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Co-op: Community Impact Amplifier

By |2019-09-08T00:53:40-04:00March 30th, 2018|

1 + 1 = 3 according to Dan Arnett, General Manager of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. The co-op can, through its interrelationships with the community, amplify the missions of all involved.

Keeping the Co-op at the Table

By |2019-09-09T16:22:25-04:00March 30th, 2018|

Co-op donation and local giving programs is sometimes not enough. In order for the cooperative to remain a central and key player in the local community it can sometimes mean getting involved in local government, planning committees, and more. These are the kinds of strategies employed by Liz Haywood, CEO of People's Food Cooperative of LaCrosse and Rochester. Here Haywood calls co-ops out for [...]

Committing to Anti-Racism

By |2022-01-21T17:01:36-05:00March 30th, 2018|

The board of directors at People's Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, MI have committed to developing their awareness around racial equity. Board President Hether Frayer tells the Kzoo board story about how they ensconced their social justice values into co-op policy and monitoring.

Cooperation Fosters Deep Roots

By |2019-09-09T16:25:24-04:00March 30th, 2018|

Change can be uncomfortable. By discussing what we may be afraid of losing it can be a valuable process to get to being excited about what we might better, or more of. Chris Maher, General Manager of BriarPatch Food Co-op in Grass Valley, CA tells the story behind the BriarPatch name, and its deep connections to a rich history of cooperation across the Northern [...]

What ‘Everyone Welcome’ Means

By |2019-09-07T02:13:52-04:00March 27th, 2018|

The closing of a nearby neighborhood grocer presented what could have been a great sales boost for Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, MN. But the neighbors weren't beating down the doors of WFD.  Sarah Hanningan, GM, tells the story of what it took to reach out to their neighbors and their communities. Having 'Everyone Welcome' printed on their awning simply wasn't going to be [...]

Is Independence a Barrier to Cooperation?

By |2019-09-10T00:22:21-04:00March 27th, 2018|

As a result of the coalescing of the regional Co-op Grocers Associations into National Co+op Grocers GreenTree Co-op was able to undergo a transformational shift in their approach to operations and customer experience. Sarah Christensen, GM at GreenTree in Mt. Pleasant, talks about what she perceives as a barrier to collaboration and true cooperation among cooperations: Independence. Christensen explores what it means to be [...]

Telling the Co-op Impact Story

By |2019-09-07T01:36:58-04:00November 9th, 2017|

So much of the critical work of movement-building is getting the word out there to those who are looking for what we offer.  As the Executive Director of Neighboring Food Co-ops Association, Erbin Crowell spend a lot of his time getting the message out about cooperatives.  Here he shares with you some of his tips and offers up some regional co-op data for the [...]

Food Co-ops Are on the Leading Edge

By |2019-09-07T00:46:16-04:00March 29th, 2017|

As director of Food Systems Initiatives for the Self-Help Credit Union, Steve Saltzman has a unique perspective on the work that is being done by food co-op sin communities throughout the region. And from where Steve sits, food co-ops are on the leading edge! When it comes to transparency, social change, and social justice, Steve sees food co-ops as the local engines driving progress.

From Credit Union to Community: Stories of Impact

By |2019-09-07T00:45:27-04:00March 29th, 2017|

At the Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, NC Michael Spink has the enviable title of Innovation Strategist.  In this brief video Michael shares a few stories of how the LGFCU is creating an impact in the lives and communities of its members.

Moving Forward Together

By |2019-09-07T00:44:18-04:00March 29th, 2017|

An historic proposal was floated among members of 3 Twin Cities food co-ops to merge their 3 distinct organizations into one co-op. Two of those co-ops chose to merge, in this video we get to hear from the one that chose NOT to merge. Eastside Food Co-ops John Lacaria and Carolyn Buzza share about their next steps in deciding how their co-op can create [...]