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Using Marketing to Build Success: Making Cooperative Ownership and Governance Real

By Rebecca Torpie, Thane Joyal 196 May-June 2018 What does it mean to be an owner of a consumer cooperative? At the most fundamental level, cooperative ownership means that we are in business together. And for the owners of a cooperative that is under substantial market pressure (and what business isn’t?), everything [...]

Analysis of Board Members’ Conflicts of Interest

It’s very common for conflicts of interest to be present on the board of a retail food co-op. Some even joke that conflict management is at the heart of cooperation. And in a way, it’s true. The legitimacy of a board’s decision depends in large measure on the board’s ability [...]

Cooperative Business Law Basics: A Primer on Organizational Structure and Capitalization Options

By Thane Joyal, Dave Swanson Change in the market, change in the world, can mean stress in the relationships within a cooperative as the organization adapts to the changing circumstances. Both having the right organizational structure and choosing the right vehicles to capitalize your co-op are important in making your [...]

Making Smarter Strategic Decisions through Board Engagement with Owners

When boards and management make decisions with the long game of co-op impact in mind, a powerful relationship with owners can develop. Strategic decision-making can be an opportunity to build a strong, participatory co-op culture that understands that the leadership is obliged, by virtue of its fiduciary responsibility, to make [...]

Board Communication: Using the Board’s Unique Perspective to Increase Owner Engagement and Participation

There’s commonly a remarkable diversity among how the members of a co-op’s board of directors and how co-op staff see and understand the co-op. And the perception of the myriad owner members are as distinct and individual as the members themselves.  And yet each group is holding a unique piece [...]

Retail Food Co-ops as Servant Leaders

Listening.  Empathy.  Healing.  Awareness.  Persuasion.  Conceptualization.  Foresight.  Stewardship.  Commitment to the growth of people.  Building Community.  These are elements of servant leadership, a concept developed by Robert Greenleaf and others following in his footsteps to help people and organizations identify the central role service plays in being effective leaders. When [...]

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Creating Cooperative Resiliency

By Thane Joyal #187 Nov.-Dec 2016 Conflict happens. Co-ops have always faced conflict, whether in the boardroom, in member meetings, through social media and email, in the aisles or out in front of the store. This article is intended to equip co-ops to prepare for conflict and strengthen our democracy [...]

Exploration of 2017 Themes II

We invite your participation in an exploration of the following themes for 2017.  Each of these themes connects to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance. Exploration of 2017 Themes Part II 11/9/16 - 12pm CT Overview of new approach Building a Strong Board. Explore advanced processes for your co-op to consider [...]

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Exploration of 2017 Themes I

We invite your participation in an exploration of the following themes for 2017.  Each of these themes connects to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance. Exploration of 2017 Themes Part I 11/2/16 - 12pm CT Overview of new approach Build a strong GM/Board relationship. For all co-ops, those with GM transitions [...]

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