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.
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Ratih (she/her) hails from Saint Paul, MN, where she grew up deeply rooted in her family’s Indonesian culture. Having spent the majority of her life focused on issues of environmental and social justice, Ratih is passionate about the efforts underway to build a cooperative movement that puts people and communities over profits. She believes that effective communication is vital to broadening the movement to build a just and equitable economy that works for ALL people and the planet. Ratih works for NASCO from Chicago, IL where you can usually find her throwing frisbees or cooking brunch at her housing co-op. Ratih is the staff liaison to the NASCO External Affairs Committee and loves fundraising and all things design.
Every year NASCO- North American Students of Cooperation- hosts an educational institute for over 400 coopers across the U.S., Canada, and beyond for two and a half days of comprehensive technical programs and discussions. The ICC utilizes our student organization status to acquire the use of the Michigan Union in addition to providing housing for ~250 fellow co-opers. The ICC and NASCO have been cooperating together since the beginning–when NASCO was based in Ann Arbor and had an office within the ICC Central building. This strong partnership between the ICC and NASCO provides benefits to many cooperators.
One of the great things about living in a cooperative (and one of the cooperative principles) is cooperation among cooperatives and education through that, and this is one great opportunity for you to offer this to your members. Even if no one from your house attends Institute, it is still a valuable experience to host guests who are attending because you can ask and learn about their cooperatives from around the nation, get advice from them about how they are run, and share your own tips/tricks/experiences with them. Opening our homes is a great way to make co-op friends from all over the US and Canada-many of our visitors return our hospitality by opening their homes when our members are all over the globe traveling. It’s a wonderful thing that we can offer our members.
ICC Members fill out an internal application NOT NASCO’S application.
Our partnership with NASCO allows us to receive a discounted rate in exchange for housing support and rental coordination with the University of Michigan. In addition to the discount from NASCO, the Education Committee provides further discounts to ensure financial strain does not prohibit a learning opportunity. Given this special dynamic, we fill out a group registration not individual registrations.
The Education Committee is excited to announce that this year, there will be 27 scholarships available, on a first come first serve basis, for $30.00. That means, xx folks will be eligible for a $129.00 discount on one of the most cooperative events in town!!!
Application deadline: October 24th @ midnight
Payment Method: Direct charge to your Rent Manager account (will appear in December)
Institute Requirements: attend sessions, learn, share and grow