Apply to Lead a NASCO Institute Session 2022


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The 2022 NASCO Institute theme is Growing Back Together, and this year we'll be gathering for a season of Institute throughout the month of October. This Institute season will prioritize leadership development within our co-ops, organizational resiliency, collaborative visioning towards NASCO’s future, and building connections in new ways.

We are seeking workshops on the following course tracks:

Growing Back Together

What activity have you always dreamed of rallying other co-ops to do together? What is a new practice or system your co-op has adopted to adapt to emergent needs? Share it with us.
What makes a virtual gathering feel nourishing and fulfilling to you? What is the most creative Zoom event you’ve been to? Recreate it for the co-op community.

Co-op Basics

We will accept co-op basic skills workshops outside of these suggestions but below are some core skills that we are looking for.

  • Facilitation

  • Finance

  • Chore systems

  • Board roles

  • Kitchen management (especially safety and hygiene)

  • Communication

  • Conflict resolution / Member management

Applied Anti-oppression

We will accept Anti-oppression workshops outside of these suggestions but below are some core skills that we are looking for.

  • Anti-racism 

  • Co-op accessibility 

  • Economic accessibility (sliding scale rent, rent funds, payment plans, co-op tools for serving as affordable housing) 

  • Building a board that is anti-oppressive 

  • LGBTQIA+ safe cooperatives 

  • Harm reduction

  • Survivor resources and prevention resources for cooperatives

Cooperation Amongst Cooperatives

There are so many different types of cooperatives! Housing co-ops, worker co-ops, consumer co-ops, producer co-ops, and more! Workshops in this track can be about any type of co-op! A workshop in this track could answer the question “How can my co-op cooperate with other cooperatives?’

Co-op Staff

This track is for the Staff of cooperatives. A workshop in this track will be tailored for staff working with members to operate the cooperative. Skills like member management, communication, board education, balancing work/life, and organizational planning all fit in this track.

Creating New Co-ops

NASCO provides a 6-part track walking attendees through the overall process of co-op organizing and development. Any additional workshops in this track would be targeted more at specific types or features of cooperative housing development, or opportunities therein. Additional development courses will be by invitation to present only. 


Presenters are eligible for conference registration compensation. This year institute will be held remotely (online) and we will be accepting fewer presenters due to the nature of the event.

The deadline to submit proposals is Sunday, August 28, 2022.