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22nd May, 2020

Virtual CBL 101 Resource Guide

By |2020-09-14T19:41:37-04:00May 22nd, 2020|

Download the CBL 101 Reader History, Principles, and Values “Cooperative Principles Updated,” by Ann Hoyt, available on p. 14 in the Reader. “Rochdale Pioneers and the Cooperative Principles,” by Brett Fairbairn. From The Meaning of Rochdale: the Rochdale Pioneers and the co-operative principles, (Canada: Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan), 1994. Collective Courage: [...]

16th Aug, 2019

GM Report Support

By |2020-04-15T00:19:52-04:00August 16th, 2019|

The CBLD Policy Template GM Report Support Compilation GM Report Support By Policy Video Guides About the GM Report Support Project In 2005, GMs asked for support and the opportunity to collaborate [...]

12th Dec, 2018

Perpetuating Board Leadership Through Co-op Storytelling

By |2019-09-10T20:10:14-04:00December 12th, 2018|

Board perpetuation is a perennial topic for boards. Turnover happens year to year as a cyclical part of board service. So, finding ways to maintain consistently strong governance needs to be a priority and continual task. Things can never stay exactly they as they are (or used to be), so how do boards keep positive momentum going? How do they individually and collectively share [...]

12th Dec, 2018

Good Governance Makes Community Stronger

By |2019-09-09T16:09:29-04:00December 12th, 2018|

Maple City Market Goshen, IN Year founded: 1976 Membership investment: $100 Number of members: 3,000 Number of employees: 25 Recently, Goshen, Indiana was named “Community of the Year” by the state’s Chamber of Commerce. For many years, this northern Indiana town on the border of Michigan held many undiscovered charms. No longer. It’s an increasingly diverse town recognized for its civic pride, hosting many [...]

5th Nov, 2018

Study Guide for Cooperative Values:  Fostering Racial and Economic Equity in Cooperatives

By |2019-09-09T15:56:18-04:00November 5th, 2018|

Discussing each principle and value through the lens of racial and economic equity will provide a starting point for promoting a more inclusive and effective movement. This is a resource for boards of directors, management teams, and study groups who especially want to explore the impact of dominate white culture on co-ops, and who want to find a way to create a dialogue to [...]

5th Nov, 2018

Study Guide for Cooperative Principles: Fostering Racial and Economic Equity in Cooperatives

By |2019-09-09T15:54:53-04:00November 5th, 2018|

Discussing each principle and value through the lens of racial and economic equity will provide a starting point for promoting a more inclusive and effective movement. This is a resource for boards of directors, management teams, and study groups who especially want to explore the impact of dominate white culture on co-ops, and who want to find a way to create a dialogue to [...]

22nd Jul, 2018

Using Marketing to Build Success: Making Cooperative Ownership and Governance Real

By |2019-09-09T15:37:22-04:00July 22nd, 2018|

By Rebecca Torpie, Thane Joyal 196 May-June 2018  What does it mean to be an owner of a consumer cooperative? At the most fundamental level, cooperative ownership means that we are in business together. And for the owners of a cooperative that is under substantial market pressure (and what business isn’t?), everything the business does needs to match the needs and aspirations of the community that [...]

20th Mar, 2018

Analysis of Board Members’ Conflicts of Interest

By |2019-09-07T02:10:13-04:00March 20th, 2018|

It’s very common for conflicts of interest to be present on the board of a retail food co-op. Some even joke that conflict management is at the heart of cooperation. And in a way, it’s true. The legitimacy of a board’s decision depends in large measure on the board’s ability to demonstrate that the decision was made to further the best interests of the [...]

5th Dec, 2017

Cooperative Business Law Basics: A Primer on Organizational Structure and Capitalization Options

By |2019-09-07T01:38:52-04:00December 5th, 2017|

By Thane Joyal, Dave Swanson Change in the market, change in the world, can mean stress in the relationships within a cooperative as the organization adapts to the changing circumstances. Both having the right organizational structure and choosing the right vehicles to capitalize your co-op are important in making your cooperative responsive and resilient in the face of change. But their technical and legal [...]