The City of Detroit has two mottoes: Speramus Meliora, and, Resurget Cineribus, Latin for: We Hope For Better Things, and, It Shall Rise From the Ashes. A year after filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, Detroit’s communities are "rising from the ashes" from the bottom up, and Technology of Participation (ToP) is playing a role in supporting community ownership of renewal initiatives.
On October 7th, members of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) and community members from across the city joined in engaging dialogue around the concept of spatial justice. The event was collaboratively planned by ICA and Center for Humans and Nature (CHN).
After much anticipation, this past Wednesday, September 24th, ICA GreenRise celebrated the launch of 483 solar panels with a fun-filled event. The event, 'GreenRise Goes Live,' included over 30 Uptown organizations, local food trucks, and the Old Town School of Music's jam band.
A friend of mine suggested we show the Al Gore film, An Inconvenient Truth, at our church. Sure, only about 10 people showed up, but those 10 decided to continue to meet, and we have done a lot over 6 years.
Achieving Certified Top Facilitator (CTF) recognition is quite an accomplishment. These skilled and professional facilitators have been working for one-three years with ToP mentors to assure focus and clarity of the competencies. At the time of assessment, they submit portfolios, client surveys, facilitator's observer assessments, and participate in interviews with assessors. CTFs are certified as demonstrating seven areas of competence essential to quality facilitation.
Stacy Daraio, Kathleen Paulo and Stephanie Hochman at the June graduation.
This year marks the fourth consecutive summer ICA has hosted a program aimed to immerse university students in the arena of sustainable community development.
This summer's Sustainable Community Development Intensive (SCDI) course was designed to complement academic coursework for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of community development.
In 1962, ICA established operations in Fifth City in Chicago's East Garfield Park community on the West Side of Chicago.
Two years later, Fifth City community members established the Fifth City Child Development Institute. This Saturday, July 26th, 9am-3pm, Fifth City Preschool will celebrate 50 years of providing early education to neighborhood children.