This article lays out the argument against the NCG/CDS food co-op model in great detail. Worth a read for anyone interested in what's been going on with food co-ops:
@GuerillaOntologist Does anyone know of US examples of hybrid worker/consumer coops? Eroski, in Spain, is largely organized this way with consumer members and worker members sharing governance 50/50...
http://www.fifthseasoncoop.com/fifth-season-bylaws is a multi-stakeholder producer-buyer-worker cooperative where the workers are members.The "buyers" are not end-consumers but mostly institutions like schools and hospitals, and some retail stores.
It's interesting to me that Community Supporter members don't have any financial reimbursement of any kind mentioned, only what they're NOT eligible for. So I guess a class B share isn't like a preferred share in the Eq. Ex. model...but do they have any financial return at all, or is it pure charity on their part?
@GuerillaOntologist hmmm one of those stories sounds very specifically like the local coop here
Maybe it is about your local co-op, or maybe it just sounds familiar because CDS Consulting appears to have a unified strategy that they push on all the co-ops they work with: i.e. expansion and policy governance.
I had dinner with a woman from CDS who said this to me directly: "we always advise expansion." I asked how it could be that expansion was always the right answer for every food co-op and...she didn't have an answer. Awkward...
@GuerillaOntologist there were a few specific parts of the story that narrowed it down to allmost certainly being my local coop
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
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