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We are proud to be co-sponsor”s of the first public screening in Vermont of the new documentary film, SHIFT CHANGE: PUTTING DEMOCRACY TO WORK. It”s being held at Merrill”s Roxy Cinema in Burlington. The showing is Wednesday, June 12th at 7:00pm. The event is open to the pubic at no charge.

SHIFT CHANGE: PUTTING DEMOCRACY TO WORK tells the little-known stories of employee-owned businesses that compete successfully in today”s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

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, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.
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.
Following the film screening, there will be brief panel of speakers representing local cooperatives and a Q & A to start the conversation about how we can go forward in our local communities to build a more cooperative economy.

This event is Sponsored by Webskillet, PT360, Data Systems, Vermont Employee Ownership Center, Cooperative Vermont and the Cooperative Fund of New England.
If you’d like more information about this event please contact Julie Winn at (802) 578-1704.