News and Updates

July 5, 2013

The 2013 NASCO Institute, “A Fire in Our Bellies: Food Justice and Cooperatives,” is now accepting session proposals and suggestions! We are seeking five types of submissions: workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films, and caucuses/working groups. More information about each kind of session can be found in the 2013 NASCO Institute Session Proposal Form. The deadline to submit proposals is July 18, 2013. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so get your proposal in early! Staff are happy to discuss your session proposal ideas; email remy(at) to get in touch. * Presenters receive free registration and partial funding for travel expenses. Because we have limited resources, we may prioritize presenters with lower travel costs or presenters who are able facilitate more than one session. We are not able to offer funding to skillshare presenters (unless they are also presenting a workshop or other session). More information about the 2013 NASCO Institute can be found at

June 13, 2013

NASCO Staff will be presenting in New York City from July 19-21, 2013 at the New Economics Institute's reRoute convergence. Come meet a new generation of new economy leaders, learn new skills, workshop existing efforts, & build the organization needed to create systemic change. It isn't too late to register, and scholarships are available until July 5th!

Hope to see you there!

May 9, 2013
Greetings Fellow Cooperators,
Registration is live for the 2013 Staff and Managers Conference, June 4 & 5 in Chicago! All cooperatives' staff and managers are invited to join us for two days focused on developing the structures of our co-ops as well as the staff/board relationships that support them. There will also be invaluable roundtable discussions and networking time with other co-op staff and managers.
April 15, 2013
NASCO is transitioning to a new website! Please bear with us as we continue to update content.
In Cooperation.
The NASCO Staff Collective
March 30, 2013
Here you will find the Board Member Job Description, Candidate Statements, a NASCO Active Member Ballot and a NASCO Individual Ballot. Please review the candidate statements closely and allocate your ballots carefully. There is only a limited time to vote, so please respond by Thursday, April 25th 2013.
Each NASCO member co-op is assigned votes based on the number of members in the co-op. The following elections rules have been adopted:
  • Ballots are allocated on the basis of one ballot for every five members of your co-op. All fractions are rounded up. For example, if your co-op has 200 members, your co-op receives 40 ballots.
  • There are 8 board seats open at this time. Your co-op can cast votes equal to your number of ballots multiplied by the number of seats open. For example, a co-op with 40 ballots will receive 8 times 40 ballots or 320 votes in total.
To simplify voting, NASCO uses a cumulative voting procedure.
March 19, 2013
We would like to invite your members to WestCo 2013 which is happening this April 19-21 at Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op in sunny Isla Vista, California!
WestCo 2013 includes educational and exchange workshops, social events, and more with co-operators from the U.S./Canada in western and mountain timezones.  Participating co-op members are welcomed and encouraged to present workshops or social events and accommodation will be provided among our 5 houses. See attached flyer for details.
Cost is $30 per person and $15 for workshop/event presenters. The registration deadline is April 5th, 2013. Feel free to email or call us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!
In Co-operation,
February 14, 2013
Nominations are now officially open for seven seats on the Board.
Three of those seats are for 3-year terms, three are for 2-year terms, and one is a 1-year term.
Your co-op is invited to nominate someone to fill one of the open seats on the NASCO Board of Directors.
NASCO Education Board Election Timeline
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.
Thursday February 7, 2013 Send out board nomination packets.
Thursday March 21, 2013 All nomination forms must be signed and returned.
Tuesday March 26, 2013 Ballots with candidate statements are sent out.
Thursday April 25, 2013 Ballots are due.
Tuesday April 30, 2013 Results announced.
January 8, 2013
The Austin Cooperative Summit will be a small meeting designed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and cross-sector learning among cooperators, and to strengthen the local cooperative community.
Join for workshops on developing a co-op, advocacy, local co-op history, and more.  The program concludes with a regional strategic planning session.
If you're in the Austin area, you won't want to miss it! For more information, visit
Register online at Registration fees are $25 for those who do not work at a co-op business, and $50 for those who do work at a co-op.
January 7, 2013
The NASCO Board of Directors will be meeting February 23-24 in Philadelphia, PA. According to NASCO's bylaws, board meetings are open to members of active member coops. If you wish to attend a NASCO Board meeting, please contact NASCO staff at info[at]
April 27, 2012
We welcome these new Directors to NASCO's Board!