Following are the questions that we answered on experiences, and summaries of our responses to each.
Members felt ICA was addressing something of real importance during programmes that challenged their life direction or reminded them that they individually and collectively could make a difference; during ICA training and facilitated events where people realize the value of their own wisdom and potential; and when talking about real life issues and the ICA approach to those issues.
Question 2: When have you discerned a fundamental characteristic of ICA that distinguishes it from other organizations or networks that you have known?
The fundamental characteristic of ICA that distinguishes it from other organizations or networks are: the consistent focus on process and participation; ICA's focus on the personal responsibility and the development of the individual; and the belief that each individual has a valid contribution to make.
There is a movemental feel to the organization. The values and beliefs are aligned in every aspect of the organization. The spirit dimension and understanding allows the organization to focus on asking the right questions and not just on having the right answers.
Question 3: When have you felt a fundamental tension or mismatch between you & ICA?
A fundamental tension or mismatch was felt between the members & ICA around ICA's language, the cost of the Volunteer Foundation Course; and when we spend time on policies and procedures.
There is also a tension when we consider working in areas that appear to be in conflict with our values and when I feel out of alignment with the values I know ICA holds. As a new person on the journey of development, a member experienced tension.