NASCO Newsletter - May 2017
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News & Updates


Call for Co-op Artists!

We are searching for a cooperative artist to create the art for NASCO Institute 2017! Their art will be featured on posters, shirts, the program, and more. If you are interested, send some info about yourself and examples of your previous work (links to your portfolio, etc.) to by July 10, 2017. More info here.

Twitter as a co-op?

Twitter shareholders met last Monday to vote on a number of items, among them a proposal to explore the feasibility of the popular social platform converting to a democratic user-owned cooperative. Read more here.

Co-ops Back in U.S. Census

The Office of Management and Budget approved the main 2017 Economic Census package, which includes a question identifying the estimated 40,000 cooperative businesses in the U.S. as requested by NCBA CLUSA. Full story here.

Housing Affordability Crisis

Households with the lowest incomes, making 30 percent or less of their area’s median income, face the biggest shortage of rental housing that is both affordable. Read more here.

CoFED Seeking Director of Development/Co-Director

The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED) is a training program and national alliance for campus-based food cooperatives. Job posting here.

Member Spotlight


ICC Ann Arbor Members on Co-op Road Trip Across America

Photo by @sunflowerhouselfk.
Through the month of May, seven members of ICC Ann Arbor embarked on a co-op road trip across the country. Their goal was to see other co-ops in America, how they function, and to meet fellow co-opers! 

The group traveled to and from Ann Arbor, MI with stops at Qumbya in Chicago, IL, the Boulder Housing Coalition in Boulder, CO, Berkeley, CA, and UKSHA in Lawrence, KS.

Are you and your friends going on a co-op trip this summer? Be sure to send us photos and stories at or tag us @nascocoop!

Movement Resources


Video: Solidarity Economy Organizing in a Moment of Resistance

This live stream recording panel features leaders from across the country sharing how their communities have organized to simultaneously fight back far-right attacks and build powerful bottom-up solutions that model economic democracy, sustainability, and social justice as cornerstones of a new world in waiting. The panel was presented by The New Economy Coalition and In These Times magazine.

Upcoming Events


Canadian Association of Studies in Co-operatives Conference

5/30/17 - 6/2/17

Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference

6/8/17 - 6/10/17

Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy

6/9/17 - 6/11/17

Allied Media Conference

6/15/17 - 6/18/17

Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 

7/3/17 - 7/5/17

Association of Cooperative Educators Institute 

7/18/17 - 7/21/17
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