Hawaii premier of Shift Change

SUBHEAD: When many are disillusioned with big business, employee ownership offers real solutions.

By Fred Dente on 5 June 2013 in Island Breath -

Image above: Still image from movie Shift Change.

New film tells the stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. Free Admission.

The Children of the Land, Kapaa, Kauai

Thursday June 20th, 2013 at 6:30pm - 10pm.

Fred Dente
Phone 808-6512815   
Email: koikoi1@hawaii.rr.com

The event is presented by Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice,

Video above: Trailer for Shift Change - 7 minutes. From (http://vimeo.com/38342677).

The highly anticipated new documentary, SHIFT CHANGE, will have its Hawaii premiere in Kapaa on June 20, 2013.

At a time when many are disillusioned with big banks, big business, and growing inequity in the United States, employee ownership offers real solutions for workers and communities.

SHIFT CHANGE visits thriving cooperative businesses in the U.S. and Spain; sharing on-the-ground experiences, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front lines of the new economy.

SHIFT CHANGE filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin gained unprecedented access to the world's oldest and largest network of worker cooperatives in Mondragon—in the Basque Country of Spain—where 60% of local residents are employee-owners. With high job security and competitive salaries, the Basque Country boasts half the unemployment rate of the rest of Spain, and the Mondragon Corporation is the country's 10th largest.

SHIFT CHANGE explores many of Mondragon's diverse production facilities; along with its network of cooperative infrastructure, education, and social services agencies, highlighting the qualities that have helped to drive Mondragon's business success while also perpetuating the democratic, socially responsible, community-oriented principles upon which it was founded.
Here in the U.S. where a long decline in manufacturing and a brutal economic crisis have led to millions of Americans being thrown out of work—many are looking to Mondragon as a model. Worker-owned businesses are on the rise, with hundreds of coops in the U.S. today, representing thousands of individual worker/owners.

SHIFT CHANGE highlights some of the vibrant worker-owned companies across the nation: from bakeries to solar energy to manufacturing and engineering. Through in-depth interviews with worker-owners, attendance at coop meetings, and visits to the factory floor, the film conveys the promise that these businesses offer to reinvent our failing economy, provide a pathway to long term stability, and nurture a more egalitarian way of life.

Businesses featured in SHIFT CHANGE include the Bay Area's Arizmendi Bakery Association—inspired by the Mondragon model and comprised of six cooperative bakeries and a development and support collective—and the non-profit Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (W.A.G.E.S), an Oakland-based organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social well being of low-income women through cooperative business ownership.

Online: www.shiftchange.org  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shiftchangemovie

See also:
Ea O Ka Aina: Economy Under a New Management 3/1/13

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