News and Updates

August 2, 2017
On June 30th, Morgan Crawford stepped down as NASCO's Director of Education.
 
Morgan joined the NASCO staff in 2013, after a brief term as NASCO Board President. In his for years on staff, Morgan helped to triple attendance at our annual conference for co-op staff and managers, grow and fortify NASCO Institute, reboot the Cooperative Internship Network, strengthen our external communications and branding, and build relationships with many cooperative movement partners. He had the pleasure of working closely with dozens of co-ops and hundreds of amazing co-op leaders, and has seen NASCO’s programs grow and our members thrive throughout this work.
 
In September, Morgan will begin a new project with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, supporting their efforts nationally and at home in New York City. In the meantime, he is spending time with his family and sailing a historic tallship in the New York Harbor. Morgan looks forward to continuing to support NASCO, and welcomes you to join him at NASCO Institute this November!
 
Please join us in recognizing Morgan’s contributions the past five years on the NASCO Board and as a part of the staff collective. We have been proud of the progress that has been made with Morgan with us.
June 5, 2017

North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) is accepting applications for the position of Director of Education.

Established in 1968 by members of student housing cooperatives, NASCO is a bi-national membership association of non-profit cooperatives in the US and Canada. With nearly 60 member cooperatives representing 3,000 cooperators, NASCO is governed by three separate boards and is served by five staff focusing on distinct program areas: Education; Development; Property management; Community engagement; and Operations.

NASCO operates using a non-hierarchical management structure, and this position will be joining the consensus-based staff collective after a probationary period of three months. All staff collective members are expected to actively participate in the management of the organization.

Position Description

The Director of Education (DE) is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing NASCO’s educational programs.

May 25, 2017
This year we are searching for a cooperative artist to create the art for NASCO Institute 2017. This year's theme will focus on grassroots democracy. The chosen artist's art will be featured on posters, shirts, the program, banner and more. We’re expecting the artist we choose to work through concepts and designs with the NASCO team and deliver on a specific timeline. The chosen artist will be provided a $300 stipend.
 
If you are interested, send some info about yourself and examples of your previous work (links to your portfolio, etc.) to ratih@nasco.coop by July 10, 2017.
May 17, 2017
Join the New Economy Coalition next Wednesday, May 17th for a livestream of an exciting panel co-hosted by In These Times exploring the movement to build a "new" or "solidarity" economy in the current moment of resistance and struggle.
 
Popular struggles-- ranging from earliest modern labor movements in Britain and the US, to the global Black Liberation movement, to Energiewende and other climate justice campaigns in Europe-- have all demonstrated that to be successful “resistance” work must go hand in hand with concrete visionary organizing.
 
The panel will feature leaders from across the country sharing how their communities have organized to simultaneously fight back far-right attacks and build powerful bottom-up solutions that model economic democracy, sustainability, and social justice as cornerstones of a new world in waiting.
 
When: Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 
Where: University of Illinois, Chicago Student Center and livestreamed on the In These Times Facebook page.
 
Panelists include:
Harper Bishop - Open Buffalo
Julia Ho - Solidarity Economy St.
April 24, 2017
On April 30th, Rek Kwawer will step down as NASCO's Director of Operations. Rek started at NASCO in 2014 and has enjoyed getting to work with such a variety of co-ops and co-op members. She is stepping down for personal health reasons and hopes to be working with the co-op movement again soon. Rek plans to remain involved in NASCO by presenting workshops at NASCO Institute.
 
We have been proud of the progress that Rek has driven with her time on staff. It is with deep appreciation that we share that Rek will be stepping down.
 
We'll miss you, Rek!
 
At the same time, we are proud and delighted to share that we have hired Katherine Jennings as NASCO's Director of Operations. Katherine will be starting training in early May and will join us full time in Chicago in June. You can reach Katherine at katherine@nasco.coop
 
Katherine writes:
 
Hello everyone! My name is Katherine Jennings and I'll be starting in early May as the new Director of Operations for NASCO!
April 24, 2017

The MSU Student Housing Cooperative is hosting an Americorps VISTA in coordination with the Power of We Consortium in Ingham County, Michigan. They are seeking an individual to join the MSU team for a year to increase the quality of living, financial stability, and economic opportunities to Ingham County residents through Cooperative Housing and resource-sharing.

This is a paid, one-year-long AmeriCorps position. The full position description is attached below. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to hiring@msu.coop. Applicants will also be required to submit an application to AmeriCorps VISTA for approval here.

April 19, 2017

Solar Community Housing Association (SCHA) in Davis, CA is hiring for two full-time staff positions working with cooperative housing communities on the UC Davis campus. Responsibilities for both positoins include standard property management tasks such as collecting rent, move-out walkthroughs, and signing leases with residents. These property management positions are open until filled and they are looking for folks who can start ASAP. To appy to either position, email aresume and cover letter to the SCHA Hiring Committee at scha.davis@gmail.com with the position title you are applying to in the subject.

April 19, 2017

Last weekend, 68 cooperators from along the West Coast convened in Davis, CA for WestCo. This year’s conference was organized by members of the Solar Community Housing Association. NASCO staff presented trainings on anti-oppression, The Fair Housing Act and facilitation in co-ops.

Some other popular workshops from the weekend included workshops about collective visioning and the future of coops, self-care for activists, and a hands on planting workshop at J Street Co-op. Other weekend highlights included a POC Caucus, a tour of The Sustainable Living and Learning Community at UC Davis, a garden party at the Domes, DIY screenprinting, and numerous home-cooked potluck meals. Challenging questions were discussed, new connections were fostered, and some good jams were enjoyed by all!

April 19, 2017
The NASCO board came together to meet over the weekend of March 31, 2017 to April 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sixteen cooperators from across the US and Canada and three staff members came together to train and orient new and returning board members and to report to one another.
 
The NASCO board approved the seating of the new NASCO board and NASCO Properties board, continued a discussion of the roles of committees and NASCO’s work, and updated board officer roles. This meeting also approved the theme for NASCO Institute 2017– stay tuned for updates!
April 6, 2017
Photo of Staff & Managers Conference 2016 attendees

We're pleased to announce that registration is open for this year's Staff & Managers Conference, which will be held in Montréal, Québec on Tuesday May 23rd and Wednesday May 24th.