News and Updates

October 4, 2017
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 is very excited to announce the beginning of the nomination process for seats on our Board of Directors. Elections are conducted annually by the NASCO Board of Directors for four of its 12 three-year seats. These directors will begin their terms at the Spring 2018 board meeting. 
 
The NASCO Board of Directors has primary responsibility for setting the organization's policies and directions while acting as trustee of the entire organization. As such, Board members do not represent individual co-ops.
September 1, 2017

Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 10th through 12th, 2017 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

Since 1977, NASCO's Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff and managers of group-equity cooperatives.

The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.

For more information, visit: https://www.nasco.coop/institute

August 16, 2017

Low-Income Scholarship Fund

The NASCO Low-Income Scholarship Fund supports low-income emerging cooperative leaders who would otherwise be unable to attend the Institute by offsetting their registration fees ($220 for members, $420 for non-members) and travel expenses ($50 to $400). This program allows NASCO to create a more economically and geographically diverse demographic of attendees by providing support to youth who live in remote locations and/or are not receiving organizational support. 

The costs of the Institute are kept low through partnerships with local co-ops to provide free housing and with student organizations to reduce the cost of university facilities, along with the generously donated time and expertise of Institute presenters. Member dues subsidize registration costs for NASCO member cooperatives. Many scholarship recipients are from small or developing cooperatives that have not yet joined NASCO, and do not have institutional support for their attendance. Any amount contributed to the Low-Income Scholarship Fund will directly increase attendance, encourage diverse representation, promote leadership, and inspire new cooperative development. Whatever the amount, we appreciate your support. 

August 11, 2017

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.

As a member of the NASCO community, you may have knowledge of someone past or present who is deserving of recognition. Nominations can honor people that perhaps should have been recognized long ago: a co-op founder, a long-time member or employee or any other significant contributor. We are also eager to show that current members and staff can have a similar impact on their cooperatives, so we make a special effort to induct some individuals who are current or recent 'movers and shakers'.

A committee of NASCO board members, advisors, and former honorees will select inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017. The induction ceremony will take place on the Saturday evening of NASCO Institute, November 11, 2017.

Nomination forms must be returned by September 15, 2017 via email to ratih@nasco.coop or to the NASCO Office at: NASCO, 1100 W Cermak Rd #514 Chicago, IL 60608.

August 2, 2017
On June 30th, Morgan Crawford stepped down as NASCO's Director of Education.
 
Morgan joined the NASCO staff in 2013, after a brief term as NASCO Board President. In his for years on staff, Morgan helped to triple attendance at our annual conference for co-op staff and managers, grow and fortify NASCO Institute, reboot the Cooperative Internship Network, strengthen our external communications and branding, and build relationships with many cooperative movement partners. He had the pleasure of working closely with dozens of co-ops and hundreds of amazing co-op leaders, and has seen NASCO’s programs grow and our members thrive throughout this work.
 
In September, Morgan will begin a new project with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, supporting their efforts nationally and at home in New York City. In the meantime, he is spending time with his family and sailing a historic tallship in the New York Harbor. Morgan looks forward to continuing to support NASCO, and welcomes you to join him at NASCO Institute this November!
 
Please join us in recognizing Morgan’s contributions the past five years on the NASCO Board and as a part of the staff collective. We have been proud of the progress that has been made with Morgan with us.
June 5, 2017

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) is accepting applications for the position of Director of Education.

Established in 1968 by members of student housing cooperatives, NASCO is a bi-national membership association of non-profit cooperatives in the US and Canada. With nearly 60 member cooperatives representing 3,000 cooperators, NASCO is governed by three separate boards and is served by five staff focusing on distinct program areas: Education; Development; Property management; Community engagement; and Operations.

NASCO operates using a non-hierarchical management structure, and this position will be joining the consensus-based staff collective after a probationary period of three months. All staff collective members are expected to actively participate in the management of the organization.

Position Description

The Director of Education (DE) is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing NASCO’s educational programs.

May 25, 2017
This year we are searching for a cooperative artist to create the art for NASCO Institute 2017. This year's theme will focus on grassroots democracy. The chosen artist's art will be featured on posters, shirts, the program, banner and more. We’re expecting the artist we choose to work through concepts and designs with the NASCO team and deliver on a specific timeline. The chosen artist will be provided a $300 stipend.
 
If you are interested, send some info about yourself and examples of your previous work (links to your portfolio, etc.) to ratih@nasco.coop by July 10, 2017.
May 17, 2017
Join the New Economy Coalition next Wednesday, May 17th for a livestream of an exciting panel co-hosted by In These Times exploring the movement to build a "new" or "solidarity" economy in the current moment of resistance and struggle.
 
Popular struggles-- ranging from earliest modern labor movements in Britain and the US, to the global Black Liberation movement, to Energiewende and other climate justice campaigns in Europe-- have all demonstrated that to be successful “resistance” work must go hand in hand with concrete visionary organizing.
 
The panel will feature 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.
 
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 
Where: University of Illinois, Chicago Student Center and livestreamed on the In These Times Facebook page.
 
Panelists include:
Harper Bishop - Open Buffalo
Julia Ho - Solidarity Economy St.
April 24, 2017
On April 30th, Rek Kwawer will step down as NASCO's Director of Operations. Rek started at NASCO in 2014 and has enjoyed getting to work with such a variety of co-ops and co-op members. She is stepping down for personal health reasons and hopes to be working with the co-op movement again soon. Rek plans to remain involved in NASCO by presenting workshops at NASCO Institute.
 
We have been proud of the progress that Rek has driven with her time on staff. It is with deep appreciation that we share that Rek will be stepping down.
 
We'll miss you, Rek!
 
At the same time, we are proud and delighted to share that we have hired Katherine Jennings as NASCO's Director of Operations. Katherine will be starting training in early May and will join us full time in Chicago in June. You can reach Katherine at katherine@nasco.coop
 
Katherine writes:
 
Hello everyone! My name is Katherine Jennings and I'll be starting in early May as the new Director of Operations for NASCO!
April 24, 2017

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative is hosting an Americorps VISTA in coordination with the Power of We Consortium in Ingham County, Michigan. They are seeking an individual to join the MSU team for a year to increase the quality of living, financial stability, and economic opportunities to Ingham County residents through Cooperative Housing and resource-sharing.

This is a paid, one-year-long AmeriCorps position. The full position description is attached below. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to hiring@msu.coop. Applicants will also be required to submit an application to AmeriCorps VISTA for approval here.