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Making Contact: Co-ops on the Rise

October 9, 2012 by


Earlier this year I spent a month in the north of Spain visiting eco-villages in the mountains, and also making a radio piece about the world’s largest worker owned co-operative, the Mondragon Corporation, based in the Basque Country in Spain. And now you can hear it! The report was for an upbeat American radio program […]

Spanish Road Trip Part 3 – Lakabe

June 28, 2012 by


I would end up visiting the community of Lakabe twice during my trip to Spain. The first time I came was for a brief visit with my girlfriend and daughter. We’d camped out near a ruined farmhouse the night before, still uncertain exactly where Lakabe was, and thinking that it might be as difficult to […]

Spanish Road Trip Part 2 – San Sebastián to Pamplona

June 24, 2012 by


After visiting Matavenero, in the mountains of Leon, Sarah, Scarlett and I descended from the mountains and headed east along Spain’s high speed motorways. We’d had a short but intense experience visiting the eco-village, and had learnt a great deal, but as a journalistic assignment I felt like it had been a failure. I had […]

Matavenero – visiting a mountain eco-village

June 20, 2012 by


The first village we visited was Matavenero in León, in an isolated, mountainous region in the North West Spain. Matavenero’s original inhabitants, many of whom had worked in local mines, abandoned the village in the late sixties. But in 1989  it was resettled by people from many different European countries, following a Rainbow Gathering in […]

Spanish road-trip – abandoned villages and ecological communities

June 20, 2012 by


I’ve spent the last four weeks in the North of Spain. If you follow this blog, you’ll already know that I spent some of the time here recording for a report about the Mondragon Corporation, a network of worker owned cooperatives. But I was also here to research a different story idea I have been […]