The Co-op Difference

What makes co-ops different than conventional business models?  Co-operatives offer a powerful economic model that put people before profit, meet their community’s’ needs, and reconnect social goals with economic practice.  These presentations explore the co-op business model and how its structure of member-ownership is helping shift our economy from one based on short-term profits to one based on serving human needs.


An orientation on the co-op model and the larger co-operative movement for food co-op staff, board members, member-owners, and organizers of food co-ops.  For a customizeable version of this presentation (with notes) to share the story of your co-op and how it ties to the wider regional, national, and global social and economic impact of the co-operative movement, email: info@nfca.coop.

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Humanizing the Economy with John Restakis

John Restakis, executive director of the British Columbia Co-operative Association and author of “Humanizing the Economy: Co-operatives in the Age of Capital,” asserts that it is the disconnection between conventional economics and social ends that lies at the heart of our economic crisis, and that co-operatives offer a powerful economic model to reconnect  and relate social goals with economic practice.

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Multistakeholder Co-operation

There is an inevitable tension in co-operatives between the interests of stakeholders: consumers, workers and producers. A multi-stakeholder structure can address this tension by giving all member types a place at the boardroom table and a share of patronage, leading to a more satisfactory discussion and resolution of issues.

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