“An often-repeated phrase is “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” points to a truth: social change occurs when creative people connect and act with each other in a concerted effort. While this is not a unique insight, the power of making connections is an important guiding principle behind ICA activities. As an organization interested in catalyzing creative action beyond itself, ICA connects those who share values and interests. ICA transcends narrow perspectives of any particular group by focusing on universal concerns that are common to all. This was reflected by the word “ecumenical” in its original name and remains an important piece of ICA’s work now. Respecting, honoring, and ensuring diversity, be it of an interfaith or cross-cultural nature, are underlying principles of ICA as it goes about connecting people. It is by identifying and connecting the creative community initiatives of ordinary people that new ideas, practices, confidence, and commitment are successfully nurtured and developed. This is the nuts and bolts of movement building.” ICA’s Organizational Wisdom – Terry Bergdall
The 1984 International Exposition of Rural Development (IERD) was the first of a series of eight quadrennial conferences organized by ICA International. These assemblies drew on the Institute’s experience of annual research assemblies held during the previous decade.
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