ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP) training program continues to thrive in 2018. With more than 100 trainers in 26 states offering over 250 public courses each year, ToP’s impact continues to grow throughout the United States. Several improvements to the ToP program are currently underway through the work of ICA staff and trainer teams throughout the US.
Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) connects grassroots leaders from communities across the city to collaborate, share resources, support each other’s work, build a stronger collective voice, and nurture equitable and impactful relationships with policy makers. CSLN meetings take place bi-monthly at different locations throughout the city to highlight different member neighborhoods and buildings.
ICA’s mission of building “a just and equitable society in harmony with planet Earth” begins here at home with the ICA GreenRise, our national landmark building. In May 2018 the Chicago Community Loan Fund extended to ICA a $3.5 million loan for the purposes of anchoring the total funding needed to begin work on the historic restoration of the building.
ICA organizations around the globe continue to push forward transformational change in their locales. ICA-USA Programs Director Seva Gandhi was able to visit ICA Chile and ICA Taiwan earlier this year.
Colleagues convened at the ICA GreenRise from Sunday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 28th for the Spring 2018 Sojourn. The week of work focused on six major areas: 1) Global Archives website; 2) Imaginal Education; 3) Social Process; 4) Other World; 5) sifting through the basement; 6) organizing AV record and archive space.
Did you know that all our Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation courses have moved to a new pricing system? Course fees are now tiered depending on the participant’s organization type, making ToP training more accessible to students, small nonprofits, and community groups.
On March 31st, 2018, ICA and the Uptown Coastal Initiative hosted the eighth installment of the Out and About Uptown’s Coast series, Eco-Justice: An Expansive View. The session started with a collective unpacking of the term “eco-justice.” Attendees brainstormed words associated with “eco” and “justice” and new associations that stood out. The ideas that deepened understanding of eco-justice were balance, wisdom, equity, and reciprocal relationship.
Anthony from Chi Nations Youth Council talks about the native prairie