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Leaders in Democracy: Seeking Win-Win through Assertive Cooperation

By Art Sherwood 191 July-August 2017 If we created opportunities in meaningful participation by seeking win-win, it would be a game changer—in our relationships, in our customer service, in our strategies, in our partnerships, and in our innovative approaches to solving pressing social problems.  Democracy is hard. And because it is [...]

Strategic Alliances and Consolidations: Exploring cooperation among cooperatives

By Art Sherwood 186 Sept-Oct 2016 New competition. Shrinking margins. Tighter supply. Rising labor costs. Saturated advertising. Poaching of great employees. Competing in the natural- foods market place is just plain hard. As the market’s “new normal” intensifies with the rush of conventional retail players and new competition into our [...]

Video Field Guide: Introduction to the Four Pillars

Succinct introduction to the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance: Teaming, Accountable Empowerment, Democracy and Strategic Leadership, and how these concepts strengthen co-ops and communities. This video is a fantastic resource for board training and team-building sessions.

Reinventing our Cooperative Democracy: A Conversation

By Art Sherwood, Todd Wallace 175 November-December 2014 In 2013, the International Cooperative Alliance, in its “Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade,” identified the elevating of participation as a key component of its 2020 Vision for more and stronger cooperatives. The “Blueprint” states that, “Democratic member participation is the best-known feature [...]

Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade

By Marilyn Scholl, Art Sherwood 170 January - February 2014 The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade is the overarching agenda for the ICA, its members, and the cooperative movement. It is a five-point plan with individual strategies: Elevate participation within membership and governance to a new level. Position cooperatives as [...]

Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance

By Marilyn Scholl, Art Sherwood 170 January - February 2014 Great leaders demonstrate how to be a force for good in local communities and beyond. Our cooperative heroes—the Rochdale Pioneers—were striking weavers who opened a grocery co-op in 1844 in Rochdale, England, to help themselves and others get free from [...]

Missing Links: Why they don’t teach co-ops at U.S. business schools, and how we can create connections

By Art Sherwood 167 July-August 2013 I am often asked, “Why don’t you teach co-ops in the business schools?” As a true believer in and champion of co-ops, I empathize with this frustration. But knowing in our hearts that co-ops are important is not the same as supporting this with [...]

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Strategic Leadership is a Cooperative Effort

By Art Sherwood 172 May-June 2014 Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. —Joel Barker, The Futurist If I went into your co-op and asked a kid working in produce or a member-owner in line, “What [...]