Monthly Archives: August 2017

Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops

By |2020-06-29T18:23:03+00:00August 30th, 2017|Build Workplace Culture, Cultivate Your Community, Develop Your Leaders, Grow Your Business|

By Jade Barker and Patricia Cumbie We believe that now is a critical time to engage our cooperative community in important conversations about racism and oppression. Everyone Welcome? Personal Narratives about Race and Food Co-ops presents a variety of perspectives on what can be done to make food co-ops more racially inclusive. Fifteen co-operators from a variety of backgrounds — class, gender, race, ethnicity, [...]

The Cooperative Advantage

By |2019-09-09T23:30:00+00:00August 24th, 2017|Cultivate Your Community|

Sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious. Just because we have co-op in our name does not mean that people will really understand what that means. The formal definition of a cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. But we need to give that meaning life. [...]

Skills for Building the Board-General Manager Relationship

By |2019-09-07T01:15:23+00:00August 9th, 2017|Develop Your Leaders|

There is nothing more fundamental to cooperative governance than the board-GM relationship. After all, the entire leadership of the co-op rests on how the board and the general manager work together in their respective roles, which are unique and non-redundant. The work that the board must do to lead and execute its board duties is not the same work that the general manager must [...]