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ICAI Board Report:

Dear ICAI members

On August 29, 2019 we had our General Assembly, it was great to hear your voices reading your country reports. Our secretary, Ekta Bromley, recently sent out the minutes. Please take a time to read them. Also we are glad to inform you that ICAI supported the Asian Pacific Regional Meeting that was held on September 7-11, 2019, and will support the West Africa Regional meeting be held in Ghana on November 4 to 8th, 2019.

We encourage you, to communicate with your Vice President so we can improve our regional communication.

Lisseth Lorenzo            lissethlorenzo@gmail.com
ICAI President

The new Winds and Waves magazine

We are delighted to invite you to share your stories
via medium.com/winds-and-waves which is the public platform
we have moved to now, to publish Winds & Waves.
Please see the attachment which sets out how you can now
personally publish your stories for Winds and Waves magazine.

See here W&W@Medium PDF


Here is a moving story by our friend, John Burbidge on Decateur Island off Seattle.

Ray and Elaine were pillars of the church and ICA in Australia and globally, since the beginning of the Ecumenical Institute and ICA. As Pastor of the Wayside Chapel for over 10 years succeeding Ted Noffs, Ray pioneered in the establishment of the safe injecting facility in Kings Cross, as well as the planning of the current refurbished environmentally friendly building, as well as many social justice issues.

A memorial celebration will be held at Wayside at 2pm on Sunday 17 November.

Living on the Edge: A tribute to Ray Richmond

I first met Ray in Sydney in January 1971. I was 21, fresh out of university and about to join an organisation that would have a major influence on the rest of my life. Ray was struggling with making a similar decision, but in his case it involved his wife and family as well. Little did I realise then that our paths would cross many times in years to come, in places as diverse as Brussels and Chicago, Madrid and Mezio (Portugal), Perth and Oombulgurri (Kimberley, WA) and Seattle and Decatur Island. We also both worked in India, although in different periods.

On our last encounter, a year ago in Brisbane, it was clear he was in his final lap, but still as smooth spoken and determined as ever, with occasional recollections and characteristic mannerisms that caught us up short and caused us to chuckle. His body was weak but his spirit still strong.

During his assignment to the Oombulgurri Human Development Project in the mid 70s, Ray spent a lot of time outside the community, garnering support for it from around Australia. His efforts at “inkinding” everything from pigs and chickens to free shipping and air transportation were legendary. His sheer audacity and refined speech were a powerful combination. He addressed service clubs, phoned federal cabinet ministers (at home) and convinced farmers to part with highly prized breeding cattle. I was privileged to follow in Ray’s footsteps in this work and was amazed by at the array of contacts he had made as well as the meticulous notes he left. He became a role model for me, giving me the courage to step outside my comfort zone and risk boldly, while being mindful of the implications and caring for the details. 

Not only was Ray always prepared to do whatever was needed, he was also not afraid to address a word to people — his colleagues among them — when he thought it necessary. I remember the night in Seattle we had just finished watching an AFL grand final at friend’s house. As we walked to our car I was telling him about the latest book I was editing for the Institute. He listened politely before interjecting. “So when are you going to write your own book?” His question stopped me in my tracks. In my role as a writer and editor for the organisation it had never occurred to me that I might write a book of my own. A seed was planted and it grew over time. I not only wrote and published one book of my own, but two. Had it not been for Ray, these might never have happened.

In 2005 Ray and Elaine paid a visit to our home on Decatur Island, north of Seattle. They enjoyed their time, especially the walks through the forest, playing on a rope swing at the beach and meeting neighbours. Ray was intrigued by our house situated on a steep sloping hillside. He called it “the house on the edge”, which he later referred to as “a symbol of your recognition of times of change for all people”. Eight years later, when Bruce and I were married on Decatur, Ray sent a message to bless our union, which was now legal in Washington State. In it he reminded us that he had celebrated many unregistered civil unions, “in the bush and on the beach.”

