The ToP Network is pleased to honor the National Association of County and City Health Officials as a 2013 "ToP Champion.” NACCHO was chosen for this recognition for the results they have demonstrated through ongoing leadership in developing effective facilitators within their organization, as well as, nurturing a culture of participation with their 2,800 local public health department associate members and strategic partners across the country.
The Technology of Participation (ToP) Annual Gathering will be held at the Hilton Durham near Duke University in Durham, NC from January 11 through 14, 2013. The Gathering will enable ToP facilitators and trainers to promote peer learning; explore innovations; deepen practice of the methods; and advance the ToP Network.
ICA's Service Learning team has announced its spring and summer sessions for 2013. The two opportunities will take place during May, June and July. The 2013 program will build on the successes of previous years, especially with the work done by the 40 interns as part of the Accelerate 77 project in 2012.
The Advisory Board for Accelerating Green Initiatives in Chicago's 77 Community Areas (Accelerate 77) met on December, 6, 2012 to discuss the start of the project's Phase III. The event brought together the Advisory Board for Accelerate 77, community activists and ICA staff members to discuss how to build on the success of the first two phases of the project, which included the Sharing Approaches That Work Conference at Truman College on September 15, 2012.
The Archives Team is continuing to form the procedures to ICA's historical work. This month's focus is the Archon-FilemakerPro Town Meeting Test. The objectives are to decide which retrieval software to use for collections and to put a sample of the Town Meeting Collection online.
The ICA Board has launched a Legacy Society. The Legacy Society honors colleagues who support the Institute through a bequest intention, donations of life insurance, IRA gifts, or other types of charitable planned gifts.
A large part of the staff of ICA-USA took part in the 8th Global Conference on Human Development in Kathmandu, Nepal from October 29 through November 2. There was also a Virtual Conference that allowed those who were unable to attend in person to participate in all of the themes.
The Board of Directors of the Institute of Cultural Affairs elected Kadi Sisay of Chicago as the newest member of the ICA board and picked new officers for the coming year.
Kadi is an organizational development consultant and is president of ChangeSource. She has facilitated more than 300 strategic planning workshops and retreats in her career, primarily using the methods of Technology of Participation (ToP)®, developed by the Institute.
The ICA building at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd. recently hosted the International Management Development Programme's (IMDP) Training in Chicago.
Sponsored by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, it addressed management challenges faced by national health program managers and healthcare administrators in poor and middle income countries.