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Global Buzz Report: 2012 05 01

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      May 01 2012

Nepal Theme Leaders continue preparation
ICA UK has become an associate member of ICAI; Larry met with them
Moving towards the Audit for 2011
Three possible candidates being worked on by election committee (Still need one more so any statutory members please share immediatly if you have a candidate)

Peer to Peer:
Met with ICA USA, ICA UK
ICA Spain ICA Nepal ICA Associates Canada are working on a proposal to Enhance the study and practice of Social Economy and Social Capital in higher education

Connecting with everyone to prepare for the May dialogues and June GA

Still fine tuning our structures and report framework for finances with colleagues in Canada

Next Steps:
May 18-19 global dialogue
June GA
Nepal conference recruiting

Larry Philbrook           Larry@icatw.com

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      April 01 2012

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 recieving 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 recieved 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

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

BANGLADESH:          May 01 2012

An ICAB board meeting was held on the 7th of April 2012. The Board discussed the Action Plan for 2012 and the 2012 budget, with board members, to focus on a local fundraising mechanism.

Our COO Zaki wecomed Sylvia on April 21st and said goodby to her on behalf of ICAB. Sylvia came to Dhaka for an assignment with the, Management for Health Sciences, to work with John Hopkins University and the Health Ministry in Dhaka for a USAID funded alignment workshop. Fuad got an opportunity to work with her for the scheduled April workshop which has now been rescheduled due to the political issue in Hartal, (strike). Chandpur community project signs were in place and the staff are ready to install this week. Zaki took the initiative to raise funds for the Ghoramara school furniture and Tapan, Aziz, and Zaki announced their contribution.

Zaki          admin@ica-bangladesh.org

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:         May 01 2012

1. News:
In the past month representatives of the World Bank have paid a visit to Khujand. They monitored our NGO activities regarding the Fergana Valley Water Recourses project, for the year 2011. The representatives visited the demonstration plots situated in our target area, Dehkhan Farms (districts). For the same period our NGO successfully past the governmental testing on the implemention of the project within the FVWR framework.

2. Challenges:
The situation in Tajikistan has changed over the past few years. Many of the local NGOs in Tajikistan now have reduced financial support and they have difficulties in meeting their objectives.

3. Next steps:
A number of new ideas were suggested, as a result of the monitoring by the representatives of the World Bank, about the continuation of our NGO's activities within the framework of the Fergana Valley Water Recourses project. These were mostly in regard to using new water supply technology in the field of vegetable growing and gardening. We also keep developing new projects

4.Past events:
For the TSEP project, training sessions were conducted from 2nd. of April to the 5th. on the topic: Negotiation process, and two days training on the topic: Mediation. These were held in the Shahrtuz district.

From 17th. of April to the 19th. training was conducted on the topics: Starting up a business and taxes, for the youth in Kubodien district, jamoat Navoobod. This same training was also held from the 24th. to 26th. of April in the Isfara district, jamoat Lakkon, by trainers Boiboboeva R. and Abduvalieva M.

Nigina Sadikova           nigina7811@rambler.ru

EHIO Tajikistan:         April 01 2012

Monday we held a staff meeting at the EHIO- Farhang va Tarrakiyo office to summerize the past weeks accomplishments and discuss plans for the coming week such as the World Bank project and the TSEP (Tajikistan Stability Enhancement Program).

World Bank Project
We discussed the activities of the WB team regarding the creation of the demonstation plot and the planting of fruit seeds and vegetables, onions, carrots, and maize. Training sessions have been conducted in the target districts within the framwork of the project.

TSEP Project
From the 1st to the 3rd of March we conducted one day training sessions on the topic: Negotiation Process and two day training sessions on Meditation. These were held in the Isfara region, jamoat Navgilem, for representatives of the local authorities. In addition from the 5th to the 19th of March we conducted training in basic and tax management in connection with starting up a business, for representitives of Dekhan Farms. Similar training sessions were held from the 28th to the 30th of March for representitives of Dekhan Farms in the Asht region jamoat, Oshoba, and Kabodiyon district, jamoat Hudoikulov, for representative of cluster committees and the local authorities.