This came as no surprise to me, although I’d not known it before. Being ahead of the curve, at the forefront of social change — whatever the issue — seemed the natural place for Ray. His pioneering work at Sydney’s Wayside Chapel in creating an injection room for drug users was a case in point. Not only did he dare to take on state and federal politicians and submit to police raids, he also faced a media barrage for weeks. In an email to me for my 61st birthday, he wrote, “Some times require prophets who dare to be outrageous, loud and visible for justice. Sometimes the mighty ruler is plain wrong and should be warned of dangerous consequences and great suffering.”

Ray’s willingness to embody a prophetic role for social justice was one of many he played throughout his life. He also served in the army, as a minister and as a radio presenter. In addition, he exhibited a range of skills from finely honed carpentry to the latest website design. Nothing seemed to fail to capture his attention or was beyond his reach. When we both lived and worked at the ICA’s International headquarters in Brussels I was amazed how he converted two small, single-person rooms into a comfortable apartment for Elaine and himself. When he tidied up the basement workshop as well, transforming it from total chaos to a highly organised and accessible space, I was doubly impressed.

For all his gifts and accomplishments, Ray was no stranger to struggle and failure. His separation from his children over many years while working abroad weighed heavily on him although he was able to bridge that gap somewhat in later years. The death of Elaine in 2010 was not only a painful personal loss for Ray but ended a partnership of two strong, talented and caring individuals who together made a powerful and well balanced team, known to many simply as “Ray and Elaine”. When they were in charge, you knew something great would happen.

But Ray’s response to this sad moment, as to all life’s challenges, was always positive and forward looking. I was reminded of this in an email he sent me in which he confessed that his previous year had been “a time of new learnings about failure”.  His words make a fitting note on which to end this brief homage to a honoured colleague, a dear friend and a committed companion on the journey.

“The best resurrections happen in adversity and endings. When doors are shut and a new world dawns in hope and surprise. It is in adversity that we develop qualities of tolerance, patience and compassion. With new relationships to everything, life floods in fresh and welcome.”

   Robyn          rjhutchinson48@gmail.com


ICA Associates, Inc. 20th Anniversary Tour

October 1, 2019 is the 20th Anniversary of the incorporation of ICA Associates, Inc., a company partially owned by the Canadian Institute of Cultural Affairs, and several individual shareholders.

We are celebrating with a national tour of participatory events to gather stories of the impact of facilitation and to generate a vision of the participatory society we want in 10 years. ICA Associates' website https://www.ica-associates.ca/news/ has details.

It’s an opportunity to connect with the thousands of people who have taken ICA (ToP) training or asked us to facilitate events over the years.  Our intention is to hold at least one event in every part of the country.  We intend for these events to generate local and national momentum and we plan to capture all the outputs into a small research project.

At the same time, we are transforming the company structure to add a number of consultants, trainers, and a formal board of directors with the intent of sustaining and growing the company long into the future.  ICA Associates supports ICA Canada with royalties for ICA methods and publications. 

Jo Nelson            jnelson@ica-associates.ca


English translation below

Le mois de Septembre a été meublé de différentes activités de formation en faveur de bénéficiaires et des agents de ICA-CI, dans le cadre des renforcements de capacités prévu dans ce projet année 4. La première a porté sur « La mise en relation des bénéficiaires opérant dans les domaines de l’agriculture et de l’élevage avec le restaurant « MOMIJI » : point de vente de leurs produits dans la région d’Agboville »
Cette formation s’est déroulée du 10 au 11 Septembre 2019 à Agboville avec une présence de certains chefs des villages bénéficiant du projet.

Formation pour restaurent

L’objectif est de définir les attentes des bénéficiaires des prestations du restaurant ICA en lien avec le développement de leurs actions entant que producteurs agricoles et éleveurs dans le système agro-alimentaire local, pour plus d’absorption des produits agro-pastoraux.
Les fondements d’une collaboration entre ICA et les bénéficiaires :
  • Pour ICA : Techniquement et économiquement, pour pouvoir s’approvisionner en légumes de proximité, il est nécessaire que le restaurant dispose d’une légumerie.
  • Pour les producteurs : économiquement, pour mieux prospérer, les producteurs doivent avoir un déboucher sûr et garanti pour leurs produits.

