Co-op Discussion CourseThe Discussion Course on Cooperatives is a group-education tool for people who would like to become familiar with cooperative economics, history and philosophy. The Course is designed as a tool for outreach to co-op members, to be used to facilitate greater participation in the co-op community. The discussion format is centered around carefully selected readings made accessible through a concisely planned anthology. The short readings and lively interpersonal discussions make it the ideal learning environment for busy people who would like to maximize their educational experience. The course is also inexpensive and is facilitated by the discussion course participants themselves. Learn more (and purchase the course).
Livable Wage Model
To address the needs of co-ops, CGN sponsored the Cooperative Livable Wage project. The goal of the project was to develop a formula that co-ops across the country can use to determine a livable wage level for their local area. The original version of the model debuted in the spring of 2003, was revised in 2006 and a task force reconvened in 2011 to consider the possible impacts of the passage of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the rising use of cell phones among co-op employees. Learn more (and purchase the model).
Note: Only CGN account managers may purchase toolboxes.
National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) is pleased to offer a series of “toolbox” manuals to provide guidance and best practices in various specific topic areas. Some of the manuals were originally published by the Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund (with funding support from NCB Capital Impact). NCGA is updating previously published titles and will also be developing new manuals. Toolbox manuals are available only as a PDF file. There is a one-time charge per manual (price is noted on each manual) for any co-op or group that wishes to purchase a copy. Learn more (and purchase toolboxes).