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Saying Good-bye to ILC Co-founder, John Scull

May 10, 1943 – July 24, 2020
Born a 4th generation Californian and growing up in Beverly Hills, John used to jokingly describe himself as consistently downwardly mobile but no less happy for it. Read the obituary.

Many Inclusive Leaders crossed paths with John first in other fields, such as Eco-psychology / Deep Ecology, Behavioural Psychology, Quakers, Cowichan Valley concerns for social and environmental justice including the Cowichan Land Trust. The common thread of John’s work has been building a future and being in the moment. In 2015 he wrote in the Cowichan Valley Citezen “We support schools, save money for our grandchildren’s education, plant trees, recycle, donate to charity, protect land, volunteer, build churches, write letters to the editor, and do other things that offer a very poor payback or no payback at all. We do them because we care about the future, even if we are not likely to be here to enjoy it.” In John’s building, he interwove circles, places, beings, explaining how the structures will be sturdy, resilient and meaningful if built this way. From Cowichan Tribes, a Coast Salish First Nation John learned about The Great Deeds. “It wasn’t about building things, achieving success, or having adventures”, John wrote, “instead, Great Deeds take place in the life of every family: The birth of a child, the growth of a child into adulthood, the transition from adult to Elder, the birth of a grandchild. These were the Great Deeds of life: the actions we take to care for the people around us. It’s such a different definition of great deeds than I was used to.” And yet, build is what John did – for future generations by being in the moment.

As an Inclusive Leader, John introduced many of us to a simple and profoundly impactful exercise — Connecting with Nature. He shared his learning from mentors such as Joanna Macy and Joseph Cornell, and he shared his learning from nature itself. (See video). John helped many of us understand how we can learn from nature, ways to relax, ways to listen, ways to be creative, to be connected, to be filled with grace…because Nature is made up of beautiful beings that we can come to know a little if we take the time to be with them.

Co-founder, Sarah Matheson now in Guelph recalls sitting on John’s and Linda’s deck, looking across the Cowichan Valley to Mt. Prevost, “Every night since John died, I’ve felt drawn to go out on my balcony. All the animal spirits and the sky keep me company in such a live way, and connect me to John and Linda.” ILC Board member, Susan Norris recalls a trust exercise John facilitated during one of the Inclusive Leadership Gatherings. Susan’s exercise partner led her with her eyes closed in a wooded area. When she opened her eyes on cue, her whole visual field was living tree bark – she was that close. Susan says, “I find myself reproducing that experience, going up close to a tree…being in the moment in nature. This is a gift I received from John.” The stories of John introducing us to ways of connecting with nature could fill a book. More importantly, the stories continue to live in us.

John & Linda, beacons of community

Community Builders above all else, John and his partner of 40 years, Linda Hill demonstrated day in and day out how to say “yes” to making a connection. Hosting travelers in their home, choosing and welcoming new family members, and sharing stories, food and music are ways this dynamic duo fostered love and caring in the Cowichan Valley and beyond. Janice Milnerwood in Montreal says, “The most powerful memory is when John and Linda invited us to Thanksgiving dinner — there were so many people, from all walks of life. That really stayed with me. It’s what Thanksgiving is about.”

When we look closely at John’s work, play, love and teachings we can see how it all fits together with great integrity. John was a proponent of The Earth Charter and he clearly lived in accordance with its four pillars: Integrity, Peace, Justice and Respect. He practiced and acted upon these qualities for his children, his grandchildren, his community of people and nature’s beings and he did so by reminding us to live simply, in the moment.

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP EDUCATION IS A TIMELY GIFT TO THE WORLD

As politicians and other leaders join with ordinary people across Canada and around the world in condemning all forms of racism, discrimination, intolerance and bigotry there is growing hope for a world based on the Earth Charter values of integrity, respect, justice, and peace. And, at the same time, facilitators, mentors and participants in our “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential” Online Course are realizing that Inclusive Leadership Online Education is a very timely gift for us to be sharing with the world.

You are invited to give this practical and hopeful course to yourself and gift this course filled with skills for embracing diversity to others you know who value equality, justice and inclusion as much as you do.

With ongoing enrollment, no-one left behind participatory learning, spirit of generosity pricing, and sponsorships for anyone who needs one, this is an accessible, welcoming all inclusive continuing education opportunity for champions of diversity and inclusion from all walks of life to sign up for anytime they are ready. Click here for a detailed course description and enrollment information.

