Category Archives: Inclusive Leadership skills

Inviting You to the ILC Annual Gathering Sept 28-30

ILC LogoClick here to go to the registration form. For more information email inclusiveleaders@gmail.com or phone 250-746-6141

Friday, September 28 8:30 am to Sunday, September 30, 2:00 pm

Come for 1, 2, or all three days!

Cowichan Lake Education Centre, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Our Fall 2018 Inclusive Leadership Co-operative Annual Gathering is sure to be another wonderful opportunity for networking, learning, exploring, and celebrating! We invite EVERYONE involved in or interested in becoming involved in Inclusive Leadership! Come for 1,2, or all 3 days to experience and share the multitude of ways Inclusive Leaders are transforming communities by embracing diversity.

  • We invite you to bring your family, friends, colleagues and groups: students/teachers, leaders/youth, new leaders/experienced leaders.
  • This inter-generational/intercultural event is a GREAT leadership development opportunity for staff, volunteers, high-school and university students
  • We invite returning Inclusive Leaders to facilitate participatory workshops and activities that will involve us in exploring your Inclusive Leadership work in the world.

“We are part of a world-wide movement made up of individuals and groups who care about people and the planet in ways that are life-enriching and life-sustaining. We look forward to learning with and from everyone who attends the gathering.”(Kix Citton, ILC Founding Member).

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Where: Cowichan Lake Education Centre, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada is on 44 acres of forested lakefront with delicious meals, a variety of accommodation, a beautiful beach, lots of trails, and plenty to do in the area.

When:  Dates in June 2018 will be set soon.

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Who is Inclusive Leadership for? If you are wondering whether or not you are choice 2part of the Inclusive Leadership Community, you already are. Every single person who values safety, respect, equality and joy has a vital role to play in building welcoming and inclusive communities based on embracing differences as gifts that enrich our world. Inclusive Leadership is for individuals. families, and groups. Government, non-profits, schools, co-operatives, and businesses are invited to send adults and youth. Inter-generational groups of adults, youth and children are encouraged to register.

Activities and Workshops:  

Our 2018 Agenda will be posted in early September.

Friday, September 28 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm will be a Continuing Education and Pro-D Day full of excellent Inclusive Leadership workshops offered by experienced Inclusive Leaders.

From 4:00 Friday Sept 28 to 2:00 pm Sunday Sept 30 there will be diverse opportunities for exploring, sharing, and celebrating the many different ways Inclusive Leadership are transforming our communities in inclusive, welcoming and life-enriching ways by embracing diversity.

To get an idea of what will be offered:

Click here for a look at our Agenda from 2017: Overview Agenda 2017

Click here for descriptions of workshops and facilitators from 2017.

Participation Fees:

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative keeps costs as low as possible by running on the spirit of generosity. You may have heard the “stone-soup” story where the inhabitants of a poor village managed to make a tasty and nourishing pot-luck soup by everyone contributing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. We apply this stone-soup metaphor to cover the costs of our Inclusive Leadership Gathering so that everyone who wants to come can come.

  • Each person coming is asked to contribute what you can comfortably afford toward the costs of food and accommodation
  • The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative seeks financial support from generous people and organizations who value diversity.
  • We ask participants to seek financial support from your employer, family, school, community organizations you belong to, service clubs and socially responsible businesses.

We invite you to keep the spirit of generosity and the stone soup story in mind as you review these costs for our September 28 to 30 Inclusive Leadership Gathering and decide what is comfortably affordable for you and the people you are bringing with you. We also appreciate everyone’s help with fund-raising, seeking sponsorships and helping sponsor people who face financial barriers. We have found over and over again that by all of us sharing the spirit of generosity in these ways, we always manage to cover the costs for everyone who wants to come.

Here are the costs for adults. Costs for youth are 1/2 these adult fees. Costs for children are 1/3 these adult fees.

All Inclusive Costs for 3 days and 2 nights from 9 am Friday, Sept 28 to 2:00 pm Sunday Sept 30 include 7 delicious meals, 2 nights comfortable accommodation, all materials and supplies, and life-guards at our beautiful Cowichan Lake Education Centre venue.

  • Commuting: $250
  • Dormitory: $325
  • Shared room: $375
  • Private room: $475

The cost for 2 days is $100 plus $25 per meal plus accommodation

  • Not staying overnight: no extra cost
  • Dormitory: $40
  • Shared room: $70
  • Private room: $125

The cost for 1 day or part of one day is $75 plus $25 per meal

All generations are welcome:  The inter-generational aspect of Inclusive Leadership is so rewarding! We welcome groups of children/youth and adult mentors to come together. We also welcome post-secondary students and young adults to come on your own.

