Monthly Archives: October 2019

Co-op Cafe Philadelphia 2019

We had a great day of conversation focused on the theme Expand the Vision of “We” in Philadelphia, PA!   16 people including staff, managers and directors from 7 co-ops participated Thank you for contributing during the day – adding your insights, perspectives and quilt squares! If you’d like a full size, 31×80 Co-op Cafe Quilt from this event (it looks great!) please contact Mark Goehring. Here are the videos shown [...]

Safety Matters

Is your store prepared for an emergency? “It feels like an intimidating, and not immediately gratifying topic,” admits Mike Feiner - Safety, Security, and Loss Prevention Consultant, ”and that’s precisely why it’s important.” Considering your operation’s safety doesn’t have to be intimidating. “Think of preparation as your fire extinguisher,” Feiner adds, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and [...]

Co-op Cafe Greenfield 2019

We had a great day of conversation focused on the theme Expand the Vision of “We” in Greenfield, MA!  39 people including staff, managers and directors from 13 co-ops participated Thank you for contributing during the day – adding your insights, perspectives and quilt squares! If you’d like a full size, 31×80 Co-op Cafe Quilt from this event (it looks great!) please contact Mark Goehring. Here are the videos shown [...]

Co-op Cafe Madison 2019

We had a great day of conversation focused on the theme Expand the Vision of “We” in Madison!  12 people including staff, managers and directors from 7 co-ops participated Thank you for contributing during the day – adding your insights, perspectives and quilt squares! If you’d like a full size, 31×80 Co-op Cafe Quilt from this event (it looks great!) please contact Mark Goehring. Here are the videos shown at the [...]

Co-op Cafe Portland 2019

We had a great day of conversation focused on the theme Expand the Vision of “We” in Portland, OR!  19 people including staff, managers and directors from 6 co-ops participated Thank you for contributing during the day – adding your insights, perspectives and quilt squares! If you’d like a full size, 31×80 Co-op Cafe Quilt from this event (it looks great!) please contact Mark Goehring. Here are the videos shown at [...]

Welcoming Improvement

Creating a store that reflects the community it serves AND occupies is a difficult endeavor. At Durham Co-op Market they are committing to the hard work of being welcoming to every shopper, in a way that each shopper will feel welcomed. In this video, Leila Wolfrum, General Manager at Durham Co-op Market, describes their ongoing process of continuous improvement in doing the important work [...]

Principles of ‘Openness’

Co-op Principle #1: Open & Voluntary Membership; in this installment filmed for the 2019 Cooperative Cafe series, LaDonna challenges us to deeply examine 'Openness' and 'Voluntary' at our own co-ops. Can we see ourselves in the Co-ops' story? Can our neighbors? Even when we struggle to compete to be seen or heard in the crowded marketplace, cooperative have a competitive advantage when it comes [...]

Columinate: Who We Are

At Columinate, we are catalysts for common good. Our member-consultants share strategies, tools, and skills to help purpose-driven organizations build and empower community. From the city to the suburbs and beyond, co-ops are both the foundation and the backbone of strong communities. Our role is to illuminate solutions to guide these organizations forward. Founded in 1994, Columinate works with mission-driven organizations on their most [...]