Bringing Solidarity Home: Creating Alternative Housing Economies Through Cooperative Living

In today’s housing market youth are regularly forced into predatory relationships with unscrupulous slum/land-lords out of necessity. Seeking to break free from this power dynamic, many are turning to the cooperative housing model for a democratic, accessible, and economically just alternative. In this workshop, members of the NASCO Staff Collective will provide an overview of the key advantages of the cooperative model, present a practical guide for forming your own housing cooperative, and collectively workshop any co-op development-related questions that participants bring to the table.
 
Remy Corso is the Director of Education and Training at the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO).  Remy Corso came to NASCO with a 7 year history of community organizing for gender, sexual, racial, and (dis)ability justice, primarily in Minneapolis, MN. They bring strengths in conference planning, office management, social justice education, and non-violent communication to their role as Director of Education and Training. Although they have never lived in a housing co-op, Remy has a lifetime of diverse experience with cooperative and collective models in credit unions and food co-ops, as well as worker-owned bicycle co-ops, to name a few.
 
Morgan Crawford is the Director of Educational Programs for the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO).  He spends most of his free time thinking about cooperatives. With a background in student housing co-ops at UC Berkeley, community housing co-ops in Iowa City, IA, and a recent stint serving as NASCO Board President, Morgan brings a wide array of experiences to the NASCO Staff Collective in his role as Director of Educational Programs. Beyond his experience as a co-oper, Morgan draws on his history of organizing and advocacy in LGBTQ & and disability-centric student circles. He is passionate about fostering (pro-)active and supportive communities, optimizing systems of democratic governance, training effective facilitators, and growing the cooperative movement.