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Appreciating the Diversity of Member Needs and Motivations

By Marilyn Scholl 140 January - February - 2009 In my work with food co-op boards and staff over the past 30 years, one of [...]

Amplify Cooperative Impact through Participation

The democratic structure of cooperatives allows people the opportunity to have a real influence on business goals and outcomes through their investment, patronage, feedback, and [...]

Building Partnerships Across Race and Class

By Jade Barker 179 July-August 2015 Cooperative grocery stores across the country are making efforts to integrate their cooperatives across race and class. How did [...]

Cooperative Communication Conundrums: Exploring paths to alignment and healing when a cooperative encounters controversy

By Thane Joyal 179 July-August 2015 To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human [...]

Reaching the Co-op’s Owners

By Patricia Cumbie 179 July-August 2015 Food cooperatives have a special relationship with their owners and customers, but even the best relationships need to be [...]

A Culture of Service

Amidst the growing competition in natural foods, the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op has a clear vision of how they will differentiate themselves.  Paul Cultrera, GM [...]

Reinventing our Cooperative Democracy: A Conversation

By Art Sherwood, Todd Wallace 175 November-December 2014 In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of [...]

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 [...]

Case Study: Evolving a Work Culture through Participation and Training

From July-August 2014 Chico Natural Foods Co-op Chico, California Year founded: 1973 Number of members: 3,000 Equity investment: $200 Number of employees: 53 Retail square [...]

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Elements of a Great Workplace

At Chico Natural Foods, when staff spontaneously dress in the same color, they take a picture. Here they are shown having fun on a “green” [...]

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What makes a workplace great?

Great workplaces are made, not born. They are the result of people working together as a team to achieve the objectives of the company they [...]

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Open Book Management

Meet Adam Schwartz: Co-op Advocate

Adam Schwartz has spent his career advocating for co-ops and promoting their value to industry leaders and consumers. Schwartz’s background in lobbying and public policy [...]

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Seven Steps to Re-energize your Cooperative Culture

By Adam Schwartz 166 May-June 2013 "Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us." [...]

Governing With Excellence, Using Awareness and Discipline

By Thane Joyal 166 May-June 2013 Why is it that some of our retail food cooperative boards really make a powerful difference in their communities, [...]

Case Study: Co-op Culture Transforms Peoples–Kalamazoo

Peoples Food Co-op Kalamazoo, Mich. Year founded: 1970 Number of members: 1,980 Stock purchase:$250 Number of employees: 35 Retail square feet:3,100 The Peoples Food Co-op [...]

Who’s Driving the Bus? Bringing cooperation inside the store walls

By Carolee Colter, Jeanie Wells 162 September-October 2012 As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, [...]

Balancing Employer and Employees

By Jeanie Wells 159 March - April - 2012 Food co-ops are known for being compassionate employers. Unlike some of our big competitors in the [...]

Building a Positive Board Performance Culture 2 of 2

Building a positive board performance culture takes continuous work and vigilance on the part of the board. Part I explored the vital concepts of Shared [...]

Case Study: Strategy for Success through HR Excellence

The Food Co-op in Port Townsend, Wash. has done an employee survey administered by Carolee Colter, now CDS Consulting Co-op’s human resources and training consultant, [...]

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