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Global Buzz Report: 2011 06 01

ICA Leadership Team Report:       June 01 2011

Working on the Annual Report
Several Pages on the ICAI website have been updated
Audit is started in Canada
Dues from several more members have been received
Calling all ICA's to prepare for June 23 N/South America Call & June 24
Asia Pacific Call and June 27 Africa Europe and Middle East Call
3 members of the GLT are prepping to co facilitate with the 7 ladies who
helped us on the virtual facilitation in India

Peer to Peer
Australia, Peru and Chile getting ready to start working on the new
global newsletter for a Sept publication

Dealing with all the accounts at a distance
Figuring out how to support and care for ICA's that are marginal

Next steps
Doing the Annual Report
Finishing the Audit
completing the June Global Dialogue

Lots of great things happening in June.

Lawrence Philbrook
Director, Institute of Cultural Affairs Taiwan
www.icatw.com Tel: 8862-2871-3150 Fax: 8862-2871-2870
Skype: icalarry

ICA Leadership Team Report:       May 01 2011

Contacting all ICA's for topics for the June global online conversation.
ICAI legal working on the annual report and audit for 2010.
We have renewed the ICAI legal status.

Nepal Conference:
Brochure there is a draft brochure being worked on.
Theme coordinators - Globally and from Nepal are being named (If you have suggestions please let Tatwa or Larry know.
Conference Consultation schedule September 3-5 all are welcome

Web page:
Seva Ghandi (ICA USA), Peter Ellins (ICA Canada) & Evelyn Philbrook (ICA Taiwan ) have been working to clean up the web and to update.
We are ready to publish the List of ICA's Members & Associate members. We want to finalize the list for the website and for our monthly GLT report.

Pacific Waves from Australia is shifting towards being a quarterly global publication: coordinated by Australia, Peru, Chile, they are looking for others

Peer to Peer:
ICAI's connection to Nepal Masters program:
Tatwa's interest in ICA International to be a major sponsor of the Nepal Master Degree Program at Pokhara University.

Bill Staples (ICA Canada) Community Development initiative.

Greater China ToP facilitation institute:
Larry Philbrook (ICA Taiwan) initiated to support quality expansion of Top methods into greater China. The Institute is not imaged as a program offering organization but a place to check if those offering have been trained and certified by any ICA/ ToP organization.

- Coordinating the global conversation in June;

- Establishing systems in Canada that are not overwhelming to our colleagues;

- Developing coordination and communication process to keep us all informed.

Lawrence Philbrook

ICA ASSOCIATES INC. (Canada)       June 01 2011

Location: Canada

In May, ICA Associates, Inc. had our usual wide range of facilitating events for clients and public training courses.  This month they included completion of a 7-month Strategic Planning process for a major university department, our 6-day intensive course "Art and Science of Participation" in Edmonton, work with a national debating society, and work with departments in several different cities.  Our new intern, Emma Sobel, facilitated a meeting for a coalition of schools. 

Bill Staples taught Facilitating Conciliation in Chicago, sponsored by one of our US ToP colleagues.  Bill is preparing to work with ICA in Spain in June, and Wayne and Jo are preparing to work with ICA Egypt in July.

Jo Nelson           jnelson@ica-associates.ca

INDIA:       June 01 2011

Greetings from ICA: India!

The Monsoon began early yesterday instead of the 7th June, therefore farmers are now busy preparing the first crop of rice. We have just completed a 3 day training course on Agriculture and Agroforestry to provide farmers with new information about land preparation, seeds selection, fertilizers, pesticides, and new methods for plantation, helping towards a sustainable/ organic way of farming.

We invited expertise from the government Agri department, therefore they are also planning to follow up events, and they will come to help the farmers in the field when they are planting. We also made an Action plan for tree planting - we will be planting 10,000 trees again this year. The importance of the tree plantation is that the trees are for environmental support and not only for human beings. We thank JICA and ICA Japan for support with this project.

Last month Shankar also Facilitated a ToP method-workshop, ORID, and an Action plan to a NGO called Women's Earth Alliance, in Uttar Pradesh, India. These were all women farmers, experimenting and practicing organic farming.

The Ashram school in Chikhale is preparing for the coming year, starting 12th Standard, and the beginning of regular school.

Shankar Jadhav       icaiindia@vsnl.net

KENYA:      June 01 2011

Dear Colleagues

Thank you so much for your updates of the programme and congratulations and keep up the good work. I am glad to be associated with ICAI

Sophie Donde

PERU:      May 01 2011.

