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Interactive Multimedia presentation of ....

Picasso's Guernica - by Bob Abel

Bob passed away a few years ago.

Hail to Jonathan Gibson and his words of tribute to Bob - "It was not always easy to work with him: part huckster charlitan, part earnest pilgrim

for knowledge and creativity, I cannot say I didn't learn from him. He had what it took to succeed in the Hollywood + advertising worlds, but it did come at a cost to his psyche - I learned this from working and even living with him a short time."



Guernica - Vancouver Film School (VFS)

Picasso said - that computers are useless - they can only give answers - & in so much as he may have been correct - I very much doubt that Bob would have agreed with this perspective.



In the context of Picasso,

DALI, Escher, Riley,

The ART of ZEN

& Integral ART -


and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's

editorial from Mondragon, Spain

entitled ...


Spain's Co-op lesson for Cameron


"Anglo-Saxon elites might find its pay scale unsettling. Top brass in Mondragon’s mountain lair may not earn more than six times the lowliest cleaner. "In reality it is just three times after tax, but we don’t need much money to live here," said an ascetic Josu Ugarte Arregui, the global director.

The differential in big Western companies can be 400 times, and is getting worse. The top pay of FTSE 100 bosses has jumped from 124 times the minimum wage to 202 times over the last decade, according to the Hutton Review of Fair Pay.

Mr Ugarte struggled to explain how the group keeps talent. High flyers seem to stay for reasons of tribal loyalty or the ideals of Catholic social doctrine. To be a Mondragon manager is to accept the vows of priesthood, and indeed the movement was founded by a parish priest, Jose Maria Arizmendiarreta.

His mission was to lift youths in the hilly Alto Deba region out of poverty after the Civil War, when Basques were on the losing side and a particular target of General Franco’s wrath. Nearby Guernica – flattened in 1937 by the Condor Legion, and seared in our collective mind by Picasso – holds the ancient oak tree and symbol of the Basque nation.

The solidarity ethos has its allure given mounting research by the IMF and other bodies that the extreme gap between rich and poor was a key cause of the global asset bubble and financial crisis, as well as being highly corrosive for democracies.


The GINI index of income inequality ...

has reached levels not seen since the 1920s across the West."




should we not now be asking ...

Where is the new Guernica ?



... which could be the interactive multimedia presentation ...

of the solution to the dilemma of why we fight !




First posted by Michael Grove on November 29, 1989 at 12:00


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Comment by Michael Grove on February 17, 2011 at 11:42
"The Myth of Mondragon", based on fieldwork by anthropologist Sharryn Kasmir, argues that political tourists from all over the world have been willing to overlook the subtle forms of peer pressure and worker stress in the valley.

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