Thane Joyal

Thane Joyal
CDS Consulting Co-op
Thane Joyal practices law in Syracuse, N.Y., and provides support and training to cooperative boards through CDS Consulting Co-op.

Author's Articles

Title Issue Datesort descending
138 September - October - 2008 January 19, 2009

“A vital question, a creative question, rivets our attention. All the creative power of our minds is focused on the question. Knowledge emerges in response to these compelling questions.

145 November - December - 2009 November 19, 2009

The Uniform Limited Cooperation Association Act (UCLAA) and a variety of state statutes have provided new financing flexibility for organizers of food cooperatives.

151 November - December 2010 December 8, 2010

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique.

153 March - April - 2011 March 17, 2011

When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and not-for-profit corporations were not considered to be barriers to

158 January - February - 2012 January 18, 2012

Why is it that some of our retail food cooperative boards really make a powerful difference in their communities, while others flounder?

166 May-June 2013 June 3, 2013

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business.

173 July - August 2014 September 10, 2014

Within a consumer cooperative, the purpose of electing the board of directors from among the owners is to democratically control the co-op.

175 November-December 2014 December 24, 2014

Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.

179 July-August 2015 September 3, 2015

Successful cooperatives are guided by strong boards, and those boards rely on strong individuals to manage the cooperative’s business enterprise with excellence.

181 Nov-Dec 2015 December 2, 2015

The future is unknowable. Or is it? 

185 July-Aug 2016 September 1, 2016

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

Change in the market, change in the world, can mean stress in the relationships within a cooperative as the organization adapts to the changing circumstances.

192 Sept.-Oct 2017 November 1, 2017

What does it mean to be an owner of a consumer cooperative? At the most fundamental level, cooperative ownership means that we are in business together.

June 28, 2018

From a director’s perspective, what are the core ingredients of a great board meeting?

February 1, 2019