Location: Lima and around Peru

While the ICA-Peru staff is out and about in April from 5,000 meters altitude to the deep jungle, we'd like to share our newly expanded program offering which initiates three separate program areas -- and income streams -- to support and greatly expand our service.

Our main program area is called AUTO-DESARROLLO -- Self-Development -- which is what we have been doing for over 30 years -- forming community leader-facilitators in our 3-week AVANZA PERU program in our Training Center in Azpitia. This program has been extended to six months including the orientation of the communities and recruitment of the participants during the month before they go to Azpitia, and the four months of Implementation in the communities after the 3-week training when the new leaders get to practice their methods in action in the communities and gain acceptance as new leader-facilitators. We can schedule 10 of these programs each year, but the income from 7 these programs is sufficient to support our staff and overhead expenses for the year.

Our second program area is called UNIDOS which is a series of six full-day seminars for laborers working for companies in major agricultural, industrial and construction projects around Peru. These laborers typically come from rural communities, work long hours under difficult conditions and live in rustic temporary work camps far from their families. The UNIDOS program builds self-esteem and confidence, enables the creation of a family vision and a 10-year Family Plan, then structures an investment pool to generate regular funds to implement each worker's plan, thereby bringing more value and meaning to their employment and virtually eliminating the wasting of earnings on alcohol and prostitutes. The key to this program is forming the workers in teams of five diverse members with a selected leader, and then they work in these teams and spend their discontinuity in them as well, creating an accountability structure for team performance and behavior. With UNIDOS everybody wins: the workers are working with satisfaction to build a future, the families are better supported and have a more secure future, the communities are more tranquil with few conflicts, and the companies have more productive workers and few attitude and behavior problems. We plan to do 6 of these programs per year, each for a labor pool of 200 workers, and we currently have two companies in process which can exceed our objective.

The third program area is called COMUNIDAD EMPRENDADORA -- Entrepreneurial Community -- which are projects of one year or more focused on the development of the local economy or some other specific development focus which would usually be an extension of our previous work in a community. We plan to do two of these programs each year and currently have one contract in operation for the extension of health and sanitation systems in a community where we worked last year. We also have a proposal submitted for a two year project to build careers for the youth of ten isolated rural communities which have urgent needs. While we have other projects in the conversation stage, these two projects together will meet our current objective.

These three areas of work require the addition of 4 more staff members which will bring our total staff to 17, adding somewhat to our monthly fixed costs. However, it has been our dream for many years to have a diversified program offering to provide more stability for our work and the support of our staff. This diversification is also timely because the current elections in Peru seem to point to some potential changes in the economic future for the country, so we are now very grateful to have three different tracks to run on as we move into the future. We will be pleased to share specific information on these programs if others have interest.

Staff           admin@ica-peru.org

EHIO Tajikistan: June 01 2011.

Location: Tajikistan

Every Monday at the office of EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot, a staff meeting is held, which summarizes the organizations activities for the past week and then discusses plans for the following week.

In May, PO EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot conducted training projects such as
TSEP and GIZ, also training for the Local Micro Finance Organization, IMON.

1. Project TSEP
In May for the project TSEP, we are in the process of developing the module, Advanced Consensus Building and Conflict Management.

2. Project GIZ
For project GIZ we conducted training on the topics: Team Building and Financial Accounts of a Cooperative, and Credit and Micro finance for the 15th group, that consists of five women. We also organized GIZ training on the topic: Monitoring and Assessment.

In May we conducted two days of training with the emphasis on team building: Communication and Conflict, and Action Planning. The training was conducted in groups using the facilitation method, Technology of Participation. There were many problems for the participants during the training but the majority of them were resolved by use of the application, Technology of Participation. The topic was quite complicated and our trainers took great pains to construct modules that could be used in many of the communities in our republic.

We have presently received information regarding assistance, for our Chief of the Board of Directors, Munira Saifulloevas, to help promote a branch of ICA in the Ukraine.

In May a new project was approved: ACDI/VOCA. Within the framework of this project we have to train 70 representatives of Dekhkan Farms in drying apricots, and also to instruct them in the Voucher Program process, for the purchase of discount boxes for the dried apricots.

Nigina Sadikova      nigina7811@rambler.ru

EHIO Tajikistan: May 01 2011.

