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"Food for Change" Documentary Nears Completion

A new feature film on co-op history and today’s food co-ops is nearing completion.  With some 35 co-ops already contributing support for production of “Food for Change” and...

23 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Rebecca Dunn Inducted to Cooperative Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Rebecca Dunn, who was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame on May 8.  Dunn, the executive director of the Cooperative Fund of New England for the past 27 years, was...

17 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Valley Headquarters Closed by Fire

Updates at bottom:  On May 14, a fire badly damaged the headquarters of Organic Valley in La Farge, Wisconsin.  No one was injured, according to LaCrosse news station http://...

15 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Looking at Energy Use in the Food System

These days, we’re all learning about our energy supply, whether we expected to or not -- and that includes advocates of a healthier food supply.  

Here is a link to the Post-...

13 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Looking at Energy Use in the Food System

These days we’re all learning about our energy supply, whether or not we have expected those lessons, and that includes advocates for a healthier food supply.  For a broad overview of...

13 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Visioning a Better Future of Business

Advocates of cooperatives need allies with compatible visions of social change – including, most challengingly, visions that assume limits to growth and capital.  The search for more...

02 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Conflicts of Interest in the Management of Co-ops
by John Vinson

Conflicts of interest are impossible to avoid within a co-op. Yet one of the best ways to tarnish your co-op’s reputation and bring suspicion to its operations, as well as invite a lawsuit...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Investing in Staff Satisfaction
by Carolee Colter

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile. 

– Chinese proverb

Embedded in the words of this proverb is the assumption that happy workers are good for business...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Investing in Staff Satisfaction
by Helena O'Connor

Don’t open a shop unless you like to smile. 

– Chinese proverb

Embedded in the words of this proverb is the assumption that happy workers are good for business...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Time to Recycle Cooperative Wealth
by Adam Schwartz

One of the more popular definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. And so it goes with our economy. The all-too-familiar boom-and-bust...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Grow Your Co-op
by Ben Sandel

Whether your co-op is at an early stage or a long-established business planning for expansion, one of the biggest challenges is the "Sources" side of your statement of Sources and Uses...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Get Ready for the Cooperative Decade
by webster walker

During 2012, the UN International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), many U.S. cooperators took the opportunity to work together to promote existing co-ops and lay the groundwork for a stronger movement...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Food Co-op Initiative—Three Years
by Stuart Reid

March 17, 2013, marks three years of Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), and we invite you to celebrate with us. What are we celebrating? 

Since we began our work,

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
NCGA Expands Development Focus
by C.E. Pugh

The "Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities" independent study of the social, economic, and environmental benefits of food co-ops, recently released by the National Cooperative Grocers...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
Capital: Sources and Abuses
by Dave Gutknecht

Discussions here reflect much that has been learned about cooperative capital as well as lessons still to be absorbed by some food co-ops. Gone, for the most part, are formerly common practices in...

11 Apr 2013 #165 April 2013
A Credible Alternative to the Current Economic System

A TED presentation in the U.K. by Shane Hughes, titled “The Unstoppable Rise of a Collaborative Economy,” argued for the combination of a cooperative economy, a collaborative economy,...

08 Apr 2013 • Endcap Articles
Isla Vista Food Co-op Purchases Its Home

Through a grassroots funding campaign, along with lender support from NCB (National Co-op Bank) and NCDF (Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund), the Isla Vista Food Co-op has recently been...

21 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

The International Cooperative Alliance has produced an impressive document that follows upon the International Year of Cooperatives.  Follow this link,

17 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Building the GMO Labeling Campaign

The growing demand for labeling that identifies genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) lost the California referendum but will be on the ballot later this year in the state of Washington. ...

11 Mar 2013 • Endcap Articles
Agile and Efficient: Board Committees and Committee Structures that Work
by Todd Wallace

The use of committees by boards is ubiquitous—as it should be, considering a small group’s agility when compared to a whole board. Unfortunately, boards often end up with...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Taking Care of Board Fundamentals
by Joel Kopischke

As cooperative boards strive for heavenly results, they need to be sure the devil is not in the details. When boards of directors consider their duties—ensuring organizational accountability...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
CreekSide Co-op: Opened November 2012
by Jonathan McGoran

Of the many startup food co-ops in and around Philadelphia, the furthest along, and the one with which Weavers Way has worked most closely, is CreekSide Co-op, which opened for business in...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
A Community of Co-ops Grows in Philly
by Jonathan McGoran

By 2007, Weavers Way Co-op was a Philadelphia neighborhood institution, with a growing urban farm program, expanding partnerships with local schools, nearly 3,000 member households, and annual...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
You Are Not Alone
by Melanie Reid

Is your co-op too small to have a human resources manager on staff? Is the HR function in your co-op divided up among different people? Have your HR systems been cobbled together from different...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Against the Tide
by Rochelle Prunty

River Valley Market in Northampton, Mass., opened in 2008, early in the current wave of new food co-ops and just before the start of the economic decline. Original sales projections had River...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013