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Inclusive Leadership in Nigeria

Submitted by Victor Ivoke

(Nigeria is home to over 250 ethnic groups, with over 500 languages, and great diversity of geography, customs, religion, and life circumstances. Students, parents, politicians, farmers, business owners, artists, youth workers, teachers and other emerging and experienced leaders throughout Nigeria are engaged in the triple challenges of building bridges to equality, building peace and addressing climate change. The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is contributing to Inclusive Leadership development in Nigeria through Inclusive Leadership Online Education.)

My name is Victor Ivoke. I am a Nigerian and I live and work in Abuja. I have just rounded off my Masters Degree in Society and Development Studies. I work for a faith based organization that is pan- African and I hope to sharpen my leadership abilities for global impact.

Through this online quest to “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” I am being exposed to life time lessons that will help me renew my mind, influence others and transform my community starting with my immediate circle of influence.

Inclusive leadership has outstanding insights on Building bridges that connect people from all walks of life to create a more harmonious world. I took time to go through the Earth Charter module and I am amazed at the invaluable lessons it contains.

Respect and care for the community of life shows how mutual respect and care for everyone’s need around the world can make the earth a better place. For me, this is an important part of bio-diversity inclusion. We must must recognize nature with all its biodiversity as God’s greatest gift to humanity.If we all embrace ecological integrity, we will  make the earth a better place and sustainable for this and the next generation.

The “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” course has a learning activity by John Scull that shows an amazing way to build skills for relaxing and connecting with nature. By learning to incorporate relaxing in nature as part of my routine, I am feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Staying in nature and watching nature can be very inspiring.

Social and economic justice will ensure we eradicate poverty, disease  and affirm equality by upholding the right of all without discrimination.

Our world is facing increase turmoil, violence, extremism and all its attendant consequences. Peace and non-violence as part of the Earth Charter will increase our knowledge and value for peace and help usher in characters that will help us build and sustain relationships for a peaceful world.

Our New E-Book of INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP DISCOVERIES!

Our Brand New E-Book of INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP DISCOVERIES is brimming with stories and images of hopeful, healing, focused, and wise ways Inclusive Leaders are bringing diverse people together to care for people and our planet in our own diverse communities.

You are warmly invited to order your own copy today.

All proceeds go to supporting Inclusive Leaders from around the world to participate in Inclusive Leadership Online Education.

30 Inclusive Leaders from 10 countries on 5 continents have contributed our discoveries to 11 lovingly polished gems of chapters – each reflecting multifaceted ways Inclusive Leaders around the world are transforming ourselves and our communities by embracing diversity and inclusion.

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Changing the World From the Inside Out

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH 8

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.

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Looking back on 2018

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

The Roots of Inclusive Leadership

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

Cooperating for Inclusion

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

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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