NASCO is inviting proposals for presentations at this year's Cooperative Education and Training Institute, November 11-13, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 19, 2016. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so get your proposal in early! Final programming decisions will be made by the end of August. Staff are happy to discuss your session proposal ideas - email email@example.com to get in touch.
News and Updates
We're very pleased to announce that Ed Whitfield, Co-Managing Director of the Fund for Democratic Communities, will be joining us November 11-13th to keynote this year's Cooperative Education and Training Institute. Ed's speech, titled "Changing the World in a World that is Changing," will explore how we go about changing the world for the better, recognizing the motion and counter-motion all around us.
The NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame, created in 1989, honors the best of our movement. Our hope is to use the Hall of Fame as a means for NASCO member co-ops to provide broader recognition to individuals who have had a truly significant impact.
The NASCO Family boards took a major step toward renewing a strategic vision at our planning retreat the weekend of June 17-19, 2016. The three boards met to affirm their united intentions for the NASCO Family. NASCO aims to grow and serve more co-ops through increased member engagement.
Waterloo Co-operative Residence, Inc. (WCRI) is hiring a full-time Executive Director. WCRI has provided co‐operative student housing and programming for postsecondary students attending University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario for over fifty years. They are currently seeking an exceptional candidate to fulfill this role and further enhance their non‐profit co‐operative.
The past year was a very exciting one for co-op development. There is currently a lot of interest in creating new cooperatives, and we’re happy that we have been able to increase our capacity to provide advice and support to more of these groups. During the 2014-15 year, NASCO provided free technical assistance to over 30 groups and has worked with four groups to coordinate purchases. Over half of the groups we worked with were startup groups.
Last month, we invited all supporters of NASCO to help create more co-ops, change the ways that cities think about affordable housing, and build the cooperative movement with our End of Year fundraising campaign. You all went above and beyond! We received donations from fifty individuals and raised a total of $6,240.