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Global Buzz Report: 2012 03 01

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      March 01 2012

News
Intense work on the Virtual conference for Nepal
Shared letter from Jan and Feb
Transferred finances from ICA Canada to Bill Staples in Canada
Letter to Associates asking for input
Election committee is formed and working on materials
Received UNESCO Consultative Status

Concerns
Working through associate model
Developing financial options for the Nepal conference

Next steps
Planning May Regional Dialogue and June Election

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      February 01 2012

News

Working with Nepal conference theme coordinators and Nepal team
Working with the virtual team from US/ Nepal to figure out ways to support the globe virtually
Wrote Presidents letter and article for Winds and Waves

Concerns
Working through details on budget

Next steps
Election system for new board
Preparing for years ICAI gatherings
Highlighting peer to peer

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com

BANGLADESH:           February 01 2012

On the 21st of January 2012 a strategy workshop was held at the ICA Office. On the agenda was the implementation the 2011 planning workshop report on the Action Plan for the Phulki street children and the Ghormara village project, also a training calendar for 2012.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Phulki project staff, including the Chief Operating Officer and the project assistant, distributed the educational materials for the new academic year, starting this month. The children got excited when given their new books. They also held a participatory discussion, that included student views about the teaching quality at the school, the use of ICA methods, imaginative education and creative learning studies. They also asked for an overall impression of the ongoing project and interviewed some students to check on their performance.

On the 27th of January 2012 a board meeting was held at the ICAB Head Office, presided over by the new Board member, Forhad. Aziz facilitated the meeting through Skype. The meeting emphasized the importance of local fundraising and the Board showed it's appreciation for Zaki`s efforts toward partnership building with the Dhaka Leo Club and Fuad`s network affiliation with Plan Bangladesh`s NGO Network. The Board enthusiastically expressed a vote of thanks to Wayne of ICA Japan for implementing the fundraising through TUC Japan, for the Phulki project, and ICA Australia for the office and staff support.

The ICA GHDP project coordinator visited the Ghoramara project at the beginning of January and met some of the community leaders. The community facilitator was conducting a student survey and both of them collected a quote for school student furniture.

Submitted by

Zakiul Islam           admin@ica-bangladesh.org

EHIO Tajikistan:         March   01 2012

At our Monday staff meetings in the office of EHIO- Farhang va Tarrakiyot we summarize our past activities and make plans for the coming week. EHIO- Farhang va Tarrakiyot administers the following projects: TSEP ,WB, and IREX.

IREX project
During February we monitored the dram circles in 10 schools located in three regions.
Throughout the monitoring it was clear that all dram circles with both young and adult participants are actively working according the annual plan confirmed by their school directors. They meet each other once a week, conduct some activities during school hours, playing different theatrical games, and stage forum theatre at various school parties; general they use the Drama transformation methodology to the extent possible in their schools. All these dram-circles are well supported by the school administration, and almost all of the participants of the dram circles plan to show the Forum theatre not only in their school, but in the nearest village jamoats and districts. In addition they conduct seminars and castings to attract new participants. At the end of the month the project coordinator and assistant send a final program report to IREX outlining the achievements made over the past two years.

WB project
In February a plan utilizing the calendar was set up by the project consultant to conduct the WB project activities. The preparation of the ground for planting in the demonstration plot was started and the selection of agriculture crops made; the necessary quantity of seeds were purchased. Maps were made outlining the technology to grow those specific crops.

TSEP project
In the middle of February training sessions relative to project TSEP were conducted on two topics: Negotiation process and Mediation; these were held in our target districts. The first training sessions were conducted in the district of Isfara village Lakkon, from the 23rd. to the 25th., and the second set of the training sessions were conducted from 27th. to 29th. in the Asht district of the Kirkuduk villages, on the given topics.

Nigina Sadikova           nigina7811@.rambler.ru

EHIO Tajikistan:         February   01 2012

At our Monday staff meeting we summarized how we had spent our time on the TSEP, IREX, GIZ and WB projects this past week and made our plans for the coming week.

TSEP Project
The training started for TSEP on January 23rd. is continuing on two topics: Meditation and Negotiation, in our target districts of Asht and Isfara in the Sogd region.

World Bank Project
In January, WB teams, according to ToR, selected several demonstration plots by soil analysis and other criteria, then held meetings with the farmers of the targeted districts. The following dehkhan farms were chosen: A Kodirov and Nurmuhammad of the Kanibadam district and X Sarkor and Sulaimonkhuja of the Bobojon Gafurov district. Presently the project team is setting up and organizing the demonstration plots.

IREX Project
In January we conducted focus groups for adults, young people, and new participants, for the drama clubs in J. Rasulov, Kanibadam and Isfara districts. Having conducted the focus group we found it true that the majority of participants were able to speak openly about conflict issues in their communities. When the leaders of the theatrical groups in the three regions monitored the participants, they found that all were actively doing their job in using the theatrical methodology during open lessons.

Nigina Sadikova           nigina7811@.rambler.ru

PERU:           February 01 2012

As three staff members made moves to major new positions at year end, we have had the delight of adding three Quechua speaking staff members to prepare us to work more effectively in remote areas of the high sierra where little Spanish is spoken. On February first we begin an 8 day training school for new staff to orient them to our methods, in preparation for their participation in the next AVANZA PERU three week leadership formation program in the Azpitia Training Center.

Right now one of our teams is working in Ayacucho in the areas that birthed the Shining Path terrorist organization in the late 1980's, leaving behind many social scars that still need healing. We have been warmly welcomed and have great expectations for what the newly trained leaders of the communities will be able to do this year to accelerate their healing process.

