Historically, ICA had several offices around the US, and one of the things that has left our now Chicago-based organization with is a wide network of colleagues across the US. Although ICA still has national programming, it's hard to find time to stay in touch with colleagues who have shifted their efforts and areas of impact but are still interested in the organization's work.
This Fall Sojourn, October 9-13, brought together 54 colleagues, more than any prior Sojourn. In addition to regular sojourn activities, those gathered celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the International Human Development Projects (HDPs). ICA’s HDP’s were ‘concerned with the human factor in world development’ and aimed to build the capacity of communities around the world so that local communities could create and implement their own plans for change.
For many years, ICA has been working on creating intentional and meaningful institutional partnerships with organizations that share our values and are looking for more effective ways to engage their constituencies. The following is a snapshot of four unique collaborative partnerships that have emerged in the past few years.
LISC Chicago Plans training for Quality of Life planning
After years of thinking so strongly about accumulation, it’s not so easy to start to think about distribution. Ken and I have been incredibly fortunate... and that good fortune allowed us to arrive at the point of saying we have ‘enough.’ We want to care for our children and the organizations that matter to us.
On May 4, 2017, nearly 100 attendees gathered at the ICA GreenRise for an abridged performance of My Soul Cries Out: Stop! The play was written, directed, and produced by Denise Gathings, a Chicago Police Officer and lifelong resident of the Fifth City neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. Gathings’s aim in creating the play was to spark community transformation throughout Chicago. The play’s content drew directly from her day-to-day interactions with local youth as a community police officer.