This short Youtube video of a TEDx talk takes you through my key learning experiences, and compares employee ownership with good sex.
I have spent most of my adult life converting companies to being owned by ALL their employees. Got there by a bumpy route: taught in China during Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, including spells working and living with the peasants (who were great) as a 'stinking intellectual'. That put me off authoritarian regimes for ever, because everyone under them lives in poverty and fear. Then went to Harvard Business School to learn how to keep the economy healthy, and absorbed the current model of business ownership by outside shareholders and institutions - which is also an authoritarian regime. Also learned the importance of getting people in any business committed to it, and to high performance. Carrying that out as leader of a papermill, discovered that spreading ownership among all, and informing and involving them, and giving them the power of owners (for example, to dismiss the directors) led to both high business performance and much greater personal happiness. Bingo! Good for the economy, good for the people. That is what I write about.