One of the things we hear all the time after the CDS Consulting Co-op in-person sessions is how much people enjoy meeting board and staff from other co-ops and sharing stories. The Cooperative Cafe is a highly interactive day with brief presentations and guided exchanges that offer co-op leaders a how-to for cultivating similar involvement in their local communities. The conversations are invigorating and fun.
Participants in 2013 addressed two of the most powerful questions in the food co-op sector today:
- Why does growth matter? What might it look like if we are successful?
- How do we as leaders get our community engaged, aligned and participating?
Want to know what people had to say in response to those questions? Visit the CBLD Library for a whole compendium of videos from meetings from around the country. The energy of the sessions and the ideas shared by other cooperators are inspiring. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation.
Even if you can’t attend you won’t miss out. [Link to the page in the library]
- Albuquerque 2013 (This video has repetitive feedback noise from the microphones. We apologize for the sound quality—but it’s worth watching!)
- Philadelphia 2013
- Kalamazoo 2013
Mark Goehring, board leadership consultant, said that one of the core benefits of the Cooperative Cafe is “to take what you learn and build on it in your local co-op community.”
If you have not attended the Cooperative Cafe, now is the perfect opportunity to take part in a conversation about the impact greater participation has in your community. If you already attended in 2012 or 2013, come back for a new theme, different questions and fresh conversations. Register now!
When and Where:
Northwest: March 1, Portland Ore.
California: March 8, Sacramento, Calif.
Northeast: March 15, Keene, N.H.
Southeast: March 22, Asheville, N.C.
Minnesota/Wisconsin: March 29, Rochester, Minn.
Southwest: October 18, Albuquerque, N.M.
Michigan: October 25, Mt Pleasant, Mich.
Mid-Atlantic: November 1, Philadelphia, Pa.