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Week ending: Saturday 2011 01 29

AUSTRALIA:

Location: Melbourne

ICAA held its annual gathering in Port Lonsdale, near Melbourne, last week.  The newly launched ToP Global Institute for Facilitative Leadership, GIFL,  met during the week. Highlights included celebrating the accreditation of the GIFL, and piloting the new 2 day module 5 - Principled Influencing and Negotiating. This was followed by the annual gathering and meeting of ICA Australia. About 30 colleagues attended in all.  

Highlights of the ICAA meeting included celebrating with slides, story and song, the completed life of Elaine Richmond, and a magnificent lunch celebration at the golf club on the water. Following reports from all present and the Global Forum- Global Assembly, held in India, we moved into Open Space. Our focus on Peer-to Peer relationships led to decisions around holding a Profound Journey Dialogue PJD pilot in Australia in 2011, taking some responsibility with global communication, Zero Carbon footprint, continuing to build local, regional and global relations and partnerships in in-depth capacity building through the ToP GIFL and other initiatives. A full report will appear in the next Pacific Waves.

Robyn Hutchinson           rjhutchinson@optusnet.com.au

JAPAN:

Location: Planet Earth

ICA Japan Global Partnership Center


We met the Ambassador from Haiti 3 times for a totsal of 5 hours!  The first time was at the Haiti Art Exhibit where we saw the most increditable art, and afterwards we talked for 30 minutes or so about art, the reconstruction of Haiti and also the role of education.  The third time was last Friday. Shizuyo and Wayne presented a letter for the Ambassador to read, edit, have typed and signed. He then handed it over to us to find a possible donor.  By 4 pm, it was tranlated by Naomi, and both were sent to the funder near Kobe, which had a similar earthquake to Haiti, but with less deaths.

Takako returned on Friday from Chile and began working on the Chile reports. He also prepared the materials that Wayne and Shiyo will need when they go to Brazil on Tuesday. Takako follows them to Brazil on February the 10th.

Makiko obtained visas for Wayne and Shizuyo, but found the consulate could not use the blank pages in Wayne's passport!  Monday we will go to the USA Embassy to add 48 blank pages and pick up Wayne's visa.  Tuesday they leave for Brazil with cash in hand for Emergency Aid - our proposal was approved Friday at 5.30 pm!

Maki continues to work in Pune, and Shankar agreed to train her in GFM and to introduce her to the CDI course.

Last Sunday Shizuyo, Wayne, and Adam returned from the Oga community, Community Meeting number 4, where Shizuyo and Mr. Kitagaki lead an action plan reporting session and a Framing Workshop.  Oga has 35,000 residents, but has only 50 children in elementary school! It has a profound custom called Namahage, which takes place on New Year's eve, at which time Shamens decend from the mountains and enter all of the houses that have children. Then they have a dialigue with the children! You should really see this!

Yuka continues her work in Kenya, preparing for a JICA Kenya monitoring trip, and preparing to turn the project over to the local ministry of Agriculture and possibly to a Universty in Japan.  What proposal should we do next for Kenya?

Paul began a 30 day internship with training in ICA methods before he returns to Nairobi in March.

We joined in the dialogue for the development of the Gobal Encounter study tour, with colleagues across Asia.

Four of us went to an NGO exhibition, and Naomi held live Skype-Out dialogues with Chile, Haiti, and Kenya.  The audience partIcipation was the greatest ever!

Wayne completed 6 years of catchup paperwork for LENS International Inc., to submIt to the government. He also started the process of changing our for profit company from LENS to ICA Planning Inc.  We already have a new logo, and have started a new website.  Adam has been instrumental in developing the logo, site, and social marketing!

Otherwise, the week was normal. We advanced our proposals for clean water in Vietnam, building community centers and leadership training in Bihar India, and Peace Building in Nepal.

So, Let's Make it Happen!

ICA Japan Staff           staff@icajapan.org

UNITED STATES:

Location: Chicago

From December 2008 to May 2009 ICA-USA's ToP Network worked with the City of Cedar Rapids in a neighborhood planning process. ICA-USA was asked to help in the effort to involve citizens in determining redevelopment priorities, and to initiate local action for their communities in three geographical areas.  ICA trained more than seventy residents in ToP facilitations methods, who then led city-wide meetings centered around redevelopment issues.  This month, The American Planning Association selected the City of Cedar Rapids to receive the 2011National Planning Excellence award for Best Practices in Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Planning.

ICA-USA is officially registered as a Private Voluntary Organization with USAID, and is now able to work on RFPs with other global ICAs.  Our new website is almost completed, and will launch in February. The website hopes to create a space for members of the ICA community to connect with one another.

ICA-USA along with seven other organizations, was part of a proposal submitted by Indevelop, a Swedish consulting company that provides policy support, project management, and training services for sustainable social development initiatives to SIDA - the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The proposal was recently accepted, and the ICA's international relationships and work will continue to grow.

Seva Gandhi           sgandhi@ica-usa.org