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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.

We all had a fantastic and fun time visiting, singing, and eating together while raising $1000  ($300 for Little Zimbabwe Farm and $700 for Inclusive Leadership sponsorships). Inclusive Leadership Co-op member Lynn Smith summed things up, “It was a wonderful evening – thank you for stepping up and being our example once again!” 

What were we exemplifying? Here are a few ideas:

  • Doing what we love.
  • Turning dreams into reality.
  • Creative connections
  • Organic evolution
  • Putting the fun back into fund-raising
  • Cultivating community
  • How to be singing farmers
  • The art of showing up
  • The art of stepping up
  • Recipes for building life-enriching connections
  • The interconnectedness of farming, food, music and community
  • Inclusive Leadership in action.

Huge thanks and thunderous applause to Amy and Tafadzwa Matamba. It is so amazing what our good friends have accomplished after opening the farm only 4 months ago.  The food prepared by Amy with love was delicious. The music was so beautiful. Hugs and high fives in appreciation for the spirit of generosity that all the warm hearted and passionate people brought to this amazing experience.

 

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

Friday, Sept 28: De-Stressing the Learning Environment

Welcome to a Pro-D Day focused on the Art of De-Stressing!

De-stressing is to learning environments as de-cluttering is to living environments.

  • The art of de-cluttering creates calmer, happier, healthier places to live.
  • The skills and strategies involved in de-stressing combine together to create calmer, happier, healthier places to learn and grow.

On Friday, Sept 28, 2018, you are invited to join the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative  at Lake Cowichan,Vancouver Island, BC, Canada for a full-day of experiential education in the art of de-stressing diverse learning environments. Continue reading

Inviting You to the ILC Annual Gathering Sept 28-30

ILC LogoClick here to go to the registration form. For more information email inclusiveleaders@gmail.com or phone 250-746-6141

Friday, September 28 8:30 am to Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm

Come for 1, 2, or all three days!

Cowichan Lake Education Centre, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Our Fall 2018 Inclusive Leadership Co-operative Annual Gathering is sure to be another wonderful opportunity for networking, learning, exploring, and celebrating! We invite EVERYONE involved in or interested in becoming involved in Inclusive Leadership! Come for 1,2, or all 3 days to experience and share the multitude of ways Inclusive Leaders are transforming communities by embracing diversity. Continue reading

A Post With A Surprise Ending

This post about what a new Inclusive Leader, Megan Carrigan, experienced at an Inclusive Leadership Co-operative Gathering in 2017 has a surprise ending so be sure to read all the way through.

2017

First though, our Sept 28 to 29, 2018 Annual Inclusive Leadership Gathering on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada is for new and experienced Inclusive Leaders, our families, friends, colleagues, students and everyone who is involved in transforming communities by embracing diversity. We hope can join us for one, two or all three days!  Click here for more information. 

Now back to Megan: Megan found the courage to sign up for the 2017 Inclusive Leadership gathering because she was already used to practicing an essential Inclusive Leadership skill which is the art of showing up. Throughout her life, Megan has always managed to find the internal resources within herself to keep showing up at school and at supportive community organizations despite dealing with seizures that can literally throw her to the ground any time any day of the week. Continue reading