Cottage Industries: Creating Live/Work Cooperatives - NASCO Institute

Session materials from "Cottage Industries: Creating Live/Work Cooperatives," presented by Matthew Keesan at NASCO Institute 2015.


Building a cooperatively-run business into your housing cooperative can promote sustainability, socioeconomic diversity, and personal development, not to mention liberate you from your day job or reduce your student debt burden. We added a bed and breakfast into our housing cooperative, which covers our room, board and a small stipend in exchange for about 10 hours of work per week. We'll give an overview of successful living cooperatives with cottage industries and explain the benefits, challenges, and best practices and and share our open source model for replicating anywhere!