Session materials from “Campus Cooperative Education For Community Resilience,” presented by Grace Lihn at NASCO Institute 2016.
The co-operative business model and cooperative economics are not taught as subjects in most U.S. undergraduate programs. To address this systemic lack of awareness, our workshop will explore how to launch innovative student-initiated or academically-sponsored courses on the history and significance of co-operatives and how they can be tools for building sustainable, resilient, and socially just communities. We will focus on identifying the obstacles and opportunities to establishing these programs on college campuses and create the space for participants to work together in identifying new ways to embed cooperative education into university curriculum. Our goal for the workshop is to develop a network of students and educators committed to introducing the cooperative model to a broader audience of young entrepreneurs and changemakers.