Diverse Reasons for Becoming Inclusive Leaders

ILC LogoWhat attracts people to an experiential education weekend focused on developing Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans?

Our Feb 23 to 25, 2018 Inclusive Leadership Adventure is full of youth, adults and elders from throughout Vancouver Island.  Our shared goals are to become more mindful and skillful in tending and befriending people and our planet  – starting with ourselves and our communities.

The 55 people who have registered come from many different backgrounds:

  • DIVERSE GENERATIONS: aged 5 to 75
  • DIVERSE CULTURES:  we come from many different ancestries, birthplaces, languages, life-styles, interests, experiences, economic circumstances, and other identities
  • DIVERSE CONCERNS: such as the United Nations Sustainability Goals, addressing discrimination, welcoming refugees, standing up for the environment, and concerns about bullying; loneliness; and the many violent conflicts throughout our global village.
  • DIVERSE ROLES: We all have vital roles to play in living, learning and leading more inclusively in our diverse communities. We are students, activists, support workers, educators and other professionals, volunteers, artists, athletes, farmers, families, friends and many more leadership roles.
  • DIVERSE TEAMS: We have several teams from families and extended famiies, teams of advocates and self advocates for people who live with disabilities and health challenges, a team called Safe Youth Cowichan, a team of socially responsible students from their high school, and a team of members of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative.

Since people from diverse backgrounds do not gather together automatically, we know that each person who has registered has made a thoughtful decision to invest their time in developing their own Inclusive Leadership skills and their skills for facilitating and mentoring Inclusive Leadership with others. Here are a few of the reasons we have heard in the process of supporting people to register:

spaceship earth“Racism and discrimination has happened to me before and I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I think it’s important for everyone to feel equal and safe being who they are.”

“I am working on developing skills for trauma-informed conflict resolution/transformation. I I travel a lot and find myself in a lot of diverse communities. I find myself in many situations where a depth of understanding about inclusive leadership would be helpful to my communities.”

IMG_7398“I am a young adult interested in making a difference in the realms of addiction, mental health, nature therapy, and youth mentorship.”

“My initial interest in the Inclusive Leadership workshop was to support local groups such as Pride Day, our Men’s Support Society and environmental groups…Then, a friend recently introduced me to the term intersectionality, the idea that oppressive institutions (eg. racism, sexism, homophobia) are interconnected and addressing each in isolation has its limits.”

“I’m hard-wired to be inclusive. I believe that gatherings such as Inclusive Leadership, as well as other intentionally inclusive spaces, are medicine for our society.”

“I hope that Inclusive Leadership will give one or more of the youth I am bringing with me the head start it gave me back in 2005 when I was a youth. I want another person to discover the value and gifts they hold within themselves. I really believe being involved with Inclusive Leadership makes a difference. Developing youth so that they understand that they matter, and have gifts and can lead others to this teaching is a real worthwhile investment; and what I know to be the outcome of this training.”

“Inclusive Leadership feels like family to me. With everyone’s encouragement, I am getting more and more involved in my community.” 



Safe Spaces to Grow Through Our Experiences of Dissonance

Submitted by April Vance

(April is a Support Worker, Inclusive Leader and PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrow’s With Hope Facilitator who has been participating in Inclusive Leadership Education since 2012.  April explains that, “PATH is an artistic expression of your dreams and how you chose to proceed. I am living my PATH as we speak. There is something about putting intention out there and seeing it on paper. Then just watch the positive and possible unfold before your eyes.” In this post, April shares her observations about how Inclusive Leaders create safe spaces to grow and address our struggles to live inclusively).

The art of inclusion applies with all humans no matter gender, practices, age, race, creed or religion. Many people arrive at Inclusive Leadership with our own experiences of dissonance with what we have been taught or come to believe and our own determination to live inclusion in every aspect of our lives in peaceful manners with Love. Inclusive Leadership addresses struggles with ourselves and with others by being in a calm state and in a safe place to share and experience growth through the dissonance.

Our struggles are often with the people that we are closest to and with whom we have the least objective perspective. Many of these struggles confronting us are due directly to our practice of inclusion. Struggles range from expressing minor irritation and conflict to unloading grief caused by loss of deep relationships.

Participating in and practicing Inclusive Leadership Workshops or Online Learning Experiences provides opportunities to share strengths, and builds a sense of community, new friendships both international and domestic, ideas, and knowledge beyond our own corners of the world. 

Being in a calm state and in a safe place creates authentic opportunities to share, speak our truth and learn from each other. We go into the world having grown from being in a flight/fight/freeze state to more grounded, peaceful ways of living and interacting with each other with purpose and intention.

Calm and safe interacting births creative ideas for the variety of people involved for how they may go forward and practice these principles in their lives, feeling empowered to live our most authentic selves and to share, knowing we have made new friendships based on these principles that we can draw on. 

For more information about upcoming Inclusive Leadership weekends, workshops and online events go to our Events Calendar on our Home Page.

Click here for information about our Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online course.

Something I Discovered About My Inclusive Leadership Potential


Click here to find out how to join our upcoming March 1 to May 3 Online Guided Group Expedition to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential.  A self-guided version of our Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online certificate course is also available for people who need a more flexible time-frame.

What will you discover about your potential to live, learn and lead more inclusively in your diverse communities?

Click here to find out how to join our upcoming March 1 to May 3 Online Guided Group Expedition to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential. A self-guided version of our Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online certificate course is also available for people who need a more flexible time-frame.


Remembering Dave Barrett 1930 to 2017

submitted by Linda Hill

Dave Barrett, the “people’s premier” who was “champion of the little guy” died last night. I invite you to take a few moments to learn about or remember the magnificence of this down-to-earth Inclusive Leader who worked tirelessly for social and environmental justice his whole life.

From 1972 to 1975, he was the head of a revolutionary socialist government in BC, Canada,. For three short years, his government passed a new law every three days, aiming to make sure that there was justice for everybody in BC.

Dave and his fellow change-makers didn’t worry about whether or not they would be re-elected (and they weren’t). They simply went about making the changes they had been visioning and researching for decades because doing the right thing was more important than staying in power. Continue reading

Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential Online Course

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative invites you to join Dr. Linda Hill and many other compassionate and courageous Inclusive Leaders from around the world in our new on-line continuing education certificate course:

Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential

  • Choose our guided group expedition March 1 to May 3, 2018 (40 hours over 10 weeks)
  • or our self-guided journey (30 hours beginning as soon as you enroll with up to 6 months to complete)

For detailed course information and to register go to: https://inclusive-leadership-global-village.thinkific.com/

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Parents and Teens Will Become Human: Resistance is Futile

Submitted by Cathy Gilbert

(Cathy is an Educational Assistant, a very magnificent Parent of a very large and very diverse family, and an Inclusive Leader who serves on the ILC Board of Directors. Therefore she is HIGHLY qualified to submit this blog post about inter-generational bridge-building. And she is a fabulous writer – read on!).

The Gilbert Family

So it’s like this. You are parenting a teenager. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones. Your teen is compliant, loving (towards you and others), attends school and is successful, has at least one extra-curricular activity and is not smoking (anything), drinking (and yes I mean alcohol) or doing any other drugs that they shouldn’t be. (And that includes drinking cough medicine when they don’t actually have a cough which is apparently a thing). Continue reading

Us and Them: Transformation Through Human Connection

Submitted by Michelle Staples, Social Planning Cowichan

(Michelle Staples is an elected member of Duncan City Council, Executive Director of Social Planning Cowichan and an Inclusive Leader in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.)

Filmed over a decade, US AND THEM is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection.

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