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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 [...]

A Board’s Quick Guide to Communicating Decisions to Owners

As competition makes the reality of executing difficult or complex business decisions more common, it's important that boards be ready to address situations when owners [...]

Video Field Guide: Membership Growth

Ben Sandel is a board leadership consultant and capital campaign expert working with startups and established co-ops helping them to reach their fundraising goals using [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Hero’s Journey of Growth

Delene Porter, the General Manager at Daily Groceries in Athens, GA shares what she calls the Hero's Journey that is the path for the future [...]

Baking Bread, Building Bonds

Jon McDonald, Bread Baker and Board Member at Weaver Street Market in North Carolina shares his views on leadership and collaboration through the lenses of [...]

The Co-op as Thought Leader

Marketing and branding wizard for dozens of food co-ops and independent natural foods retailers, Nicole Klimek of CDS Consulting Co-op has a unique perspective into [...]

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 [...]

Appreciating the Diversity of Member Needs and Motivations

By Marilyn Scholl 140 January - February - 2009 In my work with food co-op boards and staff over the past 30 years, one of [...]

“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 [...]

The Food Co-op as Third Space

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POP Fosters Strong Relationships to Drive Growth of Co-ops

Many cooperatives have built their reputations on the strong connection that they have with people—their staff, owners and customers.  This special relationship is one of [...]

Work the Structure – It’s What Makes us Special

Activating ‘New-Style’ Participation

Weaver Street Market Carrboro, NC Year founded:  1988 Member equity requirement:  $75 individual, $135 couple, $175 three or more Number of members:  18,000 consumer-owners, 210 [...]

Amplify Cooperative Impact through Participation

The democratic structure of cooperatives allows people the opportunity to have a real influence on business goals and outcomes through their investment, patronage, feedback, and [...]

Video Field Guide: The Always Appoint Principle