La méthodologie interactive (conversationnelle)/participative a été utilisée comme technique de modération pour permettre aux bénéficiaires de mieux s’impliquer dans cette formation.

Formation en Agriculture

La deuxième formation qui a été donné par Monsieur Isoda Expert Japonais venu pour 14 jours à porté sur la fabrication d’engrais et d’insecticides biologiques par l’utilisation de materieux locaux pour permettre aux beneficiaires de pratiquer une agriculture à moindre coût . Au cours de cette formation pratique que nous avons eu durant la présence de cet expert dans les 11 villages du projet nous a permis de voir aussi la réalité de l’avancée dans l’exécution des activités de chaque volet du projet.

Nous notons qu’après toutes ses années de sensibilisations et de formations données certains villages n’arrivent pas à faire correctement l’élevage et la culture maraichère. Nous n’avons pas aussi jusqu'à présent pu faire fonctionner le restaurant qui devait constituer un des maillons clé de la cohésion sociale.

Village de Niamazra

Pratique à la ferme model de Mure


The month of September was furnished with various training activities for beneficiaries and agents of ICA-CI, as part of the capacity building planned in this year 4 project. The first focused on "Connecting the beneficiaries operating in the fields of agriculture and breeding, with the restaurant "MOMIJI": point of sale of their products in the region of Agboville "

This training took place from 10 to 11 September 2019 in Agboville, with a presence of some village leaders benefiting from the project.

Training for restaurent

The objective is to define the expectations of the beneficiaries of the services of the ICA restaurant in connection with the development of their actions as agricultural producers and breeders in the local agro-food system, for more absorption of agro-pastoral products.

The foundations of a collaboration between ICA and the beneficiaries:

  • For ICA: Technically and economically, to be able to stock local vegetables, it is necessary that the restaurant has a vegetable.
  • For producers: economically, to prosper better, producers must have a safe and guaranteed outcome for their products.

Interactive (conversational) / participatory methodology was used as a moderation technique to allow beneficiaries to become more involved in this training.

Agriculture Training

The second training given by Mr. Isoda Expert from Japan, came for 14 days focused on the production of fertilizers and biological insecticides by the use of local materials to allow beneficiaries to practice agriculture at lower cost. During this practical training that we had during the presence of this expert in the 11 villages of the project allowed us to see also the reality of the progress in the execution of the activities of each component of the project.

We note that after all his years of training given some the villages; some cannot properly breed or market garden. And we have not so far been able to operate the restaurant which was to be one of the key links of social cohesion.

Village of Niamazra

Practice on the farm Mure model

Kouame Konan         konaneug@gmail.com


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Training and Facilitation

A Seven days long course entitled “Training of Trainers on Training and Facilitation Skills is being carried out using ToP methodology for senior trainers of government officials of Nepal. The training is jointly organized by Ministry of Finance, Public Finance Management Training Center and Soft Tech Nepal. Tatwa Timisna, Atma Ram Timsina and Hare Ram Bhattarai are facilitating the course.

Participation in APRC Malaysia
Ishu Subba, Executive Director for ICA Nepal and Sarala Timsina, Board Member for ICA Nepal participated in the ICA Asia Pacific Regional Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in September.

Preparation of Completion Ceremony
Completion Ceremony of Construction of Community Training Center is being held on 11 October 2019. ICA Nepal is actively involved with the local community for its preparation. The ceremony will be attended by guests from Nepal Government and the Embassy of Japan.

The Community Training Centre was constructed (post-earthquake) by Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Japan in support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan, through the Embassy of Japan, Nepal, and in collaboration with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) Nepal. Since the construction has been completed, the center is ready to be used by community people.

Ishu Subba            subbaishu@gmail.com


Joint Statement of Ukrainian and Georgian Women at the UN
“Women. Peace. Strategic Partnership. Joint Activities”

We are women representing civilian leaders of Ukraine and Georgia, living in the area of currently rising geopolitical tension that have united into a Geopolitical Civic Alliance of Women to participate in the 64th Session of the Commission of the United Nations on the Status of Women. We are strongly committed to women’s empowerment and enhancing their role as key decision makers in building world peace to ensure fair social and economic processes in each of the countries through gender balance.

