The board of directors at People's Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, MI have committed to developing their awareness around racial equity. Board President Hether Frayer tells the Kzoo board story about how they ensconced their social justice values into co-op policy and monitoring.
The author Stephen Covey made “begin with the end in mind” a famous touchstone with his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Beginning with the end in mind is “Habit #2.” Of all the habits he writes about, this one involves the most reflection, pushing the reader to [...]
Three Rivers Market Knoxville, TN Year founded: 1976 Number of members: 8,200 Member investment: $200 Number of employees: 40 Retail square feet: 10,000 A few years ago, Jackie Arthur, the general manager at Three Rivers Market in Knoxville, TN, decided to switch up her approach to co-op communications with her [...]
An individual member-owner or customer or vendor could probably describe how the co-op impacts their life: This is where I get the food that feeds my family. Or, I see all my friends here. Or, this is the center of my community. Or, I make my living by selling my [...]
Hunger Mountain Co-op Montpelier, VT Year founded: 1972 Number of members: 8,300 Member investment: $180 Number of staff: 165 Retail square feet: 12,000 Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, VT has created a system of planning and reporting that has led to their ability to communicate the co-op’s impact on the [...]
Turbulent times in the marketplace start to resemble the peaks and valleys of the desert landscape for one Southwest food co-op. In this succinct and invigorating video, Xochitl Torres Small, Board Member at Mountain View Market in Las Cruces, NM tells of how a properly timed Ends policy review created [...]
How is your board spending its time? It’s easy to get caught up in the delegation and accountability portion of a board’s job. Yet there’s a whole other side to the work that is equally important, and the ultimate endeavor of the board: spending time thinking about the co-op’s desired [...]
Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater on the Magic of Commitment. Ruffin shares what he sees as the power of making a commitment and all that follows from making a decision.
Seward Community Co-op opened two new business units back-to-back in the late summer and early fall of 2015. Part of that opening process for the second retail location and the Co-op Creamery Cafe involved intensive community engagement as the new co-op location initially encountered resistance from a group of people [...]
As the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery in Carbondale, Ill. grew over the years, the role of the board had also changed exponentially. This prompted the board to think about the co-op more broadly as a community asset, and in turn, it realized that its mission statement had not kept up with [...]