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...

@Matt_Noyes @GuerillaOntologist 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.

@bhaugen @Matt_Noyes
Thanks! That seems like a good basic framework that could be re-jiggered pretty easily for use with a multi-stakeholder grocery co-op.

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 @Matt_Noyes
> do [Community Supporters] have any financial return at all, or is it pure charity on their part?

I don't know. I was in on the original organizing, but did not stay involved after the first year.

@bhaugen @Matt_Noyes

And props to Margaret Bau at USDA for writing up some very succinct, clear by-laws!

@GuerillaOntologist @Matt_Noyes

Margaret Bau is amazing!

(Actually a few good people hanging out in the USDA...)

@Matt_Noyes I am helping a book store convert and it will have 4 member classes--consumer, low income consumer, worker, and organizational. They sell on line as well, so you can even join!

@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

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