We the Owners
Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
What does it mean to be an owner? In We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream, employee owners from New Belgium Brewing, Namasté Solar and DPR Construction answer this important question.
The film captures the inspiring stories of employee owners and founders from three companies by following their decisions on expansion, succession, recruitment and layoffs. Learn about the cultural challenges of sharing responsibility, distributing leadership, and linking risk and reward. Hear approaches to working collaboratively to be profitable, innovative, sustainable, and to creating prosperity and opportunity through employee ownership.
“If everybody feels that sense of pride and responsibility, we can change the world and do great things.”
~ Doug Woods, co-founder of DPR Construction
As the stories in the film show, employee ownership comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. But the core message from all of these companies rings out loud and clear: the power of the voice, vote and of employees cannot, and should not, be taken for granted.
6pm - Doors open and brief introductions
6:10pm - Screening of film (50 minutes)
7:05pm - Q&A session with the creator of the film and employee ownership representatives (with refreshments)
7:30pm - Session end
When & Where
Co-operative Education Trust Scotland & Co-operative Development Scotland
CETS is an educational charity funded by the co-operative movement whose aim is to support educational establishments in embedding co-operative enterprise education into their curriculum. This can be done through using our free, downloadable resources, or contacting us directly for more support and information.
Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) supports the development of co-operative and employee-owned enterprises across Scotland. We are a Scottish Enterprise subsidiary, and work in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. We proactively support the growth of key industries where collaboration is crucial to competitiveness. Our support includes:
- Exploring the options
- Structuring the company
- Financing the business
- Developing member participation
We also respond to wider enquiries, working with partners to support their needs.