Connections

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 a whole other side to the work that is equally important, and the ultimate endeavor of the board: spending time thinking about the co-op’s desired [...]

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 special event that brings hundreds of co-op owners together for a day of festive learning and activities—and voting, too.  “It is wildly successful,” said Brenda [...]

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. This means that the authority lies with the board as a whole, and is expressed by board actions and decisions. In its dealings with its [...]

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 roles and elections; code of conduct review and consideration of conduct issues; acting on reports from management; and responding to member or customer input. That [...]

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 white. The same has been true for most of the co-op conferences, meetings, and trainings I’ve attended. Currently I work with food co-ops across the [...]

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 one particular exercise that I really enjoy doing.  The purpose of the exercise is to bring the co-op principles to life and connect them to [...]

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 and active member of NOC, which is a coalition of fourteen member organizations that advocate for federal programs to support organic agriculture and strong organic [...]

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 advantage by looking at their role as board members through the lens of successful relationship-building as much as through successful oversight of operations. The POP [...]

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 a point of convergence where participants make good things happen for each other and in their community. Putting the cooperative model at the front and [...]