We, women of Ukraine and Georgia, appreciate the great contribution of the world community and recognize significance of efforts undertaken by the United Nations in preserving world peace, and we commend all persons involved in drafting of the Bejing Declaration 1995, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and those people who created, approved and at present implement all international documents that are intended to prevent warfare on Earth.

We, women of Ukraine and Georgia, do not support commitment of some countries’ elite to restore the so-called “national equity” since it leads to people’s aggression, annexation and occupation of territories, ethnic wars, death of many thousands of people and ruined lives of millions of families. As a result of determination of our mutual neighbor, to achieve the “national equity” that is comprehensible only for this country, in the last 2 years our countries have lost more than 45000 citizens, more than 2 000 000 people have become refugees and temporarily displaced persons.

Approximately 173 000 children live along the “contact line” in the East Ukraine and during last five years they tend to go to school at risk of shelling. According to international experts, at least 40 thousand peoples’ lives will be sacrificed in order to demine the frontline of Ukraine.

Right now 13 ongoing decades-long armed conflicts take place in the world. Innocent people die every day in the world. Wars cause common human suffering and unite our nations in aspiration to resolve the multi-faceted conflicts and restore peace in the world.
And we, women of Ukraine and Georgia just ask ourselves, why the desire to help each other and sense of compassion arise only at the moment of wars and sufferings? Why is it so difficult to stop ruthless killing of people ?

This year, world leaders at the General Assembly of the United Nations focused international community’s attention on significance of demonstrating true leadership nature of large and developed countries with a view to support and facilitate weak countries.
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, noted that today, unfortunately, we face ‘fake leadership” on behalf of successful countries that exploit weakness of other countries for their own profit. President of Ukraine said that nowadays the price of a human life within the world is only 10 US dollars-cost of the bullet that kills people.

We would like to draw you attention to one Georgian village, Gugutiantkari, located close to the occupied region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia). When the Russian occupation forces recommenced the illegal installation of barbed wire fences they ordered a local villager to demolish his house. The Georgian local, an ordinary man, frightened of death, destroyed his parental house, destroyed his own life, his past and roots, and was left alone, face-to-face with uncertain future. This case has recently become a symbol of human tragedy and Georgian nation was shocked by this example of lawlessness and cynical violence.

Modern world is still ruled by men in which, we, women perform just administrative functions to satisfy their male ambitions. Why don’t we women fight more actively in our own communities to to minimalize the impact of the male aggression or their insensitivity? Why don’t we, women, take a lead in our own communities? Why are we still accepting and counting on the men inflicting violence on other people and mankind? Why is this problem in the 21 century still affecting us people of the world?

We, women from Ukraine and Georgia, are living right now in the warfare zone and the situation of post-traumatic stress. No one else but us know about the state of women, military women and children, about the problems of refugees and temporarily displayed persons, migrants, unemployment of thousands of people and social disintegration. All these people need guaranteed social welfare and security.

We call on female world leaders, female civilian leaders and all women of the world to assume responsibility for the people affected by armed conflicts. In this regard, we call on men and women to come together to solve the priority world problems and serve as catalysts for reforms in their own countries.

We call on men and women to create a new culture of cohabitation in their own communities that is based on respect of identities and awareness of each other’s values.
We suggest the women to develop their own model of modern, harmoniously developing and prosperous world order, in which human value and man’s life are fundamentals of fair social and economic processes of each country of the world.

We call on all women to overcome internal doubts and be the balance for the geopolitical state of the world and become peacekeepers of Earth.

We should remember that only in an equal partnership with men has the world opportunities to develop in a balanced and harmonious manner.

National culture of our countries is the necessary condition establishing appropriate balance between the system of decision-making, economy development and social well-being.

Through mutual consensus of men and women we have discovered an effective way to achieve and maintain peace. Preservation of authenticity and initial culture in the uniformity of diversity, appreciation of each other’s value and development of the sense of compassion towards others is the path that each nation should tread to sustain the world balance.

