In the heart of Spain’s Basque country, the Mondragon Corporation—the world’s largest co-operative business enterprise—has thrived, despite significant setbacks, for half a century. Meanwhile, many other local economies continually struggle with widening income inequality, an increasingly itinerant labor force, and employees’ declining emotional investment in their work. Might “the Mondragon model” offer some useful lessons about how to respond to economic crisis?
If you’re tired of smelling like everyone else when you go out on the town, you can finally say ‘No’ to the big perfume houses, and their over-priced synthetic scents. In a growing number of kitchen labs and small shops around the globe, small-scale perfume artists are bottling a world of intoxicating new scents. Some seem to give new meaning to the concept of time travel.
You have probably never heard of the term “acequia,” but it describes one of oldest, most common-sense systems of irrigation on the planet. The basic idea is to use, and share, a river’s natural patterns instead of the predominant American system—namely, trap it, pipe it, and race to be the first to use it. Our writer tours the globe to track down its history, and its leading practitioners.