2016 Worker Cooperative National Conference

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Join us for our Worker Cooperative National Conference, July 29th – July 31st in
Austin, Texas!

400+ inspired participants building a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Hundreds of democratic workplaces in all stages from concept, to conversion, to growth. The U.S.’s leading lenders, funders, educators and advocacy organizations supporting the cooperative economy. International guests bringing their wisdom and perspectives. And you.

We all need more opportunities to share ideas, tools and inspirations that will lead to creating a new economy. This biennial conference is just the place to re-energize our friendships, our collective work, and our mission to transform our communities. Most important, it brings us together to strengthen the relationships that will build the power and reach of the worker cooperative movement.

Registration opens in mid-February. In the meantime, take a look at our conference website for lots of information!

This year the conference will draw a wide range of attendees and speakers, providing you a diverse audience to interact with your table, materials and personnel. This is a real opportunity for you to have access to a true cross-section of the worker-ownership and cooperative community. Our sponsors will be showered with dazzling smiles and effusive thanks, in print, in person, online, and through our new conference app!

We have many sponsorship packages designed to meet your needs and budget. Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy [at] institute [dot] coop to discuss how you can be front and center as a key supporter of our growing community and get your name in front of hundreds of attendees.

Registration will open mid-February on our conference website.

We will open a call for workshop proposals in mid-February.

We will offer Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation.

We will provide childcare on-site for all conference events. Please request childcare in advance when you register. If you are interested in volunteering for our childcare rooms, please let us know.
We are busy planning tours of Austin, it’s hidden histories and cooperative economies. Tour info will be available on our conference website as it becomes available.


“This is a special moment. Many people are open to re-designing the economic system to be more fair and inclusive. Now is the time to learn lessons and create worker coop models that are broadly accessible to large numbers of workers, so that worker coops will represent a meaningful and politically significant part of the U.S. economy.”

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