Meanwhile we have had the delight of having collaborators and contacts calling us for new programs, with three new programs coming to us this way already in 2012. It seems that the word is getting out that Community Self-Development (Auto-Desarrollo) and development of the local economy are the viable forms of community development for Century XXI.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org

TAIWAN:         March 01 2012

News
  • Larry did a PSP in Paris with an old colleague trying to build up a facilitator community (8 attending)
  • First program of 3 with the school in SiChuan focused on Social Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence
  • Facilitated first online AIToP Program with US ToP network
  • Truth About Life on Health held second session
    13 participants and 3 facilitators at GFM ORID Focused Conversation
  • UN Program in Bangkok
  • Held Spring Festival Celebration with ICA Staff team
  • Hong Kong Program with Open Quest
  • Open Space & Dialogue with University in Central Taiwan

Dreamworks Evelyn in Virtual facilitation bootcamp
CP Yen Foundation reflection on last year and next year

Concerns
Working through options for PJD development

Peer to Peer
PJD development with Jean Watts
ICA US and US ToP Network AI and ToP Program
Virtual Facilitation team in formation

Next steps
Possible collaboration with several other schools in China
Recruiting people for Nepal Conference

Larry Philbrook          larry @icatw.com

TAIWAN:         February 01 2012

News:
  • Taiwan celebrates Chinese New Year in the Year of the Dragon
  • Taiwan elects President Ma to second term in peaceful democratic election
  • Dick and Gail do annual office cleaning and paint the office and celebrate with Taiwanese friends
  • Evelyn joins Lloyd in Bali for Chinese New Year as they prepare for Galungan Festival in coming February.
  • Dick expat coaching session using Style Flex for cross cultural executive orientation
  • Dick, and Gail conduct KNH program follow up
  • First Truth About Life dialogues on the future of health care is held
  • Dreamwork gathering for January continues
  • Larry conducts corporate work in Shanghai
  • Larry travels to Maastricht, Netherlands for German UN work
  • Dick does 2 day Reiki training for 10 University students
  • Larry conducts Strategy Session for European Chamber of Commerce

Peer to Peer:
  • Virtual meeting with Jean Watts around PJD introduces book “New Dawn Awaits.”
  • Larry joins TTN Sacramento conference sharing Appreciative Inquiry and ToP
  • Larry also invites people to the conference in Nepal at the TTN gathering
  • Evelyn joins Christina Welty Party in Ubud, Bali inviting people to Nepal conference and learns about Green School and Green Village in Bali.

Challenges:
With the upheaval, chaos and confusion globally in our social, economic and political systems, what are the new strategies to use our experience and facilitation know-how to both provide our contribution to society and financial support.

Next Steps:
Continue conversations with Jean Watts on New Dawn Awaits.
Begin thinking about on longer term transformational change within organizations for teams in crisis.

Coming Events:
GFM I, February 18 & 19 - Taipei

Submitted by Evelyn Kurihara Philbrook             joyful@icatw.com

UNITED STATES:         March 01 2012

A mural created for a former tenant will be getting moved from 4750 N. Sheridan, but for a very good reason. The subject of the mural has just been canonized as a saint.

Colleague Paul Noah painted the mural of Kateri Tekakwitha for the Anawim Center, the Native American outreach program of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Once housed at 4750 N. Sheridan, the Center has moved to the St. Benedict Church Campus and been renamed the Kateri Center of Chicago after Kateri Tekakwitha, one of the first Native Americans to convert to Christianity.

The Roman Catholic Church announced on Feb. 18 that Kateri has been canonized as a saint, one of the first Native Americans so honored, said Georgina Roy, director of the Kateri Center. The mural at 4750 N. Sheridan will be the image of the new saint in holy cards that will be distributed to churches across the country.

Arrangements are being made to move the mural with minimal damage to a new shrine for Kateri at St. Benedict. Georgina stated that the center is just waiting for confirmation of plans from the contractors who will be moving the mural and permission from the Archdiocese of Chicago. She added that everyone will be welcome to visit the artwork in its new home.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org

UNITED STATES:         February 01 2012

The Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA (ICA-USA) has passed the halfway point in its research of Chicago's sustainable development projects for its Sharing Alternatives That Work conference in September 2012. The ICA is working with universities to find sustainable development projects in each of Chicago's neighborhoods as part of its Accelerating Change in Chicago's 77 Community Areas project. As of January 25, 2012, students from seven Chicago-area schools have covered 40 communities. The colleges and universities with students and classes participating include DePaul University, Chicago State University, Roosevelt University, Northeastern Illinois University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago and St. Xavier University. Nina Winn, program coordinator, said that the students are coming from a variety of disciplines including journalism, geography and sociology. She added that as of early January, there were an estimated 155 students who have been active in the research. ICA and university partners are also developing a social media tool to allow for communication between individuals and organizations. The project is part of the ICA's 50th anniversary celebration, culminating in a "Sharing Approaches That Work" (SATW) conference on September 15, 2012.

Trainers of ICA's Technology of Participation (ToP) met in Sacramento, California for their annual conference. More than 90 people from across the country were in attendance with at least a third attending their first conference. Terry Bergdall, CEO of ICA-USA, spoke to the gathered attendees telling them about ICA-USA's activities of the past year. The conference was also one of the 50 Events for 50 Years in celebration of ICA-USA's 50th anniversary. Those at the conference wrote their thoughts and hopes on cloth strips to be included in the art installation that will be created for the anniversary. The membership also elected a board for ToP. The new board members are Mary Flanagan as chair, Molly Shaw as clerk, Nancy Jackson as treasurer and at-large members Ann Epps, Heidi Wilson, Dennis Jennings and Suzanne Esber.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org