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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.

Binaz was selected from many applicants all around BC to join with other strong, savvy and enthusiastic youth leaders to travel to Calgary to attend a national symposium where they will meet Canadian leaders engrossed in the latest discussions on the roadmap to 2030. From the time Binaz heads out to Kelowna, Nelson and Calgary until he returns on October 25 he will be involved in an on-going dialogue with a diverse group of motivated youth and mentors who are all as intent as he is on making the world a better place.

This road trip is just one part of an exciting new ten-month experiential education adventure focused on theory, practice and peer-to-peer learning about how

best to save our planet. This shared journey will engage all of these 18 to 24 year old youth in developing knowledge and skills for engaging children, youth and adults across Canada in making the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals real and actionable.

Binaz and all the other participants were selected because of their own amazing diversity, their positive attitude and their energy! Those of us who met Binaz at our June 2017 Inclusive Leadership Gathering understand why Binaz is so suited for this amazing United Nations Leadership Opportunity offered by the BC Council for International Co-operation.

Inclusive Leadership Co-operative Gathering June 2017

 

 

 

Thankful Thoughts

Submitted by April Vance

Here is a message of thanks written by Stephanie Cerins and shared with our Inclusive Leadership Online Facebook Group by April Vance.

Stephanie writes:

“Thank you for listening to your thoughts today.”

“I am going to practice compassionate listening as best I can today. Even if there is no one else around I can practice listening to my thoughts. The better I can listen to my thoughts the better I will be able to listen to the words of the people I meet. When I listen to my thoughts It enables me to decide if the thought I am thinking is worth thinking about. I practice repeating thoughts that cause in me a feeling of calmness. I give myself and others the gift of compassionate listening today. I am going to stay focused on what the person in front of me is saying. I allow myself to listen with my entire being. When I listen to the person in front of me I feel connected to my heart as well as feeling connected to the other person’s heart. Thank you for listening to your thoughts today. Thank you for sharing your precious time with me. “

 

A short bio from April Vance: “I am an Adoptive Mom, have been a care provider, support worker since the mid 90’s including individuals in my home for most of that time. I am a retired  Educational Assistant.    I have been signing (ASL) for the last 20 years, I love Deaf Culture and have worked to be a bridge between the Deaf and Hearing Communities.  Inclusive Leadership has been hugely instrumental in my own growth as a woman and global citizen.”

 

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

This good news newsletter from Amnesty International made my heart soar because every single story in this newsletter was a success story resulting from ways I had personally shared leadership with Amnesty International and other human rights advocates around the world to stand up for human rights. I read these stories and felt empowered as I reflected on how my individual actions have joined with millions and billions of other individual actions to build a world based on the Earth Charter pillars of respect, integrity, justice and peace for all living beings.

My heart is full thinking about the impact of ordinary people – like you and me – around the world who are choosing every day to be extraordinary. And by choosing to be extraordinary – our efforts are becoming mainstream and ordinary and absolutely the way people all around the world are living our lives – and by doing so we ARE saving our precious planet.

I am taking heart today as I head off to a few life enriching events in my local community knowing that I/we are part of a world wide movement of billions of people who are oriented toward participating in what enriches life because we know that when our basic needs are met, life is about being more not having more.

Global international organizations such as Amnesty International and the Earth Charter are interconnected with the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative and other small and beautiful initiatives. We are all linked together in our jigsaw efforts as groups and individuals to make a positive difference and have a positive impact in in building safe, respectful, just and peaceful families, schools, workplaces and entire communities filled with live enriching activities and events.

If you have read this far and are wondering, “What do I do? How to get started in being an Inclusive Leader in my community?”

We have an answer for you. In addition to signing petitions, joining the Earth Charter initiative, you can take one of our brand new Inclusive Leadership Online courses and join a small and powerful group of ordinary people who are exploring and discovering our own potential to be extra-ordinary in our daily lives. How empowering is that!

“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that…

in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community

…with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.” (Earth Charter)

 

 

Inclusive Leadership for our Global Village

Ten Inclusive Leaders aged 0 to 75 gathered together at our monthly on-line Heart to Heart Cafe for compassionate conversations about our interconnected inclusion and diversity challenges and celebrations. We connected across miles and time zones from BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, England and Ghana. By listening with open minds and open hearts we supported and inspired each other in the diverse ways we are living, learning and leading in our communities.   We invite you to join us online soon! 

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Inclusive Leaders are Local Heroes

“Inclusive Leadership is daring to stand out and be different instead of trying to fit in,” (Randeanna Jack shown with her Dad William Jack in the first photo). For more information about discovering your own Inclusive Leadership potential click here.

Local heroes Lewis and Louise Beck (far left of the 2nd photo) are two people who dare to be different in how they live their daily lives. They will be participating in a Terry Fox run on Sunday, September 17. You can support their efforts to raise funds for cancer research by donating to the Lew and Lou team.  Continue reading

A Stone Soup/Stone Curry Story

Submitted by Harriet Greenwood, Linda Hill, Rod Keays, Nola Landucci and Linda McDaniels

Our September 9 online Inclusive Leadership visioning meeting was much like the ancient Stone Soup or Stone Curry story. We each brought a little bit of this and a little bit of that to help begin dreaming this next year of Inclusive Leadership. We encouraged each other to add inclusive, life enriching ingredients into our dreams for the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative. As we each contributed a little something, suddenly it was happening without trying to push anything into existence. Continue reading