Cooperative Cafe

The Co-op Cafe: Looking Back at 2021 and What to Expect in 2022

By |2022-03-14T11:45:42-04:00December 30th, 2021|

For nearly a decade, the Columinate Co-op Cafe has been a way for workers, directors, consumer-owners, and leaders in the cooperative movement to gather, connect, learn, and tackle relevant issues. Although the Co-op Cafe looked a bit different in 2021, the event survived and, in some ways, even thrived in the face of adversity.

Co-op Cafe Philadelphia 2019

By |2019-12-18T18:11:10-05:00October 28th, 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 [...]

Co-op Cafe Greenfield 2019

By |2019-12-18T18:10:37-05:00October 22nd, 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

By |2019-11-21T20:23:32-05:00October 16th, 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

By |2019-11-21T20:23:49-05:00October 16th, 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

By |2022-01-18T10:13:11-05:00October 14th, 2019|

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.

Principles of ‘Openness’

By |2022-01-21T17:03:54-05:00October 14th, 2019|

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 to being an inclusive, welcoming community gathering place.

Everyone Welcome – Delighting Customers and Building Community 2019

By |2022-01-18T10:15:28-05:00March 6th, 2019|

In this latest installment from Dave Olson, Development Director for National Co+op Grocers, he lays out the overarching mission for NCG for the next couple years. On the operations side Olson delves into the Customer Experience (CX) that co-ops offer, and how to really start thinking about all customers, not just member-owners, as the "heart of the co-op".

Community Connections, Co-op Opportunities!

By |2019-09-09T16:08:55-04:00December 7th, 2018|

Cindee Lolick, General Manager at First Alternative in Corvallis, OR shares several exciting tales of opportunities that First Alt has been given because of their deep and lasting involvement in the Corvallis community.

Partnerships: For Reflections & Expanding our Reach

By |2021-12-07T13:32:19-05:00December 7th, 2018|

Bonnie Hudspeth, in her role as Programs Manager for the Neighboring Food Co-ops Association, is here to bring you the tales of New England food co-ops SUCCESSFULLY working together to tackle the thorny issues of food insecurity, implicit bias, and the barriers we unknowingly put up around many of our food co-ops. Bonnie has several stories to share that highlight the great work being [...]

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