Join Human Agenda on an Emulation Tour


With about 75,000 cooperativistas working in 257 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:  July 3 to July 7, 2017

          Cost:    $1999 – Deposit of $999 Due April 22*

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.  For those who wish to stay a few days after the trip, the running of the bulls in Pamplona (one hour away) will take place beginning July 6.        


For More Information Contact Richard Hobbs 408-460-2999

* Airfare not included.  Cost subject to slight modification.  Make nonrefundable check payable to Human Agenda and send to “Human Agenda / Mondragon Tour”, 1376 N. 4th Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95112. Remaining amount of $1000 due by June 1, 2017.  Make travel arrangements to be at the Bilbao airport the afternoon of July 2 to take a bus to Hotel Mondragon.   Translations, transportation, hotel, and most meals included. 

Tour the Mondragon Cooperatives


Itinerary July 3-July 7, 2017

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 LABORAL KUXTA (the MondragonCorporation credit union) and GAZTEMPRESA (Laboral Kuxta's foundation to help young people start cooperatives).

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.  

For a recent article on Mondragon and its challenges visit here.

Email Derek Tennant at  for the likely itinerary and send in your check right away to reserve a space.  Space is limited.