ICA’s Accelerate 77 project continues to flourish as the implementation of Phase III gains momentum. At the beginning of 2013, the Accelerate 77 team hosted several sustainability vision workshops across the city, organized the first local Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) gathering, created a pilot sustainability roadmap effort with Chicago’s Austin community, and held a forum on Building Community Energy Strategies for the City of Chicago.
The Living Archives Project at the ICA is currently being worked on by colleagues who participated in the work of the Order: Ecumenical, Ecumenical Institute, and Institute of Cultural Affairs throughout the past 50 years.
On July 24, 2013 ICA GreenRise hosted an open house to introduce the Bioshaft®and the new street scape project in the Uptown community. Friends, neighbors, and community members came out to learn more about the projects and how they will help GreenRise address storm water runoff and provide habitats for plant pollinators and migrators.
Even though the summer weather dwindles down in Chicago, the excitement and energy within the Learning Basket program continues to sizzle! Through the generous support of both the Seaburyand the Thorek Foundations, the program was able to implement two new pilots with families in the Uptown community.
Children participating in the Learning Basket Pilot Programs
About 25 Sojourners gathered at ICA-USA in September for two weeks to put several new Global Archive Collections online - Imaginal Education, Global Community Forum, Fifth City, Human Development Projects, Spirit Methods, Social Process, Service Learning Program, Accelerate 77 Communities, Facilitation Methods.
Current staff and sojourners reflect together after watching a short clip about Fifth City
Early in August, several ICA colleagues attended Al Gore's three-day Climate Reality Leadership Training in downtown Chicago. The Climate Reality Project, founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore, is 'dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.'
ICA's Accelerate 77 project was featured at the 38th Annual Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) Conference in Minneapolis. The conference featured Minneapolis' culture with celebration and entertainment, beginning with Native American dance led by the youth of the Little Thunderbirds Drum and Dance troupe and a live music performance at "Minnehaha Falls," the iconic 53-foot Minneapolis waterfall located in historic Minnehaha Park.
The Garrison Institute, located up the Hudson River from New York City, is a leading think tank that integrates emerging research about human behavior into new thinking on practical responses and solutions to climate change.