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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

 

Welcome Joy Emmanuel: Summer ILC Co-ordinator!

Our wonderful Joy Emmanuel will be co-ordinating the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative for the summer while Linda Hill takes a break to spend time with family and do some travelling.

Joy is the perfect person for this challenge! She was the Co-op Developer who guided the founding members of the ILC through the process of becoming a Community Service Co-operative in 2013. She felt so at home with our vision, mission, values and practices that she joined our association and has been sharing leadership in cultivating the ILC ever since.

Joy’s experience as a co-operator and her understanding of the ILC from the grass roots up and from the inside out, is making the transition smooth and easy. Joy facilitated our Spring Update Sharing Circle on April 28 and is helping with organizing our online Heart to Heart Sharing Circle coming up Saturday May 5 9:45 am to 11:30 am Pacific Time (4:45 to 6:30 pm Co-ordinated Universal Time). New and experienced Inclusive Leaders from around the world are invited. Simply email Joy at inclusiveleaders@gmail.com and Harriet at ilc.online.cafe@gmail.com for the url address and other directions on how to drop in.

Joy and Harriet will be co-facilitating an eight week ILC Online Practice Group beginning Thursday May 3. There is still room for a few more Inclusive Leaders to join this weekly zoom video meeting from 8 am to 10 am Pacific Time (3 pm to 5 pm Co-ordinated Universal Time). Join new and experienced Inclusive Leaders from across Canada and around the world in cultivating your Inclusive Leadership skills through sharing, listening and practicing. . Click here for more information and to register.

Joy has three more things to co-ordinate this summer. To learn how you can become involved, email Joy at inclusiveleaders@gmail.com

1. The ILC has been invited to join with Cowichan Intercultural Society, schools and NGOs in our local Cowichan Valley community in Canada in “The Inclusion Project.” TIP aims to build inclusive and welcoming bridges between students who are transitioning from small elementary schools to a larger high school. One goal is to build safe, respectful, peaceful and enjoyable relationships between  Indigenus students and Non-indigenous students.  Thank you to Project Co-ordinator, Linda McDaniels of the Cowichan Intercultural Society for inviting the ILC to work with you on this exciting initiative. (Linda McDaniels is also a founding member of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative).

2. Joy will be reaching out to invite you and other new and experienced Inclusive Leaders to bring your families, friends, colleagues, students, volunteers and other champions of diversity and inclusion to come to our Sept 28 to 20 annual Inclusive Leadership Co-operative gathering for 1, 2, or all 3 days. Joy says, “One of my take-aways from the weekend is just how amazing each of us are when we have the opportunity to show up in a space of respect, openness and support and share our stories. The gifts of our lives can really shine through.” Register online or email Joy at inclusiveleaders@gmail.com for more information.

3. Contact Joy at inclusiveleaders@gmail.com if you would like the ILC to facilitate an Inclusive Leadership workshop for your organization, community group or school during Fall 2018 or Spring 2018. Trained and experienced ILC facilitators will guide your group to explore and develop skills for connecting with differences, communicating with compassion, responding with Anti-Discrimination First Aid and Building Bridges to equality. These are essential skills for everyone who wants to live, learn and lead more inclusively in our diverse communities.

“Inclusive Leadership is a crash course on community and possibility that I love being part of. I’ve been trying to work Inclusive Leadership skills into everything I do with Youth 4 Diversity and trying on ways of facilitating modeled by many Inclusive Leaders. Every time I do that, I see a glimpse of possibility – even if it’s brief – of the compassionate world we are trying to create.” (Moss Dance, Youth Worker, Campbell River, BC)

“Inclusive Leadership is a strength-based focus where there is appreciative inquiry into group or community strengths. Inclusive Leadership focuses on what gives life to community-building, communicating needs and solutions. It gives a community a positive, solution-focused way of problem-solving. It brings people of all ages to the table, circle or forum. It celebrates what works, and gives room for dreaming, designing and celebrating.” (Wedlidi Speck, Director of Aboriginal Service Change, Government of BC)

Inclusive Leadership has been incredibly instrumental in our school’s connectedness and our students’ and staff commitments to social and environmental responsibility.” (Gillian Berry, School Counsellor, Duncan, BC)

 

Spring 2018 Inclusive Leadership Co-operative Sharing Circles

Online Inclusive Leadership Sharing Circle coming up May 5, 2017

Twenty five Inclusive Leaders gathered in Duncan, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada on April 28 to share our highlights from the past few months of of living, learning and leading in our diverse communities!  “This gathering was fun! I know why I like coming as I always feel included. I feel lucky that I went to an Inclusive Leadership workshop in 2016 because that is what got me started with developing my own Inclusive Leadership skills, my identity as an Inclusive Leader, my sense of belonging within this amazing global Inclusive Leadership community.” (Terri Beaton, Sooke, BC, Canada).

Another sharing circle is coming up May 5. This time online!

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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