Uli Bilke, a researcher from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences spent time interviewing Arizmendi bakers recently in order to see if in our workplaces were utopian. What is utopia? A place in which
the interests of the individuals are congruent with the interests of the group; and personal growth and freedom entail responsibility for others. Underlying the vision of utopia is the assumption that harmony, cooperation, and mutuality of interests are natural to human existence rather than conflict, competition, and exploitation.
He concludes that we are a step in the right direction. The worker cooperative
creates distinctly different experiences for workers, such as having a heightened sense of agency, being able to freely express yourself, fulfilling an innate need to belong, and the possibility of making a meaningful contribution to society.