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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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“Independent media is dangerous because it allows people to speak for themselves. And when you hear someone speaking from their own experience - whether it's a Palestinian child or an Israeli grandmother or an uncle in Afghanistan or a refugee in the Calais refugee camp - it changes you. It breaks the sound barrier. It challenges the stereotypes and the caricatures that fuel the hate groups. You may not agree with what you hear - I mean, how often do we even agree with our family members? - but you begin to understand where they're coming from. That understanding is the beginning of peace. I really do think that the media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth. Instead, all too often, it is wielded as a weapon of war. We have to take the media back.” - Amy Goodman, Place to B at COP21