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Participation: Systems & Structures

Systems & Structures within a cooperative are essential to creating and maintaining strong communication between co-op stakeholder groups.  Rebecca Torpie shares some brief points about [...]

On Participation

In her work as a Participation & Engagement consultant for cooperatives, Rebecca Torpie gets to see many successful campaigns engendering authentic relationships between co-op stakeholders. [...]

Grow Your Impact!

Director of Sustainability for National Co+op Grocers, Sheila Ongie sets the stage for the 2017 Cooperative Cafe series.  The popular national Co-op Cafe event has [...]

By |March 28th, 2017|Categories: Cooperative Cafe|Tags: |

Co-op Cafe – Durham, NC – 2017

We had a great day of conversation focused on Co-op Impact!  Co-op Participation! in Durham, NC! 28 people including staff, managers and directors from 10 co-ops participated Thank you [...]

Co-op Cafe – St. Paul – 2017

We had a great day of conversation focused on Co-op Impact!  Co-op Participation! in St. Paul, MN!  50 people including staff, managers and directors from 16 co-ops participated [...]

Co-op Cafe – Sacramento – 2017

We had a great day of conversation focused on Co-op Impact!  Co-op Participation! in Sacramento, CA!  60 people including staff, managers and directors from 5 co-ops participated Thank [...]

The Solidarity Co-op Model

Dean DeCrease, Chief Governance Officer at Central Co-op in Seattle, WA, was instrumental in the massive shift that have taken place at his co-op in [...]

Embodying the Strong Courageous Co-op

The Central Co-op in Seattle, WA fancies themselves "The Co-op for the 21st Century".  Rebeccah Maskin, Chair of the board's nominating committee details the courageous [...]

Courageous Leaders, Courageous Women

In her work with the Masters in Management of Cooperatives and Credit Unions program at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Erin Hancock had [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Video|Tags: |

So Our Co-ops Are Mostly White, Now What? Video

On the heels of her wildly popular article of the same name, Jade Barker shares some of her own inspiration for the article, and her [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Video|Tags: , |

Change-Management from the Grass Roots

Megan White, general manager of the Main Market in Spokane, WA, has some insights to share with you about what steps have worked at their [...]

By |November 16th, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Video|Tags: |

Renew Commitment, Re-Imagine Ends

Turbulent times in the marketplace start to resemble the peaks and valleys of the desert landscape for one Southwest food co-op. In this succinct and [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Video|Tags: |

Co-op Cafe – Mid-Atlantic – 2016

We had a great day of conversation focused on embracing change through courageous leadership in Jefferson, MD!  35 people including staff, managers and directors from 9 [...]

Co-op Cafe – Albuquerque – 2016

We had a great day of conversation focused on embracing change through courageous leadership in Albuquerque, NM!  21 people including staff, managers and directors from 6 [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Roundup|Tags: , |

Courageous Leadership Today Stronger Co-ops Tomorrow – Fall 2016

Facing heightening competition and increased pressure from member-owners, what does it mean to lead with courage?  Building off of his wildly popular talk from our last round [...]

Co-op Cafe – Mt. Pleasant – 2016

We had a great day of conversation focused on embracing change through courageous leadership in Mount Pleasant, MI!  18 people including staff, managers and directors from 7 [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Roundup|Tags: , |

Co-op Cafe – Provender – 2016

We had a great day of conversation focused on embracing change through courageous leadership in Hood River, OR!   42 people including staff, managers and directors from [...]

By |October 14th, 2016|Categories: Cooperative Cafe, Roundup|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Hunker Down vs. Double Down

Mark Goehring, Board Leadership Consultant for CDS Consulting Co-op has some ideas to share about the idea of having a favorable leadership position. His "Hunker [...]