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Identifying Cooperative Allies

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...

17 Dec 2014 • Endcap Articles
Owning is the New Sharing

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...

02 Dec 2014 • Endcap Articles
So Many Co-ops, So Little Time
by Adam Schwartz

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...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Co-op Supports Apple Seeds and Healthy Choices
by Owen Buffington

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...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Own, Use, Serve, and Belong
by Mark Goehring

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...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Own, Use, Serve, and Belong
by Leslie Watson

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...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Getting the Design Right
by Nicole Klimek

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

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
The Assets Picture

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

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Howard Bowers Day Dollars Target Startup Co-ops
by Annie Hoy

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,...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
National and Local Co-ops Provide Startup Funds
by Suzi Carter

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...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
NCGA Launches New Program to Support Co-op Sustainability
by Sheila Samuelson

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,...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Food’s Energy Footprint
by Dave Gutknecht

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...

19 Nov 2014 174 September-October 2014
Countering Myths About World Hunger

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...

10 Nov 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
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
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
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...

10 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...

10 Sep 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
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
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
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
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
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
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