Cooperative Economics | "Impact-First" Investing | Transformative Leadership

The Stories We Tell our Kids

I believe that stories change the world.The stories that we tell ourselves.The stories our culture feeds us.The stories that we tell our kids. Once in a while, a new story breaks through.Sometimes it even sticks in the back of my head.It does it’s quiet work there.It unconsciously shapes me. When I read Audacious Ignatius, the […]

Interdependence & the Movement Ecology We Need

I both love and have struggled with my partnership with Metro IAF. My close relationship with Metro IAF leaders is the primary reason we’ve had success in starting a co-op over the past 10 years. Their power is undeniable. In the past few months, Metro IAF has helped our co-op to expand to working with […]

Do you cancel? Or do you move it online?

Do you cancel? Or do you move it online?

Might this be an opportunity for you to re-imagine the quality and depth possible through better virtual spaces? For me, most of the past 6 years I’ve built my organization while living at home in another city. I’ve also built many of my deepest, most meaningful friendships, and communities online. I’ve joined spirituality groups that […]

A Few Essential Ingredients for a Purchasing Cooperative

A Few Essential Ingredients for a Purchasing Cooperative

Composting & Buying “Compostable” Paper Goods in Durham, NC A local environmental leader, Crystal Dreisbach, Founder and Executive Director of Don’t Waste Durham, invited me to join her and two local restaurant and food truck owners to imagine how we could help them purchase biodegradable plates, cups, and carry-out containers as a co-op. The basic […]

Innovative Companies Change their Customers: My CPA Co-op Experience

Michael Schrage’s insight about how innovative companies change their customers has stuck with me. And it’s changed the way I understand the work my organization does. Successful innovations go beyond the quid pro quo; they’re targeted investments in the customer’s future value.  Most customers believe that “the market” sets the terms of engagement for service […]