wind-energy company Gamesa Corp. has agreed to base its U.S. headquarters and East Coast development ... full story »


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