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Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Carolee Colter

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Co-op Leaders Comment on “Visibility”
by Helena O'Connor

According to 2013 CoopMetrics data, 30 percent of member co-ops in the National Cooperative Grocers Association have expanded or opened a new store in the last five years; and many more co-ops are...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Bouncing Back in Boise
by Ben Kuzma

Shortly after my arrival in Idaho at Boise Co-op in June 2011, Whole Foods announced that they would open a new store at a busy intersection just 1.2 miles away from our tucked-away neighborhood...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Strategic Leadership Is a Cooperative Effort
by Art Sherwood

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

—Joel Barker, The Futurist

If I went into your co-...

29 May 2014 172 May-June 2014
Not Simple to Grow the Cooperative Economy

The Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland has gotten a lot of notice for its vision of urban revitalization based on a complex of worker cooperatives in partnership with supportive local...

02 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles
Elinor Ostrom, the Commons, and Anti-Capitalism

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.

10 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles
Study Reaffirmed: Roundup-Ready GMO corn causes serious health damage

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...

26 Jun 2014 • Endcap Articles
Co-ops' Global Identity

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...

23 Jul 2014 • Endcap Articles
Wave Goodbye, Wave Hello
by Dave Gutknecht

The annual food co-op milestones summary is presented at the CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) conference and reported in these pages. Its listings recognize both new and...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Mastering Co-op Management, Spreading the Knowledge
by Jane Livingston

In late 2012, Dan Arnett left Good Foods Co-op in Lexington, Kentucky, where he had worked for more than 13 years, to become general manager of Central Co-op in Seattle, Wash. Central Co-op had...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Investing in Our Cooperative Future
by C.E. Pugh

At the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), our vision is to see more food co-ops serving more people in more communities. In fact, providing a development mechanism for new and...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Dear Doctor Hoyt
by Staff

Cooperative Service: This year, there was no award recipient more obviously deserving than Dr. Ann Hoyt. She often drops the title before her name, yet Professor Hoyt has earned not only a...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation Celebrates 50 Years
by David Thompson

Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation (TPCF), founded in late 1964, is in its 50th year. TPCF sponsors the locally directed Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) program. There are now 29 food co-ops...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
2014 Brings a Diverse Crop of New Food Co-ops
by Stuart Reid

This year’s new crop of food co-ops spans the country from Hawaii to the tip of Maine. Not surprisingly, there is as much diversity in the co-ops as in their geography. 

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
Context Matters
by Michael Healy

When it comes to numbers and data, context matters. The context in which we place particular numbers helps us make meaning of those numbers, and this is particularly important when we are talking...

25 Aug 2014 173 July - August 2014
The Assault on Organics

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

04 Sep 2014 • Endcap Articles
Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Thane Joyal

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

11 Sep 2014 173 July - August 2014
Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Mark Goehring

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

11 Sep 2014 173 July - August 2014
October 15 Deadline for Bowers Fund Grants

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.coop/bowersfund/.  

The Bowers...

17 Sep 2014 • Endcap Articles
Elm City Market Demutualizes

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....

17 Oct 2014 • Endcap Articles
Building Democracy and Successful Worker Co-ops

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...

20 Oct 2014 • Endcap Articles