The BSC is proud to announce its 4th annual Cooperative Development Grant! The Berkeley Student Cooperative’s $10,000 Co-op Development Fund is for cooperatively-run business projects only. Only one project/program will be awarded the fund. Preference will be given to projects that serve students or underserved members of low-income communities within the San Francisco Bay Area. The two part application can be found here. Applications must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59pm on Monday, March 16th, 2015. Finalists will be invited to an interview on the week of April 6th-10th, 2015. Please email Zury Cendejas at email@example.com with any questions.
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.
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.
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].