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Accelerate 77 ‘Share Fair’ to be at Truman College

Monday, July 30, 2012   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Tom Wray
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Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, will be the location of the Institute of Cultural Affairs’ (ICA) "Sharing Approaches That Work” conference (Share Fair) on Saturday, September 15, 2012.

The Share Fair will be one of the primary events in the ICA’s "Accelerating Green Initiatives in Chicago’s 77 Community Areas” (Accelerate 77) project. The Accelerate 77 project is an effort to create a framework of communication and collaboration between environmental and sustainable development efforts in each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. Both the ICA and Truman College are based in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

The Share Fair will bring more than 230 organizations together under one roof to learn from and support each other. The morning will be a marketplace of ideas for three projects from each community area to meet and network. Karen Weigert, the chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago, will give the keynote address.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology, Openlands, Active Transportation Alliance, Energy Impact Illinois and Seven Generations Ahead will join 19 other organizations in presenting afternoon seminars educating those attending on what individuals can do to promote and develop sustainability at a local level.

"We are thrilled that Truman College has become a partner in bringing accelerate 77 and the Share Fair to life,” said Terry Bergdall, president and CEO of ICA. "The facilities will be a perfect gathering place to welcome people from all across the city to Uptown.”


Randy C. Williams says...
Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012
George is correct. This is the new approach--connecting those who are already "living the future now" and making sure their story gets out. Not sure what "taking it national" will look like, but probably not like the replication strategy of days gone by. Something more specific to each network of local communities.
George Holcombe says...
Posted Monday, July 30, 2012
I hope this goes national. It sounds very much like something that is needed - to connect those across communities who doing something positive for the future.