Category Archives: Networking

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

Culturally Welcoming Volunteerism

Here is a call to action for Inclusive Leaders everywhere: Search for culturally welcoming volunteer opportunities in your community and get actively involved! If you are already volunteering for a culturally welcoming organization, email us and share your news! inclusiveleaders@gmail.com

In the Cowichan Region, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, a participatory day of Exploring the Art of being Culturally Welcoming is coming up. There is space for thirty volunteer coordinators and others involved in volunteerism in this workshop being held at Providence Farm on Tuesday, November 7, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Reserve your seat by emailing vc@volunteercowichan.bc.ca or phoning 250-748-2133. The $20 registration fee ($30 for two) includes a networking luncheon.


Here is a story that illustrates the value and importance of organizing and participating in Inclusive Leadership experiences such as this workshop on being Culturally Welcoming:

I began volunteering in Canada by a blessed chance. I was exploring art galleries and museums in the small town of Duncan, BC, Canada when I happened to approach a room that I thought was part of a museum. A tall boy with a wonderful smile invited me to enter and see what was going on. I suddenly found myself welcomed by a very heterogeneous group, for age and ethnicity. They told me they were volunteers working on a service project. 

In two minutes, I was one more of the group. It was very natural to sit and have something to do, but when I left the group two hours later I thought, ‘How is it possible that these people make me feel so naturally integrated, and welcomed?’ I decided to return the next week. 

During the days spent volunteering in Duncan, BC, Canada  I could see what happens when cultures are getting to know each other. Definitely, this volunteer experience in Canada changed a lot about my way to see the world. Even now that I have come back to Sardinia, Italy I cant see the world in the same way anymore.” (Excerpt from a story by Iliana Ruggiu, a graduate student from Sardinia, Italy who spent three months studying and volunteering in Canada)


Just as inclusive and welcoming communities are enriched by volunteers from diverse backgrounds, the experience of volunteering is enriched by volunteering in inclusive and welcoming organizations. Inclusive and welcoming organizations are simply wonderful places to volunteer because staff and volunteers deeply value opportunities to get to know who people are as well as what they have to offer. In a culturally welcoming organization, volunteers from diverse backgrounds are not only welcomed, they are celebrated for enriching the organization with their different gifts.

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

The Power of Being Extraordinary

Submitted by Linda Hill

I received a wonderful good news email today from Amnesty International that I cannot figure out to share online! So here are are few photos and a link to one of their good news stories:

http://www.amnesty.ca/news/saudi-arabia-right-drive-long-overdue-step-forward-women

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Inclusive Leadership for our Global Village

Ten Inclusive Leaders aged 0 to 75 gathered together at our monthly on-line Heart to Heart Cafe for compassionate conversations about our interconnected inclusion and diversity challenges and celebrations. We connected across miles and time zones from BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, England and Ghana. By listening with open minds and open hearts we supported and inspired each other in the diverse ways we are living, learning and leading in our communities.   We invite you to join us online soon! 

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Take A Step To Become An Inclusive Leader

Interview with Joshua Amponsem,

Environmental Activist and Climate Change Advocate

In this video, Joshua talks about the roots and violent impact of exclusion, the beauty of diversity, as well as the importance of Inclusive Leadership education for building a peaceful world. He urges everyone to take a step to become an Inclusive Leader.

After watching Joshua’s video, we invite you to click on these links to learn more about taking a step to become an Inclusive Leader.  Continue reading

Online Heart to Heart Cafe

Submitted by Harriet Greenwood

global-villageMore and more opportunities to learn and practice Inclusive Leadership skills online are becoming available to everyone in our Global Village! Click here for more information. By connecting online, we are fulfilling the needs of Inclusive Leaders around the world to stay connected and inspired. Continue reading