The economic crisis continues to bite around the world, and millions of people are losing their jobs. How do we stem this tide and build long-term community stability with equal rights for all? Award-winning filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young show how employee-owned businesses in the US and Europe are providing dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. These new businesses are profitable and innovative, and committed to the communities where they are based. Shift Change shows that when people start to think outside the box, firms that are owned and managed by their workers can fulfil the dream of a better life.