As CEO of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)-USA, I am one of 25 statutory ICA members authorized to vote in the General Assembly of ICA International. As a membership organization, ICA-I represents a global community of individuals and organizations, supporting participatory and sustainable global human development.
This past week I had the professional privilege of participating in my first international “Adobe Connect” conference, offered twice to address the diversity of time zones. It was also a personal pleasure to join colleagues across the globe who are dedicated to a decentralized “peer to peer” approach, with regional perspectives, as the most effective way for national ICAs to support one another
Directors of the ICA International board shared their proposed Strategic Directions for 2015-16:1. Fostering Global Connections & Collaboration to Support ICAs to Thrive
• Support Peer-to-Peer Collaboration & Capacity Building
• Facilitate Inclusive Global Communications
• Gather, Synthesize & Share Info/Data of Value to our Membership
• Develop & Strengthen Global Partnerships
2. Boosting ICAI Resilience and Safeguarding the Integrity of our Global Community
• Strengthen Organizational Resilience & Sustainability
• Safeguard the Integrity of the Global Membership
3. Recognizing & Leveraging ICA Wisdom & Nurturing New Leadership
• Recognize & Appreciate Contributions/ Achievements
• Strengthen and Share our Collective Wisdom & Approaches
• Share & Nurture Global Leadership within the Membership
As in any association, members discussed how these directions are critical to addressing obstacles such as: Generational Transition Requiring Systematic Transfer of Wisdom & Values; Financial Imperatives Distracting from Mission & Values; and Unsustainable Business Models Resulting in Vulnerability. Of course, adding “Local & Global Threats Requiring Constant Course Correction” poses further challenges.
The experience from Canada, Chile, Guatemala, India, Japan, China, Taiwan, Togo, Ukraine to UK is a rich one empowering, through methods and values, an authentic and sustainable transformation of individuals, communities and organizations. I look forward to learning more about their initiatives.
A new ICA-I website was previewed for a launch later this year to share these lessons. Seva Ghandi, ICA-USA’s Program Director, serves as Treasurer of ICA-I’s board and participated in shaping the new strategic directions at the ICA-I’s May board meeting in Tanzania. She notes:
“The new ICA International website will allow for increased communication among members, serve as a website for ICA’s without their own sites, feature a blogging component, and encourage resource sharing among ICA member organizations. The website was created after many months of meetings with ICA’s around the globe communicating and understanding what functionality members would like on the new site.”
The major decision waiting for the votes to be tallied by the end of this month is where the Global Conference, held every four years, will be held in 2016. The proposal waiting for approval is to co-sponsor it with the Initiatives of Change, a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behavior, starting with their own. The potential is to share and learn from each other’s decades of work in human development and to explore and (potentially) mutually enrich each other’s methodologies and approaches.
ICA-USA’s interest is to create connections and opportunities for partnership and collaboration for future action on Climate Change between ICA and IofC at both the global and local levels. There is also an opportunity at next year’s Global Conference to plan the 40th Anniversary of the “Band of 24” when ICA’s Human Development Projects were underway by 1977 in each of the 24 global time zones.
The Power of Image Shift is an advanced course of ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP)® facilitation methodology to thoroughly understand the complexity and depth required in transformational change and the need to rethink and adjust to current realities. An appropriate segue to this week’s lyrics for the U2Cando playlist:
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one
by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band