News and Updates

April 18, 2014

Co-cycle members on bikes, standing next to "Welcome to Oregon Sign"

Co-cycle is gearing up for another tour of co-ops!  This summer, future cooperative leaders will be travelling from Bellingham, WA to San Diego, CA to celebrate the cooperative movement.  Through events, workshops, and co-op visits the participants will gain a hands-on understanding of the cooperative model while working to strengthen the cooperative network along the west coast.  We will be hosting a variety of events in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other cities and towns along the way.  Stay up to date to see if Co-cycle will be stopping through your home town this summer!

April 10, 2014
Registration is now open for WestCo 2014, which will take place May 02-04 in Davis, California! WestCo is a space for cooperators from the Western United States and Canada to build community, share skills, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences.
Registration fees are $10, covering attendees' food, supplies, and lodging - registration must be received by Friday, April 25th to ensure that hosts have enough time to prepare. Register now on our website.
Check out this year's course offerings and scheduleFor more information, visit:
March 26, 2014
Here you will find the Board Member Job Description, Candidate Statements, a NASCO Active Member Co-op Ballot and a NASCO Individual Member Ballot. Please review the candidate statements closely and allocate your ballots carefully. There is only a limited time to vote, so please respond by Monday, 11:59PM CDT April 28, 2014.
March 26, 2014

Nominations for NASCO's board are now closed.  Stay tuned, because we are just mere hours away from publishing this years ballot!  Remember all ballots are due April 28th 11:59PM CDT.

March 24, 2014
WestCo, an annual conference for members of cooperatives in the Western United States and Canada, will be held this year in Davis, California on May 02-04! WestCo is a space for local cooperators to build community, share skills, attend educational workshops and social events, and celebrate their common interests and experiences. For more info, click here.
March 12, 2014
The NASCO Cooperative Internship Network is accepting applications for interns - applications are due March 14, 2014! The Internship Network pairs cooperative youth/students with summer internships at cooperative organizations across North America. More information can be found here.
Organizations which are offering internships include:
  • Acorn Community, Mineral, Virginia
  • New Economy Coalition, Boston, Massachusetts
  • National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, Washington D.C.
  • Madison Community Cooperatives, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Green Worker Cooperatives, Bronx, New York
  • Philly Co-op Intern (Mariposa Food Co-op, LCA Land Trust, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance,) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, New York, New York
  • Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Detroit, Michigan
March 12, 2014

At every NASCO Institute, an Active Member Representative is elected for a 1-year term on the NASCO board. This position is elected by the Annual General Meeting Representatives. Our outgoing Active Member Representative is Vanessa Toro. Vanessa has a few words to share before leaving the board. Read Vanessa's Letter below.


March 12, 2014
Sneha Narayan is a PhD student at Northwestern University, and has lived in MOSAIC co-op in Evanston, IL for two years. Before moving to Chicagoland, she was a student at Oberlin College and a member of the Oberlin Student Co-operative Association (OSCA) for 4 years, during which time she served on the Board of Directors, and sat on the Finance and Education Committees. She has attended NASCO's Institute three times, and attended the Annual General Meeting twice. In addition to being really into co-ops, Sneha enjoys contra dancing, cooking, and juggling. Please welcome our 2014 Active Member Representative!
March 12, 2014

Your membership in NASCO provides your co-op with educational resources. With each newsletter, we will highlight new online resources available to you, and share updates on our work. We have a great selection of articles and materials on Anti-oppression education.  Check out our Shared Resource Library for more resources. For example, one article that we have for your reading pleasure is Cooperatives in the African American Experience by Doctor Jessica Gordon Nembhard (John Jay College, City University of New York; and Grassroots Economic Organizing Collective). Please read and share!

March 12, 2014
NASCO is the leading voice for youth and student cooperators in North America. As a result, many other Binational and National organizations communicate with us about updates and happenings throughout the cooperative movement. In the next issue of our newsletter, we will feature upcoming conferences, careers opportunities, and events that are occurring soon. For more information, please see our links page for more information.