Community Development Society

News and Information

President's Update - Up next, Big Sky!

By Chris Marko

The Community Development Society (CDS) Board met September 9th- 10th in Big Sky, Montana—the site for our next conference with the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).  The CDS Board met jointly with the NACDEP Board to tour the venue, facilities, and plan logistics for the conference, and develop common goals and expectations for the conference—I can tell you it is truly and wonderful place with mountainous inspiration all around.  Rumor has it that some CDS and NACDEP folks got involved with some wrangling on site.  One of the common goals of both Boards is to have fun so get ready for another great, educational, and fun conference in Montana!  The dates are June 11th – 14, 2017 so mark your calendars and plan ahead.  Vacation packages are available at Big Sky so bring your family, friends, and explore what the local area has to offer—Yellowstone National Park is less than two hours from the Bozeman airport.  The CDS NACDEP Conference 2017 theme is Big Skies, Bold Partnerships continuing CDS’ tradition of collaboration and strengthening partnerships with groups and people involved with community development.  At the CDS Board meeting we accomplished two items which build on our partnership with the International Association for Community Development (IACD) who we conducted our joint International Conference in Minnesota in July, 2016 on Sustaining Community Change.  The CDS Board voted to adopt the newly created definition of Community Development by IACD:   “Community development is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings".   We believe it is important to promote representation of community development with common terms and will welcome further discussion about community development, as we have and will continue to do as community developers this year, and at the upcoming CDS NACDEP Conference June 11 – 14 2017 in Big Sky!  The CDS Board also plans to partner with IACD on conferences every fourth year which will strengthen the breadth of our organizations globally.  Similarly CDS intends to develop opportunities with NACDEP regarding leadership, economic development, and education through our conference and partnership.  CDS Board members had the pleasure of visiting with Montana State University Extension staff to discuss what we do in community development.  Stay tuned for our Call for Abstracts which will be issued earlier this year as we will be having our conference earlier in the summer than we have traditionally held our conference (late July) next year.  We encourage you to consider submitting an abstract, welcome and invite your participation in the conference, and as always encourage you to participate on Committees and organizational development for CDS.   As outlined at the CDS IACD Conference my focus as President involves cultivating new leadership for CDS, sustaining change and building on sustainability themes, and continuing to continue improving organizational processes and consistency for the future of CDS.  We also welcome articles for publication in our Journal of Community Development, and CD Practice.  For more information about the conference feel free to contact Bryan Hains, Vice President of Programs and the newly formed Conference Planning Committee Bryan Hains, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; for information CDS operations and Vanguard feel free to contact Cindy Banyai, Vice President of Operations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and for anything to do with CDS feel free to get in touch yours truly, Chris Marko, CDS President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I appreciate what you do in community development.  Keep up the great work!

1477 Hits
Powered by EasyBlog for Joomla!