Cooperative boards of directors are small groups of people who influence the future of the world. They are committed citizens who think and learn and work together for something that together they find relevant and compelling. Directors are practically the direct descendants of the Rochdale Pioneers. Like their “ancestors,” the [...]
Dale Woodbeck, General Manager Lakewinds Food Co-op, Chanhassen, Minnetonka, & Richfield, MN Mr. Woodbeck shares the story of Lakewinds Food Co-op's success fostering a sense of belonging among its stakeholders by way of a branded loan program that has directly helped dozens of small local farmers in the region to [...]
Robynn Shrader, CEO National Cooperative Grocers Assoc., Iowa City, IA The CEO of NCGA explains why she, and the NCGA, view participation at our individual food co-ops as utterly indispensible for the success of the movement.
Tom Mattox, Board Member Food Front Cooperative, Portland, OR Tom Mattox gives a personal and compelling talk about new ways for us to invite genuine participation from co-op stakeholders. His perspective will have your whole Board thinking about participation in a new light. Highly recommended!
Patricia unpacks the idea of "Belonging" and ties it to the idea of connections. Building community, support, and passion doesn't happen successfully without belong.
Mark Goehring sets up the new Own, Use, Serve, Belong framework. Against the backdrop of the Co-operative decade Mark underscores the importance and the significance of the work of good governance and active participation.
Hether Jonna, Board President Simon Borst, Front End Manager People's Food Co-op of Kalamazoo
Shahid Mustafa, General Manager Mountain View Market, Las Cruces, NM
Terry Bowling, General Manager La Montañita Co-op, New Mexico
Ruffin Slater, General Manager Weaver Street Market, Research Triangle, North Carolina Ruffin challenges us to re-think our concept of participation and what it can do for your cooperative.