ICA News & Events
VIEW A NEW COMMUNITY PLAY & TOOL FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Fifty years ago the ICA launched Fifth City as its first human development project in East Garfield Park, Chicago. Today ICA is proud to host a new community play developed by Denise Gathings who grew up in Fifth City as the daughter of Ruth Carter (who served 40 years as the Fifth City Preschool Director). "My Soul Cries Out: Stop!” is a grassroots initiative that seeks to spark community transformation throughout Chicago. Prior to the performance at 7pm of Denise Gathings’ play, ICA will convene a moderated discussion to provide context to the Fifth City neighborhood where Denise has her roots.
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RECAPPING 2016 CHICAGO SUSTAINABILITY
The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) met on February 23rd to reflect on the work of 2016 and plan for a productive 2017. 2016 was a substantial year for the network, as seen in the year in review. Most notably, members wrapped up two substantial collaborative projects: a Smart Grid education project and a collaborative partnership with the City around recycling. Through these projects, the network has increased the capacity of its members, strengthened its relationship with the City of Chicago, gained experience in collaborative programming, and outreached to over 5000 Chicago residents about sustainability.
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ICA'S PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE: ENGAGING COLLEAGUES
Current ICA Program Manager, Caitlin Sarro, and ICA colleague Terry Bergdall recently spent 6 days on the road visiting ICA colleagues in St. Louis and Kansas City. As a 50+ year old organization, ICA has a wide network of colleagues whose experience and support has help shape the organization for many years. This trip brought together just a few of those individuals and offered them an opportunity to hear more about ICA’s current work and the long-term organizational vision.
Each meeting proved to be a happy mix of the past, present, and future. Colleagues reconnected through discussions of how they were first engaged with EI/ICA, how their lives have been shaped by their engagement and how the organization has influenced their current work.
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TOP NETWORK RIDES THE WAVES OF INNOVATION, COLLABORATION, AND ENGAGEMENT
On January 13 - 16th at the 26th ToP Annual Gathering, the ToP Network came together for in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Each day’s agenda included opportunities to experience and learn new ideas and innovations, share practices and skills, and discuss the role of facilitation in today’s society.
Courses offered at the gathering were thought-provoking and robust. This year, workshops were focused on three themes: Streams Lead to the Ocean - All About ToP Methods; Tidal Force of Change - Engaging Communities; and Riding the Wave - Innovations in Facilitation.
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SPOTLIGHT: ICA'S INTERNATIONAL TEAM: SEVA GANDHI & DICK ALTON
When did you first encounter the ICA?
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Dick: I took a course in 1968, joined the in San Francisco in 1970, and went overseas to the Philippines in 1976.
Seva: I started at ICA-USA to help manage our international partnerships in 2010.