Category Archives: Personal Stories

Turning A Story of Challenges into a Story of Delightful Discoveries

On New Years Eve, 2017, I was celebrating the completed publication of Getting to the Bottom of ToP: The Foundations of the Methodologies of the Technology of Participation with a colleague. The last year of getting the book published was … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Predict the Impact of a Facilitated Event

On October 20 this year, I attended the “Courage to Lead Award” event held by ICA Canada, the charitable organization that is  co-owner of ICA Associates, Inc. The award was to be given to a woman I didn’t know, Anne … Continue reading

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Remembering the MLK Weekend, April 6, 1968

MLK Weekend, April 6, 1968 49 years ago, I participated in a history- and life-changing event on the West Side of Chicago. I was 19 years old, in my second year at the University of Iowa, and traveled with my … Continue reading

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The Rock Will Split

This is a story that my husband Wayne wrote, and that is included in the Historical Scan chapter of the book he started, that I am finishing, “Getting to the Bottom of ToP:  The Foundations of ICA Methods”.  Currently in … Continue reading

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Becoming a Human Being

Because Wayne and I and our family moved so often from one culture to another, and we were there to work side by side with the local people to make a difference in their community, we had to learn how … Continue reading

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The Making of an Ordinary Revolutionary, Part 3

While the water project was progressing, we also initiated economic and social projects. Since I had a degree and a passion for education, I was assigned to start the preschool. I spoke no Arabic, so I managed to get a … Continue reading

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The Making of an Ordinary Revolutionary, part 2

In the 1970’s, it was radical to believe that villagers had any knowledge about what they needed to develop their community. We began the project with a comprehensive participatory planning process that included a cross-section of villagers as well as … Continue reading

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