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Boards of directors regularly struggle with the concept of “speaking with one voice”— primarily because the concept has a dual meaning.

189 March-April 2017 April 4, 2017

Developing the local food economy in a remote region is necessarily playing a long game.

188 Jan-Feb 2017 March 6, 2017

One of the most anticipated new food co-ops has opened its doors to a welcoming community.

188 Jan-Feb 2017 March 6, 2017

Looking at today’s social needs, approaches that are based on common interests are both threatened by a dysfunctional political economy and made more attractive by its failures.

188 Jan-Feb 2017 March 6, 2017

There is no shortage of stressors for people involved in co-ops today.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 2, 2017

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.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 2, 2017

July was the hottest month our planet has experienced since modern recordkeeping began in 1880. By its nature, climate change is a global challenge, and yet we each have a role to play.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 3, 2017

One summer afternoon in 2009, Arthur Gerstenberger, former general manager for the Hanover Co-op in Hanover, N.H., made a surprise visit to a celebration honoring the co-op’s employees.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 3, 2017

 It is always timely to examine handling cooperative conflict and building cooperative resiliency.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 3, 2017

Hanover, N.H.—Terry Appleby works in a bright, capacious office on a wooded hillside a few miles southeast of Dartmouth College. One day this past summer, I met him there for lunch. 

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 3, 2017

Except perhaps for the lucky few of them still enjoying double-digit growth and staff satisfaction with wages, most co-ops are constrained by limited personnel dollars.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 3, 2017

Solar power projects at food co-ops are highlighted in this issue, and there will be more such reports ahead.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 26, 2016

During the past month, I had the chance to visit Great Basin Community Food Co-op in Reno, Nevada.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

East Aurora Community Market (East Aurora, N.Y.) and BisMan Community Food Co-op (Bismarck, N.D.) are startup co-ops to be proud of.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

As co-ops evolve and expand and our industry continuously changes, it’s important that we have mechanisms in place that enable employees to see career pathways within our organizations. 

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

The Pacific Northwest: home to towering trees, majestic mountains, beautiful islands…and a lot of cloudy days. In 2013, city-data.com ranked Bellingham, Wash., as the city of over 50,000 people in the lower 48 states with the lowest number of sunny days. On average, it is sunny roughly 35 percent of the year—a good indication of why there are so many direct flights from Bellingham to various Hawaiian islands in the winter months. 

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

The use of energy-efficient, environmentally sensitive design has been a part of BriarPatch Co-op’s store on Sierra College Drive since its construction in 2006, when the co-op stepped u

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

Providing an unbeatable shopping experience is no longer optional for cooperatives—it is imperative.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

New competition. Shrinking margins. Tighter supply. Rising labor costs. Saturated advertising. Poaching of great employees.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

Let’s see if I can mansplain this: When it comes to food co-ops, our success will depend on giving women what they want and hoping they’ll speak well about the experience.

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 26, 2016