Cooperatives all over the world are guided by a common definition, set of principles, and values. The Renaissance Community Coop looks to them for clarity as we build a democratically owned and community run grocery store. Look for more information on these powerful coop principles over the coming months.

Principle 5. Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Last month, our Membership and Fundraising Coordinator, Lamar Gibson, participated in a panel discussion hosted by Action Greensboro’s young professionals’ group, SYNERGY. Other participants included local professor Marianne LeGreco, food and community activists Michael King, III and Niesha Douglas, and County Commissioner Ray Trapp. Lamar helped to educate Greensboro’s future leaders about the food desert situation faced by residents in Northeast Greensboro and highlighted the RCC’s innovative approach to tackling it. The presentation was received very well and spurred a lot of interest in both our cooperative. Two audience members later joined the cooperative as owners!

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