“The world is addressing the question of bringing racism to an end by changing systems. We must all come to embrace diversity by building bridges to equality – beginning internally and extending to families and friends of friends till the systems are completely changed. Systems can be changed when our orientations are changed.” (Daniel Ojo, Teacher, Street to School Initiative, Nigeria).

We are thrilled that Daniel Ojo and 40 more new Inclusive Leaders from Cameroon, Canada, England, Fiji, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Uganda are in the midst of graduating from our Winter/Spring 2020 ‘Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential’ online course!

Something very wonderful about this group of grads is that most of these participants received this Inclusive Leadership course as a gift!  The ILC is challenging ourselves to welcome at least 30 new participants from 30 places on the planet during the next 30 days and so now would be a great time for you to gift this course to a champion of diversity and inclusion you know.

Relatives and friends are gifting Inclusive Leadership to each other. “My daughter signed me up for this course as a gift. She thought since I have always been interested in learning better ways to communicate and better ways to make the people I come into contact with feel appreciated and acknowledged I would love the content of this course. She was right.” (Alison Clarkson, Retired Professional in Canada).

School principals are gifting Inclusive Leadership to their staff: “I want to see the beautiful online program expand and become a major vehicle for teaching Inclusive Leadership around the world. What better gift can we give our children than to teach them what it means to be inclusive in regard to their fellow human beings and in regard to the world around them? As a first step, I am enrolling all the teachers in my school.” (Beat Odermatt, Founder, Owner and Operator of U-Can International School, Uganda).

Employers are gifting Inclusive Leadership to their employees: “Taking this course for work was to enhance my leadership skills to be a positive influence in our world. I discovered that I can be who I am, believe in myself and that I can make small positive changes. I will be applying these skills to my work environment. I have compiled an action plan to focus my energy.” (Lynn, Support Worker in Canada)

Professors are gifting Inclusive Leadership to their students: “Inclusive Leadership is one of the best initiatives to come along in a very long time. I am encouraging the human rights education volunteers at the University of Victoria to participate as part of their volunteer training.” (Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor, University of Victoria, Canada)

Volunteer Co-ordinators are gifting Inclusive Leadership to their volunteers: “My main aim is to equip our young leaders and HIV Advocates to be inclusive in their activities, engagement and be catalysts for change in the area of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion. I am enrolling two volunteers now and more in the months to come.” (Temo Sasau, Advocate and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Fiji).

Individual champions of inclusion and diversity are gifting Inclusive Leadership to ourselves:

“I am grateful to everyone who is part of this great quest for inclusive learning. Thank you all for your commitment to always showing up and allowing me to tap from your wealth of knowledge and sharing your ideas with me.” (Peter Onuoha, Volunteer and Passionate Activist engaged in putting an end to Human Trafficking in Nigeria).

“As a nonviolent communication practitioner and facilitator, I wanted to find new skills and perspectives for working in environments where basic needs are not met or there are belief systems that prevent compassion. I really enjoyed how building communities that support each other is a medicine for discrimination and injustice. I opened my vision of what a leader is and what inclusive leadership can do to empower people and bring together differences.” Claudia Sanchez, Full Communication Practitioner and Facilitator, Colombia).

“Meeting with others on this course has given me strength, companionship and an optimistic feeling about the future of humanity on this planet.” (Arlene Nesbitt, Artist and Volunteer Community Builder, Canada).”

“I am so grateful for this top-notch course that the world needs more of. How about if each and every person in areas such as Uganda undertook a basic course in understanding inclusiveness? Would we learn not to be harsh while connecting with different people? Would this lead to a society where everyone is welcomed?” (Joanita Babirye, Founder and Director, Rainbow Smiles Foundation, Uganda).

For more information and to apply for sponsorships or group enrollments, email inclusiveonline@gmail.com

Communities For Our Future Online Summit

submitted by Linda Hill

Brandy Gallagher, Inclusive Leader and Leading Edge Ecovillage Thinker and Leader is an ambassador for the Global Ecovillage Network. Their February 2020 Communities for our Future summit welcomed 20,000 people from over 200 countries in a telepresence conference.

Brandy is also a member of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative and one of the original founders and developers of O.U.R. Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake (Vancouver Island) BC, Canada.