We, women of Georgia and Ukraine, right away apply to representatives of educational sphere of all countries to prioritize development of a human, humanity and sense of compassion for other people. Right now we, women of Ukraine and Georgia, are obliging the system of government of all countries to ensure career growth only for those leaders that facilitate the way to peace in their countries through decisions that decrease the level of aggression and violence.

We request the Secretary-General of the United Nations to convey to the world leaders importance of developing participatory management and female democratic leadership that will promote development of better natural qualities of women and preserve geopolitical balance on Earth.

Dear ladies, let us assume responsibility for ensuring peace in the world and its perfection!

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!”- this should become a basic postulate of women’s movement in the world. We are obliged to move forward along this difficult and arduous way to success in this high and responsible mission.

Svitlana Salamatova          svetasalamatova@gmail.com


ICA Archive Website Launch-Chicago, IL November 11-22, 2019

Please come any of these dates for a variety of tasks!

Archives Sojourn
Wrap Up
November 11-13
November 14-18
November 19-22
Locate and scan files
Identify holes, language
Final entries
Enter on website
Respond to feedback
Finalize edits
Get feedback from colleagues
Discuss next phase of archives 
Celebrate journey with the ICA Board

Have you been saying “Someday” for a long time about participating in Archives work? The Fall Sojourn this year is flexible as we work toward an initial website “launch” to the ICA Board and colleagues during the ICA November 22-23 board meeting.

 In fact, the time is even more flexible than the chart above indicates. Karen Snyder has graciously volunteered to be there to help guide and direct your work in October as well as earlier in November. There are even some tasks that can be done remotely. Geoff and Kay Nixon, Duncan Holmes and Ruth Gilbert are currently helping for several days. There is a place for you somewhere, as we move from filing cabinets in Chicago to the world wide web. This is a great way to celebrate the work of ICA colleagues around the world.
Contact Karen Snyder   Karen.snyder10@gmail.com  with questions or to arrange a time to work in the archives.

Lynda Cock           lynda860@outlook.com

For the Archive Advisory Council of ICA-USA

World Town Meeting - III

Dear ICA Colleagues,

Over the last two weeks, I sent out letters to recommend we do Community Planning on a global basis. This is necessary to bring peace & prosperity to our world and to enable everyone to take part in stopping the global warming. Communities around the world need to cooperate to make realistic & coordinated global efforts to bring our many crises under control.

We can’t rely on our governments to bring Peace or to take adequate actions to reverse the climate problems. They face too many challenges. They do not have the resources to apply or the ability to step outside of themselves.

What? They are going to pass a law ordering the Earth to cool down? Are they going to adopt the: “Love thine enemy ~ so he will stop being so hostile” directive as their national policy? Don’t think so . . . they’ll need our help.

Global cooperation is possible. We will have to establish community planning (via quarterly ToP Town Meetings in all neighborhoods) and feed our community plans into an online “World Town Meeting” ~ Seven-Level Workshop & Voting System:

1: Community

2: City

3: County (or equivalent area)

4: State or Nation

5. Region (12 on Earth)

6. Earth

7: Galaxy (for the growing number of issues beyond Earth’s atmosphere)

By this, we will formulate the “Will of the People of Every Neighborhood” and send it upward ~ through each of the seven levels of society ~ to merge our thinking into a World Consensus of Visions, Goals, World Action Plans, and Governmental Cooperation. We will make friends across the world and learn how to work together. When we do, we will bring universal Peace & Prosperity . . . and Environmental Stability.

The ICA must take the lead in this. We have the Workshop method . . . the Key to World Peace. Joseph Mathews said to: “Permeate society with it.” This will be permeation.

Please imagine your participation in the global effort to rescue our planet. Connect to friends . . . make a list . . . make a plan. Thank you for caring about your world.


Dennis Boydstun           dennyboydstun@gmail.com

P.S. ~ Please imagine: “World Peace!” It is for us to build. There are no obstacles. There is plenty of money out there . . . and everyone wants the same thing. They just don’t yet know they have the power. No one has called them to take it on.

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