Creating Impact

The Cooperative Advantage

Sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious. Just because we have co-op in our name does not mean that people will really understand what that means. The formal definition of a cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations [...]

Communicating Co-op Impact to Staff, Members and Community

Hunger Mountain Co-op Montpelier, VT Year founded:  1972 Number of members:  8,300 Member investment:  $180 Number of staff:  165 Retail square feet:  12,000 Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, VT has created a system of planning and reporting that has led to their ability to communicate the co-op’s impact on the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Path of Courageousness

General Manager of Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, TN, Jacki Arthur shares with us a parable, as well as her own perspective on what she calls "The Path of Courageousness". In this honest and inspiring video Jackie shares her vision for her own region of the Appalachias and why if [...]

Scaling for Success

River Valley Co-op in Northampton, MA is a jewel among startups with over $25M in annual sales and robust growth. Rochelle Prunty, the GM at RVC takes us through the co-ops history, as well as a possible future, in which the region has many more River Valley Co-ops and an [...]

Courage Means Taking Risks

Dan Arnett, the General Manager at Central Co-op in Seattle, WA has proven himself, and his co-op as a visionary force among food co-ops in the US. In this densely-packed video Dan runs through what courage looks like as a leader, including examples of painful but necessary steps he's taken [...]

Central / Tacoma Co-op Merger

In this super-short video General Manager at Central Co-op in Seattle, Dan Arnett, takes us through the leadership and engagement required to successfully approve a merger between the Central Co-op in Seattle and the Tacoma, WA Food Co-op.

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 approved for sale and consumption. Meanwhile, Congress debated the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFLA), which was dubbed the Denying Americans the Right-to-Know, or [...]