Via What’s Up:
WHAT: Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work
WHERE: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River
WHEN: Saturday, 8 December at 7 p.m.
WHO: West Shore Film Series
CONTACT: Bob Bemer at 440.333.2255 West Shore File Series
With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box.
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, this 70-minute film by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young, highlights some of the vibrant worker-owned companies across the nation: from bakeries to solar energy to manufacturing and engineering, – including the Evergreen Cooperatives right here in Cleveland! Through in-depth interviews with worker-owners, attendance at coop meetings, and visits to the factory floor, the film conveys the promise that these businesses offer to reinvent our failing economy, provide a pathway to long term stability, and nurture a more egalitarian way of life.