River City Housing Collective's visual for hand signals. This is reviewed during an information session with prospective members, and whoever is facilitating a meeting where a new member is present will review the hand signals before the meeting starts.
Member Education & Training
This is an overview of Co-op Conflict Support. In this slide deck, you will find the limits of conflict resolution, review proactive processes and tools for navigating conflict, and additional resources.
This workshop slide deck reviews cooperative members' responsibilities to each other, future members, and the co-op as a whole. We will provide tools to describe and promote member roles and responsibilities in your co-op.
Preparation for turnover is an ongoing process and co-ops should keep all tools up to date before turnover takes place. This slide deck will walkthrough action items, best practices, and exit interview resources for board member and staff member turnover. This checklist is designed for annual prepareration for turnover.
Co-ops are businesses designed to pool resources to serve a specific economic need of their current and future members. At the same time, co-ops hold a principle of Concern for the Community and often use those pooled resources contributed by individual members to serve as a social safety net for the membership collectively. This is a discussion guide that offers a few discussion prompts and some practices for balancing the tension between these goals.
Below, are the recordings for NASCO Institue 2020 sessions by room. Please share lessons learned with your cooperatives and communities.
If you did not register for NASCO Institute and you'd like to support free and low-cost cooperative education, please consider contributing a donation amount that feels appropriate for you and/or your cooperative. Your donation makes it possible to offer cooperative education materials and resources free of charge. DONATE HERE.
Co-ops have a responsibility to maintain safe, warm, and attractive living spaces for their members. This PDF will help your co-op identify issues that already exist and suggest some basic ways to deal with them.
This House Maintenance Coordinator Handbook was created by Madison Community Cooperative (MCC) to serve as a reference guide. It includes a detailed role description, things to be aware of, responsibilities checklists, house tool library, delegation guidelines, Work Day guidelines, Madison fire code info, and recommendations for hiring contractors. MCC has shared this handbook with NASCO so that other co-ops may adapt it for their own use.
Print out this meeting hand signals infographic to hang in your meeting space or to pass around before meetings to ensure that members are on fair footing when participating in group discussions.
Presentation from a workshop at NASCO Institute 2017.
"What's the Password Again? Distributed Software and Cooperatives" by Alli Nilles