Discussion Groups

Here's what Co-op Grocer Network does best: facilitate the sharing and development of resources among the food co-op community. 

The list of Discussion Groups below mirror email listserves currently used by the CGN community. This platform is designed to create a stronger community among users, better capture our discussions as content, and enhance our Library.

To participate in Discussion Groups you must have a current user account created by your CGN Account Manager. Once your account is set up and you are logged in. YOU (not your account manager) may complete the Discussion Group Subscription form.   Please see Help section for further guidance.

Though we encourage open and cross-Group participation, please respect and participate appropriately. The ability to create more exclusive and ad hoc Discussion Groups is planned for later this year, but be aware, CGN cannot be held responsible for the security of any proprietary or sensitive content on this site. Private discussions should be taken off-line.

  • CGN General - everyone is encouraged to join this broad-based forum.
  • CGN Deli
  • CGN HABA (Health and Beauty Aid)
  • CGN IT (Information Technology)
  • CGN M & M (Membership & Marketing)
  • CGN Operations (Manager forum)
  • CGN Food Co-op Board of Directors (board members and support staff/consultants)
  • CGN Grocery 

Discussion Group Subscription form

CGN Human Resource (HR) Discussion Group—Due to the sensitive nature of some HR discussions, the HR Discussion Group reviews requests before approving members. To apply, fill out the following form: HR Discussion Group Subscription Form

For discussion group help, visit our help page for links to instructional videos and more.

This TED Talk by Clay Shirkey called How Cognitive Surplus Will Change the World illustrates our intent.

Note: As we transition to web-based Discussion Groups, email listserve groups will remain active thru August, 2013.

Email CGN admin at [email protected] for more information.

Thank you for your cooperative participation! Have fun!

  • Participate in a discussion and exchange of information about co-op information technology and systems at food co-ops. This is a members-only group.
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    | 106 Members | Closed
  • Exchange ideas and information about membership and marketing at food co-ops. This is a members-only group.
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    | 244 Members | Closed
  • Exchange information and facilitate discussion about general operations and management work at food co-ops. This is a members-only group.
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    | 185 Members | Closed
  • For internal testing purposes only.
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    | 7 Members | Closed
  • CGN Food Co-op Start-up
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    | 20 Members | Closed
  • The Grocery Group facilitates the discussion and exchange of ideas and information about Grocery departments at food co-ops in order to improve the re
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    | 4 Members | Invite only
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    | 11 Members | Closed
  • Group for discussing user experience and how to make better
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    | 12 Members | Closed
  • Participate in a discussion about co-op deli departments at food co-ops. This is a members-only group.
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    | 58 Members | Closed
  • Share ideas and information about co-op health and beauty aid (HABA) departments at food co-ops. This is a member-only group.
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    | 51 Members | Closed
  • Share ideas and information that promote good governance practices in food co-ops and strengthen food co-op boards. This is a members-only group.
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    | 160 Members | Closed
  • Facilitate discussion, provide support and share ideas and information about human resources at food co-ops. This is an invitation-only group.
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    | 131 Members | Closed