Welcome, Cooperative Grocer Network!

May 2014

We’d like to welcome our latest member, the Cooperative Grocer Network. CGN is:

a nonprofit, 501(c)6 trade association intent on strengthening all retail food co-ops by a creating an online community of cooperators who can develop and share their best resources and practices.

CGN website

Here’s how Dan Nordley reacted when the Data Commons Co-op board approved CGN’s membership:

please accept my … exclamation of appreciation and pride for being accepted to perhaps the geekiest of all cooperative organizations on the planet!! Woot!

We reckon Dan’s going to fit right in :-). For the record, the DCC has the standard cooperative principles burned into its bylaws, including the principle of voluntary and open membership:

1st Principle: Voluntary and Open Membership. Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

So we are committed to being open to all (join now!). The responsibilities of membership and the nature of our services are definitely kind of geeky though. The geekiest of all cooperative organizations on the planet? We don’t know. The Tech Co-op Network is way up there, and it is hard to beat the International Ice Core Data Cooperative set up by a bunch of paleoclimatologists. One thing for sure, our planet could definitely do with more geeky co-op organizations!