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Study Guide for Cooperative Values:  Fostering Racial and Economic Equity in Cooperatives

By |2019-09-09T15:56:18-04:00November 5th, 2018|

Discussing each principle and value through the lens of racial and economic equity will provide a starting point for promoting a more inclusive and effective movement. This is a resource for boards of directors, management teams, and study groups who especially want to explore the impact of dominate white culture on co-ops, and who want to find a way to create a dialogue to [...]

Alignment: Members, Co-op, and Market

By |2019-09-09T19:13:10-04:00March 21st, 2016|

Brett Fairbairn, co-op thought-leader, breaks down what it looks like when the co-op, it's members, and the marketplace are not in alignment and why it's so important that they all be in alignment.

Association and Enterprise

By |2019-09-09T19:13:57-04:00March 21st, 2016|

In this MUST WATCH video Brett Fairbairn breaks down the definition of a cooperative and the significance of the words "enterprise" and "association" in the definition.

Cooperative Acronyms

By |2019-09-11T16:22:21-04:00December 10th, 2015|

4-in-3 — Four Cornerstones in Three Stages :A development model for food co-ops. 4PCG — Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance :A governance model for co-ops. ACBA — Austin Cooperative Business Association :a joint project between Austin-area cooperatives and the National Cooperative Business Association that aims to benefit and expand cooperative businesses in Central Texas. The ACBA plans to help increase the membership and profitability [...]

Video Field Guide: Introduction to the Four Pillars

By |2019-09-09T17:49:19-04:00July 27th, 2015|

Succinct introduction to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Democracy and Strategic Leadership, and how these concepts strengthen co-ops and communities. This video is a fantastic resource for board training and team-building sessions.

Understanding the Changing Landscape

By |2019-09-09T16:58:00-04:00April 13th, 2015|

Dave Olson, of National Co+op Grocers (NCG) has a crucial message to get out to cooperators across the country.  Watch as Dave unpacks a ton of data, headlines, and graphs in order to give you a clear sense of where natural foods co-ops sit in the context of the broader natural foods marketplace.  It's a stark image, but one that Dave hopes will will either [...]

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