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Creating a Cooperative Culture, Connecting Co-ops across Sectors

Creating a Cooperative Economy

In stock-owned businesses, such as those you find on Wall Street, owners can live anywhere. They never have to use the goods or the services that the company offers. For instance, you can own stock in McDonald’s and never eat there, or own shares in Walmart and never shop there. [...]

The Cooperative Advantage

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 [...]

Using the 7 Cooperative Principles as Strategic Guide

Sometimes things become so familiar to us they lose some of their meaning.  In the workshops I conduct for board members and employees there is one particular exercise that I really enjoy doing.  The purpose of the exercise is to bring the co-op principles to life and connect them to [...]

So Many Co-ops, So Little Time

By Adam Schwartz 174 September-October 2014 Whenever I am having a conversation with friends discussing the problems our society is facing, invariably one of them will say something like, “Adam, you think there is co-op solution for everything!” I usually smile and agree wholeheartedly. Here is why. There are over [...]

Seven Steps to Re-energize your Cooperative Culture

By Adam Schwartz 166 May-June 2013 "Culture is to an organization what water is to a fish—it is the environment that exists all around us." If I asked you to describe the culture of your food co-op in one word, what would it be? How would you know if others [...]

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 cycle continues. The wealth gap, with more resources being concentrated in the hands of fewer people, [...]

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A Co-op Case Study

Adam Schwartz, Consultant The Cooperative Way + CDS Consulting Co-op   Springfield, VA   Co-ops have been known to come up with some pretty amazing solutions to the ongoing challenge of competing in the open market. In this quick presentation Adam Schwartz takes us on a tour of some of these inspiring and [...]

Step by Step: Creating a cooperative economy

By Adam Schwartz 153 March - April - 2011 From my vantage point, too many dollars flow out of cooperatively owned businesses into investor-held businesses, either in the form of purchases or investments. Is your cooperative committed to growing the cooperative business model? Cooperatives are the best model for social [...]