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Global Buzz Report: 2012 04 01

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      April 01 2012

News:
Virtual conference group is working hard on the technical setup for Nepal
Theme leaders both globally and in Nepal held gatherings on the next steps
ICA USA has agreed to handle receiving the registration fees for Nepal which makes online payment an option
New finance system in Canada coming into place thanks to Bill Staples and others
ICAI received UNESCO consultative Status
Invoices are out for 2012 dues

Peer to Peer:
Setting up the May 18 N/S America Dialogue Call at 9AM CST
May 19  Asia Call at 9AM Mumbai Time
Africa Europe still being finalized

Concerns:
Making sure all can participate in the dialogue and conferences

Next steps:
GA is scheduled for June 16
ICAI Board GLT election will be held at the GA so the nomination committee will be asking for nominations shortly from all ICA's

Larry Philbrook           Larry@icatw.com

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

BANGLADESH:          April 01 2012

The ICA Bangladesh Team held a community workshop on March 8th. At the meeting they discussed a number of issues including the community entrance sign, the community determined student fee collection, and the functionality of a project management committee. Since the construction of the ICA school building, various community meetings have been organized at the school.

The community has realized that they would need to contribute, but expressed concern that they are not really in a position to do so. However a very small monthly contribution has been fixed. The ICA Bangladesh Team is encouraged by the community decision.

From July 2011, the ICA Bangladesh Board of Directors has been meeting every month in order to increase the members’ involvement in the organization and it's dynamic leadership. On the 25th of February, the Board reviewed various NGO official circulars regarding the submission of yearly, quarterly and other reports to the DC office. They discussed the reports that the NGOAB is obligated by the Government to comply with. The Board has also appointed an information officer as required under the Access to Information Act.

On the 17th of March 2012 a planning workshop was held at the ICA Office. Members signified the importance of income generation for 2012, given the need for the huge administration expense. Forhad and Habib have been working on the for-profit loyalty initiative. The team also identified the need for a local fundraising initiative to go along with a partnership in a CSR proposal submission. The team will be presenting the complete action plan and revised budget at the next Board meeting.

From Zaki

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

NEPAL:           April 01 2012

News from ICA Nepal

Website Maintained
ICA Nepal website www.ica-nepal.org now has a new look with lots of new information added.

Conference Highlights
With each passing day, the conference preparation team is getting more excited. Development works, NGOs, and many others have started to show a keen interest with the upcoming 8th Global Conference on Human Development, 2012.

Mr. Dutta Roy, retired from the UNICEF staff, voluntarily visited the ICA office to congratulate ICA Nepal on the organizatin of such a great event. According to him, this event will bring many new dimensions to human development. Mr. Roy shared his experience in working as a communications and documentation officer.

The Conference Team visited the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The Tourism Board is supporting the event in terms of a reception at the airport, organizing a conference press meeting, and a promotional kit for participants. Dr. Tatwa Timsina gave a brief presentation on the Global Conference for the PhD scholars in training in Research Methodology, conducted by ICA Nepal.

Mr. Umesh Lama, President of the Nepal Permaculture Group, visited ICA Nepal with Mr. Krishna Kumar Shrestha, (National Theme Coordinator, Building a Viable Future for Planet Earth) and explored possible sites for a field visit. He also suggested that we join hands for the conference. The Nepal Permaculture Group is working towards creating sustainable ways of living, and developing ecologically harmonious productive systems.

Training
A three day training program was conducted on Research Methodology, for PhD scholars.

Promoting a private-public partnership model: ICA Nepal, in partnership with Rural Infrastructure Management Consultant Pvt. Ltd (RIMC), is currently working on skill based training; a three month residential training program is being conducted for 14 girls of Sindhupalchowk district.

Projects:
The on going project for the Far Western Region, supported by Misereor, has been extended for 3 years.

The Drinking water project in Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur, in coordination with the Rotary Club of Rudramati, Kathmandu, has been successfully completed.

Ishu Subba           ishu@ica-nepal.org

TAIWAN:         April 01 2012

News:

  • Larry, Frieda and Evelyn facilitate GFM II in Tien Mu, Taipei
  • Dick leads Truth About Life dialogues on the future of health care continues
  • Dick convenes Dream-work gathering for March brings deep insights
  • Larry joins Jessie, Jester, Eva, and Luis outside Cheng-Du with Sichuan Teacher project
  • Gail conducts Open Space training for University students in Taiwan
  • Larry works with three corporate clients, one in Taiwan, one in New Territory of Hong Kong and one in Shenzhen, China
  • Evelyn uses Virtual Boot Camp Class for ORID conversations with Adobe Connect
  • Gail works with Philippine team to host Asia wide Open Space on Learning for the Future and hosting Harrison Owen for a one day event and a two and half day series in Manila.

Peer to Peer:

  • Virtual meeting with Jean Watts on PJD creates discussion on Other World conversations
  • Larry continues the TTN conference classes on Appreciative Inquiry and ToP online virtually
  • Larry and Evelyn join National Nepal Steering Committee meeting online through skype
  • Evelyn helps Richard Alton and Shankar Jadav host Nepal Conference Theme leaders meeting with help of Doug Druckenmiller and Nadine Bell.

Challenges:
Exciting global links and local opportunities does not always contribute to bottom line for ICA Taiwans future, but can seed them.

Next Steps:
State intents for work on PJD, explore new connection to Hua-Guang School, continue work with colleagues on Nepal Conference, and AI and ToP classes, hone skills on virtual meetings, prepare for longer trip in April to USA, Middle East, and Europe, and follow up on Open Space opportunities, while preparing for Imaginal Learning Course.

