In this second two-week module of the course (which coincides, in part, with your instructor’s real-time engagements with the Mondragon Cooperatives, the tiny communist town of Marinaleda, the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca [PAH], and the new Podemos party in Spain), we will:

  • explore the above Spanish economic and political institutions as examples that connect the idea that “There Are Many Alternatives” to the possibilities of transforming the neoliberal city
  • discuss, in a real-time session and through personal blogs, what insights the Spanish experience can offer our thinking about building sustainable urban economies in the U.S. in general and Los Angeles in particular

Assignments & Deadlines

About Mondragon:

The Mondragon Cooperative Experience: Humanity at Work,” by José Luis Lafuente and Fred Freundlich. Management Innovation eXchange. May 11, 2012.

A Coop State of Mind” by Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo. In These Times, August 18, 2014.

About Marinaleda

Spain’s Communist Model Village,” by Dan Hancox. The Guardian. October 19, 2013

[OPTIONAL BOOK] Hancox, Dan, The Village Against the World. Verso. 2013. [pdf]

About Podemos
What is Going on in Spain?” by Vicente Navarro. Counterpunch. January 9-11, 2015.

Podemos Latin-American Roots,” by Bécquer Seguín. Jacobin. 3-27-15.

Storify on Barcelona en Comú [in English]

About Mondragon
Understanding the Mondragon Worker Cooperative Corporation in Spain’s Basque Country,” Democracy Now! March 25, 2013. [35:28]

About Marinaleda
“Marinaleda: A Terra de Todos –The Land of Utopia-english subtitles” May 9, 2012. [24:12]

About the PAH (Plataforma de los Afectados por Hipoteca)

About Podemos
“Pablo Iglesias of Podemos: Hope is Changing Sides: Understanding Spain’s Political Change” OR “The Next Syriza? As Greece Rejects Austerity, Meet the Activist Who Could Become Spain’s New PM” Democracy Now! February 21, 2015 and February 17, 2015.

Ada Coulou, Podemos candidate for mayor of Barcelona, campaign video with English subtitles

For more background: 15M


Post comments on at least two of Gilda’s blog posts from Spain (including responding to each other) between May 17-May 24.

Week 5 Adobe Connect Discussion Session: Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm

This discussion will consist of:

conversation about how the Spain module informs our understanding of sustainable economies.

framing introduction to the third course module on Degrowth and Democracy

Please link to the Adobe Connect session 5 minutes before start time. Quick access to the Adobe Connect online classroom is always available by clicking on ADOBE CONNECT on the top menu of the Course Website.

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Conference line:

Phone number: 866-453-5550

Code: 8050439#