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Does anyone have the list of skills that was used at the summer institute
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Becki Pauls Sep 28, 2012.


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Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
Ron Irvine is a partner in a newly expanding intiative in Hastings, Michigan called the Sandhill Project (; "community supported farming with a community building vision". He is also a consultant working with adults with disabilities in a variety of capacities using 34 years of experience and deep learning in that field. Much of that deep learning has become transformational in all aspects of his life. He continues to write about this learning journey, a journey of the heart, in his blog, Living with Open Hands ( For more, check out his online Life Work Portfolio (
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Building community through expanding and organizing support networks for people that are marginalized. I'd like to expand our use of MAPS & PATH and try group person centered planning.
How did you hear about this community?
This network was created while I was at the Toronto Summer Institute 2009.

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The Importance of Leadership Development in Shifting to a Culture of Gentleness

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“Sustainable Culture Shift and Organization Change begin with personal growth and transformation” by Alan Sloan. This is the name of the 11 hour module that I attended at the 2012 Toronto Summer Institute on Inclusion with prominent world thinkers and…


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“God comes to us in the midst of human need, and the most pressing needs of our time demand community in response. How can I participate in a fairer distribution of resources unless I live in a community, which makes it possible to consume less? How can I learn accountability unless I live in a community where my acts and their consequences are visible to all? How can I learn to share power unless I live in a community where hierarchy is unnatural? How can I take the risks which right action…


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In my work with people with disabilities over the past 34 years, it took me about 30 years to realize the extent to which the dominant society has silenced the voices of the dominated, i.e. the oppressed.

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Presuming competence …

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the unseen forces of inequality

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What determines who is normal and who is not?

How do we as a society determine that this person or that person deviates from “the norm”?

And how does this inevitable “deviation” from the norm end up having value assigned to it by society?

For example, if a person is highly coordinated and can run fast, this is a deviation from the norm. And if this person is able to use…


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At 3:40pm on April 2, 2012, Alan Sloan said…

Yes, it sounds very much like the same thing to me. Thanks, Ron.

At 2:52pm on April 2, 2012, Alan Sloan said…

Great quotes, Ron. In the mindfulness tradition, we begin by slowing down and letting go of the speed and momentum of our discursive thoughts. Once we have cultivated an appreciation for stillness, there's plenty of room for movement, dance, and other creative expressions to take place. We can appreciate movement because we appreciate stillness. There is contrast. It's like a calligraphic stroke of black ink on beautiful rice paper. The stroke can be expressive because of the stillness of the paper. Movement and stillness are the two qualities at play in every situation. Movement expresses stillness, stillness expresses movement. Best wishes, Alan

At 2:23pm on April 2, 2012, Alan Sloan said…

Hi Ron - I just read Out of the Silence. Your writing is very inspired and clear. Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that you found the daily mindfulness practice helpful at the Summer Institute and our conversation meaningful. I look forward to our next conversation in Toronto.  Best wishes, Alan Sloan

At 1:58pm on April 2, 2012, Alan Sloan said…

Hi Ron - it's great to hear from you. How have you been? I hope to see you this summer at TSI. Best wishes, Alan

At 12:26am on November 18, 2011, Becki Pauls said…

Thanks for sharing your ideas and your writing here on the Network! 

At 5:36pm on November 4, 2011, Jacqueline Morris said…
Thank You, maybe someday you will. I hope to get the opportunity to share it with people everywhere.
At 7:16pm on March 25, 2010, Becki Pauls said…
Amazing post on GIFTEDNESS! Thanks Ron. I knew that you would have great things to add in a discussion like this. Love that you linked back to your blog. - bp
At 6:03pm on September 24, 2009, Becki Pauls said…
Yeah! I am going to be in Toronto! See you there! Becki
At 4:43pm on September 24, 2009, Becki Pauls said…
How are you doing, Ron? Haven't heard from you around here in a while? How are things at Hope Network? Any thing new and exciting? .... I would love to hear more!
At 12:31am on September 15, 2009, Viviane Widdifield said…
I am curious about your learnings regarding the gal you met and L'arche.

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