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The New Co-op Kids on the Block
by Stuart Reid

When Food Co-op 500 was founded in late 2004, it took its name from Marilyn Scholl's challenge to the co-op community to build our sector to 500 storefronts within the next 10 years. The new wave...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
The Past as Prelude
by Art Danforth

During the 1960s and the 1970s, when "new wave" co-ops were thriving, one other consumer goods co-op all by itself probably exceeded all of them put together in number of members, lives touched,...

09 Jan 2004 #010 April - May - 1987
The Perils of Co-Management
by Carolee Colter

Is it inevitable that all "new wave" co-ops founded in the 1970s will end up with general managers? While only a few have had a general manager from the beginning, many co-ops have...

09 Jan 2004 #051 March - April - 1994
The Politics of Cooperation: Exploring the Landscape
by Stuart Reid

Cultivating cooperation, by its nature, means working with many different groups. Here is a primer on the many organizations and resources you need to know about as you work to establish or...

28 Aug 2011 #155 July - August - 2011
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."


09 Jan 2004 #050 January - February - 1994
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 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 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 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...

16 Mar 2004 #111 March - April - 2004
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 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
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
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.


20 Jul 2010 #136 may - june - 2008
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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...

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