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Including Members in the Ends Dialogues

How is your board spending its time? It’s easy to get caught up in the delegation and accountability portion of a board’s job.  Yet there’s [...]

Co-op Fair Brings Community Together

Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, N.C. is continually working to cultivate community connections.  They host multiple events every year, and the Co-op Fair is one [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Articles, Connections|Tags: , |

What is Board Holism or Speaking with One Voice?

When the members elect and delegate the board to act on behalf of all members, the delegation is to the board, not to individual directors. [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Connections, Featured, Teaming|Tags: |

Creating Board Holism in Board Communication

Here are a few examples of recurring board processes:  nominations, recruiting and elections; GM evaluation; GM compensation; board self-evaluation; setting board priorities; agenda planning; officers [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: Articles, Connections, Teaming|Tags: |

So Our Co-ops are Mostly White, Now What?

In the more than 30 years I’ve been involved with co-ops—student housing co-ops, food co-ops, even a worker-owned collective—almost all of the participants have been [...]

GMO Labeling Bill Update

In July 2016, congress passed a GMO labeling bill known as the Roberts-Stabenow "compromise," in reference to the two senators who crafted it, and Obama [...]

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Articles, Connections, Featured|Tags: , |

Using the 7 Cooperative Principles as Strategic Guide

Sometimes things become so familiar to us they lose some of their meaning.  In the workshops I conduct for board members and employees there is [...]

National Organic Coalition Hill Day Advocates for Farmers and Consumers

In June, representatives from National Co+op Grocers visited Capitol Hill as part of the National Organic Coalition’s (NOC) annual “Hill Day.”  NCG is a cofounder [...]

On Board with Participation

No chain grocery store could ever be as woven into the fabric of its community as a co-op. Boards can help their co-ops leverage this [...]

Power of Staff and Community Participation at Central Co-op

The board-GM team at Central Co-op has a very clear vision of how the Co-op presents as a community anchor and advocate: The Co-op is [...]

Streamline Nominations and Elections Process to Ensure Future Governance

As food co-ops add locations and post sales well into the multi-millions, it is critical that these important community assets are well-governed.  Because the stakes [...]

Why This Board President Loves Attending CCMA (and wants to meet you!)

Mike Collura has been on the board of the East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh, Pa. since 2006, and has been president of the board [...]

Governance Considerations in Multi-Store Co-ops

We’re in a position not unlike the years after WWII when the small grocery cooperatives began to fold in the wake of full service supermarkets [...]

260 People Explore Embracing Change with Courageous Leadership

When we describe what the Co-op Cafe is, sometimes we start with what it isn’t…it’s not a training or a workshop and it’s not just [...]

The Value of the Co-op Cafe

It can seem difficult in our mega-scheduled lives to set aside a day dedicated to discussion about issues that are important to us in our [...]

Stakeholder Engagement is Vital to Co-op Alignment

Seward Community Co-op opened two new business units back-to-back in the late summer and early fall of 2015.  Part of that opening process for the [...]

Board Leadership Development Starts with Commitment to Good Governance

Monadnock Food Co-op staff with board president, Kathy Burke (dressed as a beet) The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, New Hampshire has only [...]

Update: GMO Labeling Advocates Bring Opposing Side to Negotiating Table

Last year was a pivotal time for the GMO labeling movement. Federal agencies approved several new genetically modified foods, including AquAdvantage salmon—the first GMO animal [...]

Leadership is Core of Effective Co-op Governance

La Montañita Co-op Food Market has long been feeling the pressure of a competitive marketplace, and their response has been to look at ways they [...]

“Co+op Forest” Offsets Carbon Emissions and Supports South American Co-ops

A farmer in the ACOPAGRO cacao cooperative, a collaborator with NCG's Co+op Forest, rakes cacao beans. Many of us travel for work or [...]