NASCO Institute 2022

Growing Back Together, NASCO Institute 2022
NASCO Institute is our flagship annual conference, perfect for cooperators of all skill levels. Institute will take place virtually throughout the month of October and culminate in an in-person NASCO Member Retreat Nov. 4th-6th 2022.
Since 1977, 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.

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Growing Back Together

NASCO has worked to adapt to members’ changing needs and respond to the major challenges that have emerged in the last two years. Rather than a 3-day virtual conference, this year’s NASCO Institute will be a full month of educational events, including several virtual event series, at-home guided activities, and a small in-person Member Retreat and Annual General Meeting. 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. 

Through this year’s theme, we will hold sessions focused on co-op basics, skill-sharing, anti-oppression, and building new connections

Member Retreat & Annual General Meeting

We are excited to have an in-person component to NASCO Institute again this year - the NASCO Member retreat! The NASCO Member Retreat will take place November 4-6 in Ann Arbor, MI. Every NASCO member cooperative is encouraged to send at least one person to represent their co-op at NASCO's Annual General Meeting (AGM). Member co-ops may also register additional people for the non-voting parts of the retreat. During the retreat, NASCO member reps will learn new skills, participate in cooperative movement visioning activities, and make connections with other cooperators. AGM reps will receive free registration to the Member Retreat.

NASCO Members can submit proposals for the NASCO Annual General Meeting here prior to September 15, 2022. 

Who are we?

Since 1968, North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) has been working with housing co-ops, students, worker-owners, activists, and community members who are interested in applying cooperative principles to meet their needs and fulfill their missions. We are the network that facilitates mutual aid and support amongst co-ops. 


“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."