Looking back and forward

1611-ww-coverWelcome to this November 2016 issue of Winds & Waves, the online magazine of ICA International, on the theme “Looking back and forward”.

As editorial team member Rosemary Cairns writes in Behind the Scenes, Winds and Waves is taking this opportunity to look back at past issues and articles as it looks forward to a new life and look from next year on the blogging platform Medium. This is also a timely opportunity for me and ICA International to be ‘looking back and forward’, as I and others complete our 4-year terms as members of the ICAI Board and new Board members are elected.

Seventeen representatives of 11 member ICAs of our global network participated in two online General Assembly meetings on October 20, and 16 of 24 current statutory member ICAs voted in the online GA poll over the following ten days to 30 October. We are grateful to all who participated.  As a result of the GA we are pleased to congratulate Archana Deshmukh of ICA India and Gerd Luders of ICA Chile, who have been unanimously elected to serve from January (2017-20), and Seva Gandhi of ICA USA who has been re-elected to serve another two years (2017-18). Lisseth Lorenzo of ICA Guatemala has accepted the Board’s invitation to succeed me Martin Gilbraith (ICA:UK) as President, so Gerd has been invited to succeed Lisseth as Vice President Americas and Archana to succeed Staci Kentish (ICA Canada) as Secretary.

In pursuing our mission of ‘Advancing human development worldwide‘, ICAI has been through some developments of its own in recent years. In 2006 we relocated from Belgium to Canada and expanded our Secretariat team and its role, and in 2010 we closed our office and Secretariat and embarked on a new and largely virtual ‘peer-to-peer approach.  Since 2012 I am proud that our membership has experienced a resurgence in numbers, with many long-standing members returning and no less than 9 new Associate members welcomed by the General Assembly – including at the October GA Focus Homini Poland.  The membership has experienced a surge in peer-to-peer activity as well, with face-to-face regional gatherings becoming an annual fixture in all 5 regions and new global task forces taking on roles in global conferencing, co-ordination and collaboration on ICA’s ‘Technology of Participation‘ (ToP) facilitation methodology and exploring collaboration and partnership with the International Association of Facilitators, as well as global communications and publications including this magazine and our monthly bulletin the Global Buzz. It has been a privilege serving as President these past four years, and I look forward to taking a new relationship to ICAI from next year and to continuing to contribute to our mission in other ways.  I am excited and grateful to be able to leave such a strong and capable Board with strong and capable new leadership.

In this issue you will find a diverse collection of new stories and stories from the archive, illustrating how ICAs and colleagues of our global network are themselves ‘advancing human development worldwide’, often in peer-to-peer collaboration with each other.  This issue includes stories from Australia, Canada, Chile, Congo (DRC), India, Taiwan, Ukraine, UK & USA. It includes stories on recovering indigenous language and on fostering creative action on climate change; on profound personal reflection and on imaginal education; on addressing exclusion of people with disabilities and on building capacity for emergency medical care; on comprehensive human development in village communities and on transformative facilitation through ToP; on cross-cultural mentoring and on applying systems and complexity theory.

Thank you to all who have contributed to this new issue of Winds & Waves.  Enjoy this issue, and please share it and encourage others to do so.


TABLE OF CONTENTS
hyperlinks are to the regular online version

President’s message

Winds & Waves Masthead

Behind the scenes

Facilitation

Cognitive Complexity by Bhavesh S Patel

Reflection on Facilitation by Larry Philbrook

Transformative Facilitation by Larry Philbrook

Truth about Life Experience by Richard West

The Environment

New Story for New Times by Nelson Stover

Going Green in Taiwan by Gordon Harper

 Volunteering

Finding Community Amoung Strangers by Kay Alton           

Missions 

Rhumba and Resuscitation in the Congo by Dr Vera Sistenich

Learning from Bonobos by Isabel dela Maza

Hits and Misses in Maharashtra by Dharmalingam Vinasithamby

Helping Disabled in Chile Get Jobs by Ana Mari Urrutia

Collaboration

Whole Systems Approach Gets    Communities Buzzing by Bill Staples

Empowering Chicago`s Community    Leaders by Terry Bergdall

A System That Works by Jonathan Dudding

What’s on

Education

Recovering Indigenous Languages by Miiam Patterson

Imaginal Education by Randy Williams

Book Review

Telling the Stories of Manilamen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This post was first published in Winds and Waves, November 2016. For past issues, please visit our Winds and Waves archive.

  • Ann Epps

    Martin, thanks so much for your able and active presidency of ICAI. I have appreciated your prolific communications about all things ICAI and IAF during your term leading toward greater member involvement and transparency in the decision-making in organisational matters. I wish you well in your future pursuits, which I presume will still be supportive of both ICAI and IAF.

  • Thank you very much indeed Ann, yes indeed they will!