My favorite co-op is approaching the annual re/election of of members of its Board of Directors. The structure is unusual (to me, at least).
Weaver Street Market is governed by a seven-member board of directors, four of whom are directly elected by the two owner classes, workers and consumers (2 positions each). Two positions are appointed by the board itself to fill the need for particular skills or knowledge. The General Manager holds the seventh position.
A few years ago, I stumbled upon the WSM Annual Meeting, at which the members have the opportunity to select our two representatives to the Board. But I was then frustrated to find that the ballot was preprinted (with the names of the incuments) and it was too late in the game to propose new candidates. Some years I miss the notice in the newsletter, and so miss the Annual meeting and the opportunity to vote altogether.
To their credit, WSM is always improving. And in spite of the fact that I haven't had much input into it, I think their direction is generally a good one. But as a co-operative institution, I think WSM could do more to improve transparency and strengthen the democratic governance of the organization.
So, any of you thoughtful people want to run for the Board? Applications are due by August 26.