CGN Spaces

Welcome to CGN Spaces! Cooperative Grocer Network exists to build community and facilitate the sharing and development of resources among food co-ops and those organizations that support them.

CGN Spaces provide member users with the opportunity to create a community Space around a food co-op department or interest area. Discussions become part of the searchable resources of this site.

CGN member users may apply to join a CGN Space by clicking on the Request Space Membership buttons below or in the text link found in the sidebar of each CGN Space landing page.

Once approved by an administrator, the user will receive an email with more instructions, including the email address that can be used to start a Discussion simply by sending an email.

Please note: though we have made every effort to make this site secure, it will be used by many people. Keep in mind that it IS on the Internet and uses email to distribute content. Per our Terms of Use, no highly proprietary or sensitive discussions or documents should be stored or exchanged within this platform. Use common sense, courtesy, and good judgment when contributing to CGN.

 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO USE CGN SPACES

Spaces include thumbnail views of the members belonging to the Space and a link to the user's Profile. 

There are two types of CGN Spaces:

  1. CGN All –- any CGN member can join and the Discussions are generally viewable by all CGN Members. Only the members of the Space can start, comment, and receive notifications of Discussions.
  2. Space Only -- Membership is vetted by a Space Leader, and Discussion content is viewable only by the members of the Space.

The Blue Menu bar at the top is a handy navigation tool for getting around CGN Spaces.

Discussion content can include attachments. Access to the attachment follows access to the Discussion post. 

Please contact CGN Admin at [email protected] with any questions or visit the Help page.

Discussions

CCMA

Discussion space for participants in CCMA, the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference organized by the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA). 

Open to all CGN Members

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGiN Board

This Space is reserved for the CGiN board of directors to conduct business, talk about the mission and objectives of CGN, communicate about tasks, have fun, and so on. That extra small "i"? It's in our official name, where information is still the name of the game.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN General

The CGN General Space reaches the broadest audience of CGN users.  

This is Space is open to all CGN Members and is used for big picture topics of interest to everyone.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Grocery

This Space facilitates discussion and networking among grocery managers and staff.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN HR

The HR Space facilitates the discussion and exchange of ideas and information about human resource management among Human Resource managers and staff.

Membership to this Space moderated by an administrator.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Marketing

This Space facilitates discussion and networking among marketing managers and staff.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Operations

This Space facilitates discussion and networking among operation managers and staff.

This Operations includes a private Section for General Managers. 

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Owner Services

This Space facilitates discussions and networking among Owner (or Member) Services managers and staff. if you work in Marketing, Outreach, Education or as a Customer Services Manager, you may want to join this group.

Membership to this Space is open and has only one Section: CGN All. This means Discussions may be viewed by all CGN members.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Prepared Foods

This Space facilitates discussion and networking among prepared food managers and staff.

 

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Saint Mary's Cooperative Management Education

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Staff

A Discussion Space only for internal CGN Staff communications and testing.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Startups

This Space builds community and facilitates discussion among the people involved in the particular joys and challenges that come with starting a food co-op.  

Membership to this Space is open and has only one Section: CGN All. This means Discussions may be viewed by all CGN members.

Discussions are listed by topic on this page, with the most recently updated at the top.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Testing

This group is for internal CGN admin to test CGN Space functions only.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN Wellness

This Space facilitates discussion and networking among wellness managers and staff.

Only CGN members can join this space.

CGN-UX Improve

The CGN-UX Improve space is for members helping us test and improve the User eXperience (UX) of this website. We started with beta testers but are open to any member who wants to join in.

You can also use the ubiquitous SEND US FEEDBACK form found in the sidebar of almost every page.

Only CGN members can join this space.

LEAD Program

In September 2008, NCG’s western corridor (WC) launched a new service for directors and managers of WC member co-ops. This program, called “LEAD” (Leadership Effectiveness and Development), is aimed at supporting board effectiveness, continued professional development, and networking among co-op board members in the western corridor. As of spring 2010, the western corridor is now making this program available to all co-op directors at no cost.

Only CGN members can join this space.

NCG Convergence

Community Space for participants in Convergence, the annual product and purchasing expo organized by National Co+op Grocers. 

Only CGN members can join this space.