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Welcoming Jasper to the NASCO Staff Team

Please join us in welcoming Jasper Wirtshafter to the NASCO staff team as our new Director of Operations!

Our previous Director of Operations, Katherine Jennings, will be staying on staff as our Director of Leadership Development. 

Get to know the NASCO staff team.

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Meet Our Newest Board Directors

Four board directors were recently elected in NASCO's general election. Please join us in welcoming Vincent Mao, and welcoming back Bob Cook, Lee Pepper, and Maggie O'Connor. 

Learn more about our newly elected directors here. 

Members Corner

NASCO Members, we want to hear from you about what your co-op would like to see at our Staff and Member Leadership Convening this year. Let us know your preferred timing, what skills would most benefit your co-op, and any other important considerations for the event.

Fill out this 2-minute survey to make sure your co-op's needs are heard! 

Movement News

Capital for Cooperatives Act

The Capital for Cooperatives Act, introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), is a piece of legislation that would require the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to change their existing regulations so that cooperative businesses can access the agency's affordable financing programs to help small businesses start-up, expand, and innovate. 

NASCO has endorsed the Capital for Cooperatives Act to help ensure that co-ops can equitably access SBA funding. Learn more about the Capital for Cooperatives Act and sign on here. 
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Short-term rental co-op launches in Toronto

Fairbnb Co-op, launched by Toronto-based organizers who will expand a European site, says it will share revenue with community projects, limit tourism to rentals that don’t displace locals, and try to beat big platforms like Airbnb at their own game. Read the full story. 

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

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The Sans Souci Cooperative Community, a ROC-USA low-income manufactured home park in Boulder, Colorado suffered extensive damage from recent wind and firestorms. They're a group of 61 homes, of which 50 are currently without water & have broken pipes. If you or your co-op are able to support them in their rebuilding, it would go a long way.
Donate via GoFundMe.

Upcoming Events

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Into the Fire: Transformation Through Conflict 
Jan 27, 1pm CST | Virtual | NPQ

In this session, presenters will identify and explore common conflicts in nonprofit and civil society spaces dedicated to inclusion and belonging, and review accessible tools and frameworks that support organizations to harvest the gifts of conflict. Learn more and register.

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Foundations of Workplace Democracy Web Series: Tools for Accountability 
Jan 26, 3pm CST | Virtual | USFWC

The keystone for democratic leadership starts with a clear and shared process for accountability. In this bilingual session (EN/SP) Peer Advisor Daniella Preisler will share practical tools and processes to start the year with a shared process for accountability in place. Learn more and register.
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Training for Facilitators 
Jan -May, 2022 | Virtual | AORTA

The Anti-Oppression Resource Alliance is hosting four different online trainings for facilitators, each exploring a unique area of AORTA’s facilitation pedagogy. AORTA's Fundamentals training registration this spring will be done through random draw. Sign up by February 10 to make the next draw. 

Job Board

See an archive of NASCO's monthly newsletter, Co-op Voices, here.

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