 

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Child-Minding: We will support you with child-minding by offering active child-and-youth-friendly alternatives to choose during workshop sessions. Inclusive Leadership Gatherings can easily include your whole family age 0 to 90!

earth-charter-102Diverse Abilities: Our diverse abilities are gifts that enrich our communities and the wider world! Cowichan Lake Education Centre is a very accessible venue and Inclusive Leaders know that sharing leadership is the key to planning for an accessible and meaningful experience for everyone. Please phone or email us to discuss whatever accommodations and supports you require for yourself or someone who is coming with you.

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Click here to learn more about our Global Framework – The International Earth Charter.

Click here for comments from Past Participants

 

Photos from some of our past Inclusive Leadership Gatherings

Discovering New Ideas About Inclusive Leadership

I am Paul Atsu, a youth leader, a thinker and communication expert in Ghana, Africa with a special focus on Agribusiness/ Agriculture. I began the Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential Online Course ready to learn from my fellow leaders.

My hope is that as we learn more from each other here, the impact will be to make a world a better place for our generation.

I believe the future is the Earth and the Earth is our future. I am currently doing a masters programme in Agribusiness at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana. I am the CEO of IncubationTv that aims to be an information and knowledge sharing hub for sustainable agribusiness development in Africa. We promote youth in Ghana and other African Countries taking the lead to start up their own agribusinesses. What agriculture produces is driven by consumer demand. The composition of meals changes gradually as lifestyles change. Cereals are still by far the most important source of total food consumption: In developing countries the consumption of cereals 30 years ago represented 61% of total calories. It decreased to 56% nowadays, reflecting diet diversification and as more countries achieve higher levels of nutrition. It is expected that cereals will continue to supply more than 50% of the food consumed in the foreseeable future. A large proportion of cereals is produced for animal feed. Food production from the livestock sector includes meat (beef, pork, poultry, etc.), dairy production and eggs.

This Inclusive Leadership course is a discovery of new ideas about leadership within a wonderful learning process with practical information and questions, meditation, and journaling. The information and questions in this course develop our ability to stay aware of our emotions and manage our behavior, social awareness and relationship management skills. We are learning to more accurately perceive our own tendencies and develop the social competence to understand other people’s moods, behavior, and motives.

An example of practical information and questions is the module on networking, or the art showing up. For me, the art of showing up is basically going and learning a new things; information, knowledge, and ideas. Showing up in our roles of supporting and encouraging others who are looking up to us is a key to personal and global leadership development. For example, if a day goes by in which I do not post anything on my on my Social Media Page or Wall concerning agriculture or Agribusiness development, then someone who supports me may personally send me a message to find out what is happening to me. That message alone gives me more courage and hope that someone out there is learning and is inspired by my works and helps me know that I must be able to show up anytime. By networking with others and information sharing, we will all learn more about caring for the environment in ways that have sustainable impacts in our communities, the business world and the wider world.

Meditation is also part of this course and is such an important pillar in one’s life. Visualization, manifesting and seeing what is happening despite the stress of situations will always grow you as a leader to high altitudes. Once you know and accept your potential, then you will end up being a quality leader and change maker in your community, city and the world. For example, during Module 3, as I meditated on the Earth Charter, I discovered the difference the Earth makes by sharing the basics that everyone needs. In agriculture we are very aware that “you may not leave a full day without water or food.” and that the main source of food for the population of the world is agriculture.

The Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential course encourages participants to keep journals. The documentation process of journaling involves putting our thoughts and ideas together to develop good communication and listening skills. This maintains a high standard of discussions as we access the course Discussion Forum to read each others works. This directs us toward impactful ideas for creating sustainability on Earth for our generation. In my journaling and in the discussion forums have been thinking and writing about Inclusive Leadership in agriculture, agricultural irrigation, and livestock husbandry. As the population keeps increasing, more food and livestock feed need to be produced in the future and more water applied to this purpose to feed the world.

The course flexibility and positiveness reminds me to remind myself and my fellow leaders to trust ourselves. From this trust comes the basic of understanding how important and wonderful we each are in this Planet.

To contact Paul:

Two ways to enroll in Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential Online Education:

  • Self Guided Version begins as soon as you register
  • Next Guided Group Expedition begins October 1, 2018

 

You Matter To Me

submitted by Stan Daniels

A bullet would be a kinder death.

