News and Updates

February 10, 2014
Greetings fellow co-opers!

I just want to inform you nominations to the NASCO Board are officially open.  Attached is your nomination packet this year's NASCO Board election.  

Active member packet

Active member Ballot

Individual member packet

Individual member Ballot

If you have any questions, feel free t contact me at anytime.  Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Farheen Hakeem 
farheen @ nasco . coop
630.890.3165 (mobile) 
Director of Membership and Communications
330 S. Wells St. #618F
Chicago, IL 60606 USA


February 3, 2014

NASCO is now accepting host applications for the 2014 Cooperative Internship Network, pairing skilled youth with meaningful jobs at cooperatives and allied organizations - please apply by February 24 to host an intern! For more information, visit:

December 10, 2013

Interested in presenting at the International Cooperative Alliance Conference?

Call for Papers

ICA-CCR International research conference

Cooperatives in local and regional development

Pula, Croatia

June 25-28, 2014


Abstracts: March 1, 2014

Notification of acceptance: April 1 2014

Early bird registration: May 15 2014

September 11, 2013
Registration is now open for NASCO Institute 2013, which will take place November 1-3 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 Thursday, October 10, so register now. Scholarship applications are also due Thursday, October 10 - you can apply for a scholarship online here.
For more information, visit:
July 29, 2013

Proposals for this year's Institute are now closed. Staff will be selecting workshops and notifying presenters in early-to-mid August. If you have any questions, updates, or last minute proposals, please email morgan (at) and remy (at) Thanks!

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.