This is an exciting time for food co-ops. Communities all around the country are undergoing a resurgence of cooperation as more and more people experience the benefits of having a co-op in their city or town. Established food co-ops have expanded and added locations, and areas without food co-ops are starting new ones.
Boards have a unique and complex role to play in this dynamic cooperative economy, and the Cooperative Board Leadership Development (known as CBLD and pronounced C-build) supports boards as they do this important work. CBLD consultants, co-op boards and management work together to address governance priorities of individual co-ops participating in the program, and that work in turn strengthens the shared understanding of effective governance for the co-op community.
CDS Consulting Co-op has created a model of cooperative governance recognizing the unique needs of the co-op world. Based on the results of the CBLD team’s research and deep experience with food co-op boards, the Four Pillars of Cooperative Governance model (4PCG) offers directors and managers a framework for approaching their work grounded in cooperative values.
CBLD is in its 10th year, with more than 90% of CBLD clients renewing each of those 10 years! We invite you to join us in a program that adds value to board work, heightens effective cooperative ownership and governance, and enriches a thriving cooperative development culture. CBLD also makes it easier to connect with other board leaders from numerous regions at the in-person sessions, where participants can share information, gain new leadership tools, and participate in conversations about expanding our cooperative communities.
CBLD is a calendar-year program with an annual fee and is designed to assist your board all year long.
In addition to the CBLD program, our consultants offer a wide range of board development services to meet your needs. For additional information about how our consultants can support your co-op, please contact Mark Goehring
Features and benefits
- 15 hours of ongoing consulting customized for your unique needs and issues
- One-day board retreat planning and facilitation planning and facilitation
- In-person sessions:
- CBL 101—Foundations Class for Directors
- Leadership Training
- The Cooperative Cafe
- Library of resources: Online recorded workshops, field guides, videos, sample policies, useful links, and valuable tools
- Subscription to Connections, CBLD’s monthly online newsletter
- Startup support – 4in3 Support Program and CBLD for Startups
Contact Mark Goehring (MarkGoehring@cdsconsulting.coop)
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