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Global Buzz Report: 2012 12 01

ICAI Leadership Team Report:      December 01 2012

Global Leadership Team/ Board meeting gathering of old and new board for a day to reflect on the journey and report on the current state of all ICAs - 8th Global conference that had 347 participants, 100 organizations, 36 nations - the Nagarkot Gathering, 45 participants, 30 topics, 3 regional gatherings - Virtual ICAI Regional Meetings, Asia Pacific, North and South America, Europe and Africa. (report has been shared with all ICAs

1) How to shift from clearing away old systems into global strategy/ longer term framework while maintaining the peer-to-peer self-organizing structure?
2)How to approach global topics like - How do we develop a strategic plan for ICAI - Following up the Nepal Conference - ToP Global involving both ICA structures and other organizations in a way that protects ICA intellectual rights, local ICAs, and other individuals/Organizations involved in promoting ToP methods.- Supporting ICAs that are struggling in such a way that they have the opportunity to become self-reliant functional entities or acknowledge that it is not possible at the moment.- Succession strategies - raising up the next generation of leaders while making sure the Archives project succeeds so we continue to give the world access to what we are doing

Next steps
General Assembly - Dec 17

Dear Colleagues
I am returning to my role at ICA Taiwan and leaving the Presidency, Board and GLT as of Dec 17, which as I hope you know is the date of the GA. I would like to thank all my ICA colleagues for their efforts to work toward our new structure, each in your own way have helped to stabilize and demonstrate that we can be self-reliant and supportive of each other at the same time. In the last two years we have been re-forming our organization through self-organization and creative initiative. It has been creative and perhaps frustrating at the same time.

A few colleagues I would like to mention specifically for their efforts in making the great changes of the past two years possible.

All of the colleagues in Nepal who stood up and demonstrated a great way to host a global conference. There are too many people to name but I do want to highlight the support team and the virtual team who along with the global/local facilitation team created a high quality event. Our global colleagues also to many to name who joined physically and virtually to make this conference a special event.

Bill Staples, Nan Hudson and their colleagues both at ICA Canada and ICA Associates for helping us to make the transition from Montreal to Toronto and establish the new financial and legal framework.
To the Sistahs of the virtual world: Cheryl Kartes, Catherine Tornbom, Sunny Walker, Kathy McGrane, Nadine Bell, Tamyra Freeman, who launched ICAI into the virtual world and in a different but extremely important way to others that helped those communications happen, Peter Ellins, Maryann Philbrook, Lan Levy, Irina Fursman, Jo Nelson, Sheila Cooke, and Ester Mae Cox.

Robyn Hutchinson, John Miesen, Peter Ellins, and the entire Winds and Waves team for putting together a great magazine that connects us to the world.

Our colleagues in Japan, ICA Associates Canada and John Patterson for caring for us in many ways, particularly forgiving our past financial commitments so that we can move into 2013 debt free.

My colleagues on the Global Leadership Team (Isabel, Dick, Gerald, Sabah, Shankar, and Kevin) each has taken a lot of their time and energy to serve our global community and to re-establish connections and dialogue.

I have had the pleasure of talking with almost all of our ICA members and seeing the number begin to grow again as more organizations formalize their commitment to the global community. I have a great hope that we can continue to expand our regional and global cooperation and communication one step at a time.

With respect, Larry

Larry Philbrook

BANGLADESH:        November 01 2012

The month of October was a hectic month for our colleagues with the AGM and Nepal conference trip on hand. At the Board meeting held on October 12th, we approved the AGM agenda including the audit, the annual report, the project reports, the chief guest, and the membership. The AGM was held on October 19th following a social retreat come orientation session.

Attendees at the AGM
Wahida Banu, executive director of Aparajey Bangladesh, working for positional changing of poor and under privileged children, has witnessed the event and addressed the gathering as Chief Guest. Habib assisted the team in hosting the event online. Fuad, Tahmina and Aziz facilitated sessions.

We have a new board with one new face: advocate Shahalam as vice-chairperson. We also have two new members: Sharful and Elias. At the AGM, ex ICA staff, Nurul and Kauser expressed a wish to become members of ICA Bangladesh soon.

The November, capacity building training plan, with Maria and Richard was also finalized. Maxwell and WARD have been contacted for partnership in our public courses this year.

