Mondragon is located in northern Spain, in the Basque region, which is like a separate country within Spain that spills over into France. I’m going with two friends, and we’re meeting a delegation that wants to see first-hand how the cooperative movement works there. About 10,000 people work in industries, financial institutions, schools, and other institutions that are cooperatively owned and run by the workers that work there.
Mondragon has existed since the 50s, and yet few Americans seem to have heard of it, including me until recently. Why hasn’t the idea and the practice of cooperatives spread more broadly? That’s one of the things I want to find out, but I think maybe it has to do with the culture of the Basque country that embraces such a lifestyle.
Watch for blogs here about my trip!