About this course
Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential
Welcome to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential! A flexible online quest that begins as soon as you sign up.
Your Inclusive Travel Guides are Dr. Linda Hill and a team of compassionate and courageous Inclusive Leaders from around the world.
The time commitment is 4-5 hours per week for 4 weeks - a mid-way break for as short or as long as you want - then 4-5 hours per week for 4 more weeks.
Who is this course for?
This is a course for champions of diversity and inclusion from diverse backgrounds:
- Are you an educator, service provider, volunteer, student or grass-roots community member who is Building Bridges toward social and environmental well-being in your diverse community?
- Are you someone who has experienced injustice, mistreatment, isolation and other forms of exclusion?
- Are you learning to be an ally with individuals or groups who are dealing with exclusion?
- Are you an emerging or experienced leader who is concerned about social and environmental justice and peace-building?
"Every individual, family, organization, and community has a vital role to play. The arts, sciences, religions, educational institutions, media, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments are all called to offer creative leadership." (Earth Charter)
What questions will be explored?
Here are a few of the questions explored within this course that has grown out of more than two decades on Participatory Action Research and Education involving thousands of Inclusive Leaders from diverse backgrounds:
- What can I do about prejudice, inequality, discrimination and other forms of social and environmental injustice?
- How can I build my skills to become more inclusive in my leadership?
- How can I guide children, youth or adults at school, work or in a community setting to shift from exclusion to inclusion?
- How can I build an inclusive team at work, school, or in the community that is enriched by our diversity?
- How can I live, learn and lead more inclusively in my diverse community?
- How can I encourage people to appreciate and value diversity and inclusion as much as I do?
What and How Will You Learn About Inclusive Leadership?
Access this participatory online learning experience from anywhere in the world via your computer.
With the field of Inclusive Leadership as your map and the international Earth Charter as your global compass, you will travel through all four corners of the field of Inclusive Leadership, making many discoveries about your Inclusive Leadership potential along the way.
Experiential online education is much more than watching videos and reading. Learn by participating in hands-on learning experiences. Connect what you learn to what you already know and what you already do by reflecting, journaling, and sharing with Inclusive Leaders from around the world in our vibrant Discussion Forum.
You will leave each destination with a souvenir Inclusive Leadership skill to practice and cultivate:
- Building Bridges to Equality: Networking - also known as the art of showing up and inviting others to show up with you.
- Connecting With Differences: Mindful relaxing to open your Parasympathetic Learning System
- Communicating with Compassion: Intentional listening with empathy for self as well as others.
- Anti-Discrimination First Aid: A is for Assess, B is for Breathe, C is for Communicate with Courage.
You will be guided through our step-by-step Action Planning Process that begins by identifying your stage of being the changes you want to see in the world.
You will chart your way forward by creating a positive, possible, and practical action plan for living, learning and leading more inclusively in your own diverse community.
The outcome will be meaningful discoveries about your own Inclusive Leadership potential that are connected to your own concerns and passions in relevant ways.
"Our environmental, economic, political, social, and spiritual challenges are interconnected, and together we can forge inclusive solutions." (Earth Charter)
How Much Time Does This Course Take?
The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative is proud to have created a participatory, interactive online continuing education opportunity that is flexible and self paced.
Our recipe for flexibility is that this 8 week course is offered in two parts of 4 weeks each - and you can take extra time to finish up each part if needed.
This means that all you need to do is find 4-5 hours per week for this course for a month at a time. Here is how it works:
When you first enroll in Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential, you begin with Part 1.
You receive the first module as soon as you sign up and then one new module per week for a total of 4 weeks.
Each week you spend 4-5 hours travelling through the various learning activities in that module at your own pace and in your own time. This includes the time you spend posting your insights and interacting with Inclusive Leaders from around the world in the Discussion Forum - again at your own pace and in your own time. The course and the Discussion Forum are both available to you 24 hours per day.
You will likely finish Part 1 within this 4 week framework And, you are welcome to take extra time if needed.
When you finish Part 1 you will be able to sign up for Part 2 whenever you want; immediately or after taking a break.
When you enroll in Part 2, you will receive the first module as soon as you sign up and then one new module per week for 4 weeks.
