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.
This year ICA has a new approach to fundraising. We have worked hard on creating programs that are self-sustaining; however most of our programs are still relatively young, and have a few years until they will be able to run without external support. In the mean time, the ICA's programming staff is taking charge of making sure each program is financially viable.
Nina Winn, Seva Gandhi, Caitlin Sarro accepting the Delta Emerging Leaders Boost Grant on behalf of the ICA, pictured with the other winner, Alex Poltorak from the Urban Canopy Project
An amazing amount of new non-paper Archives have been created by seven individuals working far away from our Chicago location. One focus has been in audio-visual compilations, digitization and evaluation.