Excellent work and analysis on cooperative development continues to be found at community-wealth.org, a project of the Democracy Collaborative. For people interested in cooperative development generally and worker co-ops in particular, a recent interview provides many insights and lessons learned. It's a fascinating discussion that has relevance well beyond the business in the title: http://community-wealth.org/content/how-worker-cooperative-faRead more »
In an unfortunate action that is the first of its kind, at least for the current generation of food co-ops, Elm City Market in New Haven, Connecticut, has demutualized and is no longer a co-op. The challenges of launching and sustaining food co-ops in urban food deserts with low- to moderate-income demographics remain difficult ones. The National Cooperative Grocers, who had provided substantial support to a turnaround effort at Elm City Market and proposed to retain community ownership, announced that the co-op had been sold to local investors and lenders:
The next round of co-op training and education grants from the Howard Bowers Fund has an October 15 deadline. Find details and an application at www.cdf.coop/bowersfund/.
The Bowers Fund is housed at the Cooperative Development Foundation and overseen by a volunteer group of food co-op leaders. The Bowers Fund strengthens the food co-op community by awarding grants to co-op staff, managers, and board members for training and education. Read more »
The international cooperative domain name, .coop, has now been joined to a cooperative marque or brand with the same letters. Our national cross-sector cooperative trade organization, NCBA CLUSA, is promoting this with “Seven reasons to adopt the global cooperative identity”:
•It’s ethical – shows that you align with cooperative values.
•Only co-ops and those serving co-ops can use the online co-op identity and the co-op marque.
•Stand out on the web – the .coop domain name is unique. Read more »
A 2012 study that identified serious health effects from feeding GMO (genetically modified organisms) corn and the Monsanto corporation’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been strongly reaffirmed. The original paper, written by Prof. Read more »
The Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland has gotten a lot of notice for its vision of urban revitalization based on a complex of worker cooperatives in partnership with supportive local institutions. But most of the praise of the Evergreen project has been based on shared enthusiasm for the values and intentions rather than its actual accomplishments. Five years after the project’s founding, there is adequate evidence for a more realistic appraisal. The earlier enthusiasm has been tempered by the difficulties of launching capital-intensive industries where Read more »