Laird is a nationally recognized facilitator, group process consultant, teacher, and author. Since 1987, he’s been assisting cooperative groups all over North America. During 1997-2015 he was also a regular part of the teaching faculty for NASCO Institute.
Laird will be in Austin November 16-18, giving a series of three (3) two-hour presentations on various aspects of group dynamics and how cooperative groups can function more effectively:
Friday, Nov 16 @ Sasona Coop (sasona.org) • 8:30-10:30 pm
Saturday Nov 17 @ Sasona • 2-4 pm
Sunday 11/18 @ La Reunion Coop (lareunioncoop.org) • 2-4 pm
We invite you and your cooperative group to attend one or more of these sessions and get answers to your vexing questions! Donations will be requested at the door.
NOTE: Laird will also be available to meet with members of your group at other times over the weekend, by special arrangement. Email or call Samuel Bean (email@example.com or 512-412-1367) to RSVP for one or more of Laird’s presentations, or to reserve one-on-one time with Laird.
The NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame, created in 1989, honors the best of our movement. We use the Hall of Fame as a means for NASCO member co-ops to provide broader recognition to individuals who have made a truly significant impact. This year, a committee of former Hall of Fame inductees and NASCO board members selected three individuals to join the Hall of Fame:Sheella Mierson, Educator“I owe my existence to a cooperative,” is what Sheella Mierson once said in reference to her parents’ meeting at the Co-op Youth League in Chicago in the 40’s. Since she was in utero, Sheella’s family would spend their summers at Circle Pines Center, a cooperative family recreation camp in Delton, Michigan. In 1968, as a student and member of theInter-Cooperative Council at Ann Arbor, Sheella talked the ICC into sending her to a cooperative education conference in Puerto Rico followed by field trips to the Michigan Association of Housing Co-ops, the National Association of Housing Co-ops, and the senior citizen co-ops in Detroit. Seeing first-hand the synergy developed by co-ops working together, Sheella wanted to do more. As Chair of the Education Committee, Sheella felt that an important next step would be to organize a conference, inviting student co-ops from around the United States and Canada later that spring.
Are you excited about the cooperative movement and eager to participate in the world of cooperatives beyond your home cooperative?
Do you have experience with board governance, grassroots fundraising, meeting facilitation, co-op management, or committee leadership?
Do you want to be part of a bi-national organization that develops new cooperatives, manages common equity houses, and reaches thousands of cooperators in the U.S. and Canada with cooperative education?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider running for the NASCO Board of Directors!
NASCO member co-ops only– we're conducting our second Annual Member Survey! Your responses help us understand our membership, ensure our programming meets our members' needs, and advocate for the positive impacts of co-ops on individuals and communities.
Every individual who completes a survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes:
As summer comes to an end, Corrigan Nadon-Nichols, our Director of Development, is stepping down from his position. During his five years on staff, Corrigan has made some enormous contributions to NASCO. He will surely be missed! However, he won’t be going far as he is moving on to exciting opportunities in the local Chicago cooperative movement. Supporting our staff as well as members to grow and evolve is part of our work at NASCO. We are sad to say goodbye to Corrigan, and we wish him happiness and success!