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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Co-operative Decade: Why Participation Matters

Hear directly from the ICA President about the undeniable importance of Participation in building the success of the Cooperative Movement. Dame Green discusses the role [...]

Grow for the Good of the Movement

Martha Whitman,  Board President La Montañita Co-op, New Mexico

Cooperation: An engine for good

Carol Collins, Central Corridor National Cooperative Grocers Association  

How We Got Here: A Co-op History

Marilyn Scholl, the manager of the CDS Consulting Co-op, (and not too proud to call herself the "designated co-op old fart") provides a succinct recap [...]

Credit Unions Co-ops Working Together

50 Ways to be a Co-op

Diana Chapman, Director of Sustainability PCC Natural Markets

A Utility Co-op Thats Powering Community

Chuck Dawsey, CEO Benton Rural Electric Cooperative Association   Prosser, WA  

The We / Me Cycle

Walden Swanson, Business Intelligence Analyst CoopMetrics + CDS Consulting Co-op   Andover, MA   In this talk Walden shares with us his latest findings, and [...]

Surveying Pacific Northwest Cooperatives

Diane Gasaway, Executive Director Northwest Co-op Development Center (NWCDC)   Olympia, WA

Co-ops: Where Democracy, Community, and Sustainability Meet

Bill Gessner, Co-op Development Consultant CDS Consulting Co-op Minneapolis, MN   Widely known throughout the food co-op community, Mr. Gessner has travelled the country helping [...]

The Co-operative Decade: What Will YOU Do?

Dame Pauline Green, President International Cooperative Alliance, United Kingdom   Dame Green takes us through the key components of the Cooperative Decade, as laid out in [...]