NASCO Institute is November 5-7

Ann Arbor, Michigan

The 2010 Cooperative Education and Training Institute will provide a space for cooperative members from all over Canada and the US to connect through the universal language of mapping. Mapping is an emerging process widely used to facilitate communication, share information, and build community--elements that are essential to building cooperation. Using maps as guides for navigating the cooperative movement, we will explore cooperation across geographies, sectors, and movements. Over the last three years, we have explored alternative economies, land rights, and environmental justice, and mapping will serve as a tool to explore the intersections of these and other themes.

Over 400 participants will converge in Ann Arbor this November to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide. Learn more and register here!

Office supplies needed

We have recently moved into a temporary office space and need your help to furnish it! Please email if you can donate any of the following items. Donations are tax-deductible.
  • File cabinets
  • Flat-screen computer monitor
  • Large bookshelves or freestanding shelving
  • Standing lamps
  • Corkboard or cork strip
  • Fan
  • Wireless network access point

Welcoming new Board member Thom Phillips

We are thrilled to welcome Thom Phillips as a new Community Trustee on our Board of Directors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies in 1979 and a secondary teaching certificate in 1984, both from Western Michigan University. After traveling Europe he taught homesteading skills on an organic farm in Bangor, Michigan. In 1988 he started Cascade Building & Design, a design-build firm that specialized in energy and resource efficient construction as well as Frank Lloyd Wright home restorations. In 2003 he joined Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity as Construction Manager where he incorporated Energy Star® and sustainable building measures into affordable homes. In 2008 he joined Habitat for Humanity of Michigan as the new Sustainable Building Specialist. His duties include assisting the State’s 77 affiliates building and rehabilitating over 250 homes each year achieve Energy Star® 5-Star ratings on their homes as well as helping them along the path of green building and accessibility programs.

October 13 at 7:30pm
Peace House Clarification of Thought series. "Debunking the Myths of the Nuclear Misadventure" with anti-nuclear activist John LaForge. Transformation Spirituality Center, 3427 Gull Road.

October 14 at 6pm

ISAAC Public Meeting at Galilee Baptist Church

October 29 at 5pm
Critical Mass Bike Ride: Create solidarity with other bicyclists on this monthly parade through kalamazoo.

November 2
Election Day. Don't forget to vote!
Learn more here.

November 5-7
NASCO Institute in Ann Arbor


The Fletcher Collective is seeking new members to share double rooms. Rates have been reduced to $374 per month (including mortgage, utilities, food, etc.). Learn more...


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