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Global Buzz Report: 2012 09 01

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      September 01 2012

Preparing for Nepal Conference- Larry met with each theme plus the Sherpas and theme leaders.
73 International registrations in; looking for 77 more.
ICAs are signing up for Virtual conference.
New members to be for GLT, (Staci and Seva), participated GLT meeting.

Election process for Martin Gilbraith has begun. Larry sent letter with CV to all members.
VP's will call all members to make sure they received and understand.

How to use Nepal as a way to craft the next 2--4 or 6 year strategy for ICAI..

Next steps
on strategy conversations and working groups.
ICA gathering prep-
GLT September meeting context: what we need to be doing in the year 2013, 2014 focal points and budget.

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      August 01 2012

We held the general assembly including the election of 3 new members for the global leadership team who will take their seats in Nepal.
A final candidate has been nominated for the GLT. Martin Gilbraith of ICA UK has been nominated by ICA Belgium, the GLT will discuss the process for his election at our next meeting on Aug 4th.

Busy preparing for the Nepal conference with theme leaders meetings at the global level, Nepal level and the virtual group.
The conference site was moved to http://www.conference.ica-nepal.org/
The virtual site is open so please come and join in or initiate dialogues http://www.virtual.ica-nepal.org/

Audit was completed by our colleagues in Canada, we have a deep appreciation for all their work.

Still looking for funding options to get more members to the Nepal conference.
We began a conversation on strategies and the GA and are now trying to figure out how to continue the dialogue and involve enough people so that the input is widespread

Making sure to get at least 200 in the conference.
Working out the conversations needed among ICAs before the GA in December.

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com

AUSTRALIA:        September 01 2012

Long term ICA colleagues, Marilyn and John Oyler and their family, Alisa, Nathan and Ginny, from Phoenix made a trip down south last month visiting Rotorura, New Zealand, Sydney and the Blue Mountains. As we often do, some 20 ICA Sydney siders took the opportunity to host an informal gathering to renew connections and share the stories - many going back over 40 years. This was a great gathering of longer term and brand new colleagues - the collegial network is so well and alive. See who you know in the photo.

For a larger picture click here

ICA Australia continues to be a voluntary network of colleagues, engaged in a wide range of caring occupations and activities.

Robyn Hutchinson           rjhutchinson@optusnet.com.au

BANGLADESH:         August 01 2012

At a board meeting held in early July, potential participants were selected for the Nepal conference. The participants will attend with funding support from ICA Australia. Thank you to ICA Australia for offering some scholarships for ICA Bangladesh. The Board also reviewed its action plan for the next 6 months and asked all task forces to report monthly on the status of accomplishments. The task force conveners and the COO will ensure implementation and reporting to the Board.

A conference call meeting on the 23rd of July 2012 confirmed that Maria and Richards will visit for capacity building after the Nepal conference. We are grateful to Maria and Richard for their plan to help the Bangladesh team. This will be the fifth time they are absorbing the cost in time, energy and money for ICA Bangladesh.

The faculty training session held on the 27th of July 2012 ended with the teams promise to field a strong facilitation team, for income generation through training, until 2013.

The 2011 audit is with the auditors and will be ready for the AGM in September.

ICA Bangladesh, and another organization, WARD, started exploring a package for the Nepal conference by recruiting a group of people from Bangladesh. We are hoping ICA Nepal will be the partner for the Nepal side.

Under the working gifts program, Mr. Kaiser from the USA nominated a person in Bangladesh to contact, and our COO has met with him. Interestingly, Mr. Golam Arshad is an astute businessman and was excited to hear about ICA Bangladesh's activities. He also expressed an interest to supporting our ICA's human development work in the near future. .

Our Board member, Mr. Abdul Bari Jamader, recently became a father of twins. A big congratulations!

Zaki           admin@ica-bangladesh.org

NEPAL:           September 01 2012

8th Global Conference on Human Development, 2012 Countdown Begins

The Countdown has begun for the 8th Global Conference on Human Development, 2012. Presently, logistical arrangements and local marketing are on track. Regular interactions with national stakeholders and potential participants are being conducted regarding conference promotion. Official Invitations are being sent to all the confirmed participants.

The virtual site www.virtual.ica-nepal.org now contains a donation meter; you can donate as you wish. People are welcome to register over the virtual site, and can support us in reaching the target of US $10,000. Currently, there are 86 users of virtual site.

Pre Conference Capacity Building Training:
Training Coordinator Tej Karki visited the Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI), Bhaktapur, regarding their participation in the social artistry leadership training during the conference.

The Youth Conference on Human Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nepal, agreed to provide moral support for the upcoming youth conference. The National Youth Federation, partner organization for youth conference, conducted a day long orientation session outlining the opportunities inherent in the Youth Conference.

In collaboration with the Rotary Club of Rudramati, ICA Nepal successfully conducted a Plantation Program at Changunarayan, Bhaktapur. 1000 plants were planted on public land by people in the community who actively participated in the program.

