The upcoming bi-annual ICA Global Archives Sojourn, from October 21st through October 27th, will be a time to engage with the current work of the Archives, focusing on the content of three collections—Social Process, Imaginal Education, and Other World—ahead of the launch of the first ICA Global Archives website.
ICA Global Archives Team works to recover, organize, digitize, and reimagine more than 50 years of work by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and Ecumenical Institute. This vital work is made possible by the incredible volunteer commitment of ICA colleagues across the world.
This Fall Sojourn, October 9-13, brought together 54 colleagues, more than any prior Sojourn. In addition to regular sojourn activities, those gathered celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the International Human Development Projects (HDPs). ICA’s HDP’s were ‘concerned with the human factor in world development’ and aimed to build the capacity of communities around the world so that local communities could create and implement their own plans for change.
Semi-annual Archives Sojourns provide an opportunity for colleagues from across the country to work and reflect on the future of our past. During the Spring Sojourn, March 13–17, colleagues focused on (1) designing and launching a new ICA Archives website and (2) analyzing and cataloging the Human Development Projects (HDPs).
ICA board, staff, and volunteers are welcoming spring of 2016 with new commitments for the future of ICA. From March 28th through April 2nd, ICA leaders directed their energy towards strategic planning.
Last Fall’s Sojourn was the biggest in Archives history and we have great expectations for the next session. A key component to this Sojourn will be a Global Archives Planning session on Tuesday, March 29th to strategically map out the next several years. The intent for Spring Sojourn 2016 is to release ICA Global Archive strategy to support ongoing archive projects and the mission of ICA.
Two interns from the Dominican University Masters of Library Science program have finished the first step in an extended project which focuses on Town Meeting 76 and how it relates to the current and future work of the ICA.