Michael Peck is the founder of the MAPA Group, an international strategic and tactical business development firm that for more than 20 years has integrated business development strategies with partnership and alliance development in the energy, technology, transformative economic development, infrastructure, environment, finance and new economy fields. He was instrumental in bringing the leading multinational Spanish wind turbine manufacturer to Pennsylvania in 2004, which created 1,000 in-state green jobs in two factories and was described as a “model U.S. green economy company.” Since 2000, Michael has served as the North American delegate for Mondragon, the world’s largest industrial worker co-operative. In 2012, the United Steelworkers Union (North America’s largest manufacturing union), Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center announced the union-co-op template to create worker-owner hybrid projects and businesses with the goal of revamping U.S. manufacturing through worker empowerment and ownership. In January 2014, Michael helped to launch 1worker1vote.org, a nonprofit dedicated to solving America’s unhealthy and unequal opportunity, mobility, and wealth divides through broad-based, equal share worker ownership. This movement is now operating in more than 11 U.S. municipalities in varying development stages.
Conversation with Michael Peck and Kristen Barker John and Peter talk with Michael and Kristen about how co-operatives are emerging as powerful forces of change and the role citizen-workers have in bringing new opportunities and family-sustaining jobs to local neighborhoods. Michael...