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Safe Spaces to Grow Through Our Experiences of Dissonance

Submitted by April Vance

(April is a Support Worker, Inclusive Leader and PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrow’s With Hope Facilitator who has been participating in Inclusive Leadership Education since 2012.  April explains that, “PATH is an artistic expression of your dreams and how you chose to proceed. I am living my PATH as we speak. There is something about putting intention out there and seeing it on paper. Then just watch the positive and possible unfold before your eyes.” In this post, April shares her observations about how Inclusive Leaders create safe spaces to grow and address our struggles to live inclusively).

The art of inclusion applies with all humans no matter gender, practices, age, race, creed or religion. Many people arrive at Inclusive Leadership with our own experiences of dissonance with what we have been taught or come to believe and our own determination to live inclusion in every aspect of our lives in peaceful manners with Love. Inclusive Leadership addresses struggles with ourselves and with others by being in a calm state and in a safe place to share and experience growth through the dissonance.

Our struggles are often with the people that we are closest to and with whom we have the least objective perspective. Many of these struggles confronting us are due directly to our practice of inclusion. Struggles range from expressing minor irritation and conflict to unloading grief caused by loss of deep relationships.

Participating in and practicing Inclusive Leadership Workshops or Online Learning Experiences provides opportunities to share strengths, and builds a sense of community, new friendships both international and domestic, ideas, and knowledge beyond our own corners of the world. 

Being in a calm state and in a safe place creates authentic opportunities to share, speak our truth and learn from each other. We go into the world having grown from being in a flight/fight/freeze state to more grounded, peaceful ways of living and interacting with each other with purpose and intention.

Calm and safe interacting births creative ideas for the variety of people involved for how they may go forward and practice these principles in their lives, feeling empowered to live our most authentic selves and to share, knowing we have made new friendships based on these principles that we can draw on. 

For more information about upcoming Inclusive Leadership weekends, workshops and online events go to our Events Calendar on our Home Page.

Click here for information about our Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online course.

Inclusive Leaders are Local Heroes

“Inclusive Leadership is daring to stand out and be different instead of trying to fit in,” (Randeanna Jack shown with her Dad William Jack in the first photo). For more information about discovering your own Inclusive Leadership potential click here.

Local heroes Lewis and Louise Beck (far left of the 2nd photo) are two people who dare to be different in how they live their daily lives. They will be participating in a Terry Fox run on Sunday, September 17. You can support their efforts to raise funds for cancer research by donating to the Lew and Lou team.  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

Spotlight on Christy Tweedy

tweedy-photoChristy Tweedy is an Inclusive Leader living in Athens, Georgia, USA. We are sharing this news from Christy on her October 29, 2016 wedding day. Best wishes to Christy and Shawn! Christy wrote:

“I am continuing to follow up on my Inclusive Leadership in action steps and maintain focus on my food recovery programs while doing outreach. I’ve been working to start more food recovery efforts in my rural community in the state of Georgia. Recently, I joined many others to talk about Food Waste and Senior Hunger at the Senior Hunger Summit in Atlanta. We had state senators, department of Human Services, Department of Family and Child Services, and many other state and local agencies come together to discuss food access for our senior populations. All great things that bring me lots of joy, purpose, and inspiration.”

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The Magic of Connecting With Differences

Submitted by Linda Hill and Bonnie Robertson

20161012_145816Inclusive Leadership can be as simple and magical as a diverse group of people exploring the skill of daring to be different through a co-operative game of “Catch the Difference.” As you read this story, we invite you to think about the times in your life when you have felt safe to share your differences with others and the times in your life when you helped others feel safe to share their differences with you.  Continue reading