cooperative governance

Creating Cooperative Resiliency

By Thane Joyal #187 Nov.-Dec 2016 Conflict happens. Co-ops have always faced conflict, whether in the boardroom, in member meetings, through social media and email, in the aisles or out in front of the store. This article is intended to equip co-ops to prepare for conflict and strengthen our democracy so that we can meet change with equanimity and curiosity and emerge stronger, wiser, [...]

Leadership is Core of Effective Co-op Governance

La Montañita Co-op Food Market has long been feeling the pressure of a competitive marketplace, and their response has been to look at ways they can better grow and serve their cooperative market in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Right now La Montañita has six retail locations in three cities and their own wholesale distribution center.  Their success over the years can be attributed to many [...]

Components of a Successful System of Accountable Empowerment

Accountable Empowerment It is always important for a co-op board of directors to have good systems of accountability in place to provide proper and strategic oversight of the general manager.  With strongly increasing demand for natural and organic products resulting in more pressure from competitors, cooperatives need to strengthen operations, and at the same time effectively communicate the value the cooperative brings to its [...]