Category Archives: Inclusive Leaders in Action

Is Climate Change an Inclusive Leadership Matter?

ILC - footprintSubmitted by Joy Emmanuel

The other day an email circulated with this question in relation to Inclusive Leadership supporting a collaborative community effort to have local government “declare a climate emergency.” Great question and an action that the co-op may want to take. I offer here a few further reflections.

As I write this blog post, I am sitting outdoors tucked into a little wooded area on the property where I live. From here, I have been enjoying getting to know some of the other local residents: a mother duck and her four chicks, the nightly chorus of frogs who sing to me from the pond, I recently met my first tree frog, occasionally I hear an owl hooting, and one day I was treated to seeing the flashing red vibrating head of a pileated woodpecker. It has been a great delight to meet these neighbours.

Some days; however, I wonder about the former residents who are no longer represented in the visible animal population in this neck of the woods. The ones who use to be plentiful but now are rarely seen. The ones who had to leave because there are no nesting sites; no food sources; few watering holes; their seasonal coat has not shed, and their fur is too warm in these hot early spring days.

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Supporting this diverse neighbourhood ecosystem are all the plants and trees that provide food, shelter, homes, shade and meet so many other needs. I am also wondering how they are doing. Last summer was very dry and although we live in a rain forest, this spring we have had a very low rainfall. June 18 - post c

Is climate change an inclusive leadership matter? The Inclusive Leadership Co-op endorses the Earth Charter. Inclusive Leadership encourages us to recognize and embrace diversity in all living beings.   The Earth is our Mother.   The plants and animals are All Our Relations! We are interconnected

Another IL voice adds to the email conversation: “[This concern] is not only inline with the Earth Charter but also inclusive leadership. Climate change will affect marginalized populations much harder than the 1%ers.”

There are so many inter-connections.

One of my mentors I turn to on this topic is Jane Goodall. After many years of being an advocate and voice for Mother Earth, she is often asked: Is there hope? Although she acknowledges it is sometimes hard to be optimistic, in her inspiring book Reasons for Hope, she offers four strong responses to this question:

  1. First, the miraculous ability of the human brain and the potential we have already demonstrated to solve so many challenges once thought impossible.
  2. Second, she reminds us of the amazing resilience of nature if we give her a chance – and a helping hand. She offers numerous stories of how Mother Nature can show us the way. One such example she names comes from right here in the Cowichan Valley! She refers to “a most remarkable forester, Merv Wilkonson” and his work at Wildwood Farm to sustainably manage a 136 acre forest. After “logging” it nine times it still has giant old trees and there are “more animal species there today than when he began.” Wow! So much is possible when we work with Mother Nature!
  3. Third, she takes the view that “hope lies in the new understanding, commitment and energy of young people around the world.” Empowering young people is her contribution to their future and the future of the planet. Inclusive Leadership also upholds this view.
  4. June 18 - post dHer fourth pillar of hope is all the amazing and wonderful people “who have set out to accomplish almost impossible things, and because they never gave up, achieved their goals against seemingly hopeless odds.” I know I have certainly met more than a few inspiring people like this at our wonderful Inclusive Leadership gatherings!

Yes, climate change is an inclusive leadership matter – a concern that is deeply challenging and one that connects us all. Embracing the spirit, the skills, and awareness of inclusive leadership is a place of hope, intent and possibility. Yes, government has a role to play, and so do we all in our own little “neck of the woods” in how we live each day!

May we find our way forward together!

Our New E-Book of INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP DISCOVERIES!

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How Much Good Can A Person Do Within Systems Set Up to Oppress People?

From Linda Hill’s facebook conversations with Stanley Daniels, and Janice M.

I received this meme from Inclusive Leader Stanley Daniels today: “When people ask ‘What do you do?’ Answer: ‘Whatever it takes.’

As I was reflecting on that message, I received this quote from Janice M: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead).

Then as I read their facebook contributions further, I realized that both Stanley and Janice were asking the same question which Stanley stated very clearly:

“How much good can a person do within systems set up to oppress people?”

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Heart to Heart With Mother Earth

Our Mother’s Day Message to Mother Earth

collectively written by Alhassan Sesay, Joanita Babirye, Linda Hill, Mark Sandow, Oluwatosin Adeosun, Sarah Mathison and Tosin Olowyeye-Taiwo

During our Inclusive Leadership Heart to Heart Cafe on May 4, 2019, Inclusive Leaders from Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda prepared this report for Mother Earth. It was so great to be with great minds and hearts once again. Coming here to learn and relearn the skills involved in deep listening and mindfulness is clear and hopeful. Our global Inclusive Leadership community feels like an appreciative, connected family. Continue reading

Is It Possible To Make a Positive Difference in Our Troubled World?

Submitted by Linda Hill

Your Mission Possible (should you choose to accept it) is to sign up to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online.  Your online mission (should you choose to accept it) will begin as soon as you sign up.

Once you sign up, your Mission Possible (should you decide to accept it) for the next 4-8 weeks will be to travel through all four corners of the field of Inclusive Leadership, making many discoveries about how you can make a difference in the world by living, learning and leading more inclusively in your diverse communities. 
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Our Amazing Online Quest to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential!

Submitted by Linda Hill

This is so exciting to be welcoming champions of diversity and inclusion from around the world to our online quest to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential!

We are very proud to have created a meaningful participatory, interactive online guided expedition for champions of diversity and inclusion that is flexible,  self-paced and easily accessible from anywhere in the world at any time via your computer. Click on this link for details.

Now we are reaching out to you for help with inviting champions of diversity and inclusion to participate. One of the first things Inclusive Leaders learn is that people from diverse backgrounds do not gather together automatically. Bringing diverse groups together involves extensive personalized word of mouth networking. We hope you will show up in this online quest and enrich our global online learning community with your diverse gifts. We hope you will invite others to show up with you. Please personally invite your colleagues, students, allies, friends and family to discover our online course. Please share this post with your email and social media contacts. With your help, emerging and experienced leaders from around the world will discover this amazing online guided expedition to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential.
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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