October Free Movie Event: Shift Change

Updated: February 14, 2015 (See video below)

For our October installment of the “What Went Wrong” Film Series: Movies that Open Your Eyes, we will tackle some elements of “The New Economy” and will screen the documentary film, Shift Change: True stories of dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

“The culture of the New Economy will value life over money and celebrate co-operation, life in community, popular democracy, and businesses that make a positive net contribution to community health and wealth.”

[Source: Noel Ortega (2014). Serving Life: A New Economy Vision for an Alternative Political-Economic System]

Shift Change: The Movie

It’s the Difference Between a Paycheck and a Livelihood

What:  Free Movie and Discussion
When: Monday, October 20th, 7-9pm

Where: Common Street Church, 13 Common Street ,Natick, MA (See map below)

What Else: Light refreshments served.  Ample street and next door lot parking available.

All are welcome. Bring your friends.

Please download, print and circulate the flyer: Download

What is the New Economy?

Shift Change shows us the face of the New Economy in stories of Worker-Owned Cooperatives in places like Boston, Cleveland, Madison, Bay Area and Mondragon, Spain. 

Occupy Natick was inspired to show this film by the recent drama that took place locally involving the Market Basket chain of supermarkets. In short, the workers and the customers joined forces to boycott the store until their beloved CEO was reinstated after a coup by the Board of Directors and shareholders. Although Market Basket is not a worker-owned corporation, their struggle and ultimate victory speaks to the power of the collective.

“SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers. Such firms tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. Yet the public has little knowledge of their success, and the promise they offer for a better life.

SHIFT CHANGE encourages support for employee ownership, and provides on-the-ground experience from a variety of enterprises and locations. ” (Source)

Four Core Features of The New Economy

…the goal should be to usher in a new system that by its natural dynamics of its culture and structure works in co-productive balance with Earth’s natural systems, assures every person the opportunity to live a full and meaningful life, and gives each person a meaningful voice in the decisions that affect their lives.
  1. Earth Balance between aggregate consumption and the generative capacity of Earth’s biosphere.
  2. Livelihood Opportunities for all based on the just and equitable sharing of real wealth.
  3. Financial Integrity and stability in service to real investment in community wealth building.
  4. Living Democracy to secure economic and political accountability to people, community and nature.

“Cooperatives allow for individuals to harness not only their own power but also tap into the community fabric that weaves us together to form new structures that are strong economically, socially and democratic.  These are the ways to us together to shield us from the factors that would dismantle our communities.” [Source]

Gloria LaBrecque, Northeast Loan & Outreach Officer for the Cooperative Fund of New England.

Further Reading: The New Economy Movement by Gar Alperovitz

Video: What Does it Take to Start a Worker Co-op?

Own the Change: One Worker Co-op At a Time



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