This spring, food co-ops are urged to honor one of their outstanding trainers and leaders, Ann Hoyt, while supporting co-op development through the Cooperative Hall of Fame. The Hall honors decades of contributions by past and current outstanding leaders, and at the same time it generates support for future co-op development. Each year a handful of the cooperative movement’s many leaders are nominated by past honorees and then sponsored for induction by many co-ops that choose to contribute in the inductee’s name toward future co-op development. Read more »
A new, short video has just been released that explains the P6 or Principle Six movement, which takes its name from the 6th cooperative principle of "cooperation among cooperatives." Find it at www.p6.coop/videoRead more »
How to build a broader movement for social change. How to evaluate the cooperative alignment and potential of allies such as nonprofits, land trusts, and advocacy groups? "Grassroots Economic Organizing" or Geo offers thoughtful reports and analysis of the spectrum of cooperatives and cooperative allies, primarily in eastern U.S. Read more »
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 everything!” I usually smile and agree wholeheartedly. Here is why.
There are over 29,000 cooperative businesses in the USA, and food co-ops represent about 1 percent of that total. What are the other 99 percent doing? Read more »
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 »