Co-op Culture

Invigorate Co-op Culture

Invigorate co-op culture throughout your co-op (staff orientations, membership meetings, community education) by continually emphasizing the co-op principles and values through learning opportunities. 

CDS Consulting Co-op can add value to your current outreach efforts by helping you improve, structure, and strengthen your educational programs.

The CDS Consulting Co-op has data from 200 co-op employee surveys that provides a useful benchmark for co-ops striving to improve their workplaces. The surveys revealed that employees want to feel connected to the co-op’s mission, and this requires training and education about cooperation. As a cooperative business, giving people the information and tools they need to communicate the co-op difference about ownership, especially staff of food co-ops, is critical to promoting membership among new customers and enhancing belonging for current owners.

Co-op education and co-op culture development includes a menu of services:

  • Cooperative education module: An outline of history, principles, and participatory exercises
  • Cooperative education module train-the-trainer
  • Review of current educational program
  • In-person training for staff

Associated Consultants

Adam Schwartz

Creating a Cooperative Culture, Connecting Co-ops across Sectors

Patricia Cumbie

Co-op Education and Ownership Programs

Rebecca Torpie

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