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Paradigm for a New Economy
by Patricia Cumbie

Nearly 2,800 cooperators from 91 countries converged on Quebec City, Canada, for the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives under the theme, "The Amazing Power of Cooperatives," in...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Against the Tide
by Rochelle Prunty

River Valley Market in Northampton, Mass., opened in 2008, early in the current wave of new food co-ops and just before the start of the economic decline. Original sales projections had River...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
You Are Not Alone
by Melanie Reid

Is your co-op too small to have a human resources manager on staff? Is the HR function in your co-op divided up among different people? Have your HR systems been cobbled together from different...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
A Community of Co-ops Grows in Philly
by jon mcgoran

By 2007, Weavers Way Co-op was a Philadelphia neighborhood institution, with a growing urban farm program, expanding partnerships with local schools, nearly 3,000 member households, and annual...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
CreekSide Co-op: Opened November 2012
by jon mcgoran

Of the many startup food co-ops in and around Philadelphia, the furthest along, and the one with which Weavers Way has worked most closely, is CreekSide Co-op, which opened for business in...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Taking Care of Board Fundamentals
by Joel Kopischke

As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. When boards of directors consider their duties—ensuring organizational accountability...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Agile and Efficient: Board Committees and Committee Structures that Work
by Todd Wallace

The use of committees by boards is ubiquitous—as it should be, considering a small group’s agility when compared to a whole board. Unfortunately, boards often end up with...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Just Damned If We Don’t
by Dave Gutknecht

We have continuing opportunities to cultivate cooperative enterprise. In the present issue are reports on how, and how not, to grow cooperative ownership.

Cooperatives globally have...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Grants Build Co-op Economy
by Rosie Weaver

In September, Food Co-op Initiative announced grants to 10 new startup food co-ops. An additional four co-ops will receive scholarships for board and organizer training. All 14 awardees have...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Farmers Continue to Fight Monsanto’s Threats, Intimidation
by Dave Gutknecht

Along with November 2012 referendums in California and Washington to require labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods, legal action continues against the leading GMO proponent and...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
By the Numbers
by Mandy Catlette

Years after pioneering the natural, organic foods movement and the radical notion of a more sustainable business model, food co-ops remain leaders in the grocery industry in ways that are...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Why (Some) New Co-ops Fail
by Stuart Reid

The mayor spoke at the co-op’s ribbon cutting, and it seemed like the whole town turned out to celebrate. The local paper wrote excitedly about the new grocery store. The future seemed...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
NYC: Acting Locally to Build a Global Cooperative Economy
by Leslie Dreifus

Imagine what it would like to be part of a far-reaching movement imbued with values of economic democracy that circumnavigates the globe. Imagine that more than 1 billion people in every country...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
NYC: Acting Locally to Build a Global Cooperative Economy
by Sam Koprak

Imagine what it would like to be part of a far-reaching movement imbued with values of economic democracy that circumnavigates the globe. Imagine that more than 1 billion people in every country...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
The Growth Roadway
by Art Sherwood

Expansion and growth are on the minds of many cooperative board and management leaders. And this makes sense, since growing our cooperatives’ abilities to deliver on their organizational...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Reaching Cooperative Solutions
by Dave Gutknecht

The Cooperative Solution, by E.G. Nadeau, is a small book that makes large claims, as indicated in its subtitle: How the United States can tame recessions, reduce inequality, and protect the...

04 Dec 2012 #163 November-December 2012
Deeper Cooperative Visions
by Dave Gutknecht

With a boost from the International Year of Cooperatives, the potential of cooperatives in addressing critical social and economic needs is gaining recognition—although perhaps not as...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
New Study Highlights Impact of Food Co-ops
by Staff

A fascinating and detailed look at the impact of food co-ops has just been released by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). Available as a pdf, this 21-page report compares co-op...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Domestic Fair Trade Association to Meet Nov. 12–14
by Staff

The Domestic Fair Trade Association (www.dfta.org) annual meeting brings together stakeholders from across the food and agriculture systems. DFTA is leading the movement for a collaborative...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Weaving Again for IYC
by Staff

In honor of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, cooperative organizations in Great Britain, the United States, and Canada have sponsored publication of a new edition of Weavers...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Ringing Out the International Year of Cooperatives
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The International Year of Cooperatives is in its final months, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops continue to celebrate all of the ways that...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Engaging Members with Members
by Jake Schlachter

Would house parties work for established co-ops to engage their members?” The question surprised me. I was teaching a workshop on Internet organizing for membership recruitment at the...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Carolee Colter

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
Who’s Driving the Bus?
by Jeanie Wells

As we go about our work of assessing organizational structures and conducting employee surveys in food co-ops, we frequently encounter an ongoing struggle between the marketing department (or lone...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012
The ABCs of POS
by Michael Copley

What point-of-sale (POS) system does your co-op use, and how well does it work for you?” “Should we be recording cost of product in our POS system?” “How do you create a...

25 Sep 2012 #162 September-October 2012