View our Report on Phase I & II
Before moving into Phase III, we took a comprehensive look at the work within the first two stages. Within this report are the lessons learned, the participants, and our plans for the next stages.
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Phase I: IDENTIFY
“Listen and Learn” January 2011 - September 2012
Starting in the Fall of 2011, over 200 students from 5 Chicago-based Universities began to uncover the organizations, initiatives and individuals working at the community level toward creating a more sustainable Chicago. Professors from Chicago State, DePaul, Northeastern Illinois, Loyola and Roosevelt integrated the project into their curricula as a civic engagement component to their courses. During the summer of 2012, over 40 interns from around the US continued to uncover what was taking place at the community level within Chicago. All the students were asked to use an asset-based lens when in the communities.
Phase II: CONNECT
“Sharing Approaches That Work” Shair Fair - September 15, 2012
The culmination of 18 months of exploring and uncovering was a Share Fair event that aimed to both showcase and connect initiatives, organizations, and individuals from each of the 77 communities. In this day-long event at Truman College, participants were able to network, learn about local and city-wide resources available to them, and learn about the city’s plan to promote sustainability. Over 400 people attended the event with over 150 local organizations and initiatives showcasing their work.
Phase III: COLLABORATE
“Collaboration, Training, and Planning” - 2013 – 2015
In the three years following the Share Fair, the accelerate77 team will collaborate with individuals and organizations we met in Phase I and II and facilitate networking, training workshops, local share fairs, and the building of new collaboration between neighborhood groups. The organizing sponsor (ICA) has a long history and years of experience in facilitation, consensus building, and community development. This phase will be defined through the innovations which come to light during the continued engagement of the local participants. The anticipated result will be the expansion of effective and creative community initiatives that will significantly contribute to a more sustainable Chicago.