In this day and age social media is so accessible and we can post anything and say anything. People often don’t realize just how much impact their words can have on another person.  Although you do not die physically from words spoken, some folks actually die in spirit, and it grows and grows for a lot of folks to the point that people aren’t living anymore. Resigned to a life of depression and isolation, or anxiety. Living whole lives not feeling connected: folks turn to alcohol and drugs to help sooth the pain.

I do not condone violence or gun violence in anyway, especially in light of all the violence down south. And it’s precisely because of how reckless people are with weapons, that I draw my comparison to guns and words. People use their words as weapons. And just as recklessly. And so in desperation and hopelessness, I ask , would a bullet be kinder?

Definitely not. But whereas a bullet may kill instantly, the pain from words can last a lifetime. How many of us remember the first time we were called ugly or stupid or fat or dumb or worthless or useless. The words and feelings stuck.

But just as negative words can stick, so can words of love and hope. Every day as conversations of unity and Secwepemc unity are thrown around I ask :
What does unity look like ?
What does unity look like for the Secwepemc Nation?
What does unity look like for my Canim Lake community?
What does unity look like for my family ?

I know that with the compassionate communication involved in being an Inclusive Leader, unity includes:

  • Being heard.
  • Being included .
  • Recognizing differences as strengths.
  • Recognizing individual differences as a collective strength.
  • Having respect for one another.
  • Having integrity.
  • Building trust.
  • Being there and showing up.

It is with the intention of ensuring everyone feels heard and included that I do all my work. Letting everyone know that they matter and their voice and story deserves to be heard , that I support everyone , not just some. I see people of all status and power levels as the same. I would hope my kindness shows up the same in every interaction. We tend to see folks through lenses and forget that we are all human and have very human needs, and everything we do serves those needs.

It hurts me to see our folks so divided, but it also excites me. In challenging situations, there is an opportunity. At the end of the day, we are all human, and we need more folks encouraging one another than criticizing each other. Light is more powerful than darkness Love is more powerful than hate. Give peace a chance. Let go of what does not serve you. When we talk about community development, unity , governance , self governance, administration or anything involving people please consider this first : E kwenmintmes es tsilems…Tsuk ren tsetswe7 me7 nekenwentmes. – if it is to be, it is up to me . Good policy begins in the home.

Be the change you wish to see in the world 🙂

(Stan has been involved in the Inclusive Leadership Community for over 15 years now, since the age of fourteen. He is a member of the Tsqescen community in the Shuswap Nation, British Columbia, Canada. He is a currently a student of Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, studying Chemical Addictions Counselling.  He has three siblings, is the uncle of two beautiful nieces and family is VERY important to him. Stan is participating and mentoring in the “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential Online Course”)

My Internship With the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative

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.

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Inclusion is When We Belong

submitted by Janice Maxwell

Melanie second from the left at age 10

If there is a movement afoot to build more inclusive and welcoming communities, then our family is a pioneering founder of that movement. Our journey began in 1979, when our daughter Melanie was born 10 weeks premature and developed cerebral palsy. For 38 years our focus has been on trying to get Melanie included. It was called integration at first. I remember the days when we asked people to “tolerate” persons with disabilities.  Melanie has been petted like a puppy, had her cheeks tweeked, referred to as “she” and “her” instead of by name. At one time Melanie told me she felt like people saw her as a bee; they seemed to want to swat her away and get her out of their space. It broke my heart. Continue reading

Inclusive Leaders in Our Global Village: Spotlight on Alhassan Sesay

Alhassan Sesay is an Inclusive Leader from Sierra Leone with a calling is to help create a future that works for all of us in our precious planet. “We hope to have a common agenda in the fight against climate change and make our communities sustainable in the utilization of our natural resources in an environmentally friendly way so that development can reach the least man in society.” Continue reading

Inclusive Leaders in Our Global Village: Spotlight on Joanita Babirye

Submitted by Joanita Babirye

Hi Friends, I am Joanita Babirye from Uganda; a young and emerging leader supporting young undervalued women in the rural communities of Uganda. I am a recent graduate of urban and Regional planning and an environmental activist, so passionate about environmental and social justice. I love singing, story writing, playing the guitar, reading and listening to music. I am a jolly person!

I am always challenging myself in the need to change the world. My questions connected to Inclusive Leadership are: “How about if each and every person in areas such as Uganda undertook a basic course in understanding inclusiveness? Would learning about inclusion help with building the bridges between different people with different identities? Would we learn not to be harsh while connecting with different people? Would this lead to a society where everyone is welcomed?” Continue reading