Whenever I am having a conversation with friends discussing the problems our society is facing, invariably one of them will say something like, “Adam, you think there is co-op solution for...

Folks residing in Northwest Arkansas are about to get their hands dirty! Apple Seeds, Inc., a nonprofit in Fayetteville, has begun development on an urban teaching farm with help from a...

A new paradigm for participation

The Participation framework—Own, Use, Serve, and Belong—has been the focus of presentations and conversations by hundreds of cooperators at the regional Co-op Cafe series...

The store design process is easy to research, and the basics are easy to comprehend: –Programming –Design development –Construction documents and administration –...

A new summary of credit unions and U.S. banks, thanks to the Democracy Collaborative—for data sources, see www.community-wealth.org...

I think it’s safe to say that cooperators are pretty stoked about the blooming “third wave” of new food co-ops organizing and opening now. With Co-op Month coming up in October,...

In the past year, we in the startup food co-op community experienced a moment that worried us. While we saw interest in starting food co-ops continue to grow, our major grant funding was coming to...

George Carlin may have had it right. For billions of years, Earth has been resilient during an onslaught of asteroids, volcanoes, floods, droughts, ice ages, heat waves, overpopulations,...

To be unconcerned about sustainability and whether current practices can long endure, you would need to be Rip Van Winkle—suddenly awakened after 40 years by the rumbling, not of tenpins but...

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Blog posts

December 17, 2014

How to build a broader movement for social change. How to evaluate the cooperative alignment and potential of allies such as nonprofits, land trusts, and advocacy groups? "Grassroots Economic...

December 2, 2014

The so-called sharing economy, a model of business innovation based on open-source software and broad participation of a cooperative nature, is thoughtfully examined by Nathan Schneiderman at the...

November 10, 2014

World hunger is real and widespread -- but it is not for lack of food, rather lack of food justice.  Cooperators can help address these issues by being well-informed.  Here are two links...

October 20, 2014

Excellent work and analysis on cooperative development continues to be found at community-wealth.org, a project of the Democracy Collaborative.  For people interested in cooperative...

October 17, 2014

In an unfortunate action that is the first of its kind, at least for the current generation of food co-ops, Elm City Market in New Haven, Connecticut, has demutualized and is no longer a co-op....

September 17, 2014

The next round of co-op training and education grants from the Howard Bowers Fund has an October 15 deadline. Find details and an application at www.cdf....

September 4, 2014

An excellent report, "The Assault on Organics," appears in the current issue of Sound Consumerfrom PCC Natural Markets, the Seattle-based consumer co-op: ...

July 23, 2014

The international cooperative domain name, .coop, has now been joined to a cooperative marque or brand with the same letters.  Our national cross-sector cooperative trade organization, NCBA...

June 26, 2014

A 2012 study that identified serious health effects from feeding GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn and the Monsanto corporation’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been strongly...

June 10, 2014

A helpful introduction to Elinor Ostrom's writings on the commons is found in a comment by Derek Wall at STIR, a site focused on “Co-ops. Community.