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Global Buzz Report: 2011 03 01

ICA Leadership Team Report March 01 2011

Finance systems being assumed in Toronto. Dues and donations beginning to arrive.
Egypt and the middle east have been in our hearts and minds with Sabah and ICA MENA safe so far.
Montreal office is rented and work is progressing on moving storage boxes to Toronto

Peer to Peer
5 ICA's have formed an ad hoc group on fundraising (UK, US, Peru, Japan, Canada) once there work has progressed they will share a more formal report but for more information talk with ICA Japan.
ICA Zimbabwe and OPAD in Zambia have been talking together
Profound Journey Dialogue - USA, Canada, Taiwan, Nepal - coordinating a redraft of the program - A pilot held in Taipei and two simultaneously conducted in Chicago

Difficulty in connecting with all member organizations to determine statutory and associate membership - particularly African colleagues
What are the forms of communication that support local responsibility and at the same time support common learning

Next steps
Connecting with all ICA's on membership intention and status
Larry's trip to Kenya
Preparing for June ICAI Network Online Conversation

Volunteers needed
We are looking for volunteers either ICA's or individuals for Support needed
(send email to larry@icatw.com)

French translation support
Editing support for the ICAI website to make the language match our current structure and purpose.

ToP Facilitation and training skills transfer to ICA's

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com


Location: PUNE

Our community development project: Poverty Reduction through- sustainable agriculture, dairy development, alternative energy, environmental changes, agroforestry and capacity building of beneficiaries, is in full swing. The project is in partnership with JICA, Japan and ICA Japan.

JICA Tokyo, and the JICA Delhi team visited last week to learn about the project. The trip was a great success, as all the targeted activities had been completed on time, and we could show that the previous two years projects were running well, with much benefit for the community. The key to this is the capacity building of the local people with the projects linked to each other. In this regard sustainable agriculture is helping dairy farmers by providing fodder for their animals, and in return the dairy farmers are providing fertilizer for agriculture. The dairy farmers also provide cow dung for bio-gas, in return bio-gas provides good fertilizer for agriculture. It also saves fire wood, and supports the environment while the environment supports all. And finally the farmers have increased their income, improved their lifestyle, and the women who are involved in the project have gained respect in the family and community.

This months activities included a monthly meeting and a capacity building programmme. Also an agriculture forum, a JICA team visit, 4 bio-gas construction sites, a dairy SHG group meeting, and the distribution of water to farming communities etc. All of our staff for the project are from the local village itself, and we are training them to carry out all the work required.

The Tribal School in Chikhale celebrated its Annual function with 600 students and parents attending. Nelson Stover is working with the school to develop its capacity in peer to peer activity.

Shankar Jadhav facilitated two ToP workshops for the UP government with 90 representatives attending. Our training centre hosted two one day programmes. Staff training was arranged for one day.

ICA India paid it's 2011 dues of 300.00 USD last week and will be paying an advance for 2012, if necessary, in a couple of months time.

Shankar Jadhav,
Executive Director, Pune          shankarjadhav@icaindiapn.org


Another peer-to- peer partnership!

Since the Global ICA meeting in Talegaon, a number of colleagues have been in dialogue about the continuing partnership with the Sub-continental ICAs and other organizations. This conversation has focused around Community Development Study Tours, and we are working on the first of this pilot being in Nepal in March, 2012. We will share more of this project later. One of the early spin-offs is a visit by Vinod and Kamala Parekh, (Human Development Services, Nashik) and long term colleagues, to participate in the work of ICA Nepal.

Kamala and Vinod Parekh will spend time in Nepal ( March 4-19, 2011 )

(a) conducting workshops for commercial and non commercial organizations organized by Tatwa,

(b) help market these and many other need/issue based programmes along with Tatwa's team;

(c) visit some CD projects specially from the Community Development Study Tours point of view

(d) and of course see some breath taking touristy sites.

We would welcome and invite colleagues and like minded folks to attend our workshops, as well as participate in giving shape to the Community Development Study Tours on the Sub-continent.

The proposed 2-3 day workshops currently are :

Leadership for Results Workshop

Customer Service Excellence + Sell Well Workshop

Presentation & Facilitation Skills Workshop

Women's mini enterprises and children's camps Workshop

Vinod and Kamala Parekh, Tatwa Timsina

ITERLENG ICA South Africa:

Location: Johannesburg

Fisser has recently returned from a week long trip to Zimbabwe, a true peer to peer experience. He visited 7 centres where, 'Self Help Group' and 'Living Well' training was taking place. The training was being conducted by 30 trainers; 475 participants were taking part.

The training is part of a three-year long Rotary International Community Empowerment Project. The Program also includes, 'People Living with HIV/AIDS', 'Income Generation for both Women and Youth', and creation of the 'Youth Friendly Corner'.

While there, Fisser had the opportunity for a meeting with Carolyn Schredder of the Rotary Club of Denver; they explored ways to come up with a similar Program in South Africa.

He also spent some time with Gerald Gomani, the Executive Director of ICA Zimbabwe, learning how the Rotary Project operates, while updating Gerald on the current status of activities at ICA South Africa, the challenges being encountered here and future plans.

Fisser considered the trip to be the experience of a life-time and would like to encourage similar exchange programs between national ICAs. He would like to thank Dick Alton who made his trip to Zimbabwe, and the experience, possible.

