Inclusive Leadership is a New Frontier

Submitted by Chapman Msowoya

My name is Chapman Msowoya. I live in Mpika,  Zambia, Africa with a dream to build a society that works for all people regardless of their ability.

I am so grateful to be sponsored by the Inclusive Leadership Cooperative to participate in two online courses. Both are rare opportunities for working towards my vision of creating a communities filled with peace, love and harmony for all people through our unique differences.

Throughout my life, I have been in constant observation of myself and planet Earth. In 2017 I had a wake up call when I realized that over 3 billion people on earth are living in poverty and our worldwide natural environment is at risk. I said: “Enough is enough. I’m taking a stand for a world that works for all people.” I remember sharing my ambitions with a university friend who was visually impaired. My friend Francis shared his passion for music and told me he had a vision to create a music-based organization called “Fountain of Good Sounds”. I fell in love with this and since I am so much into football, I told him I would create an organization called the “Fountain of Good Sports”.

From this interaction the not-for-profit organization, ‘Fountain of Good Sport Community Foundation’ (FOGS) was registered in 2018. Our mission is to use sports to empower people to use their gifts  to pursue peace, love, harmony and create a world where everyone is celebrated as a unique creation. My goal is to bring together 4000 young people by the year 2030 to take charge of their lives and utilize their unlimited potential to empower communities to become sustainable by embracing diversity. For now I feel the Inclusive Leadership platform is a starting point for my dream to unfold.

My Inclusive Leadership quest is opening my mind to a new frontier; a new way of being the change we want to see in the world. This is an approach to community development that is focused on seeing differences as strengths. From the first journaling activity and the first Heart-to-Heart video meeting, I began learning about listening with appreciation without jumping into conclusions or my own interpretations. I began learning and practicing skills for building bridges, following the Earth Charter principles, connecting with people’s differences and working in collaboration. When I got to Raj Gill’s module on learning to communicate with compassion, I learned how to determine the purpose of a conversation by asking myself, “What is it I want to get out of this conversation?” The key skills include listening carefully to what the other party is saying and responding with empathy.

What matters the most to me about participating in this online quest is discovering who I truly am and putting into practice what I learn to make an impact in my immediate community and the world at large. As Inclusive Leaders we learn to create change within ourselves and influence our immediate environments such as friends and family, We then grow our influence by partnering with other local stakeholders like the local government to impact the region. Inclusive Leadership involves becoming aware of ourselves, developing daily practices for balance and harmony, and having a community of Inclusive Leaders to practice with. In inclusive leadership, we are all leaders, sharing experiences, carrying each others burdens, and changing ourselves before we change the outside world.

Click below for more information about Inclusive Leadership’s Online Quest to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential. With continuous enrollment you can sign up anytime you are ready to commit 4-5 hours per week for at least 4 weeks.

Strengthening the Bridges along our Inclusive Leadership Trail

Inclusive Leader Stanley Daniels with Canadian Federal Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan.

In June 2019, the Government of Canada unveiled Building a Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2022.  

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is one of 47 BC organizations to receive funding from the Canadian Heritage Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program.

We are very grateful for this funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage. As we begin to envision routes and pathways for preparing new generations of Inclusive Leaders to become Inclusive Leadership Facilitators, the field of Inclusive Leadership is already beginning to feel more and more like a virtual Camino Trail.

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Warm Welcome to Lindsay Beal, Our New ILC Coordinator

September 30, 2019

Collaboratively written by Terri Beaton, Kix Citton, Nola Landucci, Tara Jordan, April Vance and Linda Hill

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is thrilled to announce how lucky we are to welcome Lindsay Beal as our new Co-ordinator. Lindsay’s daily life is filled with engaging people from diverse life circumstances and diverse abilities in creative communication, Inclusive Leadership development and community-building. Lindsay has been offering her many amazing gifts to the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative for four years now as a participant, board member, and dedicated volunteer. Continue reading

Inclusive Leaders Rise Up For Climate Action

September 21 to 27, 2019

submitted by Linda Hill

The student-led Global Strike for Climate Action September 20 to 27, 2019 is a call to action for champions of diversity and inclusion around the world.

“Today is another global climate strike…people from all around the world for one common cause is very empowering…people of all ages, all generations.” (Greta Thunberg, Montreal, September 27, 2019)

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Education Assistants as Inclusive Leaders in Classrooms

by Linda Hill and Janice Maxwell

What if you arrive in your classroom one morning to find that everything is the same as it has always been except for one change?  What if no one in your classroom (absolutely no one) is reacting to disabilities and other differences as problems? What if, everyone (absolutely everyone) is now welcoming and accepting diverse abilities and all other differences as valuable gifts that enrich the classroom, the school, and the wider world?

These questions are answered in our new chapter, “Education Assistants as Inclusive Leaders in Classrooms” published in a groundbreaking new resource,

The Role of an Education Assistant: Supporting Inclusion.

Each chapter offers guidance and insight to anyone who wants to become an inclusive and welcoming education assistant or educator of any kind.

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More Inclusion For Everyone!

Submitted by Stanley Daniels

(Stanley Daniels participated in his first Inclusive Leadership Adventure 14 years ago, at age 14. He returned for Inclusive Leadership facilitator training in 2015 and again in 2017. He has been a strong supporter of the ILC ever since. Stanley is an elected member of Canim Lake Band Council, a chemical addictions counsellor and a talented writer about social concerns). The ILC is thankful to Stanley for going to Surrey, BC to attend this Canadian Heritage News Conference on behalf of the ILC). 

Today I got to meet Canadian Federal Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan. The federal government announced an additional 3.5 million dollars in funding in support of in support of multiculturalism, community activities and events, youth programs and anti-racism initiatives. Continue reading

Radical Interdependence – Bring it on

Submitted by Linda Hill with contributions from Janice Milnerwood, Joshua Amponsem, John Scull and Karl Perrin.

“The world needs Inclusive Leaders who are globally aware and locally skillful at forging inclusive solutions to our biodiversity and social diversity challenges.” (Linda Hill, Facebook, 2019).

I should be able to remember this quote about the radical interdependence of Inclusive Leadership because I wrote it. But reading about the deliberate burning of the Amazon Rainforests – the lungs of our mother Earth – for industrialized money crops froze my brain. I am so thankful for my radically interdependent allies who helped me shift back to mindfulness. As I breathed in and breathed out I remembered that doing whatever I can do in my local community so far away from Brazil is not only hopeful but is helpful because we are all interdependent.  “Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.” (Earth Charter). Continue reading