NASCO Institute 2018

Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 2-4, 2018 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide. Since 1978, NASCO's Cooperative Education & Training Institute has been widely recognized as one of the most important training and networking opportunities available to members, directors, staff, and managers of group-equity cooperatives. The annual NASCO Institute is always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement.


A Legacy of Cooperation

Fifty years ago, North American Students of Cooperation was officially formed. This year, we celebrate our long legacy of cooperation. Over that time NASCO has supported the creation of new cooperatives and helped existing cooperatives continue to thrive. We are made up of the stories of our members who have been at the heart of student cooperative movement over the last half-century. Together we will be celebrating the accomplishments of cooperators that have come before us and the legacy they have left for each of us to build upon. Cooperative leader Toyohiko Kagawa once said, “It is not enough to have ideals. We must translate them into action. We must clear our own little corner of creation.” Each new co-op that joins the NASCO community benefits from our collective cooperative knowledge over the years.



“We found the conference to be very beneficial for our small community-based co-op, especially from a financial perspective. We learned so much about strategies for being a smaller worker co-op, with a focus on membership and trust-building.”

“I can't put into words how valuable the educational experience is at NASCO Institute. You get to learn about things that you know you want to know for your co-op and then there are other, newer ideas presented to you. And the networking is priceless.”

“NASCO Institute gave me skills and concrete actions plans for anti-oppression work in my own community, as well as ideas/skills/contacts for creating new worker-owned co-ops and housing co-ops!”