The Co-op Principles for Beginners

Wednesday, 01 October 2008 09:15

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Suzie: I like that GreenStar is a co-op.

Mike: Yeah, I am all over the vegan cupcakes.

Suzie: That’s not what makes the Co-op a co-op!

Mike:  It’s not? Well, I sure feel at home here. It’s my kind of food.

Suzie: Being a Co-op is about the members owning the business. That’s why everyone has a membership. It’s how we own part of the business.

Mike: I got a member number. It’s from my old college roommate.

Suzie: You’re supposed to have your own member number! How do you vote in Co-op elections?

Mike: Members are supposed to vote in Co-op elections?

Suzie: Voting is part of the “co-op” deal. You know, “locally owned, democratically controlled…”

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Patronage Refund: Another Way to Share

Thursday, 03 April 2008 16:04

By Art Godin, Councilmember and Treasurer

The creation of the cooperative as an economic model is generally attributed to a group of weavers in Rochdale, England who, in 1844, devised a set of cooperative business principles designed to raise them from their poverty. These principles, in slightly modified form, provide the underpinnings of cooperative organizations to this day. (They are printed on page 11 of each issue of GreenLeaf.)

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  • By Joe Romano, 
Marketing Manager

    oasis-store-frontWhat's in a name? 
That which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.

    — William Shakespeare

    A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.

    — Gertrude Stein

    A kilogram by any other name would weigh as much.

    — Bill Nye

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