For 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has developed, advanced and protected the cooperative business model.
By Kim Currie
This piece was originally published in The Sante Fe New Mexican.
How can I make a difference in my community? For many people, giving back means reinvesting in the people and the community that helped shape the person you are today. Surprisingly, there are simple steps that we can take to bring about real change in New Mexico.
If you buy groceries, pay for electricity, bank at a credit union or even send your kids to preschool, chances are you're already impacting change at the local level by being a member of a co-op...
By Stacey Budd, Friends & Farmers Cooperative Outreach Coordinator
This piece was orignially published in the Centre Daily Times
Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing conversation around our modern food system and the implementation of sustainable alternatives. How do the products on your dinner plate get there? What processing and packaging take place?
As one of more than 100 startup food cooperatives across the country, Friends & Farmers took its vision of a brick-and-mortar store showcasing our small family farms and created an online market as a stepping-stone, while simultaneously raising startup capital through new-member equity investments. As a clicks-to-bricks model, Friends & Farmers online market is another way to help our community access fresh local goods while putting money back into the community economy.
By Mike Hower, Senior Writer, Planet Forward
This piece was originally published on Planet Forward.
Moderated by Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs and Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno, this informal, interactive roundtable discussion hosted by Planet Forward Salon concluded that collaboration, education and engagement are key to bringing about a more sustainable urban food system capable of helping to feed the 9 billion people projected be on the planet by 2050.
By Keith Talor, Indiana Co-op Development Center Board Member
This op-ed was originally published in The News-Gazette.
You can argue that the economy has largely bounced back from the state it was in seven years ago, but it's no secret that traditional community economic development models have stalled and often fail. But one approach to community economic development is rapidly gaining attention: cooperative business development.
By Congressional Representatives Ed Royce and Mark Pocan
At a time when the American economy is recovering from the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the ugly truth is that we’re experiencing a persistent hurdle to spreading economic opportunity in the most impoverished communities across our country. As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus (CCBC), we firmly believe that there is one tool that has proven time and time again to be an effective resource in providing for economic growth for all: cooperatives, or co-ops for short.
By Teresa Freeborn, President and CEO, Xceed Financial Credit Union
“Haven’t you heard? Women aren’t CEOs.”
The finance sector, where I make my living, remains among the absolute worst for women who aspire to leadership roles. Just 2.1 percent of CEOs are female. However, among financial cooperatives — which is what credit unions are — an average of 29 percent of CEOs across the country are women.
By Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
As we pay respect this month to the history of black America, we should also recognize the contributions made by the cooperative movement during the battle for civil rights. Historically, cooperatives have operated as vehicles for people to unify and lift themselves up above any challenge they face. In African-American communities in the South, cooperatives were born out of necessity.
By David Thompson, President, Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation
It was a small cooperative store on a little-known island off the coast of South Carolina. During the harshest days of the civil rights struggle, embattled black leaders came through its doors seeking inspiration. The co-op was called the Progressive Club, but it’s what began in that co-op that led to a movement that would eventually reshape the South.
By Cecile Green, co-founder of Round Sky Solutions
Legal ownership of an enterprise paired with a democratic management process provides us with a powerful opportunity to evolve both our understandings of democracy and our practical communication tools. Through this practice in daily democracy, we have an opportunity to incubate better ways and means of governing ourselves at any scale, thus systemically combatting the pressures to conform to rule by the elite.
By Helen Godfrey-Smith, President and CEO of Shreveport Federal Credit Union
Between the new co-op market and the addition of Amtrak's latest flag stop, Marks, Mississippi has the potential to dig itself out of poverty and flourish as a stronger more self-sufficient community.