The Participation framework—Own, Use, Serve, and Belong —has been the focus of presentations and conversations by hundreds of cooperators at the regional Co-op Cafe series produced by CDS Consulting Co-op and sponsored by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). One key question people discussed included: What if we view participation as a driving force in our co-ops that moves us forward on our goals, demonstrates the power of community-owned enterprise, and celebrates the many different ways people choose to engage with the co-op for both their own and the common good?
We’d like to include you in the conversation, too. The following link will introduce you to the key concepts and share some of the thinking presented at the Co-op Cafes. Videos of presentations and roundups of conversations are available in the CDS CC Library.
Additional Co-op Cafes are scheduled this fall in Albuquerque, New Mexico (10/18); Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (10/25); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11/01). Find the schedule here. We hope to see you there.