Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 10th through 12th, 2017 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.
Since 1977, NASCO's Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff and managers of group-equity cooperatives.
The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.
For more information, visit: https://www.nasco.coop/institute
Low-Income Scholarship Fund
The NASCO Low-Income Scholarship Fund supports low-income emerging cooperative leaders who would otherwise be unable to attend the Institute by offsetting their registration fees ($220 for members, $420 for non-members) and travel expenses ($50 to $400). This program allows NASCO to create a more economically and geographically diverse demographic of attendees by providing support to youth who live in remote locations and/or are not receiving organizational support.
The costs of the Institute are kept low through partnerships with local co-ops to provide free housing and with student organizations to reduce the cost of university facilities, along with the generously donated time and expertise of Institute presenters. Member dues subsidize registration costs for NASCO member cooperatives. Many scholarship recipients are from small or developing cooperatives that have not yet joined NASCO, and do not have institutional support for their attendance. Any amount contributed to the Low-Income Scholarship Fund will directly increase attendance, encourage diverse representation, promote leadership, and inspire new cooperative development. Whatever the amount, we appreciate your support.
The NASCO Cooperative Hall of Fame, created in 1989, honors the best of our movement. Our hope is to use the Hall of Fame as a means for NASCO member co-ops to provide broader recognition to individuals who have had a truly significant impact.
As a member of the NASCO community, you may have knowledge of someone past or present who is deserving of recognition. Nominations can honor people that perhaps should have been recognized long ago: a co-op founder, a long-time member or employee or any other significant contributor. We are also eager to show that current members and staff can have a similar impact on their cooperatives, so we make a special effort to induct some individuals who are current or recent 'movers and shakers'.
A committee of NASCO board members, advisors, and former honorees will select inductees to the Hall of Fame for 2017. The induction ceremony will take place on the Saturday evening of NASCO Institute, November 11, 2017.
Nomination forms must be returned by September 15, 2017 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the NASCO Office at: NASCO, 1100 W Cermak Rd #514 Chicago, IL 60608.
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.
The Director of Education (DE) is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing NASCO’s educational programs.
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 email@example.com. Applicants will also be required to submit an application to AmeriCorps VISTA for approval here.