When I was around 9 or 10 years old, I had a t-shirt commemorating the heritage of railroads. It had a quote about railroads preserving their past while making sure they can serve the future, which has always stuck with me. I’m motivated by the fact that I’m helping ICA do the same.
That in my mind is the purpose of ICA, to appreciate and integrate the many ways in which communities have approached their own development around the world, and moreover to create a unifying language to pass on those lessons to other communities.
Learning the history of ICA and its origins has been a meaningful process for me as a new board member. I look forward to exploring how to highlight our history and continue to bring it into our current reality and anticipated future.
I believe that there is a spiritual component of the work of ICA that values the heart of people and the soul of communities, in any form. This is what resonates the most to me.
"My solo performance project, Fifth City revisited, explores the ways that the Fifth City demonstration project exists as a historical example in alignment with much of the coalition building and neighborhood focused planning happening today all across the city, and especially on the South and West Sides. I am interested in those resonances across and making them come alive in interesting ways through performance."
In honor of the completed life of Jean Marie Long, we are announcing a new Jean Long Memorial Fund. Donations to this fund will support the Global Archives. As a longtime ICA colleague, Jean dedicated her recent years to the organization and cultivation of our archival history. She was the touchstone for many who contributed their time to the Archives and championed the efforts vigorously in staff meetings and weekly conference calls with remote colleagues.
"There is not a corner of our planet, not a system, not an individual that does not need ICA methods... We are standing at a tipping point and need to make a decision for ourselves about how to help our planet, our communities, our fellow humans. We need to come together, stand in our wisdom and contribute to a better way. The ICA methods are the engine that helps us do just that."
ICA Program Coordinator Samantha Sainsbury has joined the ICA International Board as Treasurer, taking over for Seva Gandhi, who has served on the ICAI board since 2013. ICA International (ICAI) is a “global community of non-profit organizations advancing human development worldwide” that works to coordinate efforts and support peer to peer programming among more than 30 member organizations. While these organizations work independently on local issues, they share common values and participatory processes for human development at the individual, community, and organizational levels. Participation in the ICAI Board allows the ICA community to share and learn from innovations to these shared methods by colleagues around the world.
In 2015, a group of ICA colleagues in the Denver area began working to organize Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action, inspired by the accelerate77 program ICA was doing in Chicago... There are now 22 action plans across 8 of Denver’s 79 neighborhoods.
I am most looking forward to learning from my fellow board members and the incredibly talented staff at ICA. I am most looking forward to learning from my fellow board members and the incredibly talented staff at ICA. The wealth of knowledge and lived experience present in the room at any given time is astounding.