ICA News & Events
ACCELERATING THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP®) facilitation methods bring a legacy of tools for groups that foster participation, engagement, collaboration and effective action. ICA utilized these methods to launch Town Meetings ‘76. Those local efforts engaged citizens in considering issues and opportunities before them as they sought to improve and develop their towns and communities. In a bold experiment catalyzing engagement, collaboration, and action, ICA conducted over 5,000 meetings.
To celebrate this legacy of community action and the value of ToP methods, trained facilitators, ICA staff, and colleagues in the ToP network organized events in seven cities as part of a national collaboration to accelerate climate action. Facilitators partnered with local organizations to design and implement sessions which addressed critical issues in those areas. Over 40 collaborators organized this initiative, and many of the facilitators and organizations are planning on continuing the work with their new partners. In the following summaries a main ToP facilitator or organizer is listed, but we thank all that participated.
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ECO-CHARRETTE STIRS INTEREST IN GREENRISE RESTORATION
ICA staff have been thinking critically on how to ensure the future of ICA GreenRise, ICA’s historic 8-story Uptown building. In addition to immediate concerns, such as completing an intensive replacement and repair of the plumbing system, there have been great strides to finalize a plan to sustainably renovate and restore the building to its original grandeur.
In 2012, ICA committed to Retrofit Chicago’s goal to reduce energy usage by 20% by 2017; we exceeded that goal by reducing 23% in just four years, leading to the recognition of GreenRise as a member of the Retrofit Chicago Mayor’s Leadership Circle for Outstanding Energy Efficiency Achievement. ICA has positioned the GreenRise as an innovative and successful sustainable learning laboratory and nonprofit service center, thus the renovation and restoration project has drawn a lot of interest and eagerness to participate from professionals across Chicago.
On Oct. 25th, 25 people attended the ICA GreenRise EcoCharrette to strategize goals and discuss how sustainably renovating the GreenRise can improve the quality of life for people who live, work, and receive services in the building.
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BOARD SPOTLIGHT: BOB RAFOS
When did you first encounter the ICA?
I first encountered the ICA in 1967 when I was encouraged to attend a course. It really addressed me as I was very involved with the Civil Rights movement. I saw a way at that time to
become more deeply involved in social justice. In 1969 our family joined the staff of The Ecumenical Institute (EI)/ICA and continued for the next 20 years. Click to learn more about Bob...
PLANNING IN UPTOWN'S COAST
In 2015, following a successful five year effort for ICA to re-engage in programming throughout Chicago, ICA began an effort to reinvest programmatically in its local neighborhood, Uptown. ICA has directed its local programming towards connecting residents to build relationships with one another and other organizations and live more sustainable lifestyles.
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