"Inclusive democracy means the inclusion of all sections and sectors of the society in the political,
social, economic and developmental affairs on an equitable and proportional basis."
"As a nation, we need to continuously
challenge ourselves in areas of inclusion and acceptance."
Rep. Pam Gulleson, North Dakota Assembly
"Part of the problem is that health
care is one of the few places in our society where we haven't made the commitment to include everybody.
We don't have a fire system where the fire trucks don't go to certain houses on the block. We have
a public education system where we say we're going to include all children. Yet the United States has never made the commitment
to include everybody in health care."
Anthony Wright, Director of Health Access, Sacramento, California
"Education is clearly at the heart
of driving changes towards a just and inclusive society at local, national and international levels."
Martin Davidson, Director general designate of the British Council
"There is a need for people to
be more open and inclusive towards each other. Only in this way can we better understand and appreciate each other, including
each other's language and culture."
Cai Shangyao, Writer, Guangdong Province, China
"A genuinely inclusive society
requires the recognition and acceptance of disability as a reality and provides the necessary support structures that would
enable all people to be fully integrated into society."
"A community's vitality is
derived from the inclusion of different views, philosophies and experiences which generates creative thinking, ideas and results."
Bob Jones, President and CEO, Old National Bancorp
"If we don't have inclusiveness
in our history, we can't possibly learn to live together."
Jack Cowan, President, TEXAS CONNECTION TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION ASSOCIATION
"Parents who tell their kids not
to play with the weird kid need to change that direction. Replace fear and hesitancy with inclusion and friendship. What if
a parent sat down with a child and said, 'you know honey, make sure you watch for any kids that need a friend, and then ask
them to join in - and keep asking them until they feel included and loved.'"
"The growing use of biofuel will
be an inestimable contribution to the generation of income, social inclusion and reduction of poverty in many poor countries
of the world."
President Luiz Lila da Silva, Brazil
"You don't ask everybody to conform
to the same system. You ask the system to include everybody."
“It seems to me it’s up
to the leader to set the goal, but then to include as broad a group of people as possible in the decision making about how
do we get from where we are to achieve that goal, and that kind of an inclusive decision-making process, I think, ensures
that change is actually lasting because those who are left behind after the leader departs have embraced it and it’s
Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, United States
"You want to use all the talents
of the country. That's why you've got to be inclusive and you've got to be collegiate and you've got to bring people in."
Chancellor Gordon Brown, UK
"Mankind must shun all extremes
and all forms of extremism. We must reject all ideologies of exclusion for nature's way has been to be inclusive. Nature had,
of course, willed the survival of the fittest, but human societies have come to accept the idea of live and let live. Our
conception of an inclusive society is based on this principle."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, India
“As a city councilman, I don’t
want my city to be considered tolerant. Tolerant is not good enough. We must all strive together to make our city, our state,
and our society inclusive. Living in an inclusive society is essential for everyone to have basic human dignity.”
Councilman Joe McNamara, Toledo, Ohio
"I think that inclusion breeds
Floyd Keith, Executive Director, Black Coaches Association
"We are not on the earth, observing
it; we are inside, being whirled around constantly. Life and energy flow through us and around us. Animals and plants are
not 'inanimate' or 'dumb,' but are part of a living whole filled with wisdom and spirit. We exist only as part of a living,
breathing whole that is much wiser than we are, that is inclusive of all.
thinking we are separate, we cut ourselves off from the wisdom and the pulse of the whole. Cut off from the whole, we human
beings are fools bent on our own destruction."
Rev. Nancy Conley, Spiritual Life Center, Hawaii
"It's important for us to remember
that when Jesus calls his followers to love our neighbor as ourselves, the 'neighbor' that he has in mind is inclusive of
the entire human family."
Bob Bushong, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, Florida
"A majoritarian democracy is no
democracy at all. It is only a participatory, representative and inclusive democracy that can take a pluralistic society further
and make it conflict-free."
Justice M N Venkatachaliah
"Full inclusiveness presents opportunities
to broaden the discussion about our next steps in building a democracy in which we, the people, become producers and not just
consumers of governance, and become servants of people and builders of community."
Scott Douglas, Executive Director, Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama
"When you have experience being
invisible, not heard, and passed over, you develop a burning passion for being inclusive because you know the costs of missed
Gaurdie Banister, Vice President for the Asia- Pacific region of Shell Ep International
"All are equal in the sight of
God. And, therefore, we must work to include everybody in this human experience. God reminds us in the Quran not to be caught
up with the skin tone or language, or nationality. We are reminded that we all have one origin and one end. We come from God
and to Him we shall return."
Iman Faraz Khan, Muslim Chaplain, Rutgers
"Digital inclusion is not only
achieved by giving people access to information - putting computers in schools or providing Internet access - but by empowering
people to use technology and information to shape their own futures."
Dr. Cheik Modibo Diarra, Microsoft Africa
"Interfaith talks are important,
there are some issues that include everyone. There are certain things that worry all people, such as their families education
and well being, and living in a safe environment.”
Amala Wrightson, Buddhist, New Zealand
"The inclusive approach has as
its paradigm that the disabled are part of us, our family, our society, our community and our hearts, plans; budgets are large
enough to include them."
"No nation can aspire to greatness
when large sections of its population are excluded from the benefits of national achievement and progress."
"Diversity without inclusion is
empty and, therefore, it’s not consequential.”
Pauline Higgins, Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Thompson & Knight LLP
“Human rights are an essential
element of any democratic and inclusive society.”
Helen Szoke, Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Victoria, Australia
“It is important that we include
all members of society in the development process. For development – indeed, for globalization – to be sustainable,
economic growth has to reach everyone. We cannot leave people behind.”
Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank President
"Governments in countries affected
by conflict tend to be weak and lacking in political inclusiveness, in spite of the trappings of democracy. Consequently,
they are more concerned with regime security than national security. The rule of law and efforts to promote investment and
economic growth are afterthoughts. Since security remains precarious, significant investment is often absent and speculation
is the main form of profit-seeking."
Alistair Harris, Specialist, Post-conflict Stabilisation Initiatives
"It's one thing to say you're inclusive,
but it's another thing to make certain that the language of our prayer books and the language of our literature that we publish
and that the programs we put together really truly reflect that inclusive philosophy."
Rabbi James Bennett, Shaare Emeth
"You have to include everyone in
your group and everyone has a voice. This is true whether with your kids, marriage, or work. You always have to make room
for everyone's contribution. And in the end, that makes the group better."
"Maintaining a diverse work
force that is clearly tied to a business strategy presents an opportunity to create an environment of inclusion. An inclusive
environment recognizes the value of all employees. The contributions of each are important to the success of all."
REGINALD F. WELLS, Social Security Administration
"History must be inclusive; it
must include the stories of all cultures. It needs to tell the African American experience, the Latino story, the lessons
of the Holocaust, and all cultures engaged in the struggle of human existence."
Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum and the Lehigh County Historical Society,
"Housing the poor is an urgent
and important need for building socially inclusive cities offering equity of life for all."
Siddharth Agarwal, Executive Director, Urban Health Resource Centre
"As the body fights infection with
antibiotics, so the community must fight the plague of intolerance with inclusion."
"A philosophy of conscientious
inclusion has to be a natural extension of a multiethnic society like New Jersey. Inclusion acknowledges racial, ethnic and
religious diversity, while respecting the value of contributions from those groups."
Lawrence Aaron, Columnist
"Multilateralism, mutually beneficial
cooperation and the spirit of inclusiveness should be upheld to realize common security, prosperity, and to build a world
where all civilizations coexist harmoniously and accommodate each other."
President Hu Jintao, China