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24th Jun, 2020

The Abolitionists Challenge

By |2021-11-11T19:05:42-05:00June 24th, 2020|

The Abolitionists Challenge An Anti Racism Program Presented by LaDonna Sanders Redmond The Abolitionists Challenge, presented by LaDonna Sanders Redmond, is a movement for anyone who identifies as a cooperator and is interested in gaining an understanding of how they can commit to anti racism and eliminate white supremacy in cooperative spaces and in the [...]

7th Sep, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Strategic Board Leadership in Action

By |2019-09-07T00:30:19-04:00September 7th, 2016|

By Thane Joyal 185 July-Aug 2016   The future is unknowable. Or is it?  Courageous leadership relies in large measure on wise choices. In his entertaining novels, Robert Parker often references the military strategist Clausewitz for the proposition that you should “plan not for what you think your enemy will do, but rather for what your enemy can do.” Wise leadership, in other words, [...]

29th Jun, 2016

Beefing Up Your Marketing Plan: Making sure yours is still relevant

By |2019-09-07T00:12:30-04:00June 29th, 2016|

By Nicole Klimek, Joy Rust 184 May-June 2016 As competition creeps up to #1 on the “food co-op worry list,” many co-ops find themselves wondering how they can combat declining sales while not investing an arm and a leg in store labor and operations. Taking a look at the changing marketplace, we notice that many of the major players in the natural foods industry [...]

30th May, 2013

Seven Steps to Re-energize your Cooperative Culture

By |2019-09-10T20:35:59-04:00May 30th, 2013|

By Adam Schwartz 166 May-June 2013 "Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us." If I asked you to describe the culture of your food co-op in one word, what would it be? How would you know if others in your organization feel the same way? There has been a good deal of [...]

19th Oct, 2012

Reporting During Expansion

By |2020-04-27T17:32:31-04:00October 19th, 2012|

Boards delegate to their GM the task of effectively managing the co-op’s operations, which requires a clear system of accountability to ensure the GM is doing this job well. How can a board and GM maintain this system of delegation and accountability during the more risky and busy time of an expansion project? How can the board be sure that good financial management continues [...]

4th Jan, 2000

Conducting Member Loan Campaigns

By |2019-09-09T22:33:44-04:00January 4th, 2000|

By Bill Gessner 086 January - February - 2000 Cooperatives need to pursue debt capital from members through the creation of member loan programs and member loan drives. The purpose of this article is to suggest some of the basic principles and organizing strategies that underlie a successful cooperative member loan program. However, this article is in no way an offering of or a [...]

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