With 120 worker-owned cooperatives developed over nearly six decades, the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque region of Northern Spain offer perhaps the most shining example on planet earth of institutions that are democratic, egalitarian, cooperative, sustainable, and kind. With no laid off workers since 1956 and higher income than Spanish workers, what lessons can we learn from the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the Western world? Richard Hobbs (an immigration attorney, former director of the Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County, and Executive Director of Human Agenda) will discuss (having just returned from his latest visit there).
Humanist Community Forum (2014-07-20): The Mondragon Cooperatives (Richard Hobbs) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.
Move To Amend Santa Clara County (MTA SCC, see http://scc-mta.org/) is currently gathering signatures for a November 2014 county ballot initiative in support of a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution. By eliminating corporate personhood and money as political speech as affirmed by the US Supreme Court in Citizens United as well as predecessor and progeny precedent decisions, Move To Amend hopes to Build Democracy and End Corporate Rule (BDECR), the name of its Political Action Committee. Without campaign finance reform, we will never get any serious reforms in the U.S. Richard Hobbs (the moderator of MTA SCC and BDECR, an immigration attorney, former director of the Office of Human Relations of Santa Clara County, and currently Executive Director of Human Agenda) will present.
Humanist Community Forum (2014-05-04): Big Money Out of Politics (Richard Hobbs) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.