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Looking to the UN’s International Year of Cooperatives
by David Thompson

When the president of the United Nations General Assembly invited Dame Pauline Green to come to the iconic green marble podium, a billion proud cooperators walked with her. As she spoke in her...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
International Year of Cooperatives Launched— Get Your Story Out There
by Dave Gutknecht

Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World." The International Year of Cooperatives is underway, after being officially launched in late October at the United Nations. Earlier, a unanimous...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
Reviving Democracy, Spreading Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

The Occupy movement in the U.S. (there also are international manifestations) is one of the more encouraging recent developments in the present political environment. Most of the Occupy sites have...

18 Jan 2012 #158 January - February - 2012
America Beyond Capitalism

In a recent article in "Dollars and Sense," Gar Alperovitz presents cooperative enterprise, especially worker-owned co-ops, along with other methods of democratizing capital -- an essential...

09 Jan 2012 • Endcap Articles
IYC Message from Pauline Green

Pauline Green, president of the International Cooperative Alliance, in early January released a message about the International Year of Cooperatives. It was published through the "Guardian/UK"...

08 Jan 2012 • Endcap Articles
Accounting Best Practices: The Balance Sheet
by Bruce Mayer

Can you tell me in 10 minutes what the best practices for finance are that I can use at my co-op?" This question has been repeatedly asked of us in our respective work with co-op finance managers...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Accounting Best Practices: The Balance Sheet
by Peg Nolan

Can you tell me in 10 minutes what the best practices for finance are that I can use at my co-op?" This question has been repeatedly asked of us in our respective work with co-op finance managers...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Accounting Best Practices: The Balance Sheet
by Steve Wolfe

Can you tell me in 10 minutes what the best practices for finance are that I can use at my co-op?" This question has been repeatedly asked of us in our respective work with co-op finance managers...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
PDF of November 2011 issue
by Dan Nordley

It seems the printer for Cooperative Grocer experienced some unusual difficulty in binding the November issue, and there are a number of copies out there with 3-6 and 31-34 taking the place of 7-...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Learning from Co-op Startups
by Patricia Cumbie

In the years since 2005, when the Food Co-op 500 pilot project began to challenge the sector to have 500 food co-ops by 2015, a lot has been accomplished in an attempt to achieve this goal. As a...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Cooperative Strategic Leadership
by Art Sherwood

There has been much discussion, debate and downright argument about the role of the board in the strategic process of our co-ops. "Isn't that getting into operations? Aren't our hands tied by our...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Sign-Making Solutions: A Review
by Lisa Smith

Have you ever tried to sell a product without a sign? If you have, you know how important signage is to grocery sales. With upwards of 70 percent of all purchases being unplanned, good signage on...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Restorative Practices
by Jennifer Crain

Before the Olympia Food Co-op became a two-store operation with over 80 staff members, resolving internal conflicts was a direct but mostly informal process. If a conflict arose, such as an...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Healthy Foods, Cooperative Communities
by Micha Josephy

 

The national conversation around healthy food access has recently gained significant momentum and attention. While co-ops have pioneered many food system innovations, including...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Co-ops and Public Figures Look to 2012
by Dave Gutknecht

Spreading inspiring co-op stories. Developing more co-ops to serve more people. Building more collaboration among different co-op sectors: credit unions, food co-ops, worker co-ops, housing co-ops...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Planning for the International Year of Cooperatives
by Dave Gutknecht

Cooperators in the U.S. and around the world continue to prepare broad, multi-faceted campaigns for 2012, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to be the International Year of...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
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
One Town, Two Co-ops
by Terry Appleby

White River Junction is a small town at the confluence of the White and Connecticut Rivers in central Vermont. For the past 35 years, it has been the home of the Upper Valley Food Co-op. The town...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
NCGA Development Cooperative Addresses Growing Demand
by C.E. Pugh

 

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Reaching the Next Generation
by Paul Hazen

[Below: excerpts from a column in Cooperative Business Journal (Sept./Oct. 2011) by Paul Hazen, who is president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association. 

Hazen...

17 Nov 2011 #157 November - December - 2011
Just Label It – We Have a Right to Know
by Dave Gutknecht

The campaign to require labeling of foods produced with genetic engineering is more powerful than ever. In early October a broad coalition of organizations (www.justlabelit.org) put the FDA and...

10 Oct 2011 • Endcap Articles
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
Updating Trends in General Manager Compensation
by Carolee Colter

Note: There are additional charts in the pdf version of the story.

Several years ago in this magazine, Mark Goehring and I proposed a new process for management compensation (CG #134, Jan.–...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Logo Basics
by Lisa Smith

John McWade, founder and creative director of Before & After magazine says "design looks easier than it is, and it’s more important than it looks." This is especially true for your store’s...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011
Bag It!
by Carol Spurling

 

There are always lots of reasons not to take a risk—even when it’s the right thing to do. The Moscow Food Co-op (Moscow, Ida.) recently took one when we launched a month-long campaign...

05 Oct 2011 #156 September - October - 2011