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InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation

Friends Building Global Community

How We Are Organized

"Innovative Communities" are the result of the interactions of ICO Friends and Communities around the World with ICO Centres, whose volunteers provide services and support, and share the rich resources of their experience with the World .

ICO Friends

ICO Friends includes those who we are privileged to assist and share in friendship, those that support us and also our pro-bono ICO Team Members. 

  • Council of ICO Friends consists of a representative from each group of friends based on geographic location. There are also two Directors on the Board of ICO who represent all ICO Friends. 
  • Secretariat (provides support to the Council of ICO Friends)

ICO Centres

ICO Centres are the service arm to the organization and provide specialized services and functions.  The Centres are organized by functional Groups and staffed by pro-bono volunteer Team Members who share their talents, knowledge and expertise. Team Members with three months service are entitled to become voting members of the Foundation upon application, provided they maintain active status.

The Succession Plan for ICO calls for the ICO Centres below to all report directly to the Chief Operating Officer by 1 May 2015 except for the Finance and Administration Centre which will report to the Chief Financial Officer. Dawn Robson and Jim Avery both have been elected to the Board and are in the transition phase from Group Leaders to Foundation Directors.

ICO Operations Group: Group Leader - Jennifer Wade (Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation)

  • Africa Initiatives Centre
  • Asia Pacific Initiatives Centre
  • Latin America Initiatives Centre
  • Centre for Well-Being and Health 
  • Operational Support Centre 
  • Centre for Education

ICO Human Dynamics Group: Group Leader - Dawn Robson (Vice-Chair of the Foundation)

  • Centre for Friendship
  • Centre for Team Members
  • Centre for Interns

ICO Support Group: Group Leader - James Avery (Director of the Foundation)

  • Finance Centre
  • Centre for Online Collaboration

Board Support Unit:  Lead - Pedro Morales
Provides strategic, organizational development and emergent issues services. 
In addition, the Centres below report directly to the Chair.

  • Property Management Centre
  • Run-For-Tomorrow Initiative Centre

Board of Directors: 

President and Chairman of the Board - John Mitchell

The Board of Directors is responsible to the membership and the community for InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation and focuses to Governance, Transparency, Strategic Planning and Overall Policy.  The Board is elected by the Members of Foundation who are all volunteers in active Team Member roles or who have an approved leave-of-absence for a maximum of one year.

The Board of Directors and ICO Groups are supported by the Board Support Unit.

The directory, including roles and biographies of our people, can be viewed at ICO People Directory

ICO Initiatives

September 17, 2014
ICO’s Instruments4Africa provides opportunities to underprivileged children in Mali, one of Africa's poorest countries, to get an education and reach their potential. Building on Mali’s rich artistic culture, children receive performing arts training, and are part of a performing arts troupe guided by professional dance and music teachers.