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Minimizing the Risk of Fraud
by Mark Goehring

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business. Co-op managers are aware of this at their level and manage against it every day, but everyone in the cooperative needs to pay...

10 Sep 2014 #173 July - August 2014
Food’s Energy Footprint
by Dave Gutknecht

To be unconcerned about sustainability and whether current practices can long endure, you would need to be Rip Van Winkle—suddenly awakened after 40 years by the rumbling, not of tenpins but...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
NCGA Launches New Program to Support Co-op Sustainability
by Sheila Samuelson

George Carlin may have had it right. For billions of years, Earth has been resilient during an onslaught of asteroids, volcanoes, floods, droughts, ice ages, heat waves, overpopulations,...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
National and Local Co-ops Provide Startup Funds
by Suzi Carter

In the past year, we in the startup food co-op community experienced a moment that worried us. While we saw interest in starting food co-ops continue to grow, our major grant funding was coming to...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Howard Bowers Day Dollars Target Startup Co-ops
by Annie Hoy

I think it’s safe to say that cooperators are pretty stoked about the blooming “third wave” of new food co-ops organizing and opening now. With Co-op Month coming up in October,...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
The Assets Picture

A new summary of credit unions and U.S. banks, thanks to the Democracy Collaborative—for data sources, see www.community-wealth.org.

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Getting the Design Right
by Nicole Klimek

The store design process is easy to research, and the basics are easy to comprehend: –Programming –Design development –Construction documents and administration –...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Co-op Supports Apple Seeds and Healthy Choices
by Owen Buffington

Folks residing in Northwest Arkansas are about to get their hands dirty! Apple Seeds, Inc., a nonprofit in Fayetteville, has begun development on an urban teaching farm with help from a...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
So Many Co-ops, So Little Time
by Adam Schwartz

Whenever I am having a conversation with friends discussing the problems our society is facing, invariably one of them will say something like, “Adam, you think there is co-op solution for...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Own, Use, Serve, and Belong
by Mark Goehring

The Participation framework—Own, Use, Serve, and Belong—has been the focus of presentations and conversations by hundreds of cooperators at the regional Co-op Cafe series...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Own, Use, Serve, and Belong
by Leslie Watson

The Participation framework—Own, Use, Serve, and Belong—has been the focus of presentations and conversations by hundreds of cooperators at the regional Co-op Cafe series...

19 Nov 2014 #174 September-October 2014
Cooperatives and Democratic Challenges
by Dave Gutknecht

In October, the world witnessed the International Climate Summit in New York City, sponsored by the United Nations, and an International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec, sponsored by the...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Cooperatives in Cuba
by Stuart Reid

Introduction In January of this year, NCBA CLUSA and SOL2 Economics jointly assembled a working group of U.S. cooperators to research and learn from the co-op movement in Cuba today. The Cuban...

25 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Co+op Forest 2014
by Allie Mentzer

The holiday season can be a hectic time of year at the co-op and at home. It’s the perfect time to take a short mental vacation to the remote, tropical Peruvian rainforest, and learn about...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Give Where You Live:
by Patricia Cumbie

When cooperatives work together to set aside funds to benefit groups in their local communities, the impact is multiplied. That’s what food cooperatives have discovered when they have...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Thoughts on Positive Culture and Accountability:

Ihave a passion for positivity and its close counterpart, accountability. Together, they have become the cornerstone of the training and development work I do at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
A Perspective on Cooperative Wages and Values
by Melanie Reid

Co-ops are not typically thought of as “the place to work if you want to earn a lot of money.” However, as values-driven organizations, co-ops have striven to face the challenge of pay...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Reinventing Our Cooperative Democracy: A conversation
by Art Sherwood

In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Reinventing Our Cooperative Democracy: A conversation
by Todd Wallace

In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Ensuring Meaningful Elections
by Thane Joyal

Within a consumer cooperative, the purpose of electing the board of directors from among the owners is to democratically control the co-op. All fiduciary responsibility for the cooperative rests...

24 Dec 2014 #175 November-December 2014
Growth Stories and Quandaries
by Dave Gutknecht

At the heart of our cooperatives is growth of services through communities of owners, employees, suppliers, and allies. Well-run stores, guided by an articulated purpose based in shared ownership...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
New Name, New Look: National Co+op Grocers
by National Co+op Grocers

Since its formation in 1999, National Cooperative Grocers Association has been working on behalf of its member and associate food co-ops to strengthen purchasing power, optimize operational and...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
The Coming Wave
by Carolee Colter

As we all know, the baby boom generation is hitting retirement age. Roughly a quarter of the U.S. population was born between 1946 and 1964, and every month a quarter million more are turning 65....

13 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Telling the Co-op Story
by Patricia Cumbie

Stories are as old as humankind.  If we didn’t have stories, we wouldn’t have progress or evolution.  It’s how people communicate, organize, and instruct.  Nor...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015
Ever'man Enjoys Expanded Enterprise
by Lauren Southern-Goodwin

In early April of 2014, Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op, Inc. (Ever’man) proudly opened the doors on its newly expanded store in downtown Pensacola, Florida.  The store debuted a...

12 Feb 2015 #176 January-February 2015