The Green Party mayor of Richmond, California, a city of 100,000, Gayle McLaughlin is visiting Spain to investigate the Mondragon cooperative model.
"Given the current job crisis and economic downturn, we need to think outside the box and explore every possibility for turning things around, both at the local and national level," McLaughlin says, the Independent Political Report says.
"To this end, I am attending an international seminar this week (at no public expense) with the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation in Spain, a 54-year old network of over 100 worker-owned cooperatives, to learn about a very promising strategy for job creation, worker empowerment and local wealth building. http://www.mondragon-corporation.com/language/en-US/ENG.aspx .
"There is much potential for Richmond, and upon my return I look forward to bringing local stakeholders together to look seriously at this model," McLaughlin believes.
Gayle McLaughlin re-election bid update (Independent Political Report)