Ishu Subba          ishu@ica-nepal.org

NEPAL:           August 01 2012

8th Global Conference on Human Development, 2012 - Preparation is at its Height.

With each passing day, the preparation for 8th Global Conference on Human Development, 2012 is gaining momentum.

We have received more than 60 international registrations so far and 50 national confirmed participants. Online registration is available on the ICA USA page:
http://ica.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id229929 .

Virtual Registration site http://ica.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id229929 is ready. You can join to interact and contribute to the dialogue through the site. We have 49 people registered so far, and hopefully many people will join the site in coming days.

Facebook page on Human Development Conference 2012 is getting huge motion.
Please follow the link to like the page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Human-Development-Conference-2012/165972910132773?refhl

ICA Gathering Nagarkot, 3-4 November, 2012
The post Conference event, ICA Gathering Nagarkot, is proposed for the 3-4 November, 2012.
Nagarkot is 32 kilometres on the northeast edge of the Valley at an elevation of 2,175m. It is a very famous hill point that features the panoramic view of snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mansalu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang. Nagarkot is also popular for the breath taking view of the sunshine and sunset on and over the great Himalayas. An overnight stay at Nagarkot will make the tour awesome. Thus, we are offering to conduct one of the post conference events, ICA Gathering, at Nagarkot on 3-4 November, 2012. ICA Nepal promises that this gathering would be a wonderful experience. Don't miss it!
To make a reservation please contact Ishu: ishuica@nepal.org or Manju: manjuica@nepal.org

In July, training on Report Writing and Case Study for social mobilizers and staffs of Room to Read at Bardiya District was conducted. The training ran over 5 days and there were a total of 31 participants..

Ishu Subba          ishu@ica-nepal.org

PERU:           September 01 2012

While most programs have been on hold this month, the staff has had a busy time responding to a number of client requests for new and expanded programs. The latest one was from a large steel company from India which is beginning mining operations in Peru and will be using the ICA-Peru Community Self-Development program to initiate their social responsibility work in the communities in their zone of influence. This is the first time that we will have the opportunity to initiate the process before the dependency has begun in the communities.

Our big project this month was submitting a very major proposal for a two year grant in a competition for Canadian funds, for which we were requested to submit by both the Canadians and one of our client companies. A team of 5 of our staff visited the site for three days and encountered excited communities looking forward to our presence. We engaged them in a participatory process of designing the grant program and then got their documents of commitment to participate. We will learn the results in November for the 2013-14 grant. Meanwhile the company involved is sending a group of 30 representatives of the communities to Azpitia for our three week training to get a jump on the larger program.

Finally, we want to celebrate two new members of our staff who are currently in the field conducting the 4-month Implementation Program on their own, without an "old hand" staff member on the team. Fabiola Valdarrago and Fredy Gomez, each joined our staff just 6 months ago and have quickly mastered the ICA methods and style that are so important for the sensitive task of coaching new graduates as they facilitate their first "live" events in their communities. Its a real joy to see the next generation taking hold of our methods and asserting their leadership on our team.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org

TAIWAN:        September 01 2012

Long time corporate clients take us twice to Japan, where Larry also had the chance to visit Wayne and Shizuyo, and a strategic planning series continues with a travel company in Taipei. A 2-day open space with all members of a small local company is the result of 6 senior staff having participated in the open space learning workshop in June, and the CEO attending the PSP and Spirit of Facilitation courses.

Dick and 2 members of our Facilitator Development Program made up a new team to continue our work in China with the elementary school in Sichuan Province, this time to help integrate a corporate donation of 25 computers and 15 media centers into classrooms and begin the process of a whole new concept for teaching and learning.

Training courses include the Spirit of Facilitation in Taipei and Community Development in Shenzhen, China following the Asian IAF Conference there this week. As a part of the IAF, Larry presented a Community Building session, and Eric from our TOP training program passed his IAF assessment for Certified Professional Facilitator.

Two communities of practice gathered with lots of passion and interaction: Truth About Life focusing on elections, and Dreamwork. Coaching and mentoring, both virtual and in person, is on-going. And Larry intensifies his virtual interchange with all other ICAs as we continue the pre-work for the Nepal Conference and the up-front virtual meetings.

Re-focusing our organizational transformation service to differentiate ourselves from the highly competent facilitators we have trained so that we continue to have no competition.

