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

Driver’s Seat & the Big Paradoxes of our Time

I’m super excited about Driver’s Seat because they are tackling one of the big paradoxes of our time. The explosive growth of gig work (think Uber, DoorDash, Amazon delivery) has created the promise of flexibility and prosperity for millions of people, and yet the reality is that most gig workers struggle to make even a minimum […]

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 […]

Cooperative Capital: Re-launching

Cooperative Capital: Re-launching

One of the things I’ve been most interested in supporting is more local direct investment opportunities… especially ones that are open to non-Accredited investors. Cooperative Capital has an approach to make it work (however they were blocked by the state of Michigan…). The challenges they’ve come up against and the ways regulators have thwarted their […]

Exhilarated by This Workshop Cohort

It’s hard to describe how exhilarated I feel right now. The cohort for this Shared Ownership workshop is bringing together some of the most powerful & influential people I’ve met this past decade. The workshop format integrates insights from some of the most influential experiences and learning spaces I’ve ever been a part of. The deadline […]

Have you been thinking about masks?

Have you been thinking about masks?

If you’ve been thinking about how to buy masks, disinfectant supplies, PPE… Perhaps our co-op effort to find suppliers that can deliver may be of help…   Curious how others are thinking through re-opening and estimating PPE supply needs? Curious what co-op pricing looks like for masks?   Or “no contact” thermometers? (coop price: $50… vs $85) Worried about making […]

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 […]

Trust and Co-ops

Trust and Co-ops

Five years ago, I started the Community Purchasing Alliance Cooperative with a Steering Team of church leaders, a community organizer, and a few generous lawyers. Today, we are 75 member-owner community institutions. We collaborate on $15,000,000+ in contracts each year. Yet the most important thing we’ve created doesn’t show up in the numbers. It’s trust. […]

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 […]