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Outpost's Board of Directors will use this blog to discuss issues the board is exploring as it envisions Outpost's future. Can't make it to a meeting? Check here frequently to read what the Board is up to. …
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Scaling Up: How Co-op Growth Helps the Community

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By Your Board July 15, 2014

What does growth have to do with Concern for Community, one of the cooperative principles? Aside from the bare legal structure, what really distinguishes cooperatives is that they operate based on a set of principles – seven of them. Some principles, like Democratic Member Control (involvement), become more of a challenge as the co-op grows. But growth can also facilitate other principles, like the seventh - Concern for Community. And it is this last one that helps me understand how a simple neighborhood business lawyer can be so passionate about one of the largest consumer food cooperatives in the country.

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Co-ops Make a Difference

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By Your Board June 23, 2014

I’m a strong believer in the concept of community owned and operated food markets. Why? One big reason is because a co-op like Outpost Natural Foods places value not only on healthy food, but locally owned, independent vendors. I embrace our mission statement: “Outpost Natural Foods exists so that our owners have a healthy, diverse and sustainable community. This will be accomplished while maintaining the long-term strength of the cooperative.” 

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Participation: A Key Cooperative Advantage

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By Your Board June 16, 2014

Cooperatives are different from other forms of business, and participation by owners is a significant benefit of the cooperative model. Two of the seven cooperative principles — democratic member control and member economic participation — allude to the importance of participation in the cooperative form of enterprise. 

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Innovative projects to address healthy food access

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By Your Board May 28, 2014

Earlier this month, we opened our fourth store in Mequon. It was a really exciting day for the Outpost community and for the many Outpost owners in Mequon, many of whom had been travelling all the way down to Capitol Drive to shop.

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We’re Green and Growing

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By Your Board May 7, 2014

The newest Outpost Coop location will open in Mequon on Monday, May 12.

For over 600 owners in the Ozaukee County area, who previously made trips to one or more of our urban Milwaukee locations for groceries and supplements, the new location provides easier access to local, sustainable food. And we expect ownership to grow by 500+ owners in the first week of business. That’s over 1,000 people with access to great, healthy food!

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The Word from MOSES

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By Your Board April 4, 2014

So, I got together my gumption and attended the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) organic farming conference February 27 and March 1 in LaCrosse.  I heard tell that some Outpost staffers were there, but in the crush of 3,000 plus attendees, who could tell?

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Better Living Without Clutter?

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By Your Board March 19, 2014

Recently, we did some much needed household cleaning. It wasn’t the dirt or grime that we were after; we do pretty well in that category. It was the seemingly endless presence of household clutter that made our lives a mess!

 

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Eyes Wide Shut

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By Your Board March 6, 2014

If you attended the Annual Meeting of Outpost Owners on February 16th you would have heard guest speaker Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alice’s Garden speak about creating a community table for all come to and share a meal. Venice shared many stories of growing up and gathering in the kitchen to share a meal of good food. There was something she said that struck me from her stories and that was we have our “Eyes wide shut.” I understood this to mean we are all a part of a larger community in which we need to make sure everyone has access to good and affordable food. This got me thinking, what am I doing? What is Milwaukee doing? What other cities are facing food accessibility issues?

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Refreshing Our Election Cycle

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By Your Board February 18, 2014

I remember when I first was made aware that I could run for the Outpost Board in Winter 2012. It was advertised on one of the winter mailings and since the deadline to apply was in June, a whole five or six months away, I filed it away and promptly forgot about it. Every couple of weeks, I would be griped with the anxiety that I had missed the deadline, only to see that the deadline was still a couple of months away. 

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Envisioning Urban Farms

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By Your Board February 5, 2014

Most monthly meetings of the Outpost Board of Directors include an opening session “Envisioning the Future,” in which a board member or guest speaker presents a topic that, ideally, both informs and inspires directors to think creatively about Outpost's future and role in the community. I think we all look forward to these sessions, because they really do expand our horizons, and they're (almost) as much fun as poring over financial reports.

 

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Let Me Represent You: Share Your Opinion

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By Your Board January 22, 2014

As board members, we have a fiduciary responsibility to every owner of Outpost Natural Foods. In other words, the nine of us have been elected with trust and confidence to help manage and protect the co-op’s interest. We do this through sound decision making and representation.

At first, this concept seems pretty easy. Those who voted for us have reasons behind their ballot checks and we feel a strong connection with them in return. Owners gave us the privilege to represent them for three years, and for that we are grateful.

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Let Me Represent You: Share Your Opinion

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By Your Board January 20, 2014

As board members, we have a fiduciary responsibility to every owner of Outpost Natural Foods. In other words, the nine of us have been elected with trust and confidence to help manage and protect the co-op’s interest. We do this through sound decision making and representation.

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Cooperation in Action: Educating Consumers

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By Your Board January 6, 2014

As we move forward into a brand new year, it’s a great time to take stock of the good that cooperatives like Outpost do.

 

One of the big things on my list? Education.

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Food for Thought

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By Your Board December 12, 2013

This past October, a group of about 30 owners and employees had the good fortune to participate in a national screening of Food for Change, a film produced, written and directed by Steve Alves.         

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How will you give Thanks this holiday season?

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By Your Board November 21, 2013

As we enter the holiday season, what does the art of giving or giving thanks mean and are they different? The golden rule has always been that it is better to give than receive and that we should always give thanks for what we have. 

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What Kind of Owner Are You

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By Your Board November 5, 2013

Authors Karen Zimbelman and Marilyn Scholl wrote an article for food cooperative board directors titled: The Ownership Toolbox. They tried to define members of cooperatives by level of involvement. At Outpost, we refer to our members as owners. We hope that all shoppers someday choose to expand their involvement and become owners.  They can do this by purchasing a share of the cooperative. At the same time, we hope that all owners continue to expand their participation while enjoying their ownership. How would you define yourself as an owner? Do any of these definitions of participation come close?

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It's Election Season, Let's Celebrate Cooperative Principle #2

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By Your Board October 7, 2013


As a political junkie and policy nerd, I love cooperative principle #2: democratic control. It’s so elegant in its simplicity and so ultimately truthful that it stands as the fundamental electoral principle of our country and the goal of developing democracies throughout the world: one member, one vote.

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Candidate statement - Joan Stewart

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By Your Board September 9, 2013

Seven candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs Oct. 1-15 and all Outpost owners who were current in their payments as of August 31, 2013 can vote either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. This month, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog.

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Candidate statement - Paul Sickel

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By Your Board September 9, 2013

Seven candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs Oct. 1-15 and all Outpost owners who were current in their payments as of August 31, 2013 can vote either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. This month, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog.

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Candidate statement - Jan Pierce

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By Your Board September 9, 2013

Seven candidates are running for three open spots on Outpost's Board of Directors. The election runs Oct. 1-15 and all Outpost owners who were current in their payments as of August 31, 2013 can vote either online or by stopping at a Customer Service Desk for a ballot. This month, we'll be publishing each candidate's statement here on the Sounding Board blog.

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