Two interns from Oberlin College worked with ICA's Accelerate 77 team and ICA fellow Jenny Hirsch during their January winter term. They were engaged in projects that supported Jenny's work with the Chicago Community Climate Action Toolkit, as well as broadening ICA's knowledge on communities in green buildings. Peter Nguyen is a freshman from Chicago and Yuran Pan is a sophomore from China.
The Archives team invites all colleagues to the Global Archives Spring Sojourn April 8 through May 3. Suggestions for collections to study include: Imaginal Education, Profound Humanness, Local Church Experiment, Curriculum, Spirit Methods, Human Development, Odyssey, and Participatory Methods. So far nearly two dozen colleagues will be attending. In addition, there are people who plan to work remotely from home. For more information please contact the Archives team at 773-769-6363 x235.
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.