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Ends: Defining Your Cooperative Advantage
by Linda Stier

This article is intended for everyone who is inspired or in any way impacted by cooperative principles. It focuses on defining the difference a cooperative makes in the world and the dramatic...

08 Jan 2004 #097 November - December - 2001
A Member Linkage Tool Builds Policy and Action
by Karen Zimbelman NOTE: This article is a summary of a workshop presented at CCMA 2000 called "Building Member Linkage: A Tool for Policy and Action." What follows is first a description of the presentation...
08 Jan 2004 #092 January - February - 2001
Maintaining Co-op Democracy
by Ann Waterhouse

As a member of the Willy Street Co-op board in Madison, Wisc., I'm interested in creative ways to stimulate member participation in our cooperative. We held an annual meeting last August and...

08 Jan 2004 #098 January - February - 2002
Helping Build a Thriving Future for Food Cooperatives
by Marilyn Scholl

Long before "just do it" became part of the American lexicon, the teenaged Homer Hickam, inspired by the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and fueled by a desire to beat the Russians at the space race,...

08 Jan 2004 #102 September - October - 2002
Democracy Works
by Paul CultreraDemocracy Works
08 Jan 2004 #104 January - February - 2003
Transforming Workplace Culture
by Carolee Colter

"Culture" maybe hard to define, but the signs of a dysfunctional workplace culture are hard to ignore. Do any of these sound like your co-op?

08 Jan 2004 #074 January - February - 1998
Building Accountability
by Mel Braverman

Who would choose to work for an organization that does not hold the general manager accountable? Would you want to work for an organization that does not hold your co-workers...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Two Stores and Growing: Bloomingfoods Market and Deli
by George Huntington

Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington is an oasis of natural beauty and culture and is home to Indiana University, the state's largest school. Bloomingfoods...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Crafting Cash Flow Budgets
by Scott Beers

Profit alone does not guarantee success or even survival. Unless you project the co-op's cash requirements and manage accordingly, there are likely to be some harsh surprises ahead...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Crafting Cash Flow Budgets
by Margaret Lund

Profit alone does not guarantee success or even survival. Unless you project the co-op's cash requirements and manage accordingly, there are likely to be some harsh surprises ahead...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
CoCoFiSt Data Sharing Strengthens Co-ops
by Joseph Jagiello

Retail food cooperatives have long valued their unique characteristics and independence. Current events in our industry have left many co-ops with declining market share, weak...

08 Jan 2004 #085 November - December - 1999
Pursuing a Co-op Controlled Label
by Jeff Voltz

I am passionate about natural foods. I am passionate about co-ops. And I am passionate about success.

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Democratic Management in the Real World
by Carolee Colter

I don't have any statistics on this, but I'd bet that the vast majority of natural foods co-ops started out as collectively run organizations. For many members and employees of...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Scott Beers

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Retained Earnings or Returned Earnings?
by Margaret Lund

Ask co-op members anywhere, "What's the purpose of this co-op, anyway?" and you'll likely get some variation of the answer, "To serve the members." Ask them how best to do that,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Clarifying Board and Management Roles in Expansion/Relocation Projects
by Bill Gessner

Many co-ops talk about the need to move or expand for years. Often it is all talk, with a few false starts and little formal planning or action. For other co-ops, an opportunity to...

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Are You Experienced?
by Walden Swanson

Want some good news? Co-op store productivity increased in the third quarter of 1998, when compared to the third quarter of 1997. (See Graph 1.)

Want some bad...

08 Jan 2004 #081 March - April - 1999
Building Relationships With Financial Partners
by Scott Beers

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift)....

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Building Relationships With Financial Partners
by Margaret Lund

A relative recently gave one of us a book of pithy personal advice with the humble title of "How to do Everything Right" (we won't dwell on the reason for this particular gift)....

08 Jan 2004 #084 September - October - 1999
Global Organics: Christmas Every Day?
by Mark Mulcahy

To everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn....

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Good News and Old News
by Dave Gutknecht

There is so much good news to report, in addition to what appears in this edition, that many of the stories will have to wait. For example: new co-op stores!

08 Jan 2004 #083 July - August - 1999
Staff Teams Build Effective Solutions
by Terry Appleby

Introducing forms of participation to a traditional management hierarchy was the goal; a quality improvement process was the method. The history of Hanover Consumer Co-op and my...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Relief for Human Disasters
by Dave Gutknecht

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, that common observation remains a difficult cautionary lesson for many people. A case in point would be international aid,...

08 Jan 2004 #080 January - February - 1999
Building a Controlled Label Program
by George Southworth

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999
Building a Controlled Label Program
by Mark Novak

Creating a private or controlled label program is one of the largest endeavors an organization or alliance of organizations can undertake. Such a program must be constructed within...

08 Jan 2004 #082 May - June - 1999