News and Updates

February 18, 2015

Host applications for the 2015 Cooperative Internship Network are due on Friday, February 20th by the end of the day. Please see this page for more information, and reach out to Morgan Crawford ( if you have any questions. We look forward to supporting your work.

February 2, 2015
We are excited to announce the results of the 2015 NASCO Board of Directors election. We had nine candidates for five seats (four three-year terms and one one-year term), and ballots cast by more than twenty members.
The following people have been elected to the board:
Maya Menlo - ICC Ann Arbor (three-year seat)
Bradley Hunt - Berkeley Student Cooperative (three-year seat)
Scarlett McIntosh - Berkeley Student Cooperative (three-year seat)
Dan Newton - Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative (three-year seat)
Lana Wong - Waterloo Campus Residence Inc. (one-year seat)
Thank you to everyone who participated in the election process!
January 20, 2015

The Austin Cooperative Business Association is hiring an Executive Director. View their posting for more information about what they are seeking and how to apply. 

December 15, 2014
Are you interested in exploring the materials from any courses that you were unable to attend? We’ve posted the materials from over 50 sessions, just for you! Would you like to watch Nikki Marín Baena’s Keynote speech, “Owning Our Neighborhoods: Our mission, should we choose to accept it”? What about Rachel Plattus’s plenary speech, “Cooperation, The Latest Dance Craze”? Finally, if you’d like to download the artwork from our awesome conference materials, designed by Matt Heft, you can find it all in NASCO's Shared Resource Library. Enjoy!
December 15, 2014

Currently, NASCO staff are focused on wrapping up 2014 and preparing for the upcoming year. We’ve uploaded course materials from over 50 NASCO Institute sessions to our website, are facilitating conversations between members that began in the Annual General Meeting, and are in the closing stretch of NASCO board elections (hooray voting!).

As we move forward into 2015, we’re setting dates and a location for the Staff and Managers Conference (to be announced very soon!), preparing to launch our Cooperative Internship Network (want an intern? let us know!), scheduling member visits for early next year, beginning to work on a number of new cooperative development/expansion projects, and filming dozens of cooperative educational videos for our Shared Resource Library.

The NASCO board is very excited to welcome its new members in March and is working with NASCO staff to design a new, more robust board orientation and training program.

December 15, 2014

The Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) is currently accepting proposed papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and case studies for their annual conference. The conference will be hosted in Ontario at the University of Ottawa, June 2-4, 2015 - this year’s theme is "Co-operatives - Capital Idea(s)." Please see the linked Call for Papers for more information - proposals are due January 26, 2015 [please note that the original deadline has been extended].

December 14, 2014
Before I went to the 2014 NASCO Institute, I assumed that my relationship with cooperatives was, realistically, coming to a close. I graduated from UC Davis over a year ago and am therefore not eligible to live in student cooperative housing. My most recent experience living in a non-student cooperative housing made me wonder if I have enough energy to live cooperatively and be a member of the workforce. And, I was not interested in working for cooperative businesses because I perceived them to be draining, unstructured and disorganized. Although all signs were pointing to the end of cooperatives in my life, I could not forget how much I loved my experiences with housing cooperatives, especially their ability to create spaces where people feel free to explore and express themselves. I, therefore, chose to attend NASCO Institute with the hopes that my journey with co-ops would not end just yet. And, with great elatedness I can report that, as the theme “Co-ops for Life: Owning Our Future” implies, I learned that cooperatives could be a queerly viable part of my future!
Two summers ago, four friends and I embarked upon a journey from our cooperative community in Davis to Seattle. We stumbled upon a steam-punk bar, with fabulous décor, local food, and enough mason jars to make any co-oper feel right at home.
December 11, 2014

Voting is now open for the NASCO Board of Directors! Each year, NASCO members nominate and elect candidates to the NASCO Board. All Active Member cooperatives are eligible to vote. Ballots and candidate statements were sent to your co-op by mail and email, and are also available here.

1) Letter to Active Members about voting

2) Candidate statements

3) Ballots

Ballots are due on Friday, January 30th.

November 20, 2014

Santa Barbara Student Housing Cooperative (SBSHC) is hiring an Executive Director! This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated leader to take on an executive organizational leadership position for a successful affordable student housing cooperative.

SBSHC is a 501c3 non-profit corporation operated and governed by its resident  members. Founded in 1976, SBSHC just opened its fifth building in 2013 in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Please visit to learn more about the co-op. The full job posting is linked here.

October 30, 2014

Yesterday, October 29, 2014, was the nominations deadline for NASCO’s 2015 board election. As you probably know, this is the first year with a new election schedule involving nominations in the fall and voting in the winter. We originally set the October deadline in order to allow more time for cooperatives to discuss the candidates and vote before the winter holidays. However, many members were not expecting nominations to be so early, and did not have adequate time to discuss and nominate candidates.


In order to allow for more thoughtful nominations and more engagement from members in the election process, we have decided to extend the election timeline. The new timeline is:


Nominations due: Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ballots distributed: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Voting closes: Friday, January 30, 2015

Results announced: Monday, February 2, 2015

Spring board meeting: TBA in March 2015


We hope this will give many more people the opportunity to seek nominations, and that more cooperatives will be able to consider candidates for the board. The original nomination materials are here