Response to Demeter (Reply #32)
Tue Mar 19, 2013, 08:48 PM
jtuck004 (13,868 posts)
34. Yeah, that's kinda what I am seeing. Ironically, when you look over at Mondragon,
the cooperative in Spain, (unemployment lower than any other area, with their own banks, which are in better shape than others, etc), they teach engineering and technology classes to their owner/employees in their own college, but unlike here they pair that with education about cooperative business and self (group) ownership and business.
While I think it might be a bit ambitious to think that small groups here could compete with the larger places, if the alternative is no job, or competing with people who will work for pesos in this country, it might be that a group could get together, scout the Internet for free or low-cost education (as well as libraries), self-study some locally derived engineering/technology/robotics/agriculture curriculum, pair that with learning about cooperative business, and perhaps build themselves into something that beats serving coffee or working security or home health care. And it might well beat running up an ever increasing pile of debt in student loans.
There are niches out there. There is a butcher who competes here with Walmart using regional beef, (better stuff, too), and small machine shops can do smaller projects faster than a larger place, often with less overhead. I try to buy from neighbors when I can, and I know I am not alone.
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