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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). Continue reading

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

Daring to be Different: Learning from Marta Becket

Submitted by Linda Hill

marta-becketMarta Becket is a unique Inclusive Leader who is one of my role models for the skill of daring to be different. Forty years ago, in 1967, Marta Becket re-claimed and re-opened a long-empty theatre in the remote California Ghost Town of Death Valley Junction. She steadfastly performed vaudeville ballet on the Armagosa Opera House stage three evenings each week whether anyone showed up to watch her or not. In the early years when she was mostly dancing to an empty theatre, she painted an audience on the walls.


Gradually, travellers noticed what she was offering and her theatre become an inclusive and welcoming Death Valley destination. In 2012, Marta passed her ballerina torch on to ballerina Jenna McLintock. Jenna now offers Marta’s vaudeville ballet performances to the world and the inclusive and welcoming magic of ballet in desert continues.

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World Peace Day

Submitted by Linda Hill

Each year, on September 21, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world in many different ways. What peace-building challenges are you choosing at home, at school, at work,  in community groups, as well as regionally, nationally and globally?  We invite you to share your news about building welcoming, inclusive, peaceful communities by email at or by posting on our facebook page.


This year, the Cowichan Intercultural Society’s Multicultural Leadership Group made Peace Flags to give to the community Peace Pole Project.

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To fully understand what Inclusive Leadership has to offer, it must be experienced.

Have you ever had the feeling that you are exactly where you’re meant to be? Or what about that awkward feeling when you’re not at all sure what you’ve gotten yourself into? And if you’re lucky enough, an Elder stands up and speaks and all of a sudden you remember where you come from and that your physical presence and time are precious gifts.

Standing in a circle, you can see everyone’s faces and they can all see yours. It’s a more vulnerable space with much more opportunity to connect with each human being that has chosen to be there. When it’s your turn to speak, you notice it’s easier than usual. Why, because people have been encouraging and accepting. No matter what you say, it’s okay. You introduce yourself. Continue reading