Report of PO EHIO-Farhang va Tarakkiyot for April

In April PO Ehio-Farhang va Tarakkiyot conducted training sessions on the following projects, TSEP, IREX, GIZ, WB and AKF. A staff meeting was held every Monday in the office of Ehio-Farhang va Tarakkiyot to summarize the organizations activities for the past week and to discuss plans for the coming week.

TSEP project training was conducted in April in Tavildara and in Garm on the topic, Basic Consensus Building and Negotiations Skills. In Dushanbe from the 13th to the 19th of April, TOT was made available for the TSEP team members on the topic, Negotiations. During the month a module was also developed on the topic of Negotiations. A financial and Program report on the training sessions conducted was given to the Mercy Corps.

In April the coordinator and assistant for the project, Youth Theatre Peace, went to Kanibadam, Isfara and J.Rasulov district. Their aim was to make recommendations and give guidance to the theoretical group, helping them to fill in the application form and set a budget, using small grants, for the sustainability of the Programmes. There continued to be performances of the theoretical groups in April. Five performances were conducted in J.Rasulov, Degmai, Isfara and in Kulkand jamoat, Yangikishlak and Chorkishlak. The performances were monitored by the coordinators and assistants of the projects in these districts. After their performances young participants of theoretical groups conducted seminars in their communities. In April, the children conducted 17 seminars in the jamoats of Gulkandoz, Gulhon, Pulton, Chorku, Nefteobod and Mahram. They taught other children of 15 and 17 years of age, the methodology of forum theatre. At the end of the month the group leaders gave us a report on the young Program participants of the seminars that were conducted. We also, gave our Program quarterly report in IREX. We attached all monitoring detail to our reports for the districts, and for the reports to the grantees of performances.

Organized meetings for the project GIZ took place with the women who intended to take credit for the building of the large greenhouses. Within the framework of the GIZ project development, business women were given five days training on the topics of: the Creation of Agricultural Cooperatives, Development of Woman in Business in the Republic of Tajikistan, Pests and Diseases, Feeding times in the greenhouse, taxation and land code. This training was carried out in a village in Kanibadam district. Monitoring was conducted repeatedly on the building of a greenhouse, the planting, the looking after and the watering of plants. Every month a coordinator of the project gives a Program and financial report to GIZ. And this month, a coordinator, and an assistant of the project, along with trainers from the GIZ office, conducted a training session on the topic: Cooperative Development, from the 25th. to the 29th.

For the project AKF in April, a mission arrived in Kanibadam. Among the mission members were economists, a sociologist, and representatives of water resources management. They inspected all areas of the nurseries and conducted a questionnaire. They recommended the introduction of new technology and more scope for the Dehkan Farm. Sowing began on the Dehkan Farm of Istikloliat and the Dehkan Farm of Sodirova in Kanibadam district.

At the same time Ehio-Farhang va Tarakkiyot signed a contract with MSDSP regarding the AKF project. We familiarized them with ToR, our consultative centre PO Fidokor in Kurgan-Tube, PO Iktidor in Dushanbe, ToR PO Nur Centre in Khorug and PO Tandurusti, hukuk va jamiyat. In Khujand we conducted tests among all the certified Organizations of the Civil Society using a questionnaire offered by the Civil Society Program of the Aga Khan Fund. Our Consultative Centre made a selection from the Organization of Civil Society, for self assessment on the goals of a thousand years.

During the month, the Program development of the Zafarabad region was prepared in draft variant. Facilitation was conducted in this project by Safarova M.N with several months of correspondence with the methodology group offered by UNDP. The Program in draft variant will be examined by the Government of our region and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Tajikistan.

All training was conducted with the application of, Technology of Participation.

Sadikova Nigina           nigina7811@rambler.ru

TAIWAN:      June 01 2011


Fantastic GFM I: Focused Conversation held on schedule at ICA office and was a break through experience as the first time Shawn Chung and Frieda Lin, ICA ToP certified trainers taught the whole program in English with Gail West.

Sadia Liu from Hong Kong graduates from the Facilitation Development Program, over dinner with colleagues at Thai Restaurant and Ice cream desserts with deep reflection on her future.

Taiwan PJD re-creation, recruiting and preparation energizes whole team with clarifications for Chinese translation and Chinese speaking Guides become very crucial component for future course potential as we get ready for May 28 & 29th program.

Theory U by Otto Scharmer, was practiced in a one day forum co hosted by ICA Taiwan and the Yen Foundation on May 1st with an enthusiastic response and many questions being raised about prototypes and how to use these methods in the future.