Take a look at the Course Outline to see how this schedule works:
Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential
Part 1: Modules 1-4
PART 1: Module 1: Orientation to Your Online Quest to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential
1-1 Welcome to Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential
1-2 Navigating our Online Learning Platform
1-3 Meet Your Hosts: The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative
1-4 Introducing Your Differences As Gifts
1-5 Course Outline
1-6 Creating Your Online Learning Experience
1-7 Keeping a Travel Journal
1-8 You are Invited to Our Monthly Online Heart to Heart Cafe
1-9 Earn A Certificate That Reflects Your Level of Participating
PART 1: Module 2: Our All Inclusive Base Camp
2-1 Module 2: Overview
2-2 Networking: Participating in the Discussion Forum
2-3 Gathering Your Thoughts; Reflecting on Journaling
2-4 Mapping the Field of Inclusive Leadership
2-5 Quick Review Quiz
2-6 Journal about the Map of the Field of Inclusive Leadership
2-7 The Earth Charter As Your Guiding Compass
2-8 Quick Review Quiz
2-9 Action Planning
PART 1: Module 3: Building Bridges to Equality
3-1 Module 3: Overview
3-2 Networking: Our Challenges Are Interconnected
3-3 Gathering Your Thoughts: Reflecting on the Earth Charter
3-4 Explore the Building Bridges Steps
3-5 Experiential Learning 1: Sharing stories about exclusion and inclusion
3-6 Experiential Learning 2: The Art of Showing Up
3-7 Reflect, Journal, and Share About the Art of Showing UP
3-8 Action Planning: Your Plan for Showing Up
PART 1: Module 4: Connecting With Differences
4-1 Module 4: Overview
4-2 Networking: Taking the First Step
4-3 Gathering Your Thoughts: Study a Map
4-4 Explore Skills for Connecting With Differences
4-5 Experiential Learning Choice 1: Being a Diversity Star
4-6 Experiential Learning Choice 2: Thank a Diversity Star
4-7 Experiential Learning Choice 3: Opposites Attract
4-8 Experiential Learning Choice 4: Relax in Nature
4-9 Reflect, Journal, Share
4-10 Challenge by Choice Action Planning
4-11 How to Request Your Certificate
Continue on to Part 2 Immediately or After a Break
Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential
Part 2: Modules 5-8
Part 2: Module 5: Midway Viewpoint
5-1 Welcome to PART 2: Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Potential
5-2 Networking: Welcome back to the Discussion Forum
5-3 Gathering Your Thoughts: Looking back on the quest so far
5-4 Explore Part 2 Course Outline
5-5 What is Your View of Inclusive Leadership?
5-6 Reflect, Journal, Share
5-7 Action Planning: Setting Your Intentions for the Rest of Part 2
Part 2: Module 6: Communicating With Compassion
6-1 Module 6: Overview
6-2 Networking: Sharing Gratitude
6-3 Gathering Your Thoughts: At Home With Nature
6-4 Explore Compassionate Communication With Raj Gill
6-5 Experiential Learning 1: Compassionate Communication Workbook
6-6 Experiential Learning 2: Compassionate Listening on the Discussion Forum
6-7 Reflect, Journal, Share
6-8 Action Planning: Listening With Intention
Part 2: Module 8: Anti-Discrimination First Aid
7-1 Module 7: Overview
7-2 Networking: Compassionate Listening
7-3 Gathering Your Thoughts of Gratitude
7-4 Explore Anti-Discrimination First Aid
7-5 Experiential Learning: Mental Practice
7-6 Reflect, Journal, Share
7-7 Action Planning: Being Prepared
Part 2: Module 8: Charting Your Way Forward
8-1 Module 7: Overview
8-2 Networking: Being An Ally
8-3 Gathering Your Inner Truth
8-4 Discover Your Stage of Change
8-5 Discover Your Inclusive Leadership Action Plan
8-6 Editing Your Inclusive Leadership Action Plan
8-7 You are Invited to Share Your Feedback
8-8 More Inclusive Leadership Opportunities
8-9 Thank You
8-10 How to Request Your Certificate
You will earn Certificates of Participation that directly reflect three different levels of participating in this course.
Connecting Certificates appreciate participants who view each module and participate occasionally in the Discussion Forum. These certificates document 10 hours of Continuing Education for Part 1 and 10 hour for Part 2.
Completion Certificates recognize the reality that it requires 4 to 5 hours per week of time and effort to complete an experiential education online course. Participants demonstrate this in-depth level of experiential learning by completing assignments and sharing in the Discussion Forum. Completion Certificates document 20 hours of continuing education for Part 1 and 20 hours for Part 2.
Mentoring certificates acknowledge Inclusive Leaders who have returned to this course as mentors. Mentors are role models who share leadership in building an inclusive and welcoming online learning community within the Discussion Forum. Mentoring Certificates document 20 hours of continuing education for Part 1 and 20 hours for Part 2.
Inclusive Leadership Co-operative
About the instructor
The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative (ILC) is a non-profit community service association based on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada that provides community-based diversity education for people from diverse generations, cultures and communities. We prepare participants to live, learn and lead more inclusively by embracing the diversity in all living beings as gifts that enrich the world. Click here to take a look at our ILC website.
