Film examines worker-owned businesses
COMMUNITY PHARMACY in San Francisco is featured in the documentary “Shift Change” as an effective example of worker-owned businesses.
Photo courtesy of Community Pharmacy
The Sebastiani Theatre partners with the nonprofit Praxis peace institute to offer “Shift Change,” an inspiring and unique documentary about innovations in the business world and employee-owned work places.
The screening takes place on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
At a time when many people are disillusioned with banks, big business, and growing inequity in the U.S., employee ownership offers potential solutions for workers and communities. “Shift Change” visits the 60-year-old network of cooperative businesses in Mondragon, Spain, and shares on-the ground experiences, lessons and observations from worker-owners on the front lines of the new economy. From one small worker-owned business formed in 1956, today the Mondragon Cooperatives comprise 120 businesses and nearly 100,000 worker-owners. They have their own bank with 380 branches located throughout Spain and operate the largest research and development center in all of Europe. While Spain experiences 25 percent unemployment, the Mondragon Cooperatives have zero unemployment. This film explores the secrets of their success.
“Shift Change” also showcases worker-owned businesses in the U.S., especially in the Bay Area. This exciting documentary demonstrates the ethics and successful business practices that make cooperative economics a viable alternative to business as usual.
Sonoman, Georgia Kelly, who serves as director of the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma, was an advisor on this film.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at praxispeace.org, or by calling either 939-2973 or 996-9756. Tickets also will be available at the door.
The Sebastiani Theatre is located on the Plaza in Sonoma at 476 First St. E.