For several years pre-pandemic, Cooperative Development Services (CDS) hosted an annual gathering for leaders of cooperative development organizations, including those who aspire to leadership or who are in process of succession. CDS once again hosted the retreat last week in Livingston, Montana.
The event focuses primarily on how co-op developers individually and collectively grow their ability to have resilient and sustainable organizations that can effectively serve the co-op development needs of their constituents. In addition, this is an opportunity to learn from peers, get to know colleagues, and identify possible shared projects.
Individuals from nearly ten development centers across the nation who took part this year expressed their comments about the event.
“There is nothing more rewarding than spending time with people who share the same job description, passion, and sense of purpose. To be able to do this, and learn from them, in an amazing locale while enjoying great food and community makes this a highlight of my year.”
“Our Livingston meeting was uplifting and rejuvenating. I look forward to this opportunity to get to know my peers both professionally and personally.”
“The Livingston gathering was a remarkable opportunity to build partnerships with colleagues around the country. My capacity to serve cooperatives and lead my Center has grown dramatically in just two days.”
Karen Tyler-Ruiz of Detroit’s Center for Community Based Enterprise captures the group’s conversation.