Making Smarter Strategic Decisions through Board Engagement with Owners

When boards and management make decisions with the long game of co-op impact in mind, a powerful relationship with owners can develop. Strategic decision-making can [...]

Board Communication: Using the Board’s Unique Perspective to Increase Owner Engagement and Participation

There’s commonly a remarkable diversity among how the members of a co-op’s board of directors and how co-op staff see and understand the co-op. And [...]

4 ways to engage employees in your company’s mission

The concept of employee engagement has been around for many years. While similar to employee satisfaction, engagement is not synonymous with satisfaction. It’s possible for [...]

Who Decides? Owner Participation in Cooperative Decisions

Cooperatives are a shared asset, managed for the common good of the owners.  At its heart, cooperation is a human enterprise that begins with relationships, [...]

People’s Expands: A Tale of Two Co-ops

Michelle Schry, General Manager People's Food Cooperative, LaCrosse, WI & Rochester, MN   Learn about the process, the challenges, and the triumphs of the unique "merger" [...]

The Northeast Network: A Participatory Model

Amy Fields, General Manager Eastside Food Co-op, Minneapolis, MN   The Eastside Food Co-op have emerged as innovators in participation and engaging their owners.  Listen [...]