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 May 22 - 28, 2016

Mondragon Seminar and Tour

Mondragon, Spain Mondragon, Spain Praxis members of the 2010 seminar with Mikel Lezamiz (on left). The grounds at Otalora, the Mondragon Education Center Otalora Educational Center Mondragon Group Photo 2010 Countryside

Two scholarship recipients were awarded this weekend. Congratulations to Esteban Kelly and JoAnn McNerthney!

This is the most comprehensive seminar/tour available at the Mondragón Cooperatives.

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Or, call 707-939-2973

Praxis Peace Institute is organizing its seventh 5-day workshop/seminar with the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Country of Spain. The purpose of the seminar is to learn about worker owned businesses from the leading consortium of cooperatives in the world.

Basic Cooperative Principles conf
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The Mondragon Cooperatives were founded in 1955 and now encompass more than 250 businesses and employ about 74,000 worker-owners. Mondragon is a highly successful cooperative model with nearly 60 years of proven success. They have established research centers, bank and credit unions, a university with several campuses, youth cooperatives, and small to large businesses. In June 2007, the Educational Director of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Mikel Lezamiz, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Due to the interest generated at that conference, we decided to collaborate with Mondragon in offering an in-depth educational opportunity for those who want more information on how to create cooperatives in their businesses and communities.

Praxis Peace Institute has established a special relationship with the Mondragon Cooperatives and is a proud educator of cooperatives and the ethics and values of cooperatives. We believe cooperatives are an excellent example of a sustainable and socially just business model for the 21st century.

Who Should Participate:

Green business leaders, educators, community leaders, journalists, environmentalists, business leaders, and all those who have an opportunity to make use of the Mondragon model in projects based in their communities or businesses. This program is a unique opportunity to learn cooperative models of business organization and to see first hand how they work over a long period of time. The seminar will include 5 days of presentations and tours of Mondragon businesses. Praxis Peace Institute will also host a session for discussion and brainstorming about how these ideas can be useful in our communities back home and how we can find support for cooperative business ventures.

College credit is also available. Call us at the number above for more information.

Presentations include
The history, culture, and ethics of the Mondragon Cooperatives, Mondragon's corporate management and training models, the cooperative incubation center and how it functions in creating and developing new products and services, Research and Developmet at Mondragon (the largest R & D center in Europe with 15 separate centers), the role of Laboral Kutxa (formerly Caja Laboral), the Mondragon Cooperatives' bank and credit union, Mondragon's projects in developing countries, and Democracy at Mondragon - how the cooperatives are organized. We will learn about the Social systems and Social Councils at Mondragon, and we will have plenty of time for questions in all sessions. At the end of the week, we will discuss how to transfer the Mondragon model to our communities. We also spend time with students and faculty at Mondragon University and learn about their TeamAcademy degree programs.

Visits include
SAIOLAN, an incubation center for new products and services; Eroski, the largest supermarket chain in Spain; Mondragon University, the education center where the cooperative movement began. We will also learn about the TeamAcademy graduate program (cooperative business and teampreneurship) and meet with students and directors of this program. Visits include a youth cooperative formed and operated by university students; the Basque Culinary Centre, the newest Mondragon Univeristy campus; and Baketik, the Basque Peace Center that teaches ethics and conflict resolution or a visit to the Basque Parliament for a session with the Director of the Basque Department of Peace. We will spend a whole day at Mondragon University's lovely new campus in Onati (a beautiful medieval town near Mondragon).

Excursions                                                                                                                                                                                                Visit and enjoy tapas at the Basque Culinary Center in the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian. We will have time to visit this lovely city and its Old Town. We visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (designed by Frank Gehry and built by a Mondragón construction co-op), and an excursion to Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country.                                                                         
Accommodations All participants will stay at the Hotel Mondragon for 6 nights. Hotel and daily breakfast and lunch (main meal) will be included in the seminar prices. Wireless Internet access is available in all hotel and seminar meeting rooms.

Scholarships  -  Two scholarships will be awarded through the Massena Fellowship Program at Praxis Peace Institute. An Application form and criteria is available on this website by clicking on the appropriate link at the top of this page. Additional scholarships and half scholarship are sometimes also available. If you have further questions, please contact us directly. 707-939-2973 or georgia@praxispeace.org     

Included in Conference Price: Seminar fee, six nights accommodations at our hotel, daily full breakfast and main meal, all excursions, transfers to and from the Bilbao Airport and our hotel in Mondragon, if you make travel arrangements through our agent or coordinate arrival time with her. Airfare not included, but our agent gets the best prices and coordinates our travel schedules. Upon registration (with a $500 deposit), you will receive our travel agent's contact information. They are scheduling our arrivals and departures as close as possible so that most of us will be able to take our bus to and from airport and hotel. Our travel agent can also handle any additional excursions you wish to make before or after this seminar.

Mondragon Report 2012

Carl Davidson's Blog from Mondragon 2010

Georgia Kelly's Huffington Post Article on Mondragon

Click here for Georgia Kelly video on Mondragon

Registration - A minimum deposit of $500 reserves your space. You can also pay more. We are limited to 22 people, so we encourage early registraion. Balances can be paid in increments, but total amount will be due by March 22, 1016. If you are registering after this date, all money is due upon registration. In most cases, we are able to find a roommate if you wish one. Earlier registrants will be accommodated first.

Shared Accommodations - $2,500
Single Accommodations  -  $3,000

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Cancellation Policy:
Full refund to February 22, 2016 (minus a $100 processing fee)
70% refund between February 23 and March 22, 2016
50% refund between March 23 and April 22, 2016
30 days or less - no refund

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