O.U.R. Ecovillage is one of 300 Ecovillages around the world that are connected with the Global Ecovillage Network : The organization that hosted the Communities for our Future Online Summit. Continue reading

Inviting You On Our Online Inclusive Leadership Quest

Here is an invitation to consider for yourself and share with champions of diversity and inclusion you know.

https://inclusive-leadership-global-village.thinkific.com/courses/discover-1

Did you know that those of us who are deeply concerned about social isolation, discrimination, habitat loss, and climate change are part of a world-wide movement? Did you know our movement is probably 3 billion people strong and growing?

“The real game changers are people and communities…If we are going to solve this civilization crisis, we need to hold hands and collaborate.”  (Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown)

This is where our invitation to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential comes in. Continue reading

Making Inclusive Leadership Easy

Facilitating Inclusive Leadership means making it easy for the children, youth and adults in our lives to connect with the magnificence of social diversity and biodiversity safely, respectfully, equally and peacefully. With the help of funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, we have been able to follow 65 volunteers who have been facilitating Inclusive Leadership since April 2019. Click here to read about the Strengthening Bridges to Inclusion Project.

Who are these champions of diversity and inclusion who are transforming our communities by guiding children, youth and adults to embrace diversity? What are Inclusive Leaders doing to make it easy for anyone to live, learn and lead more inclusively in our diverse communities? What vital roles are Inclusive Leaders playing in shifting our troubled world from this time of great peril to an age of great promise?

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What If We Boldly Push Inclusive Leadership Forward?

submitted by Beat Odermatt, Founder, owner and operator of U-Can International School, Uganda

What if we use the principles that Inclusive Leadership is built on and push forward boldly? 

The development of Inclusive Leadership Education is awesome. I want to see this beautiful online program expand and become a major vehicle for teaching Inclusive Leadership around the world. Continue reading

Radical Interdependence – Bring it on

Submitted by Linda Hill with contributions from Janice Milnerwood, Joshua Amponsem, John Scull and Karl Perrin.

“The world needs Inclusive Leaders who are globally aware and locally skillful at forging inclusive solutions to our biodiversity and social diversity challenges.” (Linda Hill, Facebook, 2019).

I should be able to remember this quote about the radical interdependence of Inclusive Leadership because I wrote it. But reading about the deliberate burning of the Amazon Rainforests – the lungs of our mother Earth – for industrialized money crops froze my brain. I am so thankful for my radically interdependent allies who helped me shift back to mindfulness. As I breathed in and breathed out I remembered that doing whatever I can do in my local community so far away from Brazil is not only hopeful but is helpful because we are all interdependent.  “Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions.” (Earth Charter). Continue reading

Inclusive Leaders in Fiji

One of the best parts of getting involved in Inclusive Leadership Online Education is getting to know other champions of diversity and inclusion from around the world. Here is a glimpse of four fantastic Inclusive Leaders from Fiji.

We hope meeting Temo, Apolosi, Sarita and Kim will inspire you and your students, colleagues, volunteers and other inclusively oriented people you know to join our guided online continuing education quest to “Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential”  . Or, perhaps this post will inspire you to contribute $35, $70 or $140 to help sponsor people who face financial barriers to become Inclusive Leaders. You can become a bronze, silver or gold sponsor by downloading our E-Book of Inclusive Leadership Discoveries.

With our spirit of generosity, everyone who has the technology, motivation and time to join our online quest to ‘Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential’ can enroll by paying what we can comfortably afford or by applying for a full sponsorship. If you have the time to invest in this course, we have the capacity to invest in you.

 

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Building Bridges to Literacy and Peace

Submitted by Victor Okechukwu Chimezie

I am Victor Okechukwu Chimezie  a 22 year old Nigerian, a passionate and pragmatic Peacebuilder. I’m so delighted to be here in the Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential online course. I’m so grateful for the  scholarship as this course will help me be more relaxed in diversity in my quest to make the world safer and better for us youth.

Part 1 of the Inclusive Leadership course introduces the Earth Charter as our global compass.

For my Earth Charter Action Plan I’ll be focusing on Peace which is Democracy, Non- Violence and Peace.

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The Magic of Connecting With Differences

Submitted by Linda Hill and Bonnie Robertson (Reposted July 2019)

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