Video Field Guide: Membership Growth

Ben Sandel is a board leadership consultant and capital campaign expert working with startups and established co-ops helping them to reach their fundraising goals using best practices and clear planning gleaned from a multitude of successful fundraising efforts from food co-ops and startups nationwide. In this short presentation, Ben imparts [...]

Own, Use, Serve, and Belong: A new paradigm for participation

By Mark Goehring, Leslie Watson 174 September-October 2014 The Participation framework—Own, Use, Serve, and Belong—has been the focus of presentations and conversations by hundreds of cooperators at the regional Co-op Cafe series produced by CDS Consulting Co-op and sponsored by the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). In this article, we [...]

Share Values and Grow Communities

Kevin Edberg, Executive Director Cooperative Development Services St. Paul, MN   The cooperative principles gives us a competitive advantage and a raison d'etre. Mr. Edberg challenges the viewers to think about applying our deep comitment to the co-op values to the wider society we live in.

Participation: Going Further

Michael Healy invites us to expand our thinking around participation in our Co-ops, specifically how we look at measuring participation. According to Mr. Healy, there may be way more to examine if we can move beyond just counting voter turnouts and Annual Meeting attendance.  

Participation: Own, Use, Serve, Belong

Mark Goehring sets up the new Own, Use, Serve, Belong framework. Against the backdrop of the Co-operative decade Mark underscores the importance and the significance of the work of good governance and active participation.