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Governing with Excellence, Using Awareness and Discipline
by Thane Joyal

Why is it that some of our retail food cooperative boards really make a powerful difference in their communities, while others flounder? What can we learn from strong boards, and what can we learn...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 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
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
Food Co-op Initiative—Three Years
by Stuart Reid

March 17, 2013, marks three years of Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), and we invite you to celebrate with us. What are we celebrating? 

Since we began our work,

11 Apr 2013 165 April 2013
Get Ready for the Cooperative Decade
by webster walker

During 2012, the UN International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), many U.S. cooperators took the opportunity to work together to promote existing co-ops and lay the groundwork for a stronger movement...

11 Apr 2013 165 April 2013
Grow Your Co-op
by Ben Sandel

Whether your co-op is at an early stage or a long-established business planning for expansion, one of the biggest challenges is the "Sources" side of your statement of Sources and Uses...

11 Apr 2013 165 April 2013
Time to Recycle Cooperative Wealth
by Adam Schwartz

One of the more popular definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. And so it goes with our economy. The all-too-familiar boom-and-bust...

11 Apr 2013 165 April 2013
Investing in Staff Satisfaction
by Carolee Colter

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile. 

– Chinese proverb

Embedded in the words of this proverb is the assumption that happy workers are good for business...

11 Apr 2013 165 April 2013
Investing in Staff Satisfaction
by Helena O'Connor

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile. 

– Chinese proverb

Embedded in the words of this proverb is the assumption that happy workers are good for business...

11 Apr 2013 165 April 2013
Conflicts of Interest in the Management of Co-ops
by John Vinson

Conflicts of interest are impossible to avoid within a co-op. Yet one of the best ways to tarnish your co-op’s reputation and bring suspicion to its operations, as well as invite a lawsuit...

11 Apr 2013 165 April 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
Food Co-ops Raise Over $147,000
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

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
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
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