In a cooperative, strategic leadership is focused on the purpose of the cooperative and fulfilling its mission. It comes about when people answer the question: Why are we here? What difference do we make? For food co-ops, our purpose is truly exciting. Sure, we want to sell healthful food, which is rewarding, but we also want lively neighborhood markets, sustainable food systems, strong public partnerships, democratic workplaces and much more.
For over a decade, CDS Consulting Co-op has been working with co-op leaders to engage in conversations that build strategic direction for our cooperatives. We have worked to develop tools and resources to support boards in their strategic leadership work. In this issue of Solutions we invite co-op leaders to continue strengthening their strategic conversations about the future.