WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN THE
MEMBER PARTICIPATION CIRCLE
Democracy means participation.
- The Members Participation Circle (MPCircle) has been working for twelve years to expand the opportunities for members to participate in the life of our co-op. We’re proud of our two main street food stores, our committed and energetic staff and of the community services we’ve been able to provide. We value our tradition of member commitment and participation. We want the democratic aspect of our co-op to develop as vigorously as its natural food stores. We believe this path of balanced development will most likely lead to our cooperative values being manifested. MPCircle works to provide member information and opportunities to dialogue about co-op issues and concerns.
- Our co-op and co-ops nationwide face a huge challenge as natural foods retailing undergoes a second wave of expansion. Many co-ops failed during the first wave, the era when Whole Foods developed. Now almost one third of U.S. food co-ops have negative growth.
- Co-ops are built and sustained by commitment to a vision. As members we need to be clear about what needs our co-op meets for us and what future we can realistically imagine for it. We need more members willing to contribute more to our pool of community energy. That energy is what we will draw on as we shape our co-op to be sustainable in our current environment. This is the exciting and rewarding work of co-operation.
We invite you to join MPCircle in participating in co-operation.