We guide new and experienced Inclusive Leaders to share leadership in educating each other about our interconnected diversity challenges while nurturing and mentoring Inclusive Leadership skills for:
- Building Bridges of equality
- Connecting With Differences
- Communicating With Compassion
- Standing up for inclusion with Anti-Discrimination First Aid.
The outcome of practicing Inclusive Leadership is contributing actively to safety, respect, justice, and peace in your diverse community.
"This is the best experience I've got in Canada. It's amazing...you should join the Inclusive Leadership Program!" (Mohammad Binaz, International Student from India)
The ILC's Inclusive Leadership Online courses and practice groups are deeply rooted in fifteen years of experiential Inclusive Leadership education with several thousand professionals, students, volunteers and other leaders from Vancouver Island, other parts of BC, Canada and the world. The ILC is adapting our renowned experiential education workshops and weekend retreats into a series of interactive, online courses enhanced by live video gatherings.
Inclusive Leadership for our Global Village is quickly becoming a lively, vibrant mutual mentoring hub for authentic Inclusive Leaders who are connecting across time, space and diversity with other caring and courageous Inclusive Leaders around the world.
"Kudos on making your work internationally accessible. So pleased this interesting and necessary initiative is combining social and environmental. Long overdue. Love that you have integrated a comprehensive inclusive approach to everything including registration fees. Your values shine through it all." (Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski, Social Innovations that Spread from the Margins to the Mainstream)
Participants Share Some Discoveries
"I loved the sequence of the content of the course and the discussion forum. After each module I found I was raising questions that the following modules had already been set up to answer. One of the thing that will stick with me is about being inclusive even when I am stuck. When I am faced with a crisis, argument, commotion or distraction from implementing a plan. Instead of asking, what should I do, I will ask, What CAN WE DO!!! (Temo Sasau, Advocate, Fiji Islands, South Pacific).
"I loved the template of Building Bridges that was shared, especially for planning and facilitating workshops. This is like gold: a structure I was looking for" (Katie Sayers, Teacher and Facilitator, BC, Canada).
"Imagine the world where all people feel they have a role in leadership; leading, learning, and living in a whole new way! I am grateful for the helpful tools this course has given me.” (Lynn Smith, Farmer, Program Leader, Musician, BC, Canada).
"I have learned the Importance of compassionate listening and slowing down to the pace of wisdom. Responding to others' comments in a more appreciative and respectful way, without bias enhances healthy conversation." (Tosin Taiwo, Founder, Street2School Initiative, Nigeria).
“By learning to think of all differences as gifts instead of problems, I have become grateful and happy. It is much easier so relax about differences if the anger is taken out of the equation.” (Terri Beaton, Volunteer, BC, Canada)
"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).
“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)
“This is a journey towards creating resilient, sustainable and thriving communities by participating, volunteering, mentoring, and facilitating service in community....When we get past our own prejudices, bias and judgments, then, we are able to truly know each other and what wants to happen will emerge." (CM Justice, Vancouver Island, Canada).
“Networking and reaching out to others are at the heart of creating inclusion in our communities. I feel warmly embraced by a community of leaders dedicated to creating an inclusive world.” (Susan Norris, Bookkeeper, BC, Canada)
“I reached my goals of having the skills to build stronger connections and stronger communities. This course gave me maturity to resolve situations by ensuring everyone feels listened to and that everyone’s n.” (Emily, New Mom, Alberta, Canada)
"Thank all of you so much for this great trip, I'm so grateful for your support , your magical words, your seeds which grew into me with self confidence , hope and love! Feeling proud of my certificate!" (Shayma Awedi, Surgical Nursing Student, Tunisia).
We look forward to embarking on this voyage of discovery with you!
How to Enroll
Are you ready to Join Dr. Linda Hill and a team of skilled and experienced Inclusive Leaders on this guided quest to your Personal Action Plan for living, learning and leading in your diverse community?
Here is how to enroll:
The Inclusive Leadership Co-operative runs on the spirit-of-generosity with people paying what we can each comfortably afford. Read through the pricing choices below and decide what is comfortable and generous for you to contribute.
- Is the fee of $70 CAD (aprox $50 USD) is affordable for you?
- Can you afford to "pay it forward" by paying $140 CAD (aprox $100 USD) to pay for yourself and another person who faces financial barriers?
- Do you require a half sponsorship of $35 CAD (aprox $25 USD)?
- If you require a full sponsorship, please email email@example.com
Are you an educator who wants to guide your students or another group on this quest to Discover Their Inclusive Leadership Potential? If so please consider participating in the online quest first and then we can share our ideas for ways it couldwork for you to facilitate this course with a group.