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Breaking the Mold: Democracy at Work

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On October 2nd 1992, Marland Mold, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts plastic mold manufacturer became an employee-owned company. The once radical notion of worker ownership was employed for conservative
purposes--conserving jobs. Within months, with ongoing company-wide democratic management training and team decision making processes in place, productivity levels soared past expectations. The company doubled in size and moved to a larger facility in a nearby industrial park. Employee attitudes about their work and their workplace changed. This documentary tells the story of the transformation. 

Among the many wonderful organizations and people who made this project possible: feisty video editor Josef Filipovic. Josef passed away in December of 2012. His life is the subject of the recently published book, LITTLE JOE by Bill Wheatley, which tells the story of Joe's survival in Europe during World War II before coming to America. 

For more information, contact Producer/Director Paula Consolini at pconsoli@williams.edu.

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