Submitted by Obinna Echendu
My name is Obinna Echendu, I am a social entrepreneur interested in tackling poverty, and I hale from Lagos, Nigeria. I have been passionately driven by the ambitious dream to end poverty or reduce it drastically in Africa. Poverty is a wicked problem that leads to other problems like hunger, illiteracy, corruption and a broad range of other issues highlighted in the UN SDG agenda 2030. My childhood experiences helped me realize that there is a huge economic and opportunity gap that exists between the haves and the have-nots. Poverty almost cost me my education, until one of my early days volunteering service motivated me to solve this challenge. My major work in the past years has been focusing on helping to tackle poverty in-person and through technology across south-west Nigeria. I am finding the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative’s online journey “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” to be a mind-blowing opportunity to acquire new Inclusive Leadership skills, while improving on the skills that I brought with me to this course.
I have adapted a famous story I heard about ten years ago in ways that may be very instructive to all Inclusive Leaders. Continue reading
Submitted by Linda Hill
International Women’s Day is just around the corner on Friday March 8, 2019. Communities around the world celebrate International Women’s Day in so many different ways. Where will you show up and how will you celebrate this special day? In my community, of the Cowichan Region, BC, Canada hundreds of us will gather in Duncan Town Square at noon to rise up and dance on behalf of equality between men and women.
As this special day approaches, I am forever grateful to women such as my Grandmother Audrey Jackson, journalist Nellie McClung and so many more women and men who have been tireless is their advocacy for a world based on safety, respect, equality and freedom for all genders and all generations.
Here is a quote from Nellie that can be found in the 2016 book: The Valiant Nellie McClung (by Barbara Smith and Nellie McClung) and here is a short video that brings this quote to life for me.
For the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative, 2018 has been a year of exploring, sharing, celebrating and stretching to involve more and more people from different generations, cultures and places in developing Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans for living, learning and leading in our diverse communities. Continue reading
Submitted by Linda Hill
Part of welcoming more and more Inclusive Leaders from around the world into our global Inclusive Leadership Community, is remembering and honouring the roots that Inclusive Leadership has grown from. The co-founders of Inclusive Leadership have many stories of how this collaborative, creative, compassionate, courageous skill-based field of practice evolved. Here is one of my stories. Continue reading
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
submitted by Stan Daniels
A bullet would be a kinder death. Continue reading
submitted by Katie Sayers
My internship with the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative has been a powerful opportunity to work in unity with other leaders following a path toward common goals. It is amazing how opportunities cross your path – just when you need them to. When we vision our goals, make steps in the direction of them, and keep ‘our eyes open’ to the possibilities that come before us – the path will be made clear.