The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) is a non-profit organization and the organizing sponsor of the accelerate 77 effort. The ICA is dedicated to expanding social innovation, participation, and community building in Chicago and worldwide. This dedication has spanned Over the last 50 years, the ICA has done teaching, training, and networking across the US and abroad. The ICA teaches participatory methods of problem solving, and strategic planning that builds ownership in solutions. When enhancing professional development, the ICA takes an interactive approach and establishes youth/adult leadership training that enhances civic participation, literacy, and personal growth.