Monthly Archives: October 2007

Real Social Security: Lagun-Aro

Another post from October 2007 after returning from Mondragon. The full series of posts can be found at Breathing Lessons by clicking on Mondragon in the tag cloud. When Americans hear the word “Social Security”, we think of a failed … Continue reading

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The Co-operative Management Model

José Luis LaFuente discussed the management model being developed by Mondragon. He began by placing the model in perspective with the overall philosophy of Mondragon. It begins with the Inspirational Philosophy (the principles, the culture, and the values of Mondragon). … Continue reading

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The Ownership Society

October 2, 2006 That was the buzz a few years ago from the White House. They, meaning the kleptocrats and their Wall St. friends, wanted to open up the locked box of Social Security and allow people to “invest” their … Continue reading

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Worker Co-operative Development–the Basque Way

Another post from 2007 and the Mondragon Trip. Today, we listened to folks from Elkar-Lan S. Coop. This is a secondary cooperative made up of two cooperative federations and an cooperative advisory board to the Basque government. Their primary mission … Continue reading

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Management Training in a Worker Cooperative

The day began early as we jumped on the bus to head off to Mondragon’s Otalora Management Training Institute for a full day of discussion about the methodology of training Mondragon’s managers, how Mondragon uses its system to help and … Continue reading

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Mondragon and Globalization, Basque Country and Ghosts

Today’s schedule: Group Discussion in the Morning. We then left Hotel Sandika and the mountains to have lunch and discussion with Anjel Herrassti in Donostia. We returned to Mondragon and checked in at the Mondragon Hotel. The first part of … Continue reading

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Worker Cooperative Incubation–the Basque Way

Today, we listened to folks from Elkar-Lan S. Coop. This is a secondary cooperative made up of two cooperative federations and an cooperative advisory board to the Basque government. Their primary mission is to help worker cooperatives come to fruition. … Continue reading

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