Nigina Sadikova                  sadykova.nigina@mail.ru

INDIA:            May 01 2012

Our Residential Tribal School has successfully completed the 12th standard in, 'Initial computer training,' with the help of Nelson Stover, who came to India to launch the project.

The Women's Empowerment Project in Mulshi, Pune, began successfully, with the new coordinator, Mayumi Tateishi. We have already conducted several 5 day Business Training sessions for over a 100 women, also 3 day sessions in Empowerment Training for 44 women. Last week we began a computer training institute for farmers and students and a Tailoring Institute for women. Both the projects were started in Khamboli village. This is going to be a very intensive pilot program in the setting up of income generating projects for women, therefore, Ms Shizuyo Sato, Director of ICA Japan with her supporter, Ms.Takako are coming to India in May to launch the project.

Shankar Jadhav           icaiindia@vsnl.net

JAPAN:          May 01 2012

During March and April 2012, Shizuyo, Naomi and Takako went to Kenya to assist with emergency aid distribution of food and pipe, (to bring water from lake Turokana), for Ethopia and Somalia drought refugees.

Shizuyo and Eiki also traveled to Vietnam working on lake water purification, using floats holding vegetables (their giant roots "eat" the dirt and purify the water).  About 100 other Hanoi lakes are now copying this natural lake cleaning method.

Shizuyo brought 2 businessmen to Hoy An city on Chami Island researching solar energy and windmills for providing electricity for around 5000 villagers.

Mayumi is now in Pune assisting with our partnership project, intended to raise women up, enabling them to have small businesses, by taking development training.  Another partnership project began in Bihar State to raise up the lowest class people who were severly affected by the flood created when the dam broke in Nepal. Our plan is to build ten mulitipurpose commuity centers and provide capacity building training.  Takako will go there around mid-May to coordinate the project.

Chimaki in assisting ICAJ with the paperwork necessary to apply for "NPO Certification" so that we may receive tax free donations from the private sector.

Motoko and Gaku began working for ICAJ the end of April, and enthustically joined our international development team.

Yuichiro continued applying for an Americares grant to do healing work in Tohoku.  Their joint proposal is to take displaced people to "Bath" in the mountain and to plant small plots in the lowlands as a means of engagement and healing from damages caused by flood and Tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan.

Wayne worked on finances, and towards supporting the global conference Peace Building Theme, along with Keli from Taiwan, Ishu from Nepal and others.  They also began again to complete our new bi-lingual web site at www.icajapan.org.

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.

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.

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

PERU:          May 01 2012

During April we discovered the risk of working with the high-profile Conga Project in the northern Region of Cajamarca, where strikes and demonstrations caused the rescheduling to May of our April AVANZA PERU 3-week trianing, and the loss of a month's income. However the Community Self-Development (Auto-Desarrollo Comunitario) program concept based 100 in the ICA methods is catching on here and we are now contracted out through August along iwth lots of prospect to fill the calendar for 2012.

The open time in Apirl gave us and opportunity to build staff skills, deepen our curriculum preparation and do a wonderful 2-day work-day at the Training Center in Azpitia to finish up the newly remodeled bathrooms and put a fresh coat of colorful paint on the seminar rooms and staff bedrooms. The center is now ready to welcome another 30 eager community leaders beginning the 6th. of May, closing out a week of having 6 people in the field in three Regions. Life is good!

