Walk of the Nations to the One World Festival

It is no accident that the seeds of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative were planted in the Cowichan Valley, a rural community on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

The Cowichan Valley has gradually become a community that is FULL of Inclusive Leaders:

Ordinary people such as you and me who believe strongly that the magnificent diversity of all living beings are gifts that enrich our communities and the world.

And we have learned to show up for each other.

Social Planning Cowichan’s Cultural Connections Committee sponsored and organized our community’s tenth annual Walk of the Nations that took place on September 22, 2018. 

The Walk of Nations was part of Cowichan Intercultural Society’s annual One World Festival. 

Just look at the hundreds and hundreds of people from all walks of life who gathered for this amazing day-long demonstration of all the good-will and harmony that we are harvesting in Cowichan – our Warm Land!!!!!

And that is not all: These events are leading up to two more inclusive community building events in the Cowichan Region:


The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative’s Annual Gathering Sept 28 to 30, 2018:

and Cultural Connections’ Q’Shintul Walking Together Supper Sept 28, 2018

And then throughout the year in our beautiful Cowichan Region, there are more, and more individuals and groups organizing more and more opportunities to explore, share, and celebrate the impact of learning to live, learn and lead more inclusively in our diverse communities.

These kinds of events can happen and are happening in small and large communities around the world: All we have to do is begin showing up for each other safely, respectfully, equally and joy-fully.  Together we are transforming our communities by embracing diversity.

What is happening in your community? Please share!


Inclusive Leadership Weekend Gathering


Come for 1, 2, or all 3 days!

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For more information email: inclusiveleaders@gmail.com


  • 8:30 am to 3:00 pm: De-Stressing the Learning Environment Pro-D Day for Professionals, Volunteers, Students and Everyone who cares about Inclusion. Everyone Welcome!
  • 3:00 to 9:00 pm: The Three R’s: Registration, Relaxation, Revitalization in our beautiful lake-side Retreat
  • 4:30 – 9:00 pm: Q’shintul – “Walking Together” Participants in the ILC gathering are invited to join with Cowichan Tribes at Somena Big House in Duncan for a special community reconciliation event hosted by Social Planning Cowichan.

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What is Inclusive Leadership?

Submitted by Linda Hill

People often tell me that combining the words “inclusive” and “leadership” together into one phrase is a confusing combination. This at least partly because the traditional definition of “leadership” is often very “exclusive’. Here is a clarifying diagram:

AND experience is the best teacher. Here are two ways to experience yourself as an Inclusive Leader. We all have a vital role to play in building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for the magnificent diversity in all living beings. Continue reading

Farm to Table Community Building

Submitted by Linda Hill (Photos by Cathy Gilbert)

Our September 5 Farm to Table fundraiser that took place at Little Zimbabwe Farm in Duncan, BC, Canada was a fast-growing-grassroots event that went from planting to cultivating to blooming to harvesting to cooking the meal in a couple of weeks.

Amy Matamba and I had one quick conversation in which Amy suggested thirty as a good number of people to invite for a traditional Zimbabwe meal and music meet up on their deck. Less than a week later, our Inclusive Leadership fund-raising event was full with thirty-five reservations, and a waiting list long enough to begin planning another fund-raiser. Continue reading

Cooperating for Inclusion

Submitted by: Joy Emmanuel, Co-op Developer & Member of Inclusive Leadership Co-op


Did you know that the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is part of an international network of co-operatives around the world? Did you know that for almost 200 years, the co-operative model has been adopted both for running businesses (i.e. consumer co-ops, worker co-ops, financial co-ops/credit unions) and for providing a host of community services (i.e. housing, funeral services, social programs and occasionally as educational co-ops)? Did you know that the Inclusive Leadership Co-op was incorporated in 2013 as a non-profit community service co-operative? What does all that mean? And what does being a co-operative have to do with inclusion? Continue reading

Congratulations to New and Experienced Inclusive Leaders in our Global Village

Inclusive Leadership For Our Global Village Online Courses are for educators, service providers, volunteers, students and other leaders and emerging leaders who are champions of inclusion and diversity. Our Spring 2018 course was a rich and enriching world-wide network of adults, youth and young adults who are thinking globally and acting locally to tend and befriend our global village. Participants are engaged in so many ways of Building Bridges toward social and environmental well-being in our diverse communities. Through Participatory Action Education, we learn with each other and we learn from each other while cultivating our Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans for living, learning, and leading more inclusively in our diverse communities.  The time-commitment is 4 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks.

Registration is open now for our Fall online offerings at our Inclusive Leadership for Our Global Village Online Course Site. To inspire you to register, here is a chance to meet some of the incredible Inclusive Leaders who contributed so much to our Spring, 2018 Online session. Continue reading

Yes Let’s!

Here is a short survey followed by our creative invitation to show up at Inclusive Leadership Online and In Person and invite others to show up with you by playing Yes Let’s!

  • Do you value diversity and inclusion?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a Bridge-Builder (i.e. Do you often find yourself helping people and places be respectful, fair, peaceful, safe and fun for everyone)?
  • Have you ever participated in an Inclusive Leadership event (in person or online)?
  • Are you a supporter or member of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative?

If you have answered yes to even one of these questions then you are ready to accept our invitation to share leadership with networking!  Yes Let’s!  Continue reading