In a lot of ways our work speaks for itself. The data supports an assertion that cooperation produces stronger happier communities, local economies, food systems and shoppers. Bonnie Hudspeth, Neighboring Food Co-op Associations Manager of Member Programs, shares a ton of powerful data points about the impact that food co-ops [...]
So much of the critical work of movement-building is getting the word out there to those who are looking for what we offer. As the Executive Director of Neighboring Food Co-ops Association, Erbin Crowell spend a lot of his time getting the message out about cooperatives. Here he shares with [...]
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 [...]
Why is it important that our Co-op be profitable, clean, and modern? Aren't we just "going corporate"? Sarah Hannigan, general manager at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, MN shares her response to this all too familiar member concern. Hannigan's answer, in a word: Impact!
As director of Food Systems Initiatives for the Self-Help Credit Union, Steve Saltzman has a unique perspective on the work that is being done by food co-op sin communities throughout the region. And from where Steve sits, food co-ops are on the leading edge! When it comes to transparency, social [...]
At the Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, NC Michael Spink has the enviable title of Innovation Strategist. In this brief video Michael shares a few stories of how the LGFCU is creating an impact in the lives and communities of its members.
An historic proposal was floated among members of 3 Twin Cities food co-ops to merge their 3 distinct organizations into one co-op. Two of those co-ops chose to merge, in this video we get to hear from the one that chose NOT to merge. Eastside Food Co-ops John Lacaria and [...]
Dan Arnett, Cooperator in Chief at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, tells the story of how he's inviting all staff members to create participation and impact by way of building the best burger in town. Dan has some great ideas about how even small acts can translate to greater impact in [...]
In her work as a Participation & Engagement consultant for cooperatives, Rebecca Torpie gets to see many successful campaigns engendering authentic relationships between co-op stakeholders. From members, to staff, to community members, the connections between these groups is so powerful, and Rebecca shares with you some of the best strategies [...]