The Cooperative Movement

Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops

By Jade Barker and Patricia Cumbie We believe that now is a critical time to engage our cooperative community in important conversations about racism and oppression. Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops presents a variety of perspectives on what can be done to make food co-ops more [...]

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 [...]

Courageous Leadership Today Stronger Co-ops Tomorrow

As Director of Co-op Development for NCG, Dave Olson has a unique perspective on what it'll take for co-ops to survive and thrive in this 'New Normal' of increased competition and slowing sales growth. In this must-watch video Dave drops some hard truths and possibly un-popular ideas in an effort [...]

Stories of Courageous Leaders

Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee Ann Hoyt tells a tale of three of her top picks for people that displayed courageous leadership in the face of impossible odds.  Hear about the work of Abraham Shadid, Carol Greewald and David Smith.  She believes "the ability to act rightly" in the face [...]

“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 leisure, and whether we realize it or not, it can have a negative impact on the environment.  Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft have increased exponentially [...]

Owners Connect Patronage Refunds to Community

City Market's 2014 Co-op Seedling Grant Recipients Onion River Co-op, City Market Burlington, VT Year founded: 1973 Member investment: $200 stock purchase Number of members:  11,083 Retail square feet:  12,000 Number of employees:  255   River Valley Market Northampton, Massachusetts Year founded: 2008 Member investment: $150 stock purchase [...]

The Coming Wave: We will need to fill more GM positions than ever before

By Carolee Colter 176 January-February 2015 As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population was born between 1946 and 1964, and every month a quarter million more are turning 65. That age is not a magic number for retirement. [...]

So Many Co-ops, So Little Time

By Adam Schwartz 174 September-October 2014 Whenever I am having a conversation with friends discussing the problems our society is facing, invariably one of them will say something like, “Adam, you think there is co-op solution for everything!” I usually smile and agree wholeheartedly. Here is why. There are over [...]

Share Values and Grow Communities

Kevin Edberg, Executive Director Cooperative Development Services St. Paul, MN   The cooperative principles gives us a competitive advantage and a raison d'etre. Mr. Edberg challenges the viewers to think about applying our deep comitment to the co-op values to the wider society we live in.

Cooperation: It’s all Spirals & Rainbows

E. Kim Coontz, Executive Director California Center for Cooperative Development Davis, CA Kim shares an integrative view of cooperation as she see in her work the overlapping of co-ops in many sectors organizing around the same co-op principles & values. She even shares a co-op song at the end. Careful, [...]