In this section you will explore and learn about the roles and responsibilities of the people who make up a cooperative- members, directors, management and employees.  Cooperatives value the principle of participatory governance; their structure encourages the sharing of resources among members using a democratic management style.  Management of a cooperative business is a collaborative effort between members, the board of directors, managers, and employees.  Each group has distinct duties and responsibilities.

We’ll look at the importance of education and training board members from former Mid-America Cooperative Counsel Executive Director Rod Kelsay, as well as discovering the importance of board member training for a successful co-op with Dr. Chris Bruynis.