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Transitioning to a Restructured Organization
by Robynn Shrader

On May 4, at a special meeting of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) membership, the membership directed management to proceed with the reorganization as detailed in the...

26 Aug 2004 #113 July - August - 2004
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
Transforming Meade Street into Green Street
by Rob Baran

Late last summer, as part of its commitment to local agriculture, Pittsburgh’s East End Food Co-op began investigating the possibility of developing an urban farm. This project brought us into...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Transforming Meade Street into Green Street
by Jennifer English

Late last summer, as part of its commitment to local agriculture, Pittsburgh’s East End Food Co-op began investigating the possibility of developing an urban farm. This project brought us into...

19 Jan 2009 #133 November - December - 2007
Tracking the Co-op’s Local Impact
by Tim BartlettIt’s a common story. My family started one of the oldest farms in our region, and up until 1988 my uncle ran a dairy business that sold its milk through a local marketing cooperative. Now there is a...
02 Jun 2004 #112 May - June - 2004
TPP: Poison for Community Resilience

Congress is being asked to “fast-track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would prevent many of its outrageous provisions, designed by and for multinational corporations, from...

16 Jan 2014 • Endcap Articles
To Condemn or To Condone?
by Karen Zimbelman

"A grievance has been filed against the co-op." These words almost invariably cause an immediate emotional reaction in everyone connected to the co-op. Hardly anyone is untouched...

09 Jan 2004 #055 November - December - 1994
Tips for Choosing a Designer
by Lisa Smith

Budget and skill

Good designers can cost anywhere between $25 an hour to hundreds, but don’t make the mistake of only looking at designers in your price range. Luckily, creative folks like...

04 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Tipping the Scales for Local Foods
by Ken Meter

Food co-ops play a pivotal role in nearly every local foods initiative I work with; they have been doing so for 40 years.

19 Nov 2009 #145 November - December - 2009
Time To Reshape Cooperative Identity?
by Annie Donovan

It's a new century -- is it time to reshape cooperative identity? The new millennium has dawned, and with it comes heightened clarity in our collective awareness of the importance...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
Time To Reshape Cooperative Identity?
by Sophia Raday

It's a new century -- is it time to reshape cooperative identity? The new millennium has dawned, and with it comes heightened clarity in our collective awareness of the importance...

08 Jan 2004 #087 March - April - 2000
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
Time Management
by Mel Braverman

"Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or...

04 Jun 2012 #160 May - June - 2012
Tidal Creek Triples Its Size
by Sally CobbTidal Creek Triples Its Size
07 Jan 2004 #107 July - August - 2003
Tidal Creek Triples Its Size
by Hope SuttonTidal Creek Triples Its Size
07 Jan 2004 #107 July - August - 2003
Thinking Strategically
by Marshall Kovitz

When we look at the future for the co-op, what do we see and how do we express it?

These are vital questions for board members to ask because it’s the board’s job to articulate outcomes...

22 Sep 2009 #144 September - October - 2009
Thinking Outside the Co-op
by Dave Gutknecht

Welcome to a new era, one of expanded possibilities for cooperatives as well as overall economic decline. Readers will be familiar with this message, even if resisting its conclusions.

Here’...

20 Jul 2010 #136 may - june - 2008
Think Virtual, Act Real
by Dave Gutknecht

Redwood forests and food cooperatives: Near the westernmost point of California, these two seemingly unrelated systems impressed me in parallel ways while attending the Consumer Cooperative...

07 Jan 2004 #101 July - August - 2002
The Write Stuff and More
by Pat Thompson

During four days in June, I met communication professionals from cooperatives around the country…not food co-ops, but just about every other kind of co-op: electric, agricultural,...

20 Jan 2009 #126 September - October - 2006
The view from the other side of the White River
by Kye Cochran

 

When the Hanover Co-op approached us with the idea of opening a branch store right across the river from us, we were in the final negotiation process to buy our own building. In fact...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
The Spirit of Generosity
by Bill Gessner

The collective progress in collaboration that the food co-op sector has achieved over the past decade has been significant and inspiring. “Cooperation among cooperatives,” through the Cooperative...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
The Right Fit
by Debbie Suassuna

There are a number of characteristics that can add to or detract from a natural food co-op store’s opportunity for success. We’ve covered location and site characteristics to be considered in...

10 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
The Real Business of the Co-op
by Peg Nolan

What is member linkage? How do we know if we’re doing enough? Shouldn’t members be more “involved” with our co-op? These are questions that often come from boards, general managers, and staff as...

27 Oct 2004 #114 September - October - 2004
The Power of Collaboration
by Jean Rogers

Ten years ago, the Community Food Co-op (Bellingham, Wash.) initiated the Farm Fund, through which a portion of the co-op’s donation budget goes directly to specific farm projects. The Farm Fund...

22 Mar 2010 #147 March - April - 2010
The Potential of a Cooperative System:
by Karen Zimbelman

"You clearly have a lot of very dedicated people working in co-ops in the States -- because there's only a limited co-op system here to support them."

--Eric...

09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994