Gail West           icataiw@gmail.com

TAIWAN:        August 01 2012

Teams continuing to prepare for work with two schools in China in Aug and Sept (one in Sichuan (Evelyn Philbrook, Jorie Wu and Jackie) and one in Nanning (Dick West, Cecilia and Eric)
Open Space training with 20 people attending (June) led by Gail West
Participatory Strategic Planning with 12 at the table
Preparation session for Creative Facilitator certification in China

Peer to Peer
Larry did a Community Development intensive with colleagues from the US ToP network and community activists in New York and a module with the UN on appreciative leadership
Larry and Evelyn working with Nepal for conference preparation
Creativity Group with US ToP network

Discerning the edge of our work with so many options

Next steps
IAF meeting in Shenzhen in August
Community Development Intensive in China Aug 31-Sept 1
Spirit of Facilitation in August

Larry Philbrook           larry@icatw.com

UNITED STATES:         September 01 2012

Jennifer Hirsch To Be ICA Fellow

Nonprofit professional Jennifer Hirsch will join the ICA as a Fellow, focusing on the future evolution of ICA's Accelerating Green Initiatives in Chicago's 77 Community Areas project.

Hirsch was most recently Senior Urban Anthropologist and Urban Anthropology Director at The Field Museums division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in American Culture from Northwestern University.

Hirsch comes to the Institute as a creative and passionate leader with more than 15 years of experience working on community development, sustainability, and cultural diversity in nonprofit, government, and educational institutions in the U.S. and Japan.

As a Fellow, part of Hirsch's work will entail promoting her most recent project, the Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit (online at climatechicago.fieldmuseum.org), in which ICA is a partner. Created in collaboration with over 40 Chicago region partners, the Toolkit includes over 60 multimedia tools to help communities develop their own sustainability and climate action projects. The Toolkit represents the culmination of Hirsch's work co-leading the community engagement process for the Chicago Climate Action Plan with the former Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Environment, Suzanne Malec-McKenna. The process has been showcased as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Energy. Hirsch will be conducting a workshop on the Toolkit at the Sharing Approaches That Work conference on September 15, 2012.

"Were honored to have Jennifer join us in our efforts at the Institute, said Terry Bergdall, President and CEO of ICA. "Her experience in research, community development and fundraising will be invaluable in our sustainability work.

ICA Annual Report 2011 Now Available

The 2011 Annual Report is now available at the ICA-USA website at www.ica-usa.org.

The report takes a comprehensive look at Service Learning, International Initiatives, Technology of Participation (ToP), Learning Basket, sustainability efforts for the GreenRise Learning Laboratory at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., and the Global Archives. It also describes the Institutes efforts as it moves forward into the next half century with its 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Gerald Gomani Visits ICA

Gerald Gomani, the executive director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs - Zimbabwe, visited the ICA-USA's headquarters at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago as part of his trip to the United States.

Gerald spoke during a brown bag lunch held in his honor in the ICA's remodeled kitchen. Interns, Zimbabwean guests, community members and staff all gathered to hear about programs of ICA-Zimbabwe and their efforts in community empowerment and fighting HIV/AIDS in the African nation. He was also proud to announce the launch of ICA-Zimbabwe's website at www.icazim.org.

After the presentation and accompanying slide show, the audience asked questions about ICA-Zimbabwe's funding, what had been done to encourage the employment and small businesses of women, and methods the organization was using to fight HIV/AIDS.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org

UNITED STATES:         August 01 2012

Spencer Family Visits ICA

Tina and Raymond Spencer recently visited the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). They were given a tour of the ICA's remodeled kitchen and learned about current projects including Accelerate 77.

The Spencers have pledged to match dollar-for-dollar every new and increased gift to the ICA up to $50,000 in 2012. Karen Sims, ICA Resource Development Director, said that fundraising had reached 60 of the goal as of July 1.

The challenge will help build and boost programming during the 50th Anniversary year. The Spencers and the Sandra True Family both created challenge grants in 2011. The ICA is honored by their loyalty and support.

For donations, go to https://ica.site-ym.com/?donate to donate online or contact Karen Sims at ksimsica@usa.org.

Call To Join Fall Archives Sojourn

The Global Archives Team is calling on colleagues to take part in a Global Archives Fall Sojourn from September 17 through October 19, 2012. Colleagues will be a part of a three-year plan to digitize the Town Meeting 76 Collection and put it online.

The Town Meeting 76 Collection has been a priority of the Archive Team and volunteers for some time. There is real value in this collection for those who want to access the largest local community change process ever undertaken in a concerted campaign. As this work is done, volunteers will learn how to take a focused area, scan relevant documents, and create links for accessing the information.

"We know much of the historical work is dated and can be confusing to understand without a context, says volunteer Jack Giles. "More importantly, there needs to be a story created that speaks from the future, describing a contradiction or focus area with which the world is presently struggling and for which a collection will have relevance and wisdom.

This sojourn will result in a library, a "living legacy" website, which will allow access to each collection with one click. It will be "living" in the sense that the site will be maintained by a team of curators who will continue to add, refine and link new materials to the collection as they become available. In many cases, these will include links to additional sources and/or groups beyond our historical work. But there is more.

This link, http://voicethread.com/share/3233370/, has an outline of five sojourn weeks of work. There is also a link (http://electriccollegiumideas.posterous.com) where colleagues can indicate their collection priorities, personal passions and knowledge, as well as participation choices. They will also find details of the dates and costs of participating in the sojourn program.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org