From the Board: January 2021

Right Livelihood

By Ming Kuo

As one of your new Board members, I thought I’d share my view of what Common Ground is for, in hopes of hearing your views.

There’s a concept from Buddhist teachings I’ll borrow: “Right Livelihood.” "Right Livelihood” tells us that how we make a living matters, not just financially but ethically and spiritually. It invites us to ask, “How do we make a living in a way that makes the world a better place?

As Common Ground Owners, Right Livelihood invites us to ask, “how do we run a grocery store that makes the world a better place?” 

How do we run a grocery store, that instead of exploiting the environment, contributes to healthy land, animals, and people -- and fights climate change?

How do we run a grocery store, that instead funneling local dollars to global megacorporations, promotes the local economy and helps our community thrive?

How do we run an antiracist grocery store?

How do we run a grocery store that instead of exploiting staff, respects, empowers, and values them? 

How do we run a grocery store that gives staff the scope and means to realize these kinds of visions?

What, to you, is Common Ground for? Do you share this view? In what ways would you like to see Common Ground make the world a better place? 

I invite you to write me and the other Board members at <board@commonground.coop>.

Warmest regards,

Ming