Ellen Michel

Cooperative Grocer Network
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Title Issue Date

While assembling this issue of Cooperative Grocer, I’ve been reading, rereading, and reflecting on its contents.

October 21, 2018

How often have you heard it: “We don’t do a good enough job of telling our stories.” Like references to “the new normal” or the current never-ending chaos of political

June 29, 2018

The 8th North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit took place in San Francisco in late January.

April 3, 2018

The Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) board of directors held a retreat in early March 2017, before and during the Up & Coming food co-op conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

191 July-August 2017 February 10, 2018

About the CGN board

February 10, 2018

In March 2017, the CGN board met for a retreat just before and during the Up & Coming Food Co-op conference. During two days of deep conversation, we identified our chief initiative: working to

January 27, 2018

Whenever cooperators congregate, it’s a gathering of the tribe that generates the joy of mutual recognition. Such was the case at the 2017 Up & Coming food co-op conference.

190 May-June 2017 July 1, 2017

As I began to write this, the United States had just seen the largest day of protests in its history.

189 March-April 2017 April 2, 2017

As we go to press with this issue of Cooperative Grocer, the Cooperative Grocer Network (CGN) board is planning its involvement in the U

March 6, 2017

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

In May I attended the 2016 HOW Design Live conference, an annual event that conceives of problem-solving as one of the primary jobs of designers.

185 July-Aug 2016 July 23, 2016

Wednesday June 29 at 2:30 Eastern 1:30 Central

12:30 Mountain 11:30 Pacific / 10:30 AK / 8:30 HI

June 21, 2016

The CGN Annual Meeting will take place on 

Wednesday June 29 at 2:30 Eastern 

via web conferen

June 21, 2016

Many of us are planning to attend CCMA (Consumer Cooperative Management Association) or other training events in the next few months, including the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) Marketi

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

Every organization in our network relies on board members to offer guidance, oversight, and a range of diverse skills and perspectives.

184 May-June 2016 June 2, 2016

Worker-owned businesses such as co-ops and ESOPs are on the rise, in part because they address issues such as income disparity.

May 17, 2016

It’s that second cooperative principle: Democratic Member Control. 

183 Mar-Apr 2016 March 28, 2016

It’s that second cooperative principle: Democratic Member Control. 

March 10, 2016

I’m writing this after a shopping trip to my hometown co-op, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, where I worked for a dozen years as marketing and outreach manager.

182 January-February 2016 February 5, 2016

Food co-ops are hardly the only ones experiencing greater competitive pressures.

Endcap Articles December 7, 2015