Committee Charters Field Guide

All board committees should have a charter – a description of the committee’s purpose and authority. One person, generally the board secretary, should have primary [...]

The Slack App: Weaver Street Market’s Internal Communication Transformation Story

The roll out right before Thanksgiving turned out better than expected. Having a single centralized spot where everyone could see what was happening in real [...]

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 [...]

Focus, Alignment, and Vision Around Ends

Steve Breckheimer, Board Member at Hendersonville Community Co-op in Hendersonville, NC describes two different versions of what alignment can look like and why alignment is [...]

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 [...]

Video Field Guide: Tips for Facilitating Board Meetings

Michael Healy and Mark Goehring are shooting the breeze in this casual (and short) video recording featuring some great pointers for boards and meeting facilitators [...]

Video Field Guide: Introduction to the Four Pillars

Succinct introduction to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Democracy and Strategic Leadership, and how these concepts strengthen co-ops and communities. This [...]