News and Updates

February 1, 2012

The Cooperative Internship Network has just gotten off the ground for 2012!

Are you a cooperator interested in growing your skills?  Or do you know budding cooperative leaders who might benefit from an internship?  Read more and apply to be an intern.

Do you work at a cooperative business or organization that always has more projects than staff capacity?  Or do you know of cooperative businesses or organizations that could benefit from the energy, enthusiasm, and labor of an intern?  Read more and apply to host an intern.

Hosting Organizations:
Past organizations have included community development groups, food cooperatives, co-op education centers, credit unions, housing co-ops, and community advocacy groups in the U.S. and Canada.

Deadline for host applications is February 24.  Deadline for intern applications is March 8.

Visit our internships page for more information and don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions!

February 1, 2012
On February 2nd (1:15-2:45pm Eastern) NASCO staff will present on a panel during the 50th Session of the Commission for Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The panel, titled “Youth employment through entrepreneurship: the role of cooperatives,” was organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with NASCO, the University of Massachusetts Center for Student Business, and the YES-JUMP Coop Challenge Fund
January 6, 2012

A broad range of contacts will be essential for passing this bill. Even if your cooperative is not in the districts with House Financial Services Committee members, your members may be registered to vote in these areas.

If you're interested in volunteering: HR3677@nasco.coop

January 6, 2012

The following is just out from U.S. House Representative Chaka Fattah's office. Congressman Fattah (D-PA) introduced bill HR 3677 with co-sponsors including Robert Brady (D-PA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and John Tierney (D-MA). 

If passed, this bill could provide assistance for cooperative enterprises across the United States. Technical assistance grants paired with low cost financing allow for projects to reach sufficient scale before external funding is removed. The successful enterprises ultimately renew the tax base and pay for themselves. Matching funding, as a built-in requirement for the grants, ensures this program is not an extension of government, but instead a partnership between Federal and Cooperative enterprises seeking to achieve common goals. 

This bill has been crafted in consultation with members of NASCO, and could provide significant assistance to improve and expand capacity for existing cooperatives. Critically, this legislation targets aid in specific ways to address poverty at the root. 

July 16, 2011

The International Cooperative Alliance is gathering and maintaining updates on the impact of the disaster on cooperatives of all types in Japan. You can find the updates here: http://www.ica.coop/activities/tsunami/japan2011.html
 
NASCO has sent a letter expressing solidarity to the National Federation of University Cooperatives in Japan, with which we've maintained strong relations since their inception in 1947. Updates on the status of student cooperatives in Japan will be posted here as reports roll in. NFUCA's membership inclues ~1,480,000 students throughout Japan, and pools purchasing power for books, supplies, food, and other services at every university and college. The Japanese Consumer Cooperatives Union (JCCU) will also post updates on their site here: http://jccu.coop/eng/news/ns_20110313_01.php  
 
For details on the JCCU's Earthquake Task Force and Earthquake Relief Fund Raising, check out their link here: http://jccu.coop/eng/news/ns_20110315_01.php

March 11, 2011

Did you miss NASCO Institute? Watch the full presentation, Counter-Mapping for a Co-op World, by Tim Stallman and Daniel Tucker.