Mondragon Seminar 2008

September 28 - October 4, 2008
Mondragon, Spain

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Praxis Peace Institute is organizing a 5-day workshop/seminar with the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque country of Spain. The purpose of the seminar is to learn about worker owned and managed cooperative businesses from the leading consortium of cooperatives in the world.

Basic Cooperative Principles
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The Mondragon Cooperatives were founded in 1955 and now encompass 264 businesses and employ more than 100,000 worker-owners. Mondragon is a highly successful cooperative model with over 50 years of proven success. They have established research centers, bank and credit unions, a university, youth cooperatives, and small to large businesses.

In June 2007, the Educational Director of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Mikel Lezamiz, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Due to the interest generated at the conference, we decided to collaborate with Mondragon in offering an in-depth educational opportunity for those who want more information on how to create cooperatives in their businesses and communities.

Who Should Participate
Green business leaders, educators, community leaders, journalists, environmentalists, and all those who have an opportunity to make use of the Mondragon model in projects based in their communities or businesses. This program is a unique opportunity to learn cooperative models of business organization and to see first hand how they work over a long period of time.

The Seminar
The seminar will include 4 days of presentations and tours of Mondragon businesses, a youth cooperative, an incubator for cooperatives, and the university. On the 5th day, Praxis Peace Institute will host a day of discussion and brainstorming about how these ideas can be useful in our communities back home and how we can find support for cooperaive business ventures.

Excursions
Included in the program are a dinner in the coastal city of San Sebastian, a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a trip to the Aranzazu Monastery in the mountains, and visits to other areas of the unique Basque region.

Highlights include:
• The culture and values of Mondragon.
• Visits to cooperative businesses and an incubator for new cooperative projects.
• A presentation of Mondragon projects for developing countries.
• Learn about the financial mechanisms of Mondragon: how it works, why it thrives.
• Mondragon's Corporate Management Model.
• Visit Mondragon University and the education center where the Mondragon movement began.
• Learn how to transfer the Mondragon Experience to your community.

Accommodations
All participants will stay at the Hotel Mondragon. Daily breakfast and lunch will be included in the hotel and seminar prices. Wireless Internet access is available in all rooms.

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