Creating a Cooperative Culture, Connecting Co-ops across Sectors
Articles from CDS Consulting publications
Articles in Cooperative Grocer
Other works by Adam Schwartz
Adam's passion is to help co-ops succeed through using the co-op principles and values as a strategic advantage in the marketplace. He works with cooperatives from all sectors to help create a more cooperative economy.
For 23 years Adam has been serving co-ops in several different arenas from public policy to in depth consulting with individual co-ops. He has extensive knowledge of the key ingredients that lead to sustainable success for cooperative business. His focus is to ensure his clients have the tools to implement his training and make a meaningful difference where the impact can be measured.
He founded The Cooperative Way and joined CDS Consulting Co-op in 2012 because, “All co-ops have an opportunity to grow their business thorough ensuring their employees and members understand the purpose of why the co-op exists. Co-ops can strengthen their culture, participation and engagement through intentional actions. There are very few problems in society that can’t lead to a co-op solution. So I also assist co-ops in locating other co-ops in their community that share similar values,” Adam said.
Adam is an instructor at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Management Internship Program and regular writer for their Straight Talk the news service. He is a frequent speaker at national and international co-op conferences. He is working to create new investment opportunities for people that want to support co-ops. Adam previously served as vice president for public affairs and member services for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA). He has also worked at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperatives and NRECA.
He enjoys running, hiking and anything that involves the ocean.
Adam works in partnership with the CDS Consulting Co-op to provide:
Creating or re-energizing the cooperative culture organizations. This is accomplished through consulting that ranges from a webinar, speeches, workshops, coaching, retreats and ongoing services with defined goals and benchmarks
Thought provoking speeches for Annual Meetings & Conferences
Strategic and tactical guidance (including introductions) for establishing a local cross-sector cooperative network for business, legislative and community impact purposes
The Cooperative Advantage
Solutions: Grab and Go - August 2017
Using the 7 Cooperative Principles as Strategic Guide
CBLD Connections: August 2016
Components of a Successful System of Accountable Empowerment
Solutions: Grab and Go - December 2015
Grab and Go Governance
Solutions: Grab and Go - February 2015
See You at CCMA!
Solutions: May-June 2014
So Many Co-ops, So Little Time
Seven Steps to Re-energize Your Cooperative Culture
Step by Step: Creating a Cooperative Economy
Adam on CNN
Adam on the importance of co-ops buying from other co-ops
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Adam on the resolving co-op conflicts
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International Year of Cooperatives ad by newly formed regional cooperative organization to create collaboration for business, policy and social impacts. (pdf)
Credit Union Magazine: Seven Steps to a Cooperative Culture. Creating a culture that’s passionate about the cooperative business model will pay significant dividends. (pdf)
Credit Union Magazine: Co-op Power: The Co-op Business Model is Shining Brighter Next to Wall Street's Tarnished Image. Article highlighting cooperatives in various regions of the country that are collaborating in a cross sector manner. (pdf)
Sarah Fisher, VP Member Services, Nueces Electric Co-op
Richelle Meer, Executive Director, Silver Spring Day School Cooperative
Rich Morris, President of ROI Consulting and founder of The Veterinary Co-op