Mondragón and Worker Cooperatives: Third Coast Workers For Cooperation

  UT professor George Cheney spoke February 16th on “Practical Lessons for a New Economy from the 55-year History of the Mondragón Cooperatives in Basque Country, Spain.” This interactive presentation will summarize Cheney’s experiences, research, and consulting in one of the largest worker-owned-and-managed systems in the world, the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation.
Founded in 1956, these worker co-ops comprise the largest firm in the Basque Country and the seventh largest private firm in Spain. Cheney will explain how the Mondragón system, known for its unique cultural and organizational features, holds important lessons for efforts in economic justice and community development, especially as many Americans search for new economic models in response to the “Great Recession.”
This event was sponsored by Third Coast Workers for Cooperation, an organization committed to the development and support of worker-owned green businesses.  For more info, contact info at
George Cheney is a Communication Studies professor at the University of Texas and has also taught at the universities of Illinois, Colorado, Montana and Utah. He has published eight books, including Values at Work: Employee Participation Meets Market Pressure at Mondragón. A specialist in the study of organizations, Cheney focuses much of his energy today on building just, democratic, and sustainable work enterprises.




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