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NCGA Expands Development Focus
by C.E. Pugh

The "Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities" independent study of the social, economic, and environmental benefits of food co-ops, recently released by the National Cooperative Grocers...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Capital: Sources and Abuses
by Dave Gutknecht

Discussions here reflect much that has been learned about cooperative capital as well as lessons still to be absorbed by some food co-ops. Gone, for the most part, are formerly common practices in...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
A Credible Alternative to the Current Economic System

A TED presentation in the U.K. by Shane Hughes, titled “The Unstoppable Rise of a Collaborative Economy,” argued for the combination of a cooperative economy, a collaborative economy,...

08 Apr 2013 • Endcap Articles
Isla Vista Food Co-op Purchases Its Home

Through a grassroots funding campaign, along with lender support from NCB (National Co-op Bank) and NCDF (Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund), the Isla Vista Food Co-op has recently been...

21 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

The International Cooperative Alliance has produced an impressive document that follows upon the International Year of Cooperatives.  Follow this link,

17 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Building the GMO Labeling Campaign

The growing demand for labeling that identifies genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) lost the California referendum but will be on the ballot later this year in the state of Washington. ...

11 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
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
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
CreekSide Co-op: Opened November 2012
by Jonathan 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
A Community of Co-ops Grows in Philly
by Jonathan 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
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
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
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
New Year Brings CGN Change
by Dan Nordley

Last January, the Cooperative Grocers’ Information Network (CGIN) board and executive director met for several days to figure out how CGIN could better meet our mission of strengthening all...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Food Co-ops Raise Over $147,000
by National Co+op Grocers

Last fall, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and its member and associate co-ops -collaborated on two initiatives with fantastic results: 

$106,500 raised for World Food...
20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
A Global Cooperative Mandate
by Dave Gutknecht

The world clearly is in dire need of approaches to social issues that are more democratic and more just. In this vein, the potential for cooperative enterprise is receiving greater attention,...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
"Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers" Published

In mid-February a major new study was released by the Center for Food Safety and Save Our Seeds.  Available for free download at, the 50-page document,...

16 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
Survey of Co-op Potential in "Yes" Magazine

"A Cooperative Economy" is the theme of "Yes!" magazine's spring 2013 issue: -- covering such examples as worker ownership, food co-ops and...

11 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
National Co-op Development Act Proposed

The National Cooperative Development Act of 2011 needs the support of the public and members of Congress – see  The bill promotes job creation and economic...

06 Feb 2013 • Endcap Articles
Terrible Fix, Farm Bill in "Uncharted Territory"

The nine-month “fix” in the farm bill is worse than nothing.  With the last-minute approval of this compromise, largely without debate, we lost relatively inexpensive yet...

21 Jan 2013 • Endcap Articles
My Co-op Rocks! Winners Available

Now available for online viewing are winners of an annual contest sponsored by several leading cooperatives that generates imaginative tributes to cooperatives.

The My Co-op Rocks Video +...

27 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
Resources from International Co-op Summits

Cooperators everywhere can view online presentations and research delivered at major international cooperative meetings held in late 2012. The International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec City,...

25 Dec 2012 • Endcap Articles
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
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