Thane Joyal

Thane Joyal
CDS Consulting Co-op
Thane Joyal practices law in Syracuse, N.Y., and provides support and training to cooperative boards through CDS Consulting Co-op.

Author's Articles

Title Issue Date

From a director’s perspective, what are the core ingredients of a great board meeting?

February 1, 2019

What does it mean to be an owner of a consumer cooperative? At the most fundamental level, cooperative ownership means that we are in business together.

June 28, 2018

Change in the market, change in the world, can mean stress in the relationships within a cooperative as the organization adapts to the changing circumstances.

192 Sept.-Oct 2017 November 1, 2017

Conflict happens. Co-ops have always faced conflict, whether in the boardroom, in member meetings, through social media and email, in the aisles or out in front of the store.

187 Nov-Dec 2016 January 2, 2017

The future is unknowable. Or is it? 

185 July-Aug 2016 September 1, 2016

Successful cooperatives are guided by strong boards, and those boards rely on strong individuals to manage the cooperative’s business enterprise with excellence.

181 Nov-Dec 2015 December 2, 2015

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic.

179 July-August 2015 September 3, 2015

Whether or not your cooperative expects to hire a general manager (GM) in the next year, your board should have an awareness of the skills and resources that would be needed

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Within a consumer cooperative, the purpose of electing the board of directors from among the owners is to democratically control the co-op.

175 November-December 2014 December 24, 2014

Loss prevention is a key piece of the retail grocery business.

173 July - August 2014 September 10, 2014
LEADer Board Newsletter July 1, 2013

Why is it that some of our retail food cooperative boards really make a powerful difference in their communities, while others flounder?

166 May-June 2013 June 3, 2013

When many retail food cooperatives were formed in the 1970s, the distinctions among worker cooperatives, consumer cooperatives and not-for-profit corporations were not considered to be barriers to

158 January - February - 2012 January 18, 2012

As cooperative directors, it's important that we know our jobs. Some parts of that job are personal to us: we bring interests, skills, and perspectives that make our contributions unique.

153 March - April - 2011 March 17, 2011

The Uniform Limited Cooperation Association Act (UCLAA) and a variety of state statutes have provided new financing flexibility for organizers of food cooperatives.

151 November - December 2010 December 8, 2010

“A vital question, a creative question, rivets our attention. All the creative power of our minds is focused on the question. Knowledge emerges in response to these compelling questions.

145 November - December - 2009 November 19, 2009
138 September - October - 2008 January 19, 2009