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?
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
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
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.
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.
Submitted by Linda Hill and Bonnie Robertson (Reposted July 2019)
Inclusive 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
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
It is no accident that the seeds of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative were planted in the Cowichan Valley, a rural community on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
The Cowichan Valley has gradually become a community that is FULL of Inclusive Leaders: Continue reading
Submitted by Linda Hill (Photos by Cathy Gilbert)
Our September 5 Farm to Table fundraiser that took place at Little Zimbabwe Farm in Duncan, BC, Canada was a fast-growing-grassroots event that went from planting to cultivating to blooming to harvesting to cooking the meal in a couple of weeks.
Amy Matamba and I had one quick conversation in which Amy suggested thirty as a good number of people to invite for a traditional Zimbabwe meal and music meet up on their deck. Less than a week later, our Inclusive Leadership fund-raising event was full with thirty-five reservations, and a waiting list long enough to begin planning another fund-raiser. Continue reading
This post about what a new Inclusive Leader, Megan Carrigan, experienced at an Inclusive Leadership Co-operative Gathering in 2017 has a surprise ending so be sure to read all the way through.
First though, our Sept 28 to 29, 2018 Annual Inclusive Leadership Gathering on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada is for new and experienced Inclusive Leaders, our families, friends, colleagues, students and everyone who is involved in transforming communities by embracing diversity. We hope can join us for one, two or all three days! Click here for more information.
Now back to Megan: Megan found the courage to sign up for the 2017 Inclusive Leadership gathering because she was already used to practicing an essential Inclusive Leadership skill which is the art of showing up. Throughout her life, Megan has always managed to find the internal resources within herself to keep showing up at school and at supportive community organizations despite dealing with seizures that can literally throw her to the ground any time any day of the week. Continue reading