Shift Change on PBS!

Its finally here – SHIFT CHANGE will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television on the following dates:

WHA-.2 WI CH Madison Sat 8/16/2014 1:00 PM Sat 8/16/2014 5:00 PM

WPNE-.2 WI CH Green Bay Sat 8/16/2014 1:00 PM Sat 8/16/2014 5:00 PM
WHLA-.2 WI CH La Crosse Sat 8/16/2014 1:00 PM Sat 8/16/2014 5:00 PM
WHWC-.2 WI CH Menomonie Sat 8/16/2014 1:00 PM Sat 8/16/2014 5:00 PM
WLEF.2 WI CH Park Falls Sat 8/16/2014 1:00 PM Sat 8/16/2014 5:00 PM
WHRM-.2 WI CH Wausau Sat 8/16/2014 1:00 PM Sat 8/16/2014 5:00 PM

For more information visit: http://shiftchange.org/

Third annual Hug ‘n’ Chug!

Third annual Hug 'n' Chug!

The MadWorC “Hug & Chug & Learn” next week on December 11th will now be in the lower level “conference room” at the Glass Nickel Pizza at 2916 Atwood Avenue.

This event is a social gathering of Madison Worker Cooperatives and is open to anyone interested in the movement. Please join us from 6 to 9 PM, Rebecca Kemble make a presentation at 7 PM about the Cooperative movements throughout the world and how we (Madison and the USA) can and will be involved.

MadWorC will cover the cost of room rental, food and beverages will be available for purchase through Glass Nickel Pizza.

Please forward this information to anyone that may be interested in the event.

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Shift Change at the Barrymore

Shift Change at the Barrymore

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

Where: Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison.
When: November 15, 2012.
Social hour at 6:00 PM, showtime 7:00 PM.
Panel discussion and Q&A following movie
Tickets: $8.00 day of show, $7.00 in advance (barrymorelive.com or 608-241-8633)

With the long decline in well-paid jobs and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, and growing numbers around the world are ready to employ a different business model to help re-invent our failing economy, generate long-term community resilience and stability, and create a more egalitarian and democratic way of life.

SHIFT CHANGE visits the more than 50 year old network of cooperative businesses in Mondragon, Spain, and thriving examples of such businesses in the U.S. SHIFT CHANGE shares on-the-ground experience, lessons, and observations from the worker-owners on the front line of the new economy. Come witness and celebrate together the ingenuity and creativity of worker-owners who are “building the road as we travel” towards a more democratic, just, stable, and sustainable 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, cooperative businesses are on the rise, with hundreds of co-ops in the U.S. today, representing thousands of individual worker/owners. SHIFT CHANGE highlights some of the vibrant worker-owned cooperatives across the nation: from bakeries to solar energy to manufacturing and engineering. Through in-depth interviews with worker-owners, attendance at co-op 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 Madison’s Isthmus Engineering, Community Pharmacy, Nature’s Bakery and Union Cab. Among other U.S. cooperatives the film also features

the 7:00 PM. Screening, please stay and participate in a panel discussion and Q&A with prominent local economic activists.

The event is presented by Madison Worker Cooperatives (MadWorC), and co-sponsored by W.O.R.T, the UW Center for Cooperatives and the UW Havens Center.

Online: www.shiftchange.org and madworc.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shiftchangemovie ; search “shift change viewing” for Madison event page.

Tickets are available in advance at http://barrymorelive.com for $7.00 plus $1.00 service fee or on the day of the show for $8.00.

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS: Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin have produced many documentary films on social justice and environmental issues in North and South America, winning prestigious awards from CINE, Houston, Columbus, Prix Leonardo, International Wildlife, Women in Film/ Seattle, Chicago, NW Film and Video Festivals, among others. Their productions are known for diverse examples of regular people helping create positive change. Young and Dworkin’s films are in broad circulation in academic and activist settings. Five have been broadcast on PBS, most recently, Good Food [2010], an intimate look at the growers and businesses that are creating a local, sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest. Their latest release, We Are Not Ghosts (2012) is about rebuilding Detroit from the ground up.

Madison Cooperative Business Conference Videos

The videos that follow are from the Madison City Channel. There are 8 videos and they cover the entire Madison Cooperative Business Conference: Growing Jobs through Co-Op Ownership. Unfortunately in order to watch, you must install either Microsoft Silverlight for Windows and Mac or Moonlight for Linux…Enjoy!

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1. Welcome and Keynote

2. Madison’s Cooperative Economy

3. Cooperatives 101/Co-op Start-Ups

4. Financing a Worker Cooperative

5. Cooperatives in the Food System

6. Cooperatives in Health Care

7. What Can Cities Do?

8. What Can Madison Do?

Co-ops join the fight at Fighting Bob Fest

On Saturday, September 17th, 15,000 people congregated at the Alliant Center in Madison for the 10th annual Fighting Bob Fest. In the past, this event was always held in farm fields near Baraboo. This year, for the first time, it took place in Madison.

Fighting Bob Fest carries on the tradition of Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette by providing a forum for progressive ideas on issues facing Wisconsin and the nation. The event includes nationally renowned speakers such as Jim Hightower, Thom Hartmann, Senator Bernie Sanders and many others. The event is hosted by Ed Garvey, and this year the theme was “Class War — Fight Back.”

Kickoff for the event took place at the Barrymore Theater on Friday evening before a sold-out crowd. Several of the speakers gave a preview of the presentations that were made on Saturday.

At the event on Saturday, MadWorC hosted an informational table. Attendees had a chance to stop by between speakers and ask questions about MadWorC and worker cooperatives. Members from Union Cab, the Interpreters’ Co-op, Isthmus Engineering, and Union Technology helped to host the table. Co-op literature, buttons, and company information were offered to anyone interested.

The MadWorC table was even visited by one of the main speakers, Thom Hartmann. Thom hosts a nationally syndicated radio program and has written over 20 books. He is currently writing his next book, which will be about worker cooperatives — it may even include something about MadWorC and the cooperatives in Madison.