What if we could shift away from viewing differences as problems? What if we could appreciate the magnificent diversity within all living beings as gifts that enrich our families, schools, communities and the world? What if we could live, learn and lead more inclusively in our diverse communities? These questions guided our Inclusive Leadership Adventure on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada April 12 to 14, 2019. You are invited to scroll down to read the full photo-story. Pictures say thousands of words.
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
I’ve been working over-time and more for a few months now, guiding an Inclusive Leadership Adventure and two Inclusive Leadership online experiences at once. I find it so exciting, energizing and encouraging to be with experienced and emerging Inclusive Leaders from diverse generations, cultures, and other backgrounds. What an incredible daily life I have, sharing leadership with people who are so dedicated to developing skills, awareness and action plans for transforming ourselves and our communities by embracing diversity. However, after close to twenty years of Participatory Action Research and Education, involving thousands of new and experienced Inclusive Leaders, I sometimes feel exhausted by the effort involved in co-ordinating the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative. Sometimes I ask myself: “Why is Inclusive Leadership Education so darned important?” Continue reading
submitted by Linda Hill
On February 27 Pink Shirt Day in 2019, Inclusive Leader Valerie Townsend and I facilitated a Win-Win Quiz Show in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island BC about preventing and stopping cyberbullying. Congratulations to all the teams from Clements Centre who shared so many great answers. These tips that we researched and discussed about how to stand up for Cyber-Safety will be helpful to Inclusive Leaders everywhere.
Clements Centre is a bully-free zone every day of the year
‘No jobs on a dead planet’: Students around the world strike for more action on climate change
Submitted by Linda Hill
Friday’s Global Student Strike to Address Climate Change showed so clearly that our wonderful world is at a social tipping point as well as a biological tipping point. Although at least one student carried a sign saying “I don’t want to give you hope, I want you to panic,” I am hopeful. To me the events of Friday, March 15 are the visible tip of a magnificent, multi-faceted movement that – like an iceberg – is mostly invisible.
How many people do these millions of students and allies represent? In my opinion, these activists represent an estimated three billion people (half of the population of the world) who are actively engaged day in and day out doing what we can to put a stop to the on-going industrialization of our precious planet. Continue reading
Pink Shirt Day is now celebrated on February 27 around the world. How did this day begin? Pink Shirt Day began in 2007 as an act of kindness in Nova Scotia, Canada. David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends bought 50 pink shirts and distributed them to all the boys in the school as a way of standing up for a newcomer Grade 9 student who was being bullied for wearing pink.
Pink Shirt Day has become a day of education about standing up for safety, kindness and respect in schools and the wider community. For the past three years, the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative has facilitated Pink Day workshops at Clements Centre,Duncan, BC, Canada. This year will be a Pink Shirt Day Quiz Show about how to prevent and stop cyberbullying.
Here is a sneak peak at a few of the questions. We will post the answers next week:
- The Golden Rule for getting along with others is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What are some golden rules for getting along with others on the internet?
- Many schools and community centres have become bully-free zones where everyone learns that: “In this place, and with these people I feel safe.” What is a rule you can follow that will make your computer and your phone a bully free zone?
- Many schools and community centres teach kids AND adults how to use our W.I.T.S. (W = WALK AWAY. I =IGNORE IT. T = TALK IT OUT. S = SEEK HELP. What are some ways you can use your W.I.T.S. if you are being bullied on your computer or on your cell phone?
- Is this rule true or false?: “Don’t text or post anything when you’re angry. If you are angry take a break from your computer, put down your smart phone and take a walk to clear your mind. Only text or post or email when you feel calm.”
- We all know about “Saftety First.” How do you make sure you are safe on the internet and cell phones?
- What are some signs that someone is being cyberbullied?
- What are some ways peers, family, teachers and mentors can help prevent cyberbullying and put a stop to cyberbullying?
- Is this true or false: “If you don’t type the person’s name when you spread rumors or make jokes, then it is not cyberbullying.”