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Glasgow School for Business and Society and Co-operative Education Trust Scotland present a public screening of a movie on employee ownership entitled 'We the Owners'

This movie gives us an insight into the American approach to employee owned businesses – creating more sustainable businesses where employees participate in decisions and share the profits that they help generate.


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.

Employee ownership in Scotland has a long tradition too and new businesses are being formed utilising a mixture of trusts and direct shareholdings to create worker controlled enterprises.

 We also have companies like John Lewis which are held in trust for the benefit of the employees and Edinburgh Bicycle co-operative where the most direct form of “one person one vote” democracy is maintained.

Which is the most efficient in economic terms?  Which is the fairest from a social perspective? Which one would you prefer to be a part of?

If you would like to explore these possibilities, hear about the American experience and talk to people involved in Scottish employee owned companies then sign up free of charge.

 “The world is changing faster than ever. ‘We the Owners’ shows us how the openness and interconnectivity inherent in employee ownership helps businesses react and respond faster…. and better.”




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Deeprose Lecture Theatre
Glasgow Caledonian University
70 Cowcaddens Road
g4 0ba Glasgow
United Kingdom

Thursday, March 7, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (GMT)

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