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InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation

Worldwide Community Development

How We Are Organized

"Innovative Communities" are the result of the interactions of ICO Friends around the World with ICO Centres, who provide services, supports and sharing with the World rich resources of experience.

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.

ICO Operations Group: Group Leader - Jennifer Wade

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

ICO Institute Group: Group Leader - Dr. Connie Allsopp

  • Centre for Education
  • Research Centre
  • Centre for Sustainability
  • Centre for Food Security
  • Centre for Well-Being and Health

Connie also has responsibility for various corporate support units

  • Strategic Development Unit
  • Corporate Relationships Unit
  • Capacity Building Unit

and also Leader for the R4T (Run-For-Tomorrow) powered by ICO Initiative.

ICO Human Dynamics Group: Group Leader - Dawn Robson

  • Centre for Friends
  • Centre for Team Members
  • Centre for Interns
  • Centre for Communications

ICO Support Group: Group Leader - James Avery

  • Finance Centre
  • Centre for Online Collaboration
  • Property Management Centre (reporting at this time to Chair of the Foundation)

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.
June 25, 2013
The Timberline and Carihi International Co-op class just returned back from their work placement trip to Nepal. A group of 23 students and chaperones spent their spring break experiencing the culture and adventures the small country had to offer. The class worked with Foundation on the Irrigation Initiative, and managed to raise enough money to fund 1.5 kilometers of the irrigation canal. This effort helped to aid thousands of farming families in the remote village of Lawachowk that could not have funded this project on their own.