Strengthening Co-op Elections: How Boards are Ensuring that Members Can Vote for Excellent Candidates

In her book Democracy’s Edge, Frances Moore Lappe makes a strong case that a healthy democracy is about much more than elections and voting. Even so, board elections are still a particularly important and visible part of cooperative governance. A successful board election includes at least two critical elements: enough [...]

Nominating Board Candidates

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” -- Thomas Jefferson “You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.” -- Jon Stewart   Why screen and [...]

Great Idea: Get a Head Start on the Nominations Process

  The nominations committee of the Friendly City Food Co-op in Harrisonburg, Va. has been meeting since January to get a head start on the board nominations process. In addition to finding excellent candidates and improving the voting process, the co-op also wants to ensure it has contested elections. “Each [...]

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Food Conspiracy Fostering New Board Leadership

Two years ago, the Food Conspiracy board in Tucson, Ariz., was faced with a unique leadership quandary. Due to extenuating circumstances, the board lost eight of its members over the course a year. “There were various reasons,” said Rob McLane, the board’s current president. Someone had a baby, another moved [...]

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Be the Best You Can Be—Quicker

By Nina Johnson 160 May - June - 2012 You know the feeling: you walk into your first meeting, you don’t know anyone, you’re not sure what to say or do, and everyone but you seems to know what’s going on. That’s how it can feel for a newly elected [...]

Cultivate Board Candidates through Ongoing Recruitment

Here’s an uncomfortably familiar scenario. In the time leading up to board elections, directors are scrambling to find people to run for the board. A bit of panic ensues: Will there be enough interest from the membership? Will the candidates that run be qualified? Has there been enough time to [...]