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Talk about compassion

Dear Editor:

We wish to thank the Basalt Regional Library for its sponsorship of the Intercultural Community Builders Facilitator Certification Workshop this past weekend. Based in Fort Collins, ICB is a nonprofit organization committed to building communities where people from all cultural backgrounds feel welcomed and included and encouraged, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential.

This training is a part of the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities movement. This past March, Basalt became the second global Compassionate City. Currently there are six confirmed cities/regions and 66 candidate cities/regions making a commitment to “Always treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.” Our Compassionate Basalt team has identified intercultural understanding as a value we want to encourage – and the ICB workshops as a means to develop the necessary leadership skills.

Utilizing the library’s beautiful new Community Room, ICB executive director Carol Miller and certified facilitator Tasha Sjoholm led six adults from the Basalt community through a rigorous three-day workshop. This initial event provided tools for assessing work environments, building intercultural teams, and working with culturally diverse populations. It was an inspiring and eye-opening experience for everyone involved.

There will be another Facilitator Certification Workshop in Basalt, March 30-31, 2012, as well as a later advanced facilitator training. These events are designed for educators, non-profit volunteers, government employees, business leaders, and concerned community members. Due to the generosity of ICB supporters, there are scholarships available so that a broad cross-section of each community may participate. We encourage anyone interested to contact Carol Miller via the ICB website: http://www.interculturalcommunitybuilders.com. Continuing education credit is available through Colorado State University.

Again, our sincere thanks to the Basalt Regional Library – and especially Kristen Becker and Emily Fahey – for making this important training event possible.

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