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From the Blog

  • June 26, 2018

    Since the creation of Equal Exchange 32 years ago, people and relationships have always been at our center. Coffee, chocolate, tea, mangoes, cashews; these are the mediums which allow us to show the world that ethical supply chains are viable and that there is more than one way to do business. Radicalism lies within the Equal Exchange model: a supply chain that is characteristic of true democracy, cooperative learning, transparency, and respect for our planet and its people.

    Frankie Pondolph
  • May 30, 2018

    One of the challenges of worker coops, consumer coops, and producer coops is how to reconcile two competing high level goals. On one hand most of these coops have an economic/organization/service mission. On the most basic level this is to serve the members which translates to goals such as good and affordable food in the case of a consumer coop, or higher prices in the case of a producer coop, or rewarding and economically sustainable jobs in the case of a worker coop. The other competing goal is to run the organization democratically where members participate in some type of joint democratic development and learning process.

    Frankie Pondolph
  • May 22, 2018

    As April 4th passes and June 5th approaches, it is impossible not to take stock in those cataclysmic events 50 years ago and to reflect on what it means to be doing the work we are doing today. The assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, to anyone who was alive and alert at the time, were shocking and to many, a source of deep despair and pessimism on the potential for making real progress in this country on matters of racial and economic justice. The loss felt by millions was profound; the sorrow, and even fear, very real. Fear for what the future might bring. Fear that any leader who was actually challenging the entrenched power structure would not survive.

    Frankie Pondolph

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