You are invited to co-create the 4th Annual Chicago Conference for Good. PLEASE join us, bring friends and add spirit! Share this invitation with neighbors and colleagues, people you’d like to connect or reconnect with this July!
“…cuz people who do stuff need to know more people who do stuff.” – ted ernst
Localizing Global Change: Issues and Opportunities
July 19-22 in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL USA
The momentum of community is rising. Please join us! …for More and More.
More and more people. More and more resources. More and more easy. More and more connected. More and more green. More and more power to do good things, in more and more local neighborhoods and organizations.
Three years ago, some of us convened a small but national conference on the future of philanthropy, technology and community action. Two years ago, more of us joined in to create a second and international conference which was also the first-ever omidyar.net members conference. Last year we did it again, and along the way these conversations have sparked half a dozen more conferences and action on at least four continents.
All the while, you’ve been busy doing all the things you do to try make the world a better place, and you’ve been noticing that more and more people are getting together for global community good. This year’s global gathering in Chicago is going to focus on “doing”. All good work. All kinds of local action. We welcome good people from everywhere to join with people we are actively inviting who are “doing” in Chicago neighborhoods. Bring your own local doing to share. We want to do more and more in all localities, and to do it more together.
This year’s conference will follow the same simple and active format as all the previous conferences. We’ll gather for one big opening, create a working agenda that includes all of our most important issues and questions, meet with friends and colleagues to actively address everything on the agenda, document and publish our notes online, and head back out into all the things we are doing with more energy, more clarity and more connections.
The momentum of community is rising. Please join us!
…for more and more global good on the ground where you live.
WHEN? July 19-22, 2007 …music and barbecue on Thursday night, conference all day Friday and Saturday, finishing by noon on Sunday, with airport drop-offs or excursions for out-of-towners on Sunday afternoon.
WHERE? General Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club, 2950 W. 25th Street, Chicago IL 60623
WHO SHOULD COME? Anyone who wants to get more and more into community, technology, environment, and other social justice kinds of work and practice. Anyone who wants to make more and more connections between all these sorts of things. And anyone who wants to have more and more fun and friends in the process of community leadership.
WHAT TO BRING? Food to eat/share, materials to show/share, ideas and questions, issues and projects that you care about and want to inform and be informed by others AND a total of $40 (scholarships may be available) to pay for basic costs of site and materials for all three days of meetings.
NOW WHAT? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, make a payment at paypal, forward this invitation to friends and colleagues, people you work with — and people you want to work with. we’ll send you details about places and times and be glad to answer any other questions. Stay tuned to www.GlobalChicago.net for more information.
CO-CONVENERS? Ted Ernst, Hermilo Hinojosa, Kachina Katrina Zavalney, Michael Herman, Michael Maranda, Jean Russell, Dave Chakrabarti, Pierre Clark, and You…
What kind of stuff
have we been doing?
* hosting and attending green dinners,
* community gardening,
* digital excellence & inclusion,
* chicago conservation corps training,
* growing food,
* organizing block clubs and parties,
* depaving your yard and inviting neighbors,
* restoring a riverbank,
* planting native prairie in your local park
* organizing your neighbors to work with the alderman or CAPS to get a camera,
* or get one taken out,
* recruiting volunteers,
* organizing safe routes to school,
* buying organic foods,
* experimenting with new tech ways to connect people,
* and living with less tech
* driving less,
* recycling more,
* ensuring all differently brained people are seen as human beings,
* seeing to it that the ADA laws are followed,
* making social activists are supported and nurtured,
* urban chicken egg farming
* block clubs
* traffic calming
* peace parks
* “doing.”… ,