The worker cooperative movement is flourishing. That’s because there’s a growing understanding that the economy and the businesses we work in would fair better if they were owned and run by the people. But starting a worker co-op is difficult, and the process can be daunting.
That’s why we at TESA teamed up with The Laura Flanders Show to make Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Co-op at a Time. A worker cooperative is a business that is owned and democratically governed by the people who work in it.
Own the Change is a 22 minute, free documentary that gives you a guide to starting worker co-ops. It lays out the the real-world challenges of launching a co-op as well as the transformative benefits the model offers, and it includes interviews with people who have launched their own co-ops. You can watch the documentary for free above. Originally debuting in 2015, Own the Change has been watched on YouTube nearly 35,000 times, and it has been screened in community centers and at events around the country. We also made an education guide that can be used alongside Own the Change!