Over 400 participants converged on Ann Arbor, Michigan from November 11th through 13th, 2016 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.
- Ed Whitfield's amazing keynote on how to change the world (while it's already changing!)
- an inspiring plenary conversation about black-owned co-ops, community resilience, and reparations, moderated by the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance (AORTA)
- a free day-long program on Friday about youth, worker co-ops, and the post-capitalist workplace, hosted by the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)
- a special session on Friday for co-op staff and finance officers on how to democratize co-op finances through participatory education and training
- seventy workshop sessions covering a diverse range of of topics for co-ops of all shapes and sizes
- a moment to honor three excellent members of our movement as they're inducted into NASCO's Cooperative Hall of Fame
- and plenty of fun side events such as a tour of Detroit, a film screening, the cooperative board game night, and our celebratory annual banquet.
Conferene Theme: "Cooperative Resilience"
As the wealth gap continues to grow and our systems of production and consumption are increasingly revealed to be unsustainable, people around the world are building alternative structures to a degrading and dehumanizing economy.
Cooperatives are robust and resilient organizations that succeed in times of crisis. Rather than prioritizing shareholder profits, they are driven by the needs and desires of their member-owners. As they provide necessary goods and services, they can provide hope that a just and sustainable economic system rooted in democracy and solidarity is possible.
In service of their members, cooperatives provide dignified jobs and business ownership to undocumented and low-income people, create access to healthy food in communities that have been neglected by grocery corporations, keep money local by providing communities with strong financial services and access to capital, unite small farmers banding together to sell their goods at market, and drive away the predatory landlord by providing affordable resident-controlled housing.
This year’s Institute focuses on the innovative and resilient nature of cooperatives, and how these qualities are essential to adapt in a changing world as we build the next economic systems.
Information about the conference will be posted online as it becomes available, and will be announced in our newsletter.
If you have any questions about NASCO Institute, please contact Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.