Three ICA Bangladesh colleagues, Zaki, Shahalam and Fuad, left Dhaka on October 26th for the 8th Global Conference and completed Meetings That Work, Social Artistry Leadership, and youth conference respectively. They are excited about the main conference. They are also having a reflection with Maria and Richard following each day's session.

Ripon assisted us in having some souvenir t-shirts for the occasion of the Nepal conference and Nepal delegates are raising some funds for projects by selling those at the Nepal conference.

Shahalam and Nurul visited the village and joined the Chadpur team. They decided to strengthen the Ghoramara community after the Nepal conference.

An agreement has been signed between MSH and ICA Bangladesh for professional services.

Zaki           admin@ica-bangladesh.org

KENYA:          December 01 2012

ICA Kenya have now prepared the Impact Assessment report for the:
LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (LTID} The complete report will be featured in the next issue of Winds and Waves magazine which is to be published on December 15th.

Meshack Mutevu           icakenya@ymail.com

NEPAL:           December 01 2012

After the conference, ICA Nepal is now focusing more time on the follow up process locally. We are asking all the theme leaders to provide reports. Tej Karki has taken the responsibility to compile and prepare the overall report. We have also organised planning workshops with the aim of coordinating and expanding ICA Networks. And we have also organised a series of training sessions in Kathmandu for our staff from the Far Western region of Nepal.

Tatwa and Kushendra will be joining Wayne and Shizuyo and the ICA Japan team in Bihar on Nov. 27 to learn more about their work and have discussions about Peace Centres and other developmental activities. ICA Nepal is also supporting Reach Out Nepal, an organisation from Australia to manage the care home in Kathmandu. We also worked with the local Rotary Club to submit a proposal this week.

Tatwa P. Timsina           ica@icanep.wlink.com.np

PERU:          December 01 2012

2012 has been a challenging year with only 5 out of 11 programs contracted, and yet a rewarding year as we were able to support an expanded staff, make many improvements in our facilities and pass 250 communities in 15 of the 24 departments of Peru, served over the past 5 years with new leadership and new hope . We are indeed blessed.

What we have learned over the past 5 years is to extend our services beyond 3-weeks of leadership formation in our Training Center in Azpitia to a 6-month program, not only to assist in the recruitment process of the candidates, but to work with them after Azpitia back in their villages to establish them as accepted leaders for a new mode of Community Self-Development.

And now for 2013, we are extending the projects further to 12 months and more as we support the new leaders to build a vibrant local economy, restoring their confidence in their rural values and traditions, and learning once again to produce their own goods while meeting the standards of living as viable communities in the 21st century. The only hope of our staff these days is that we can learn fast enough to stay ahead of the people we are awakening, for we know well that there is no limit to their creativity once they have a vision of a new future which they themselves can control. These are exciting times to be working at the local.

Staff          admin@ica-peru.org

TAIWAN:        Decemberr 01 2012

Larry and Evelyn focused on supporting the ICA Nepal Conference in Kathmandu which ICA Nepal pulled off with great warmth, style, and finesse hosting 350 people to the opening, 218 people in theme groups, and the post conference ICA Nagarkot meeting, Nov 3 & 4 with 45 people.

Evelyn joins the Social Artistry Leadership training team conducted at the National Technical Training Institute in Bhaktapur, Nepal with Janet Sanders, Pramila and Anita, on Nov. 6, 7, & 8 with 40 participants.
Dick holds Truth About Life on Healing Modalities, a monthly dialogue/salon held on Saturday morning 9:30 -12:30 at ICA Taiwan.
Larry, Paulina and Eve launched the Creative, Collaborative Facilitation Certification in Shanghai, China, first of eight visits over nine months.
Federal Travel Group Taiwan with Larry and Frieda conducting Strategic Planning Workshop.
Gail holds an Open Space Exchange held in Taipei for twenty people.
Dick continues weekly Tuesday morning virtual study on the book, The Great Work, by Thomas Berry with Baileys and Rebstock.
Forty-seven people join the Annual ICA Thanksgiving Feast and Potluck, Sunday, November 25, 1- 4 pm. Two roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberry compote, Cioppino, and vegetarian fare grace our table along with many yummy entrees and desserts.

