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ICAI Board Report:

Dear all ICA members

ICA International's role is to facilitate peer-to-peer interchange, learning and mutual support in the ICA network across the world. Based on this, ICAI gave financial support to the the West Africa Gathering, that was held on October 29, at Lagos, Nigeria. And we will support the Asian Pacific Meeting and the European Meeting.

I also want to let you know that our Board Nomination Committee has gaven us recommendations to fill in the chairs for the period 2019 – 2022. To fulfill legal requirements, the General Assembly needs to vote to approve the nominees. Please schedule December 6, 2018 for our next General Assembly.


Lisseth Lorenzo
ICAI President
Skype: lissethl

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The West Africa Regional conference was hosted in Nigeria by EPDI from October 28th to November 3rd 2018 at The Redemption Resort. The topic of the conference was Re-Positioning West Africa ICAs for Greater Effectiveness.
During the opening day, the Chairman of EPDI said that our desire is that all ICAs will be strengthened, renewed and re-fired for impacting the world around them in a greater dimension. As far as concern, the vice President of the ICAI in West Africa, he said that the role of ICA International is to facilitate peer-to-peer interchange, learning and mutual support in the ICA network across the world, and for greater and deeper impact in line with our mission.

Talking about The Mission of the Institute of Cultural Affairs International, the vice President said that ICAI wants to build a just and equitable society in harmony with our planet earth. Moreover, he informed people that the conference is possible through the support of ICAI in the framework of our global peer to peer approach. ICA International has organized this kind of conference at regional levels since 2015. In The West Africa Region, we started with Cote d’Ivoire in 2015 and after three years, we are in Nigeria, a great country in the West Africa Region.

In the presentation of the countries report, it appears that it's in the region of the environment, education, water and sanitation, and youth entrepreneurialship that are the major working areas of ICAs in the West Africa region.

Participants were trained on GFM and action planning methods. In order to prepare our common proposal on promoting food security, through the Cassava value chain, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a partner organization, focused its presentation on Cassava Processing and it's value chain. For the next 12 month, we have developed an action plan.

Yawo Gator ADUFU
Lagos, Nigeria

ICA Canada

ICA Canada is offering the following online study series

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Description of the study series (#CTLSeries
We all know from experience that a leader can make or break an organization, a country, a community group, or a family unit. Leadership is no easy task, especially during difficult times. It is during these difficult times that we’re all witnessing in our present day (e.g. from gender discrimination to inhumane policies) that courageous leadership is so much needed.
Many of us want to make a positive difference in this world. However, it takes courage to lead with purpose. This begs the question; what does courageous leadership mean to you? What would it take for you to lead compassionately, courageously and authentically in every situation? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, we would like to invite you to join our 13-week online study series, where you will get to explore your relationship to life, self and the world. The aim of this study is to provide the tools for deep reflection on how you can become the best leader you can be. Sign up today to reserve your spot.
To register, click here.  After you have registered, you will be emailed the log-in details a week before the study series start date.
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-courage-to-lead-online-study-series-tickets-48610267619

From people who use The Courage to Lead (CTL) in their work:
“Many of us can master techniques. But transformative leadership which releases the spirit and possibilities of the group and individuals we serve is more than techniques. It is about how we show up, what we value, our relationship to our work and life.” (Jane Stallman, Founder and Senior Partner for Strategic Facilitation) 
“Reading The Courage to Lead, and participating in the course first as a student then as a facilitator, makes me realise that I can create positive change in the world any time, on a large or small scale – and that in fact I already do – simply by relating authentically to myself, to all parts of life, and to everyone I meet along the journey.” (Sara B., University Health Network) 
“I definitely look at problem-solving in a new way, instead of just working to change everything, I have new insights on what makes a great leader.” (Anonymous)

CTL Facilitators:

Ekta Bromley has over a decade of experience in the fields of Education, Adult Education, Organizational & Leadership Development. She has a keen ongoing interest in the applications of discourse and community development theories to the construction of social structures and realities. As a ‘happily transformed’ alumna of the Courage to Lead program (and a proud proponent of participatory planning methodologies), she is grateful for the ability to meaningfully contribute to positive social change through the brilliance of ICA’s impactful resources and results.

David Buwalda is a professional facilitator with 15 years experience across four continents. He is the former General Manager of ICA Canada and is co-owner of Haliburton County Coffee Roasters Inc.

Jo Nelson is a respected, prolific guru in the facilitation field. She’s one of the principal owners of ICA Associates Inc. and the lead for all the training and curriculum. She is also the author of several books. Jo is a founding member of the International Association of Facilitators and is on the Hall of Fame of IAF.

Jeanette Stanfield is an educator with a Master of Arts degree who first encountered the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in a local community on the west side of Chicago. Since that time Jeanette has worked with ICA in Australia, India, USA and Canada and is currently on the board of ICA Canada.

Staci Kentish is a former ICA Canada Program Director with over 12 years of leadership development experience. Her passion lies in enabling conversations about leadership with those who are open to more compassionate possibilities. Much of Staci’s professional experience has been working with young people and early career professionals to facilitate productive dialogue, support individual growth and create participatory processes that encourage shared leadership.

Please note that we’ll be using “The Courage to Lead” book for the study which can be purchased separately on Amazon or iUniverse

Virginia          virginia@icacan.org


ICA Canada online study series

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