Articulating your Co-op’s Value during a Pandemic — and Beyond

By |2022-01-18T10:12:54-05:00May 14th, 2020|

So much is changing so quickly right now, and our co-ops are uniquely positioned to serve our owners and community today, and be practical alternatives to 'business -as-usual' in the future. We don't have a crystal ball to see that future, but we can discuss together how our co-ops can have a larger role and how we can talk about our co-ops as important parts of a better society.

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 [...]

The Cooperative Advantage

By |2019-09-09T23:30:00-04:00August 24th, 2017|

Sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious. Just because we have co-op in our name does not mean that people will really understand what that means. The formal definition of a cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. But we need to give that meaning life. [...]

New North Willy Street Co-op Serves Needs and Values

By |2021-12-06T19:19:11-05:00November 14th, 2016|

Willy Street Co-op Madison, Wisc. Year founded:  1974 Equity investment:  $56 single/$91 household + $2 service fee Number of members:  34,000 Number of employees:  420 Number of locations:  3 retails, commissary kitchen, central office Every day food co-ops must make decisions within the context of one of the most intractable dilemmas of the grocery industry.  How does the co-op reconcile customer desire for lower [...]

Our Competitive Advantage: Values

By |2019-09-10T00:29:32-04:00April 8th, 2015|

BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley, CA has experienced tremendous growth in a short period of time.  Chris Maher, GM, shares his philosophy about growth, and how cooperatives must compete in the marketplace.  His vision is clear:  We lead with values, every time!

Fostering Belonging

By |2019-09-10T01:13:37-04:00July 26th, 2014|

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 [...]

The Co-op Difference Starts with Staff

By |2019-09-09T18:42:29-04:00April 26th, 2014|

Sean Doyle, General Manager Seward Community Cooperative, Twin Cities, MN   Sean shares his perspective as a St. Mary's Graduate and long-time GM on how to invigorate the co-op culture at your store. In brief: It starts with investing in staff.

Cooperation: It’s all Spirals & Rainbows

By |2019-09-09T18:21:47-04:00April 4th, 2014|

E. Kim Coontz, Executive Director California Center for Cooperative Development Davis, CA Kim shares an integrative view of cooperation as she see in her work the overlapping of co-ops in many sectors organizing around the same co-op principles & values. She even shares a co-op song at the end. Careful, it's catchy!'

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