News and Updates

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 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

October 7, 2014

College Houses, a NASCO member co-op in Austin, TX, is hiring two positions: an Administrative Coordinator and a Maintenence Coordinator. Both positions are full-time. Cover letters and resumes will be accepted until October 17, 2014. Please see linked postings for more information.

September 5, 2014
NASCO is pleased to announce the beginning of a nomination process for seats on our Board of Directors. A mailing was sent to all Active Members, Associate Member organizations, and Individual Members on September 5, 2014. 
In the past, NASCO has held board elections in the spring. Beginning in the 2014-2015 year, we are changing the election schedule so that all new board members (both those elected at Institute and those elected through the general election) will begin their terms at the same time. This will allow for more in-depth training for the new board members. 
Elections are conducted annually by the NASCO Board of Directors for four of its 12 three-year seats. In 2014-2015, the Board is filling one additional seat for a one-year term. We are excited to be seating five new Directors through the election process. These directors will begin their terms at the February 2015 board meeting. 
We have designed the timeline to give member co-ops sufficient time both during nominations and balloting to utilize whatever process they desire for these decisions.  In order to ensure that this purpose is achieved, we will be strict on our deadlines.
September 4, 2014
Registration is now open for NASCO Institute 2014, which will take place November 7-9 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. NASCO Institute is an exciting opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of co-opers from all over the U.S. and Canada, to deepen understandings of our movements, and to learn new cooperative skills.
The deadline for the discounted early-bird rate is Friday, October 10, so register now. Scholarship applications are due Friday, September 26 - you can apply for a scholarship online here.
For more information, visit:
September 4, 2014
This year, like every year, we’ve had a lot of fun putting together the program for NASCO Institute, finding new ways to change and improve the conference.