The Magic of Connecting With Differences

Submitted by Linda Hill and Bonnie Robertson

20161012_145816Inclusive Leadership can be as simple and magical as a diverse group of people exploring the skill of daring to be different through a co-operative game of “Catch the Difference.” As you read this story, we invite you to think about the times in your life when you have felt safe to share your differences with others and the times in your life when you helped others feel safe to share their differences with you.  Continue reading

Daring To Be – Cooperative!

(submitted by Joy Emmanuel)

9018942What do Inclusive Leadership and Co-operatives have in common?  Everything!

They are both about embracing the values of respect, diversity, support, and collaboration in our everyday lives. They both offer us tools for creating caring communities that are enhanced by the quality of connection with one another in our interactions at work, play, accessing or offering services, and for whatever we are doing.

cooperative-course-flyerThat’s why I am passionate about being an inclusive leader and being someone who helps groups develop co-operatives. I am delighted to be offering an upcoming course in Victoria, BC that will introduce people to the BIG picture of what co-operatives are all about, Click here for the cooperative-course-flyer

The co-operative movement has been around a long time – well over 150 years! The co-operative model has been used in multiple ways to provide housing, employment, social programs, food, financial institutions (such as credit unions) and much more. It has been said that co-operatives have been developed to care for every aspect of our lives – from the cradle to the grave.
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Hope for a More Inclusive World

img_5895Submitted by Linda Hill

After participating in so many life-enriching events this week, I feel like a poster child for optimism. Every day last week, Inclusive Leaders were co-facilitating one or more inclusive team building or community building workshops.  Leaders in business, government, non-profit organizations, and schools explored diversity with open minds and hearts – guided by our values of safety, respect, equality and joy. As a Grade 5 student in one of our workshops said, “If everyone in our school becomes an inclusive, cooperative leader, we will become a very courageous school community.”

No wonder I’m feeling so hopeful!

For more information about bringing an Inclusive Leadership workshop to your workplace, school, or community setting email:

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Daring to be Different: Learning from Marta Becket

Submitted by Linda Hill

marta-becketMarta Becket is a unique Inclusive Leader who is one of my role models for the skill of daring to be different. Forty years ago, in 1967, Marta Becket re-claimed and re-opened a long-empty theatre in the remote California Ghost Town of Death Valley Junction. She steadfastly performed vaudeville ballet on the Armagosa Opera House stage three evenings each week whether anyone showed up to watch her or not. In the early years when she was mostly dancing to an empty theatre, she painted an audience on the walls.


Gradually, travellers noticed what she was offering and her theatre become an inclusive and welcoming Death Valley destination. In 2012, Marta passed her ballerina torch on to ballerina Jenna McLintock. Jenna now offers Marta’s vaudeville ballet performances to the world and the inclusive and welcoming magic of ballet in desert continues.

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World Peace Day

Submitted by Linda Hill

Each year, on September 21, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world in many different ways. What peace-building challenges are you choosing at home, at school, at work,  in community groups, as well as regionally, nationally and globally?  We invite you to share your news about building welcoming, inclusive, peaceful communities by email at or by posting on our facebook page.


This year, the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Multicultural Leadership Group made Peace Flags to give to the community Peace Pole Project.

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Upcoming Inclusive Leadership Events

News from the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative about Upcoming Events

img_7241We warmly invite you and your families, friends, colleagues, students and everyone to these events in 2016 and 2017. Please save the dates, help spread the word and invite youth and young adults and others new to exploring and embracing diversity to come with you. And please send us news about inclusive and welcoming events and experiences in your community. We love hearing from Inclusive Leaders around the world. Our shared news connects us to a world-wide movement made up of individuals and groups who care about people and the planet in ways that are life-enriching and life-sustaining.

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The Inclusive Power of MUSIC and LOVE

submitted by Linda Hill

Mbira Spirit 1A number of years ago, I was with a group of young people from across Canada, exploring interconnections between social diversity and biodiversity, when we made a surprising discovery. What we found during our Participatory Action Research was that two powerful magnets for bringing people together in harmony with each other and with nature are MUSIC and LOVE. Continue reading