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Global Buzz Report: November 2014

ICAI Board Report:

In October the Board has been beginning to prepare for the upcoming General Assembly on December 12. We have been supporting the ICAI working group on Global Conferencing to solicit and review expressions of interest from ICAs to host an ICAI global conference in 2016, for discussion and vote at the GA. We have been supporting the ICAI working group on global ToP policy to continue to consult with members and others to produce a final draft policy for discussion and vote at the GA. We have been supporting the Board nominations & elections committee to receive nominations and speak with candidates in order to finalise a slate for election to four Board positions becoming vacant from January. We have received a complete set of nomination papers for a prospective new Associate member in Ghana, and have been liaising with other prospective candidates for Associate membership from the USA, Korea and the Philippines.

Also the Board in October awarded small sums of financial support to ICA Ukraine and to Bospo for their delegates to attend the ICA European interchange to be hosted by ICA Spain in November, and for members of the ICAI Winds & Waves team, the ICA Asia Pacific region and others to be trained in virtual facilitation using Adobe Connect in order to support peer-to-peer communication and collaboration among ICAs. We supported the Asia Pacific region in an online meeting on the topic of community development, and the Winds & Waves has been receiving contributions and preparing for its next issue of the magazine.

Martin Gilbraith           president@ica-international.org


During the Eid-ul-Adha vacation, the Chandpur team met twice in Chandpur. On the 11th of October, Aziz and Alam visited the community and the school, and discussed the village project and school concerns with the community leaders. The meeting suggested a new school management policy from January 2015.

Mahmuda Ridia Roshni and Mansura Akter have joined the ICA Bangladesh as volunteers. They are university graduates and are committed to assist us in the implementation of the Phulki street children's education project in Dhaka City and research projects along with other day to day activities as program interns.

Staff           admin@ica-bangladesh.org



This is an experimental buzz report, with detailed
information on actual events.

As reported by Shizuyo, Monday Oct 27, upon returning from Vietnam:

There was fabulous excitement upon discovering we might have a comfortable match - many skilled Vietnam people who have passion and enthusiasm want to come to Japan, and Japanese companies short-handed of willing workers! Can we make this linkage come to reality?

The Tohoku area is still suffering because of the earthquake and Tsunami, Japan’s rural population is aging and declining, resulting in an accelerated de-population.

I went to Vietnam with the president of a Tohoku company, exploring opportunities, investigating several possibilities. Our friends had made some great introductions, better than I had imagined. We found the Vietnamese were blocked in processing some agriculture products, and the Tohoku company may set up a processing factory for them. Another excitement came when we learned many Vietnamese skilled youth are available to come to Japan to work for this company in northern Japan.

How soon can we make this happen? How much Japanese language ability is needed? Are the Vietnamese workers willing to learn more about community development?

A wonderful adventure has just begun. Ah, we welcome the age of knowledge! and wisdom!
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Training reported by Wayne Ellsworth, October 28:

Human Development Training by Wayne Ellsworth of ICA Japan and Peter Lasrado of partner HDCI, for: The Severely Marginalized People of Routa and Gopalpur Villages In Madhepura District, Bihar, India, October 2014. Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

Nearly 250 people eagerly participated for four days from Routa and Gopalpur villages.

They recalled what has happened in their villages since the flood of 2008, then listened to a Planetary Evolution talk. For the first time, they deeply understood how the world is rapidly changing. They realized their very existence here depends upon creating a new future.

We all learned the steps necessary to change our lives, using the Octave of Learning system.

The Economic, Social, and Educational Principles of Community Development had a resounding impact, especially the Village Educational Principles. They have school buildings, but the teachers are sub-standard, and the children from the project’s preschools are teaching their teachers and their parents!

Sub-Groups of the participants wrote practical vision elements, thought deeply, then decided priorities and actions for working together for the next six months:

  • They will begin computer education, even if they don’t have electricity or computers – suddenly one participant said he would donate a computer!

  • Secondly, the women want toilets in their homes – they have none and have very little money! They will use their own micro credit scheme, and get toilets, one by one!

  • Third, to get technical education, they will also use the micro credit scheme for a few people to learn, and they will in turn, teach the rest of the villagers.

  • Fourth, they will begin a small scale health center for preventative and curative health, and ask doctors to come regularly to the two villages to check everyone for illnesses.

During the training, they eagerly watched a video of the Tekos advanced learning school in Russia with much interest, laughter, and delight. They want to create that type of learning for themselves. The also saw pictures of vertical farming, and pondered how they could try vertical farming on their very small land.

After the training, we had a discussion with District Magistrate, Mr. Gopal Meena, in Madhepura, showing him what the villagers decided. He promised to get electricity for six villages and to really improve the quality of education.

In February 2015, we will enter the villages’ brand new Multi-purpose Centers and build plans for the next several years. They invite you to join them, and to contribute to their future!

In parallel with this training, Mr. Isawa’s trained in Hydroponics and compost making. For over 150 people from 5 villages, the villagers are being released from poverty by simple techniques from Japan.
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We also are securing more information for Cote d’Ivoire proposal which is being processed by the funder, and adjusting our Myanmar proposal for another funder, and expanding our work in the Tohoku area of Japan. Equally significantly, we are initiating a Caravan of Community revitalization in Japan, which deeply excites us.
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Was this format helpful for communicating really what we experienced?

Please see our website at http://www.icajapan.org/ home-english/ for more.

Wayne Ellsworth for ICA Japan         wayne@icajapan.org 


Detroit is Rising with ToP and the Skillman Foundation

The City of Detroit has two mottoes: Speramus Meliora, and, Resurget Cineribus, Latin for: We Hope For Better Things, and, It Shall Rise From the Ashes. A year after filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, Detroit's communities are "rising from the ashes" from the bottom up, and Technology of Participation (ToP) is playing a role in promoting community ownership of renewal initiatives.

Earlier this year, the Skillman Foundation engaged Chicago ToP trainers, Dennis Jennings and Judy Weddle, to customize a ToP Facilitation Methods training for a group of partners and stakeholders working on a community renewal project in Southwest Detroit.

The group, Vista Partnership, seeks to address long-term disinvestment and economic decline in three neighborhoods spanning a 20-block area.  Recognizing residents as the key drivers of change in their own neighborhoods, the project is bringing them together and creating spaces where they can turn their hopes for their neighborhoods into reality. 

The project started with local youth leaders and business owners engaging residents in one-on-one and group conversations about the types of developments they would like to see in their neighborhood. The ideas are emerging; for example, one project is developing empty lots in small scale ways such as community gardens, pop-up art events and musical performances. The ToP training will strengthen the partners' ability to maximize the impact of neighborhood meetings.

Dan Pederson, Director of the Vista Project in Southwest Detroit shared his positive experience using ToP training with a meeting of 40 veterans to develop "Park Rules" for a new park. He found the training to be "invaluable, as within 30 seconds of starting, a couple [members] of the group tried to dominate the discussion...I was able to respectfully listen and then direct us back to the question...We ended up with some great park rules that were created by the veterans present...My training helped to give everyone a voice and it did not shut out the most dominant, but leveled the volume in a way that everyone felt heard."

Richard Alton          richard.alton@gmail.com