News and Updates

February 27, 2015
Recently, NASCO staff have been very busy working on a variety of projects: we’re accepting applications for at least 10 exciting summer cooperative internships; programming has been finalized for the 2015 Staff & Managers Conference; 40 original cooperative educational videos were recorded and posted to our website; we’re supporting local organizers in Berkeley, CA to plan WestCo 2015, a conference for West Coast cooperatives; NASCO Properties is in the process of evaluating potential sites for expansion; we’re working with co-ops on development/expansion projects in 8 states across the US; planning for NASCO Institute 2015 is gearing up; and all of our staff are busy traveling to visit our members.
 
The NASCO, NASCO Properties, and NASCO Development Services boards are all working hard to prepare for their spring in-person meetings, which will all be within the next month.
February 27, 2015
The 2015 Staff & Managers Conference will feature a walking tour of local co-ops, a group dinner at a cooperative brewpub, a film screening featuring Austin-area co-ops, special guest presenters, and sessions focusing on expansion projects, regional cooperative associations, board governance, cooperative management structures, zoning, university relations, member certification programs, sharing cooperative data/resources, and getting people to pay their rent. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with other cooperative leaders, share knowledge, and gain new skills. You can view the full schedule here, and register online. We hope to see you in Austin this March!
February 27, 2015

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 vpea@bsc.coop 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 vpea@bsc.coop with any questions.

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 (morgan@nasco.coop) 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.