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Tour the Mondragon Cooperatives

Join Human Agenda on an Emulation Tour

Tour the Mondragon Cooperatives



With about 75,000 workers in 257 cooperative enterprises, almost no layoffs since 1956, much higher income than Spanish workers, 1 worker 1 vote democratic decision making, and a 6 to 1 ratio of highest to lowest paid, how can we learn from the largest worker-owned cooperatives in the Western world, located in the Basque region of Spain?  

          Dates:  October 22 to October 26, 2018

          Cost:    $1399 – Deposit of $699 Due Aug 31*

 This is a very intensive seminar on every aspect of the Mondragon experience with respect to worker participation, internal organization, management, new business development, innovation initiatives, services available to coop members, membership requirements, and Mondragon's humanitarian projects abroad. 

* Airfare not included.  Cost subject to slight modification.  Apply to Richard Hobbs at, 408-460-2999.   If accepted, make check payable for $699 to Human Agenda and send to “Human Agenda / Mondragon Tour”, 1376 N. 4th Street, Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95112. Remaining amount of $700 due by September 30, 2018.  Make travel arrangements to be at the Bilbao airport the afternoon of October 21 to take a bus to Hotel Mondragon.   Translations, transportation, hotel, and most meals included. 


**Human Agenda is also leading a Coop, Health & Education Tour to Cuba





Tour the Mondragon Cooperatives

Itinerary October 22-26, 2018

You will learn about the history of regional autonomy in Spain and of the Mondragon cooperatives, visit service and industrial cooperatives, engage the Mondragon Innovation and Knowledge Research Center, receive presentations on careers at Mondragon University including on the new career of Leadership and Entrepreneurial Innovation (LEINN) and TEAM ACADEMY, and attend a reception at the Headquarters of the Mondragon Cooperative Group.

You will learn about the history and current situation of the Mondragon cooperative experience at Otalara (the Cooperative and Management Training Center), review how Mondragon cooperatives operate internally and how they are organized, understand Mondragon's health and social welfare system at LAGUN ARO, and visit the Research Center for the Automotive Sector (EDERTEK). 

You will also dialogue with blue collar workers from an industrial coop, receive a presentation from the MUNDUKIDE Foundation (the international NGO of the Mondragon Corporation), learn from the Company Incubation Center (SAIOLAN), visit the port and beach of San Sebastian and the City of Bilbao with its famous Guggenheim Museum, receive presentations on cooperative training and management development, and visit the Mondragon Corporation credit union and the foundation to help young people start cooperative).

There will be ample opportunity to ask and answer all your questions about this greatest cooperative experience on earth during and at the conclusion of the seminar.   

 Email if you are interested in applying for this trip.  Space is limited. 

Earlier Event: September 12
Sheriff Candidate Forum
Later Event: November 17