"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies

Location: International


The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS) is a voluntary alliance of societies from around the world which strive to inform and educate the public on the important contributions made by artists, designers and architects of this period.

Members assist each other with support during battles for the preservation of architecture from the period. ICADS conducts a bi-annual World Congress on Art Deco in cities where a member society nominates itself as a host. The next World Congress will be held in Havana, the last two weeks of March 2013.

lCADS consists of not-for-profit, independent and member-based societies from cities and regions around the world, called ‘sponsors’. In addition, it includes ‘key contacts’ from other cities and regions where no Art Deco society exists.

ICADS meets formally every two years at the World Congress. Sponsor societies are eligible to vote on issues.

ICADS appoints a facilitator for a period of two years (generally the President of the Society that has hosted a previous World Congress).

The facilitator is responsible for coordinating the work of ICADS, chairing the meeting at the World Congress, ensuring the implementation of resolutions, disseminating information and preservation alerts, maintaining the ICADS mailing list and website, and encouraging the formation of new Art Deco societies.

A three-member Advisory Committee has been established to help and advise the facilitator.

Sponsor societies and key contacts pay an annual fee to belong to ICADS and accounts are managed by an appointed Treasurer. Due to the international nature of the organization,

ICADS is not incorporated. It operates under a Platform which describes the consensus upon which the Coalition currently exists. The Platform can be amended at the bi-annual formal ICADS meeting. Sponsors and key contacts agree to conform to the joining criteria and the rules that govern the operations of ICADS.

An organisation seeking to become a sponsor of ICADS completes an application which is submitted to the formal bi-annual meeting.

The mission of ICADS is :

• To encourage co-operation among Art Deco Societies and other organisations and individuals actively concerned with preservation of buildings from the Art Deco era;

• To offer mutual support through a variety of means;

• To explore new ways to work together to promote the understanding, appreciation and preservation of Art Deco.

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