Category Archives: Inclusive Leadership skills

Responding to Violence With Love and Courage

People around the world are concerned about violence and other forms of exclusion.

What can we do?

One thing we can all do is to learn how shift away from instinctive fight/flight/freeze survival reactions against others.

We can transform ourselves and our communities by developing our skills, awareness and action plans for responding to discrimination, violence and other forms of exclusion with loving, courageous, inclusive Leadership.

In BC, Canada, Cowichan Tribes First Nation, recently decided to respond to youth-against-youth fighting in our community by calling the youth, their families and the wider community together for a Blanket Ceremony of love and courage. “Cowichan Tribes conducted a Blanket Ceremony yesterday for the 6 youth who were involved in the fights on Monday December 4th. The youth all participated fully and it was an uplifting and respectful ceremony that as Albie Charlie stated “healed our spirits so we can walk together as equals, side-by-side”. (Cowichan Tribes, Facebook)

A few months ago, Federal NDP Party Leader, Jagmeet Singh, decided to respond to a heckler by calling on everyone at the rally to help him stay centred and grounded on his campaign platform of love and courage.

“Once allowed to grow, hate doesn’t pick and choose, it spreads like fire. Once we say it’s ok to hate someone based on their religion, we’re also opening the door to hate based on race, gender, sexuality, and more,” he said. “It’s important that we stand united against all forms of hate. “It takes love to understand that we’re all in this together. It takes courage to come together, demand better and dream bigger, so that we can build a world where no one is left behind.” (Jagmeet Singh, Huffington Post).

Responding to difficult situations with love and courage instead of fight/flight/freeze reactions involves intentional learning and practicing of skills for connecting with differences, skills for communicating with compassion, and skills for responding to disconnection with Anti-Discrimination First Aid.

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative provides experiential education in Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans for living, learning and leading more inclusively in our diverse communities.

Click here to learn about and register for DISCOVER YOUR INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL ONLINE COURSE January 23 to April 6, 2018.

Click here to learn more about our upcoming February 16 to 18, 2018 Inclusive Leadership Adventure for youth and adults who care about youth.


What Happens When Leaders Find the Courage to Ask for Help?

What do you do when someone targets you because of your differences?

What do you do when the price of being ‘popular’ is being pressured into forming cliques and gangs who set up fights with other people who have also been targeted?

What do you do when your friends start using gossip, threats and name-calling to try to make you feel worthless enough, useless enough, and angry enough to hurt other people?

What would happen if you could find the courage to ask your family and community for help?

Youth in the Cowichan Region, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada are finding the courage to ask their families, their school communities, and their wider communities to step up and help.

And in this community we know what to do because we are a community FULL of Inclusive Leaders.

What Do You Do?  is a  2 minute true story. We hope you will share this video with others and read on for more information about what to do about youth against youth violence in the Cowichan Region and in communities everywhere.

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Inclusive Team Building

Katie Sayers on the left teaching relaxation through yoga poses.

Submitted by Katie Sayers

Did you know that members of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative often facilitate Inclusive Team Building Workshop for work-places and schools? The ILC’s most recent Inclusive Team Building Workshop was with the Cedar Secondary School Student Council, Vancouver Island, BC.

I was the lead facilitator for the first time. In facilitating this workshop, I was absolutely blown away by this next generation of youth leaders; their courage to stand up for inclusion, to expand their boundaries and to open their minds to see our diversity as gifts. Continue reading

Picturing Inclusive Leadership Skills

Submitted by Linda Hill

During a meaningful and enjoyable Visual Facilitation workshop with Mireille van Bremen, I learned that the foundation of visual facilitation involves learning and practicing the Visual Alphabet. The heart of visual facilitation is empathic listening and the art is visual metaphors. Facilitate means ‘to make easy’ and Mireille certainly did that! By the end of the weekend, I was feeling much more at ease with and relaxed about my potential to become more and more visually literate. Just like any language, it is possible to communicate at a basic level quite quickly. Fluent visual communication takes practice. Continue reading

Inclusive Leader Selected For a United Nations Road Trip!

Submitted by Linda Hill and Mohammed Binaz!

Wonderful news! Inclusive Leader Mohammed Binaz is going on the road with the BC Council for International Co-operation as part of the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals Boot Camp”

As soon as Binaz phoned me to share his news with the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative, I invited him to be sure to carve out the time in his very busy schedule to participate in our February 16 to 18, 2018 Cultivating Inclusive Leadership Weekend and facilitate a UNSDG workshop! We are hopeful that Binaz and other Youth Leaders will bring what they learn to the Inclusive Leadership Community so that we can all explore ways of making the UN Sustainable Development Goals real and actionable everywhere we live, learn, and lead in our own diverse communities. Continue reading