Peer to Peer:
Larry hosts ICAI Regional Meetings: Asia Pacific, North and South America, Europe and Africa, as preparation for Annual General Assembly meeting in December.
Larry works through Nepal Post conference follow up, by setting up Themes to send their final reports to Tej Karki in Nepal and write articles for Wind and Waves.

Money and Time are not the issue, priorities are the issue.

Upcoming Events
Truth About Life on Healing Modalities Dec. 22nd. GFM-1 Jan. 19 & 20, and GFM-2 Feb. 16 & 17 at National Taiwan University

Evelyn Philbrook for ICA Taiwan Team

UNITED STATES:         December 01 2012

ICA Hosts International Training Session
The ICA building at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. recently hosted the International Management Development Programme's (IMDP) Training in Chicago.

Sponsored by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, it addressed management challenges faced by national health program managers and health care administrators in poor and middle income countries.

Participants came from Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Switzerland. Among them were the director/national coordinator and administrative staff of the Department of Public Health of the Ministry of Health for Nigeria. This is the first time that this training has been hosted in the United States.

ToP Facilitators, Dennis Jennings and Judy Weddle, are on the IMDP faculty and work with two other faculty members from India, Indu Rao and Viswanath Gopalakrishnan.

The training focuses on influencing, networking and partnership skills and includes ICA's Technology of Participation (ToP) participatory approach launched in 2010 and it continues to be a valued course among health care administrators.

ICA Board Elects New Member and Officers

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The Board of Directors of the Institute of Cultural Affairs elected Kadi Sisay of Chicago as the newest member of the ICA board and picked new officers for the coming year.

Kadi is an organizational development consultant and is president of ChangeSource. She has facilitated more than 300 strategic planning workshops and retreats in her career, primarily using the methods of Technology of Participation (ToP), developed by the Institute.

Some of Kadi's clients include Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, Milwaukee Public Schools, the Donors Forum of Chicago and the YMCA Alliance.

She completed a Master's of Science degree in Human Resources Management and Development at National-Louis University. Kadi received her Bachelor's in Human Resources Management with an emphasis in Organization Development from Northeastern Illinois University.

The Board also elected new officers for 2013: Larry D. Loeppke - chairperson, Cheryl Kartes - chairperson-elect, Joyce Sloan Secretary; and Alan Gammel - treasurer.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org

UNITED STATES:         November 01 2012

4750 N. Sheridan Rd. Popular on Tour
The ICA building at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., also known as GreenRise Uptown, was on the tour for Open House Chicago and was one of the most popular sites with almost 750 people visiting the buildings first and sixth floors.

Open House Chicago is an annual citywide architectural tour operated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The event showcased 150 buildings over the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2012. The 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. building was the only location in Uptown to give people a full experience of the architecture and history of the 1920s-era building.

Lesley Showers, Building Manager, said 10 ICA volunteers introduced tour attendees to the history of the building, the ICA, and the sustainable initiatives currently underway, such as wind turbines and energy-efficient windows.

A lot of people were really surprised at all that's going on in the building, Lesley said. People were interested in volunteering, a couple were interested in becoming office tenants as well as residents in the building.

Nina Winn, Resilient Communities Coordinator, said that there were also people who wanted to collaborate on the ICA's sustainability projects.

Learning Basket Receives Funding for New Program
The curriculum for pre-school children will be piloted in early childhood classrooms and with a parent group in 2013 thanks to support from the Seabury Foundation.

The $15,000 from the Seabury Foundation will fund a pilot of the new Learning Basket School Readiness curriculum in two settings. The first would be in a low income Chicago early childhood classroom setting, with trained Learning Basket practitioners working with the readiness materials with four- and five-year-olds. The second setting would be in a Learning Basket Parent Group, with parents of four- and five-year-olds learning how to use the approach at home with their children. The ICA will select the pilot sites based on 2 main criteria: the settings compatibility with the program, and their ability to contribute to the programs success.

Throughout 2011 and 2012, the Learning Basket team focused on the development of a school readiness curriculum for four- and five-year-olds, their parents, and their caregivers. This work was based in the concepts that guide the original Learning Basket approach, including those of imaginal education and transformational learning.

The Seabury Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports programs in arts and culture; health; conservation and the environment; human capacity building; children, youth and families; and education. This was the third grant the ICA has received from the Foundation.

Tom Wray           twray@ica-usa.org