On the weekend of February 19 - 20, Fisser along with Abigail Roberts facilitated the 'Foundations for Personal Effectiveness' course at the Elijah Conference Centre. The workshop was a real success with the students eager to absorb new concepts, skills and knowledge. A full report in PDF format is available on the Global Buzz website. See here

Other News
We responded and sent a Proposal to the Foundation For Human Rights, A Call For Expression of Interest - Human Rights Awareness - Raising Awareness through Events,
(21 March 2011 Human Rights Day)

Pravienna and Fisser are working on a Proposal: UN Habitant's Urban Youth Fund For NGOs in Developing countries, aiming at advancing the achievements of Millennium Development Goals and the Habitat Agenda, by supporting grassroots projects.


PERU:  2

Location: Lima and around Peru

The team has been traveling around Peru in the past couple weeks, with Gloria Santos going to Ancash in the north to initiate a 4 month training program for 60 youth in 5 Technical Institutes, which may be the beginning of a couple of similar programs each year. 

Last week Alison Hamje went to Cusco to negotiate the details of a 6 month leadership training project for a major Swiss funded project on Climate Change, while Jesusa Aburto and Ken Hamje went to a remote community in the north to document a 6 to 12 month proposal to organize a Development Commission for a chaotic business sector of a small city. 

This week we also submitted a one year proposal to do a similar organization of a northern beach resort city, which seems to be leading us in a new direction for our services. 

Last week we were also requested to put together a program for 1,000 rural workers who will be employed for  a couple of years to build a major dam and hydroelectric plant.  The concern is that they use their new found salaries to make creative changes for their families and communities, and not have it flow into alcohol and other frivolous purchases. 
We are excited about the five workshops we have designed to meet this challenge, and soon we'll see what the company thinks of our approach.  This is a creative time for our team and all are very engaged in our emerging future.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org



Profound Journey Dialogue Pilot completed. Now the integration and reflection process has begun. Highlights included the dialogue during the session among colleagues, direct and specific feedback on what to keep and change. Also great was the online facilitated sessions working with the US PJD team.

Sichuan preparation - Team formed and initial design for module 3 with Renjia school teachers in China

Imaginal Learning Laboratory worked with image change and design skills

Mentoring and coaching for facilitators working with several NGO's and other projects ongoing

Preparation for Larry's trip to Kenya with the UN and two other collaborative projects one in Taiwan and one in China

Worked with environmental project colleagues in Kota Kinabalu

Peer to peer
Conversations with Nepal, Japan and Tajikistan
Proposals to ICA Kenya and Egypt for program options
Connecting with two other ICA sponsored projects in Kenya
Trying to figure our how to get to ICA Europe gathering in August
Collaboration on PJD
Joined US ToP network teams on design, virtual facilitation, and Communities of Practice

The PJD raises questions of internal journey connected to social purpose - This is a critical question for us, what is the edge of facilitation and transformation in this context? How are we as ICA Taiwan and as individuals serving the globe and Taiwan while respecting our institutional needs?

Next steps
Dialogue course in April
China Facilitator Conference: Larry is sharing/working on Spirit of Facilitation
Kenya trip number one with UN and meeting colleagues in ICA
PJD integration work begins
Truth About Life workshop on "Living in the No Longer and the Not yet"

Evelyn Philbrook           Joyful52@gmail.com


In the month of January Larry was in Shanghai for a corporate client then the rest of the month in North America with the UN leadership training.  Talking with ICA Canada and then ICA USA, plus attending the ToP Network. 

Meanwhile in Taiwan, Evelyn, Dick and Gail continued preparation for the Profound Journey Dialogue Course to be held in February. Truth about life session on No longer Not Yet. We held a DreamWork group, 2 new coaching clients. Set up April event with school in SiChuan.

Chinese New Year was the beginning of February this year.

Peer to peer - Trying to be at ICA Europe gathering to continue the dialogue.  Working with the PJD team in the US has been very revealing.  Working to set up events in Egypt, Kenya and Zimbabwe to tag onto the UN Programs.

Concerns - The PJD fills us with fear and fascination. Egypt is a site for one of our connections this year so the political realities there could affect the plan.

Next Steps:  PJD Lab Feb. 13 and 19-20,  Imaginal Learning Course Feb. 26-27, UN program in Kenya Mar 8-11, SiChuan Design and prep.

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com


ICAI Board

Peer to peer work reported by the UK primarily with Africa.

Australia continued relationship to Bangladesh.

A consortium of 5 ICAs - India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia are working on collaboration with colleagues.

US is working on several projects with Africa and South America. 

Japan continues their global relationships. 

ICA Europe has scheduled their next gathering.

US has agreed to mentor Ukraine, Chile with Guatemala, Zimbabwe with Opad, and Australia with Bangladesh.

Still working on closure of the office etc in Montreal.  ICA Canada Toronto office is picking up some tasks like bookkeeping.  Dues from ICA's are arriving.

Concerns - Peer to peer depends on each ICA making decisions so figuring out the role of the board - leadership team is interesting in that the more we do the less helpful it is.  Until Montreal is closed can not finalize the financial situation

Concern about Sabah and our colleagues in Egypt.

Next steps: Pulling together the current reality of members - full and associate as well as acknowledging members that need more support even to be associate members.  Trying to contact all members

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com