Ken Hamje           kenh@ica-peru.org

TAIWAN:         May 01 2012

  • Larry did UN programs in New York, Ethiopia, and Germany with stops in Paris to work with Lan Huong facilitation group.
  • Evelyn and Gail worked on preparation for Hua-Guang Girls High School program in China with Jorie Wu and Jackie Chang
  • Jessie, Jorie, Jester, Eva and Luis conducted the 3rd in a series of Social Intelligence Programs with Sichuan Elementary School teachers without Larry
  • Dick held DreamWorks monthly meeting with new participants and Truth About Life  on Heath Care Systems
  • Nepal Theme Leaders continue preparation.  Evelyn met with both the global team and held Adobe Connect training for small Nepali team and discovers helpful bandwidth report.
  • Larry continued his Appreciative Inquiry ToP virtual class with the US ToP network
  • Larry met with ICA USA and ICA UK and sends out announcements for regional meetings and General Assembly next quarter with election coming up for ICAI board.
  • Expanding Taiwan and China market contacts while focusing on Nepal and China conferences, and ICAI global connections and scheduled events
  • Dancing with Jump Time Zones
  • Truth About Life May 6, 9:30 am-12:30pm
  • ICA-Nepal Conference Theme Leaders Meeting, May 10,16: 4-5 pm Nepali Time Zone, Adobe Virtual mtg.
  • HuaGuang, Nanning, Guanxi, China Imaginal Learning May 12 & 13
  • Asia Regional Meeting May 18 or 19th Virtual meeting
  • Dialogue program May 26 & 27 Tien-mu, Taipei

Evelyn Kurihara Philbrook           joyful@icatw.com

TAIWAN:         April 01 2012


  • 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.

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:         May 01 2012

ICA Board, AC77 Meet at Chicagos Field Museum
The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee for Accelerate 77 (AC77) met at The Field Museum in downtown Chicago on Friday, April 20, to hear updates on progress with the citywide project to connect community sustainability projects.

A total of 55 people from both groups were able to attend the presentation. Among those speaking included Advisory Committee Chair Jim Troxel of Millennia Consulting, LLC, The Field Museums Mario Longoni, and Aaron Joseph, the Deputy Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago.

Aaron said that sustainability is a priority for the city and his office. He added that the Chicago had won the Business Civic Leadership Committees national Sustainable Community Award in the large city category the same week as the meeting.

Chicagos government is putting its support behind the AC77 project. We're really looking for ways to reach out to the community and tap into what the communities are doing and elevate that up so others can see what the communities are doing at the very local level, Aaron said. That's what I think is so important about this project and why Karen Weigert, the Chief Sustainability Officer for Chicago and the mayor are very interested in seeing Accelerate 77 succeed.

Mario spoke about the Field Museum's Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) program, which is also identifying community sustainability work in the city and looking for ways to encourage others to get involved with the cause. The museum has established the Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit on the web at http://climatechicago.fieldmuseum.org/ to highlight what communities have done and encourage and inspire others to do the same.

Nina Winn, program coordinator for Resilient Communities, and Seva Gandhi, program coordinator for Service Learning, both spoke on the progress of cataloguing sustainability projects in each of Chicagos 77 community areas, getting summer interns for AC77, and preparing for the Sharing Approaches That Work conference on September 15, 2012. As of April 20, 55 of the citys community areas have been researched.

We're really trying to make this a student-led initiative, Seva said, talking about the internship program for at least 40 students this summer. She also reminded the audience that while there is a lot of work leading up to the Share Fair in September, its only just the beginning. The real work begins after September 15th, she said. That's when connecting and creating a community between the citys sustainability groups and programs will begin.

Remodeled ICA Kitchen Open for Business
The community kitchen on the sixth floor at the Institute of Cultural Affairs building in Chicago is open and ready to use! The remodeled kitchen at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. took six months to finish, but according to those attending an inaugural potluck dinner celebration, it was worth it.

ICA Facilities Manager Lesley Showers said the kitchen before remodeling was outdated and not very welcoming. The room, meant to be used by residents of the intentional community on the seventh floor, had been designed as a commercial kitchen and was not practical as a community space. The plumbing and wiring were redone. New energy efficient appliances and cabinets made with eco-friendly materials were added. The kitchen also received a hand-built greenhouse for growing leafy greens and herbs. There has been a very positive reaction from those living and working in the building. More than twenty residents, colleagues and staff attended the potluck dinner in the new kitchen.

"I had been watching the kitchen go through the transformation and it was fantastic to look at," said Assistant Facilities Manager Tyra Taylor, who attended the potluck. "Not until the potluck dinner did I realize what a catalyst the kitchen could be to make a group of people into an intentional community." Lesley said that she's already been getting requests to use the kitchen for gatherings and fundraisers.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org

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