Featured video: Building Belonging, Creating Community

By |2019-09-10T01:09:57+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Cooperative Cafe|

People join co-ops to be a part of a community with shared values, and to belong to an association that enhances their well-being. Their sense of belonging is reinforced and grows when the co-op meets their needs, when they feel included, and when they understand that the co-op also belongs to them! Check out this short video by Patricia Cumbie on this important aspect [...]

Fostering Belonging

By |2019-09-10T01:13:37+00:00July 26th, 2014|Cooperative Cafe|

Dale Woodbeck, General Manager Lakewinds Food Co-op, Chanhassen, Minnetonka, & Richfield, MN   Mr. Woodbeck shares the story of Lakewinds Food Co-op's success fostering a sense of belonging among its stakeholders by way of a branded loan program that has directly helped dozens of small local farmers in the region to thrive. Includes a short but moving video clip of those that have been touched [...]

Featured Video: Fostering Belonging

By |2019-09-09T19:06:26+00:00July 2nd, 2014|Cooperative Cafe, Develop Your Leaders|

  Fostering Belonging Dale Woodbeck, General Manager Lakewinds Food Co-op Chanhassen, Minnetonka, and Richfield, Minnesota Dale Woodbeck shares the story of Lakewinds Food Co-op’s success fostering a sense of belonging among its stakeholders through the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund. The fund gives assistance to farmers producing organically and to farming organizations providing sustainable agricultural support. “This is something that resonates totally with our owners,” [...]

Share Values and Grow Communities

By |2019-09-09T18:52:13+00:00May 13th, 2014|Cooperative Cafe|

Kevin Edberg, Executive Director Cooperative Development Services St. Paul, MN   The cooperative principles gives us a competitive advantage and a raison d'etre. Mr. Edberg challenges the viewers to think about applying our deep comitment to the co-op values to the wider society we live in.

Co-ops as Public Service Providers

By |2019-09-09T18:19:35+00:00March 31st, 2014|Cooperative Cafe|

John Sheller, Trustee PCC Natural Markets   Seattle, WA   John shares a unique perspective he brings to his board by way of his professional work as a manager of public libraries in the Seattle region. You may be surprised at how much overlap exists between a public library system and a community-ownd co-op. A fascinating watch!