Sustainable Jobs, Sustainable Local Economies

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 is a co-founder of (2014) and has served as Mondragon Corporation‘s North America delegate since 1999. 1worker1vote is a nationwide economic development catalyst mobilizing the union-coop hybrid model reflecting Mondragon values of single class equity and workplace solidarity democratically practiced in profitable enterprises to overcome structural inequalities. Kristen is a co-founder of 1worker1vote and the president and co-founder of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI). At CUCI she is using a model passed on from the Mondragon Corporation to help Cincinnati be a leader in the worker-owned co-operative movement.

Running time: 00:59:04

Listen to their conversation with John and Peter:


Click here for follow up answers to questions raised during the conversation and for links and other resources mentioned.

About the Lead Author

John McKnight
John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. He is the coauthor of Building Communities from the Inside Out and the author of The Careless Society. He has been a community organizer and serves on the boards of several national organizations that support neighborhood development.

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