Cooperative Governance

Creating Cooperative Resiliency

By Thane Joyal #187 Nov.-Dec 2016 Conflict happens. Co-ops have always faced conflict, whether in the boardroom, in member meetings, through social media and email, in the aisles or out in front of the store. This article is intended to equip co-ops to prepare for conflict and strengthen our democracy [...]

Board Leadership Development Starts with Commitment to Good Governance

Monadnock Food Co-op staff with board president, Kathy Burke (dressed as a beet) The Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, New Hampshire has only been open for two-and-a-half years, and as the board president Kathy Burke put it, “a lot has been going well.”  The co-op has exceeded its [...]

Leadership is Core of Effective Co-op Governance

La Montañita Co-op Food Market has long been feeling the pressure of a competitive marketplace, and their response has been to look at ways they can better grow and serve their cooperative market in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Right now La Montañita has six retail locations in three cities and their [...]

Components of a Successful System of Accountable Empowerment

Accountable Empowerment It is always important for a co-op board of directors to have good systems of accountability in place to provide proper and strategic oversight of the general manager.  With strongly increasing demand for natural and organic products resulting in more pressure from competitors, cooperatives need to strengthen operations, [...]

Board Compensation

  Updated: September, 2018 Directors of food cooperatives have a position of great responsibility. Should directors be reasonably compensated for shouldering this responsibility on behalf the co-op’s owners? What counts as reasonable compensation? What is the best way to provide compensation? Here are some ideas to help you in your [...]