Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA (ICA-USA) is celebrating 50 years in community development in 2012. One of the first key events will be in Sacramento, California in early January and the Technology of Participation (ToP) Network would like to extend the invitation for you to attend.
The ToP Network conference will be held January 6th through 9th in Old Sacramento and will be followed with various courses in image shift, appreciative inquiry and virtual facilitation from January 9 through 12. The conference itself will be addressing participation issues in our time as well as ways to strengthen our nation training system that transfers our facilitation methods.
You will find more about conference offerings at the registration website www.top-network.org.
We hope to see you at the conference and celebration banquet.
ICA-USA was the focus of a piece for WCIU-TV's "You & Me This Morning" in Chicago. The clip was broadcast during the show on Tuesday, November 15, between 6 and 8 a.m. The clip, featuring Terry Bergdall, ICA building manager Lesley Showers, construction manager Damian Blanchard and Patrick Showers is also available on the WCIU website.
“I saw the event capture the interest and participation of both experienced activists and people new to thinking of themselves as having something important to give in creating the future,” said colleague and event organizer Janice Ulangca. “Work in pairs and small groups alternated with excellent DVD presentations by people such as Desmond Tutu, Thomas Berry, Matthew Fox, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wangari Mathai, Paul Hawken (author of Blessed Unrest) and Rob Hopkins (Transition Communities).”
50 local events will be held to celebrate 50 years of ICA work, consider present challenges for our communities and the globe, and look ahead to the next 50 years of positive, innovative social change.