Inclusive Leadership calls forth a spirit of generosity and care in all of us. Inclusive Leadership gatherings are possible because of the community spirit of many wonderful volunteers and the generous donations by individuals and organizations. It is always amazing how our “stone soup” approach – where everyone contributes what they can, both financially and as gifts such as skills, experience, time – comes together to create a nurturing, engaging community event. Continue reading
People often tell me that combining the words “inclusive” and “leadership” together into one phrase is a confusing combination. This at least partly because the traditional definition of “leadership” is often very “exclusive’. Here is a clarifying diagram:
AND experience is the best teacher. Here are two ways to experience yourself as an Inclusive Leader. We all have a vital role to play in building welcoming and inclusive communities based on respect for the magnificent diversity in all living beings. Continue reading
- Do you value diversity and inclusion?
- Do you consider yourself to be a Bridge-Builder (i.e. Do you often find yourself helping people and places be respectful, fair, peaceful, safe and fun for everyone)?
- Have you ever participated in an Inclusive Leadership event (in person or online)?
- Are you a supporter or member of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative?
If you have answered yes to even one of these questions then you are ready to accept our invitation to share leadership with networking! Yes Let’s! Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and Harriet at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for more information.
3. Contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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
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