Members in the News

Two co-opers stand proudly smiling next to a large meal they cooked for their housemates in the co-op.
Photo Courtesy of Paolo Zialcita/CPR News
Life with 11 roommates: Why housing co-ops appeal to Coloradans looking for change

NASCO members Boulder Housing Coalition and Picklebric Cooperative are featured in this new radio story for Colorado Public Radio. Residents and staff of the co-ops share some of the benefits of cooperative living including resource pooling, social support, and consensus decision-making. The story highlights how cooperative housing can address housing affordability and conscious living.
Listen here.

Movement News

UN General Assembly adopts the first resolution on the social and solidarity economy

The United Nations adopted its first resolution on promoting the social and solidarity economy (SSE) for sustainable development, which recognizes cooperatives as a part of the SSE alongside associations, mutual societies, foundations, social enterprises, and self-help groups. Among other calls to action, the resolution encourages the UN Member States to promote and implement national, local, and regional strategies, policies, and programs for supporting and enhancing the SSE! Learn more.
Members Corner
NASCO is conducting a survey of co-op staff to gather data about overall housing cooperative employment practices and improve NASCO's educational content, programs, and services. Responses will also support NASCO to advocate for co-op staff within our network and sector and will support current and future staff to advocate for themselves and other employees internally. 

We are looking for responses from folks currently employed by housing cooperatives (your co-op does not have to be a NASCO member). 

Take the Co-op Staff Survey Here!

Support the Movement

Jumpstart founders stand side by side smiling next to a photo of the building in Chicago that they are buying.
Jumpstart Housing Co-op is a new housing co-op for formerly incarcerated people in Chicago formed by members of ChiFresh worker cooperative. Jumpstart is purchasing their first building from Lots in Common, a NASCO Family organization. The building was previously occupied by NASCO members Qumbya Cooperative.

Formerly incarcerated individuals face steep barriers to safe, affordable, and dignified housing. For Jumpstart members, this purchase is one step in being able to meet their community’s needs, and once completed they have ambitious plans to develop a multi-site cooperative with dozens of units.

Help Jumpstart reach their funding goal here
Screenshot of Radix Media worker owners appealing for support in their Kickstarter video
Support a worker-owned, union publisher in bringing a cooperative science fiction anthology to life in 2023.

"The authors behind Many Worlds are not just offering a unique take on collaborative writing, but by forming a writers’ collective where they pool resources and share any profits generated, they’re also suggesting that writing can be a community practice."

Check out the Many Worlds Kickstarter Here

Economics For Emancipation

Graphic reads Introductory Course on capitalism, solidarity, and how we get free. Small illustrations feature an activist, a caregiver, a farmer, and a person in a wheelchair.
Economics for Emancipation (E4E) is a seven-module introductory curriculum with interactive and participatory workshops made through a collaboration between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Center for Popular Economics. It offers a deep critical dive into the current political economic system, exploration of alternative economic systems, and dynamic tools to dream and build the economy that centers care, relationship, and liberation. 
E4E has been shaped by decades of dialogue between progressive economists, grassroots organizers, and rank & file union workers. It's intended to strengthen your analysis, fuel your spirit and connect you to efforts challenging this economic system at its root. 

This course would be perfect for a study group with your co-op or community! 

Find video lessons, an interactive workbook, and a facilitator guide for educators at

Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities

Can We Do It Ourselves? Virtual Documentary Night
Sunday, May 7, 6-8pm CDT
Virtual Documentary Night is a monthly online event designed to give people the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on a wide range of topics with people from various backgrounds. This Virtual Documentary Night, in honor of May Day, is in collaboration with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. We are meeting to talk about the documentary, Can We Do It Ourselves? This film questions if we should be pushing for a democratic cooperative way of doing business, showing case studies of businesses that are surviving as democracies within a capitalist system. Dr. Jessica Gordon- Nembhard and Dr. David Schweickart will be joining for a special guest Q&A!

Staff & Member Leadership Convening
July 26-28, 2023 | Madison, WI
The NASCO Staff & Member Leadership Convening is a cooperative education and training program that is designed specifically to meet the needs of staff, managers, and member-leaders of group equity and campus-based housing cooperatives. This year, as we return to convening in person, program content will focus on building connections between co-ops across North America while spotlighting cooperative ventures in our host city of Madison, Wisconsin. Registration opens May 1. 

Co-op Law Summer School
August 20-30, 2023 | Pula Croatia
Take a deep dive into the relationship between co-op law, the co-op identity, and sustainable development with renowned co-op legal expert Hagen Henrÿ along with special guest contributors. Individuals with a strong interest in co-op law including lawyers, law students in advanced stages of study, co-op practitioners, policymakers, regulators, and those working in the co-op sector in advocacy and/or government relations are encouraged to register.

Permaculture Design, Ecovillage Design Education, and Intentional Community Immersion
Summer 2023 | Dexter, OR
The Lost Valley Education Center is accepting applications for their Holistic Sustainability Semester. Participants gain skills in permaculture design, non-violent communication, sociocratic governance, facilitation and mediation, regenerative agriculture/land stewardship, medicinal and edible wild plants, food preservation, and more. List NASCO as a referral for a $500 discount if you apply before April 30. 

Co-op Job Board

Director of Operations
Boulder Housing Coalition, Boulder, CO

Executive Director
Waterloo Co-operative Residence, Inc. (WCRI), Waterloo, ON

Member Wellness Coordinator
Facilities & Operations Coordinator
Accounting Coordinator

College Houses, Austin, TX
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