Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed to accomplish this...

A social solidarity economy response to austerity in Greece

Keynote address, Good Economy Conference, Zagreb 2015

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring. “Cooperation among cooperatives,” through the...

Ontario’s food and farm co-ops

Up north of the 49th parallel, a great wave of co-operative development is transforming the food system. Like the United States, Canada has a food system in grave need of healing. Communities...

Six years ago, the Up and Coming, Up and Running (UCUR) conference debuted with the goal of providing training and networking opportunities for startups and new co-ops in the region. This year a...

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) has been focusing attention on the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program while the federal legislation that governs the program, the Child Nutrition...

The Editor Notes

Despite a very competitive market, new food co-ops continue to surge, with several new co-ops opening each year. The annual Up & Coming, Up & Running conference for startups, reported here...

Creating and maintaining a healthy board-GM relationship

In many co-ops, the manager and board of directors function effectively as a leadership team. Along with having systems and structures in place that support and encourage healthy...

Almost every cooperative retail grocery is feeling increased competition in its community. Twenty years ago, merely having featured products consistently available was enough for co-ops...

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Blog posts

June 28, 2015

A few of the many excellent leaders among food co-ops are chosen for recognition by their peers at the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) conference.  Held in a...

May 27, 2015

The Sustainable Food Trade Association (http://www.sustainablefoodtrade.org) continues its work to advance sustainability and transparency in the...

May 26, 2015

Recently held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the 2015 induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame honored four outstanding leaders whose careers have made huge contributions to...

May 14, 2015

The Organic Trade Association and its GRO Organic Core Committee have formally petitioned the USDA for a research and promotion check-off for organic.  Find OTA’s report at...

April 23, 2015

Are not the oceans part of the commons? Survival of both fishes and humans is at stake in managing the harvest from the sea, and cooperatives can support that end. Here is a discussion of some of...

April 5, 2015

A nationwide wave of new food co-ops continues, supported by Food Co-op Initiative, National Co-op Grocers, CDS Consulting Co-op, and other allies and given focus by the annual Up & Coming, Up...

April 1, 2015

The Sustainable Food Trade Association (http://www.sustainablefoodtrade.org) continues its work to advance sustainability and transparency in the...

February 19, 2015

Jacqueline Hannah, previously general manager of the Common Ground Food Co-op in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, brings her co-op expertise and passion to Food Co-op Initiative where she will share it...

February 4, 2015

This spring, food co-ops are urged to honor one of their outstanding trainers and leaders, Ann Hoyt, while supporting co-op development through the Cooperative Hall of Fame.  The Hall honors...

January 23, 2015

In Seattle, Washington, Central Co-op is ahead of the curve in implementing the city's new minimum wage of $15, seven years in advane of the mandated schedule.  This may well be the...