Picturing Inclusive Leadership Skills

Submitted by Linda Hill

During a meaningful and enjoyable Visual Facilitation workshop with Mireille van Bremen, I learned that the foundation of visual facilitation involves learning and practicing the Visual Alphabet. The heart of visual facilitation is empathic listening and the art is visual metaphors. Facilitate means ‘to make easy’ and Mireille certainly did that! By the end of the weekend, I was feeling much more at ease with and relaxed about my potential to become more and more visually literate. Just like any language, it is possible to communicate at a basic level quite quickly. Fluent visual communication takes practice.

Here are my drawings of seven Inclusive Leadership skills for Connecting with Differences. Can you get a picture of what each skill means? Can you see some of the Visual Alphabet basics such as circles, lines, and arches? Can you feel my empathic listening to the heart of each of these skills? Can you see a few visual metaphors in action?  Click here for more information about these and other Inclusive Leadership Skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culturally Welcoming Volunteerism

Here is a call to action for Inclusive Leaders everywhere: Search for culturally welcoming volunteer opportunities in your community and get actively involved! If you are already volunteering for a culturally welcoming organization, email us and share your news! inclusiveleaders@gmail.com

In the Cowichan Region, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, a participatory day of Exploring the Art of being Culturally Welcoming is coming up. There is space for thirty volunteer coordinators and others involved in volunteerism in this workshop being held at Providence Farm on Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Reserve your seat by emailing vc@volunteercowichan.bc.ca or phoning 250-748-2133. The $20 registration fee ($30 for two) includes a networking luncheon.


Here is a story that illustrates the value and importance of organizing and participating in Inclusive Leadership experiences such as this workshop on being Culturally Welcoming:

I began volunteering in Canada by a blessed chance. I was exploring art galleries and museums in the small town of Duncan, BC, Canada when I happened to approach a room that I thought was part of a museum. A tall boy with a wonderful smile invited me to enter and see what was going on. I suddenly found myself welcomed by a very heterogeneous group, for age and ethnicity. They told me they were volunteers working on a service project. 

In two minutes, I was one more of the group. It was very natural to sit and have something to do, but when I left the group two hours later I thought, ‘How is it possible that these people make me feel so naturally integrated, and welcomed?’ I decided to return the next week. 

During the days spent volunteering in Duncan, BC, Canada  I could see what happens when cultures are getting to know each other. Definitely, this volunteer experience in Canada changed a lot about my way to see the world. Even now that I have come back to Sardinia, Italy I cant see the world in the same way anymore.” (Excerpt from a story by Iliana Ruggiu, a graduate student from Sardinia, Italy who spent three months studying and volunteering in Canada)


Just as inclusive and welcoming communities are enriched by volunteers from diverse backgrounds, the experience of volunteering is enriched by volunteering in inclusive and welcoming organizations. Inclusive and welcoming organizations are simply wonderful places to volunteer because staff and volunteers deeply value opportunities to get to know who people are as well as what they have to offer. In a culturally welcoming organization, volunteers from diverse backgrounds are not only welcomed, they are celebrated for enriching the organization with their different gifts.

Inclusive Leader Selected For a United Nations Road Trip!

Submitted by Linda Hill and Mohammed Binaz!

Wonderful news! Inclusive Leader Mohammed Binaz is going on the road with the BC Council for International Co-operation as part of the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals Boot Camp”

As soon as Binaz phoned me to share his news with the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative, I invited him to be sure to carve out the time in his very busy schedule to participate in our February 16 to 18, 2018 Cultivating Inclusive Leadership Weekend and facilitate a UNSDG workshop! We are hopeful that Binaz and other Youth Leaders will bring what they learn to the Inclusive Leadership Community so that we can all explore ways of making the UN Sustainable Development Goals real and actionable everywhere we live, learn, and lead in our own diverse communities. Continue reading

The Power of Being Extraordinary

Submitted by Linda Hill

I received a wonderful good news email today from Amnesty International that I cannot figure out to share online! So here are are few photos and a link to one of their good news stories:

http://www.amnesty.ca/news/saudi-arabia-right-drive-long-overdue-step-forward-women

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