Mondragon, Here I Come

In four days I’m leaving Los Angeles for Mondragon, Spain. Why Mondragon, and where the heck is it?

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!


About Kitty Kroger

Kitty Kroger is a retired high school teacher of E.S.L. She has published her first novel, "Dancing with Mao and Miguel," which takes place in the 70s and deals with political, social, and personal concerns of that decade. In addition to writing, she is also involved in trying to make the world a better place, concerning herself with issues such as climate change and attacks on refugees and immigrants. She enjoys photography, including street photos (find her work on and Instagram), writes poetry, and plays in a piano ensemble. She also publishes a blog called "Voices of the Sixties and Seventies" (
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2 Responses to Mondragon, Here I Come

  1. kkroger says:

    Thanks, Bonnie. I am so looking forward to the trip. It’s too bad that the U.S. is so insular, but I hope to share a lot in this blog and elsewhere.

  2. Bonnie Bostwick says:

    I hope you find an answer to your question(s). We could learn so much from other cultures around the world if we would only open our ears and eyes and shut our mouths! Travel with joy and safety!

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