Established in 2000, ICA:UK works nationally and internationally with individuals, communities and organisations to engender a culture of participation. A registered charity, we have a small core staff and work through a network of Associates for training and facilitation and with a range of partners both in the UK and Africa.
Our vision is of a just and sustainable world for all, and our focus the developing and sustaining of a culture of participation.
For us, a culture of participation is characterised by:
- People's voices being heard, differences in people and ideas being both respected and valued, meaningful conversations being held, and plans being informed by different perspectives and owned more widely. Rights are upheld, teamwork is valued.
- Informed choice of the appropriate level of participation in any given situation
- The concept being applied at different levels- whether it is the team leader looking to build their team, the chief executive seeking to improve workplace wellbeing, the local authority wanting more meaningful involvement of the community or service users, the membership director wanting to engage with their members more effectively
Shared responsibility- by fostering individual and collective responsibility, trust and honesty to create a sense of belonging
Constant learning- by asking questions of ourselves and of others
Wholeness- by respecting the diversity and uniqueness of individuals and communities, encompassing mind, body and spirit
Making a difference- by making a contribution as part of our individual life journeys and enabling others to do the same
A global perspective-by maintaining a global and historical perspective to provide a context for our actions at the local, national and international levels