[URPE] Study Program for Students on Recuperated Factories
Julie A Matthaei
jmatthae at wellesley.edu
Tue Jan 17 08:26:21 MST 2012
I'm forwarding this on from Steve Wong of Open Movements. Looks like a
great program -- wish I could go on it!!
Open Movements is about taking the open source model and applying it to
social movements creating new alternatives on the grassroots level. Our
innovated pilot program is headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina to help
connect people with the burgeoning Recovered Factory Movement, where
workers are recovering bankrupt businesses and managing them democratically
in assemblies. The workers strive to deconstruct hierarchies present in
standard businesses, and as so are pioneering worker self-management as a
powerful tool to rebuild the economy from the bottom up.
Our programs are structured two ways:
The *Student Worker Project* semester abroad consists of four months of
classes and integrated site visits to explore worker democracy and the
recovered businesses in an academic setting. The semester abroad includes
two trips to visit cooperatives in other provinces such as the renowned
Zanón/FaSinFat ceramics factory in Neuquén. The course strives to give
workers input on the values and their experiences of democratic management,
but can provide up to 12 units depending on how each student's university
rates the coursework. *We are currently filling our slots for the Fall
semester (August-November) with the deadlines quickly approaching in
April.*Please pass this information on to students interest in
economies. The cost for this program is $4590 and covers all housing and
transportation for the four months.
The *Internship and Development Program* is the best way to learn about
recovered businesses outside the classroom. These are custom programs
developed around the interests of the participants, with the possibility of
linking up with a host recovered businesses for an in-depth study. All
costs are determined on a trip by trip basis.
steve at openmovements.org
USA: 1 (408) 219-0246
L <http://www.linkedin.com/in/stevepwong>inkedIn: stevepwong
Boardmember, U.S. Solidarity Economy Network (SEN, www.ussen.org)
Co-Coordinator, Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN)
Coordinator, SEN Research and Policy Working Group
Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
*Occupy the Economy! Yes We Can Make Wall Street Pay!!*
Singing Prof Takes on Wall Street, http://youtu.be/pm-bDkpUXIY; Occupy Wall
Street Version of the Song: http://youtu.be/_bNmx8PiXzE
Petition to Make Wall Street Pay,
"Why the Occupy Movement is Good for Your Health,"
"Occupy Thanksgiving," http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/27-0
"Occupy the Economy: Introduction to the Solidarity Economy," at OCCUPY
Jenna Allard, Carl Davidson, and Julie Matthaei, eds., *Solidarity
Economy: Building Alternatives for People and Planet*, available at
www.lulu.com/changemaker in e-format and paper.
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