Coming Events:
Truth About Life on Health, 1 April
Dream-work, 21 April
Imaginal Learning Course: 28 & 29 April

Submitted by

Evelyn Kurihara Philbrook           joyful@icatw.com

TANZANIA:           April 01 2012

This month ICA Tanzania implemented it's 5 year strategic plan. The event was facilitated by Jonathan Dudding from ICA UK and participants from ICA Tanzania, in Monduli, Handeni. The participants were trained community volunteers, community development officers, and Social welfare officers, from Handeni and Monduli districts, where ICA Tanzania has ongoing projects. It was also attended by Mohamed Khaki who is on the board of ICA Canada and is now volunteering his time with ICA Tanzania, (working in finance). After the PSP event there was a board meeting. They analysed the previous project implementation reports and discussed the coming 5 year plan. The board recommended that ICA Tanzania's administration works hard to improve the organizations capacity to implement the project, with full financial accountability and continuing communication with partners and donors, in order to re-open an avenue of trust.

The Handeni ICA Tanzania field office has finalized a project to establish Children Councils and is conducting elections for those councils. At the district level the elections cover 114 villages and 23 Wards. The main task of the councils is to educate parents and children about children's rights, identifying and helping those children that are facing different child rights abuse, by reporting the events to the relevant authorities

ICA Tanzania also continues to run and support the Majengo children's home in Mto wa mbu, and provide support for girls to access secondary school education

On HIV/AIDS: The testing center has continued to receive clients, (around 90 clients for this month), and the Home Based Care services continue to help HIV/AIDS clients. They have reached 280 in the Mto wa mbu area.

Charles Luoga           cluoga@yahoo.co.uk

UNITED STATES:         April 01 2012

ICA Offers Internships for Accelerate 77
The Institute of Cultural Affairs in the U.S.A. (ICA) has announced that it will be accepting up to 40 interns during Summer 2012 to support the "Accelerating Green Initiatives in Chicago's 77 Community Areas" (Accelerate 77) project and the "Sharing Approaches That Work" (SATW) Conference on September 15, 2012. "Anticipating 40 new interns is definitely going to change the energy level on the project," said Nina Winn, program coordinator for the Resilient Communities program. "What I look forward to most is each student's creative talent and unique perspective and input that will ultimately drive the Accelerate 77 effort to success."

Accelerate 77 is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in preparations for the September share fair that will highlight, connect and accelerate Chicago's green initiatives. Summer interns will have the option of involvement in one of the three work arenas: Community Engagement, Communications and Promotion, and Event Design and Implementation. Students interested in advanced leadership development will have the training and hands-on experience of co-leading teams in these three areas in collaboration with ICA mentors.

The program can be up to ten weeks in length, beginning May 28 and ending August 3. Participants will have the option of participating in the entire ten-week program that includes the optional Student Leadership Development session - or alternatively choosing a three (June 18-July 6) or four-week (July 9-August 3) cycle. The preferred time commitment is 20 hours per week.

The program will be coordinated at the ICA's headquarters at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago. More information on leadership development opportunities can be found under the Resilient Communities Program at www.ica-usa.org. The deadline to apply is April 9, 2012.

ToP Debuts Power of Image Shift Courses
The Technology of Participation (ToP) network has unveiled a new set of advanced courses - The Power of Image Shift (PoIS).

PoIS is a three-day set of courses that includes the theory of image shift and the training design tools that enable ToP facilitators to help maximize their efforts. It is a succinct presentation of image shift theory and practical methods to facilitate work with others. During the courses, attendees look at their individual facilitation journey and the images they hold that affect their work as facilitators.

Participants, both new to ToP and current facilitators, have expressed gratitude to learn about this part of ICA's work and to have "design" tools which help them think through a more complex format.  "The Power of Image Shift course greatly enhanced my facilitator 'toolkit,' particularly when helping organizations address organizational issues," said Shannon Mong, a ToP facilitator who recently took the course. "My learning was greatly enhanced by having opportunities during the course to apply the new concepts directly to our own facilitation projects."

George and Elise Packard along with colleagues from ICA-Canada created the three-day course. It has been offered a few times in California and Minnesota, and courses have been taught internationally. A session for ToP Trainers is scheduled in Chicago from March 27 through 29.

The PoIS is a course for trainers, session/curriculum designers, facilitators, and others who lead people and group processes. The basic ToP Facilitation Course is a prerequisite to take PoIS.

For more details, go to www.top-network.org.

Archives Project to hold Sojourner Programs
The ICA Archives Project is making major progress in sorting the files and is planning to capitalize on that progress by holding two Sojourner Programs - one in April, the next in October.

The first Sojourner Program will be for two weeks (weekdays only) from April 30 to May 12. The focus of the program will be the Town Meeting '76 records and archive materials related to the ICA's long-term training programs including the International Training Institute (ITI) and the Human Development Training School (HDTS). The second program will be from October 8 through 19 and will focus on the Global Social Demonstration records.

The Archives volunteers have accessioned all but one and a half rows of file cabinets in the basement at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., meaning that each file has been itemized and the contents noted. The job of digitizing, cataloguing and organizing the files remains and volunteer help is always needed.

Former staff and colleagues who would like to take part in the Sojourner Programs or who want to come in independently can email the Archives Team at global-archivesica-usa.org. Archive photos are still being added to the ICA's Facebook page and all colleagues are invited to take a look and help identify the people and dates for each photo.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org

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