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Diverse Reasons for Becoming Inclusive Leaders

ILC LogoWhat attracts people to an experiential education weekend focused on developing Inclusive Leadership skills, awareness and action plans?

Our Feb 23 to 25, 2018 Inclusive Leadership Adventure is full of youth, adults and elders from throughout Vancouver Island.  Our shared goals are to become more mindful and skillful in tending and befriending people and our planet  – starting with ourselves and our communities.

The 55 people who have registered come from many different backgrounds:

  • DIVERSE GENERATIONS: aged 5 to 75
  • DIVERSE CULTURES:  we come from many different ancestries, birthplaces, languages, life-styles, interests, experiences, economic circumstances, and other identities
  • DIVERSE CONCERNS: such as the United Nations Sustainability Goals, addressing discrimination, welcoming refugees, standing up for the environment, and concerns about bullying; loneliness; and the many violent conflicts throughout our global village.
  • DIVERSE ROLES: We all have vital roles to play in living, learning and leading more inclusively in our diverse communities. We are students, activists, support workers, educators and other professionals, volunteers, artists, athletes, farmers, families, friends and many more leadership roles.
  • DIVERSE TEAMS: We have several teams from families and extended famiies, teams of advocates and self advocates for people who live with disabilities and health challenges, a team called Safe Youth Cowichan, a team of socially responsible students from their high school, and a team of members of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative.

Since people from diverse backgrounds do not gather together automatically, we know that each person who has registered has made a thoughtful decision to invest their time in developing their own Inclusive Leadership skills and their skills for facilitating and mentoring Inclusive Leadership with others. Here are a few of the reasons we have heard in the process of supporting people to register:

spaceship earth“Racism and discrimination has happened to me before and I want to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I think it’s important for everyone to feel equal and safe being who they are.”

“I am working on developing skills for trauma-informed conflict resolution/transformation. I I travel a lot and find myself in a lot of diverse communities. I find myself in many situations where a depth of understanding about inclusive leadership would be helpful to my communities.”

IMG_7398“I am a young adult interested in making a difference in the realms of addiction, mental health, nature therapy, and youth mentorship.”

“My initial interest in the Inclusive Leadership workshop was to support local groups such as Pride Day, our Men’s Support Society and environmental groups…Then, a friend recently introduced me to the term intersectionality, the idea that oppressive institutions (eg. racism, sexism, homophobia) are interconnected and addressing each in isolation has its limits.”

“I’m hard-wired to be inclusive. I believe that gatherings such as Inclusive Leadership, as well as other intentionally inclusive spaces, are medicine for our society.”

“I hope that Inclusive Leadership will give one or more of the youth I am bringing with me the head start it gave me back in 2005 when I was a youth. I want another person to discover the value and gifts they hold within themselves. I really believe being involved with Inclusive Leadership makes a difference. Developing youth so that they understand that they matter, and have gifts and can lead others to this teaching is a real worthwhile investment; and what I know to be the outcome of this training.”

“Inclusive Leadership feels like family to me. With everyone’s encouragement, I am getting more and more involved in my community.” 



Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential Online Course

The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative invites you to join Dr. Linda Hill and many other compassionate and courageous Inclusive Leaders from around the world in our new on-line continuing education certificate course:

Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential

  • Choose our guided group expedition March 1 to May 3, 2018 (40 hours over 10 weeks)
  • or our self-guided journey (30 hours beginning as soon as you enroll with up to 6 months to complete)

For detailed course information and to register go to:

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It Takes A Village to Raise An Inclusive Leadership Adventure

Our upcoming Inclusive Leadership Adventure, Feb 23 to 25 on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada is full to the brim with intergenerational/intercultural teams of youth, young adults, adults and elders. Sixty youth, young adults, adults and elders from diverse backgrounds are excitedly preparing to develop our skills, awareness, and action plans for building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for diversity.

Can you help financially?

We are seeking your help because it takes a village to cover the costs of $300 for adults and $200 for youth for food, accommodation, venue rental, insurance, materials and supplies. You may have heard the “stone-soup” story where the people of a poor village managed to organize a pot-luck party by everyone contributing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. By sharing leadership, villagers transformed a soup – that began with a stone in a pot of cold water  – into an incredible feast filled with wonderful food, music, and joy.

This is how we are sharing leadership in organizing this upcoming Inclusive Leadership Adventure. Everyone who is coming is contributing a little bit of this and a little bit of that – especially our volunteer time, energy, leadership skills, talents, passions, concerns, creativity, and open minds. One of our teams is a group of trained and experienced volunteers aged 12 to 75 who will be co-facilitating our highly effective, researched-based Inclusive Leadership Adventure curriculum. All of us are also contributing as much money as we can each comfortably afford toward the food and accommodation costs.

In addition, we are seeking financial help from throughout our “village.” We are asking you and your service clubs, co-operatives, businesses, government departments, schools, families, friends and colleagues to help sponsor participants who face financial barriers.

If you can help, simply email us at

What is the impact of your contribution?

Here are two short video messages from two Inclusive Leaders that express the excitement, inspiration,  hope and skills that come out of each Inclusive Leadership Adventure.


Inclusive Leadership: A Foundation for Human Rights

Submitted by Rachel Singleton-Polster

Being a participant in Inclusive Leadership Adventures was very formative for me in my teenage years.

The skills I learned of empathetic listening, of respectful communication and of accessibility and inclusiveness for all were key as I went forward to pursue my passion in social justice and human rights work.

The Inclusive Leadership foundation, and network of friendships, has helped me professionally and personally, and I would recommend involvement in Inclusive Leadership experiential education weekends or Inclusive Leadership Online Learning to anyone looking to broaden their world view Continue reading

We Have Only Each Other

Submitted by Harriet Greenwood and Linda Hill.

Thank you Inclusive Leader, Harriet Greenwood, for composing this beautiful song and thank you to you and Howard Greenwood for gifting it to the Inclusive Leadership Community.  I’ve put the words to photos about compassion from the Inclusive Leadership photo library.

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