Truth About Life Saturday morning collegium dynamic continues on the topic, “Inventing from the Future” to spark our imagination and recruitment to coaching community.

Larry conducts two UN Programmes in Kenya with Encompass contract during May.

Evelyn facilitates Asia IAF Global Marathon Virtual Conference for Southern China and Hong Kong May 18th with Jackie Chang and IAF Japan team with Nino taking the lead but sharing visual recording with Yukie as first time recorder for group of twenty. All are excited about coming Hokkaido Conference June 4th .

Peer to Peer:

Larry meets with ICA Kenya board members, staff and ICA stakeholders in Machakos for Strategic Planning. Larry also meets old colleagues Sam and Esther Were, Henry and Elena Ikatuku, and the Momanyi’s about their plans for development – They last met in 1985 and we all look like musees (elders) but are hopeful about the future.

Larry and Dick prepare to represent ICA ToP Global Network at Wuhan University, China next week as an exploratory look at a Chinese request to include ToP in their MBA/EMBA plus possible facilitator and trainer series including training and certification.


Lots of exciting opportunities for service, but we also need to care for income

Coming Events:

GFM II: Workshop, Open Space Learning Workshop, several days of OST facilitation, regular Truth About Life Dialogue, monthly Appreciative Dreamwork, regular Reiki healing with the staff of a mental care center.

Evelyn, Larry, Gail and Dick

ICA-USA     June 01 2011

Location: Chicago

Within the past year ICA-USA has taken on several new programming initiatives. ICA-USA has been bustling with energy and is working on both cultivating new and re-establishing former collaborative partners. Here are some of the current programs being developed:

Transitions Chicago
Transitions Chicago is a piece of the larger Transition Network, a movement that aims to help communities deal with climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy (peak oil). This process aims to create stronger, happier communities. People within the Transition movement are actively working to envision and create that positive change by growing local resilience, and teaching individuals how to adapt to change.

In January 2011, ICA and a group of local grassroots groups developed Transition Chicago, a "city-hub" aiming to serve as a network platform for both Transition movements and other similar environmental initiatives happening in the Chicago area. In collaboration with ICA-USA, Transition Chicago provides meeting space, builds partnerships, offers Transition Town and environmental trainings, and provides resources for community resiliency efforts in the greater Chicagoland area. You can learn more about what Transitions Chicago is up to by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-Chicago/50941599213.

4750 GreenRise Project
Many who know the ICA-USA well know that the building at 4750 N. Sheridan has been a huge part of the Institutes culture, success, and growth. Currently, ICA-USA is encouraging the tenants and residents to minimize waste and to become part of a greening movement. The building is being modeled as the "Greenrise Uptown Learning Laboratory, a location that demonstrates a creative and simple culture for living and working. The vision is to create a healthy, energy-efficient, mixed-use building in which agencies and clients can both live and work.

An important secondary effect of achieving this is to demonstrate that revitalization of a neighborhood can happen without displacing people or reducing services. The building will not only provide services for individuals and groups across the city, but it will also give both agencies and their clients an opportunity to create a living eco-system within the building. At the moment, too much time is spent meeting the energy and maintenance needs of antiquated systems. A retrofitted building will allow everyone to put more energy and focus into activities that not only help people, but also catalyze resilient communities across Chicagos 77 neighborhoods. It will be a living laboratory that offers churches, other large building owners and city personnel the opportunity to learn how to successfully re-equip and design their own structures. Additionally, during implementation, ICA will partner with the city and agencies in the building to create new clean energy jobs and local employment.

Service Learning
This summer, there will be students living at 4750 and working within the ICA, in a 3 week intensive program as part of ICAs service learning project. Students from Oklahoma City University will be coming at the end of July and staying until August. The group will work on a project with the Transitions Chicago Network, as well as receive academic hours by participating in classes led by ICA Staff. More can be found out about the program by visiting our website at http://www.ica-usa.org/?pageslprogramdesign.

International Initiatives
The MOU between ICA-India and ICA-USA has been signed, and the process of implementing the Global Grassroots Education Project in India will commence. ICA-USA and ICA-Kenya are also working on a MOU, and looking to implement a project that assists the capacity building efforts of ICA-Kenya. Staffers Dick Alton and Seva Gandhi had a fruitful week in Washington, D.C. meeting with previous international partners, and have rekindled several relationships.

Seva Gandhi           sgandhi@ica-usa.org