NASCO Institute 2017

Over 400 participants will converge on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 10th through 12th, 2017 to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

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.

Conference Theme

This year's conference theme focuses on the integral role of cooperatives in building grassroots democracy. We will explore the ways that individual co-op members develop skills through practicing and experimenting with direct democracy, how co-ops as organizations can leverage their assets (people, space, funds) to support allied movements for justice, innovative projects where co-ops are building regional power through inter-cooperation, and visions of a future where co-op power puts meaningful political control into the hands of the people.

Request for Proposals

We are inviting proposals for sessions at this year's Institute! This is an excellent opportunity to share some knowledge, sharpen your skills as an educator, and financial assistance to attend the conference.
The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, August 4, 2017. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so apply early! Final programming decisions will be made by the end of August. Check out this page for more information.

Information about the conference will be posted online as it becomes available, and will be anounced in our newsletter. Registration will open on September 1st.

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