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Boycotts and Democracy – The Eden Foods Product Boycott as an Opportunity to Renew Co-op Participation and Democracy

By Todd Wallace In the summer of 2014, a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby led the CEO of Eden [...]

Reinventing our Cooperative Democracy: A Conversation

By Art Sherwood, Todd Wallace 175 November-December 2014 In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of [...]

Agile and Efficient: Board Committees and Structures that Work

By Todd Wallace 164 Jan-Feb 2013 The use of committees by boards is ubiquitous—as it should be, considering a small group’s agility when compared to a whole [...]

Board Holism

The core concern of co-op board members is how to fulfill their fiduciary responsibility to the co-op and communicate their work to owners.  Thane Joyal [...]

Writing Ends Policies

Where we are headed matters. If we don’t know where we are going any road will do. A primary responsibility of a board is to [...]

Healthy Board Dissent

By Todd Wallace 161 July - August - 2012 Our co-op boards are groups elected and charged with a common purpose: fulfilling the legal and [...]

Audits & Reviews

An essential part of a co-op board’s fiduciary duty is the annual external monitoring of their co-op’s finances and financial systems. This Field Guide introduces [...]

GM Report Support 01: Ends Panel Discussion

Panelists: Clem Nilan, Onion River/City Market, Burlington VT Glenn Bergman, Weavers Way, Philadelphia Tim Bartlett, Lexington Co-op, Buffalo Kari Bradley, Hunger Mountain, Montpelier, VT Lori [...]

Boards and Strategic Thinking

The Rochdale Pioneers: Roots of the Cooperative Movement

Explore the history of the modern-day cooperative, delve into societal trends, gain understanding of the economic and religious forces at work and let Todd Wallace [...]

Meaningful Metrics: General manager reporting closes the accountability loop

By Todd Wallace 150 September - October 2010 Successful reporting is essential to maintaining a positive board-management relationship. A sound process—one that includes the creation [...]

Building Successful Board/GM Relationship

Presented by Art Sherwood & Todd Wallace CBLD Board Consultants   Panelists Amy Holt - Board President Lexington Co-op Market Buffalo, NY Rose Marie Klee [...]

Building a Successful Board-GM Relationship

Presented by Art Sherwood & Todd Wallace CBLD Board Consultants   Panelists Amy Holt - Board President Lexington Co-op Market Buffalo, NY Rose Marie Klee [...]

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports

The annual meeting and annual report provide our co-ops with a built in mechanism for telling the important story of how we make a difference [...]