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THE POWER OF MUSIC TO FOSTER UNITY IN DIVERSITY

submitted by Lynn Smith

“Monday Morning Music” is my biggest joy each week! For a little over an hour each Monday morning there is a hall in our small town of Duncan, BC, Canada that just rocks with friendship, companionship and music—lots of music!

What does “Monday Morning Music” look like? Visualize a back-up band of professional musicians – could be a country band, or a rock band – it doesn’t matter as these guys can play most any style of music you like! We have a fantastic keyboard player, a rocking lead guitarist, and a bass guitarist who has a million songs tucked in his back pocket. Picture me standing on stage and looking out at a sea of happy faces, all potential star performers. I love this participatory audience of about a hundred people who come every week to sing along, dance, and perform. Members of the audience are invited to come to the microphone, choose a song they would like to sing, and away we go! Can you see my heart soaring with gratitude to see how music unites and brings together such a diverse group of people? Continue reading

The Art of Compassionate Listening

Mireille van Bremen is an inclusive social artist from Slovenia who combines Inclusive Leadership and Creativity to effect change in communities. As a practitioner of Nonviolent Communication. Continue reading

Canada’s Prime Minister is an Inclusive Leader!

justin_on_rocks_close-upPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is quickly demonstrating that he is a skilled Inclusive Leader. He highly values social diversity, biodiversity and inclusion. He believes strongly that these are fundamental Canadian values. Trudeau practices the four core skill sets involved in Inclusive Leadership on a daily basis by sharing leadership with others.  He has spent his life Building Bridges within and between groups.  He knows how to connect with differences, communicate with compassion, and how to stand up for diversity and inclusion. Continue reading

Inclusive Leadership in Coaching

Barton Profile (1024x683) Barton Cutter of Cutter’s Edge Consulting was in for a surprise when he applied for a scholarship with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Little did he know he would be applying his passion for Inclusive Leadership to help transform the very program he was applying for. Barton Cutter is a leadership coach and inclusion expert. He combines his experience of living with cerebral palsy, uncompromising wit, and professional background in leadership development and communications to empower people with and without disabilities to discover a vision of independence and collaborative leadership through building engaging relationships.“This life is about transforming the universe, one soul at a time. Polishing the soul through laughter!”

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The Power of Ten Times Ten

IMG_0604Stephen Levesque’s story of bringing Inclusive Leadership to his community shows the powerful ripple effect that results from a single Inclusive Leader taking action. Stephen is an Inclusive Leader, a Parent, a Horticulture Therapist, and an Organic Farmer who lives on Gabriola Island located about five miles across the water from the city of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Gabriola Island is a small island of forests, beaches, wildlife, and about 4,000 people running farms, resorts, and small businesses. Continue reading