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"Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy?"

An excellent and lengthy essay, Can Union Cooperatives Save Democracy? has just been posted by John Clay at his Democratic Promise website. Clay covers many issues around formation of...

12 Jul 2013 • Endcap Articles
Websites on Food System Environmental Impacts

An excellent listing of 15 websites that focus on the food system and its environmental impacts is available from foodtank.org, a nonprofit dedicated to improving those impacts:  http://...

25 Jun 2013 • Endcap Articles
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
Seven Steps to Re-energize Your Cooperative Culture
by Adam Schwartz

"Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us."

If I asked you to describe the culture of your food co-op in one...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Sales Tax: Not Simple
by Sage Turner

I joined the French Broad Food Co-op team in 2009. Sales had been plummeting for five consecutive years. We were broke, losing millions in sales to new competitors, having a hard time keeping...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Dan Gillotte

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Wheatsville's BIG Direction
by Rose Marie Klee

 

In Austin, Texas, Wheatsville Co-op is taking a BIG Direction: "Business Is Good." Wheatsville's BIG Direction is the general manager's interpretation of our Ends -...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Bowers Fund Helps Grow Co-ops
by Staff

Thanks to co-ops' support of the Bowers Fund, approximately 20 -people receive scholarships to the attend CCMA conference (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) each year. 

...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Building a Cooperative of Independent Natural Food Retailers
by Staff

Cooperative Grocer: Congratulations on the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) (www.naturalfoodretailers.net) growing to over 100 member retailers. By way of introduction,...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
A Touchstone Event for Startup Co-ops
by Ellen Michel

As hosts of the annual "Up and Coming, Up and Running Food Co-op Conference," participants from Bloomingfoods Market and Deli Cooperative (Bloomington, Ind.) are keenly aware of the many...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
NCGA Debuts Co+op Kitchen Videos
by National Cooperative Grocers Association

When it comes to cooking at home, choosing the right ingredients and understanding basic kitchen skills can make the difference between a good meal and an amazing one. In the National Cooperative...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
Growing Our Future
by Dave Gutknecht

 

Cooperatives have a great thing going—let's share and grow it! But it's never that simple. 

Food co-ops and allies have been paying increasing attention to...

03 Jun 2013 #166 May-June 2013
GMO Contamination: It's not the first time

In late May the USDA announced that unapproved genetically modified (GMO) wheat has been discovered in a field in Oregon, which is a major wheat exporter – yet no GMO wheat has been approved...

30 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Public Ownership: "Socialism, American Style"

If cooperatives are an essential component of a fair economy, public ownership has an even bigger role.  Think essential infrastructure and services:  roads, water and other utilities,...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
"Food for Change" Documentary Nears Completion

A new feature film on co-op history and today’s food co-ops is nearing completion.  With some 35 co-ops already contributing support for production of “Food for Change” and...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Rebecca Dunn Inducted to Cooperative Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Rebecca Dunn, who was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame on May 8.  Dunn, the executive director of the Cooperative Fund of New England for the past 27 years, was...

17 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Valley Headquarters Closed by Fire

Updates at bottom:  On May 14, a fire badly damaged the headquarters of Organic Valley in La Farge, Wisconsin.  No one was injured, according to LaCrosse news station WXOW.com: http://...

15 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Looking at Energy Use in the Food System

These days, we’re all learning about our energy supply, whether we expected to or not -- and that includes advocates of a healthier food supply.  

Here is a link to the Post-...

13 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Looking at Energy Use in the Food System

These days we’re all learning about our energy supply, whether or not we have expected those lessons, and that includes advocates for a healthier food supply.  For a broad overview of...

13 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Visioning a Better Future of Business

Advocates of cooperatives need allies with compatible visions of social change – including, most challengingly, visions that assume limits to growth and capital.  The search for more...

02 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
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
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
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
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