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The Power of Inclusion

"For 2007, let's talk about inclusion.

Let's open doors and minds. Let's throw a spotlight on the richness that people who are different bring to mainstream society. Let's talk about assets instead of liabilities."

Helen Henderson, Columnist, Toronto Star

"Boldness and innovation are more likely to come when everyone is included in the discussion rather than when only one side is involved."

Editorial, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"You cannot have an inclusive society unless everyone has access. You cannot exclude people of color from commerce and expect them to be full participants in our economy."

Julianne Malveaux, President, CEO, Last Word Productions, Washington, D.C.

"Sound public policymaking needs to include the public. Good government operates in the light of day."

Judy Robson, State Senate Majority Leader, Wisconsin

"What we need is inclusive justice where the interests of the enormous array of animal and human beings will be considered..."

Michele Pickover, Author, Curator of the William Cullen Library, University of the Witwatersrand

"To be equitable, economic growth has to be sustainable. To be sustainable, economic growth has in turn to be all-inclusive. All-inclusive is no longer the greatest good of the greatest number. It is actually Sarvodaya or the rise of all. This Mahatma Gandhi saw as essential to Satyagraha itself."

Sonia Gandhi, President of Congress, India

"American democracy works because it is inclusive....At its core, the inclusive nature of American democracy ensures respect for the individual and holds out hope that everyone can achieve the American dream."

Joseph T. Hansen, International President, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

"Inclusion is the key to reconciliation and peace."

Imam Sadik Al-Mahdi, Former Premier, Sudan

"Our premise is that inclusion leads to growth. So for those who are locked out, they lose development, and those who are in power lose market and growth."

Jesse Jackson

"To build a harmonious world, countries around the globe should follow the spirit of inclusiveness. Diversity of civilizations is a basic feature of humanity and an important driving force behind human progress."

Win-win Foreign Policy, China Daily

"It is important that we expose our students to a variety of ethnic backgrounds so we can eliminate cultural biases and promote inclusion of all."

Robert Graham, Principal, McHarg School, Virginia

"Communities and businesses that provide greater accessibility for people with disabilities are going to find themselves better equipped to succeed in the future. Accessibility supports greater diversity, and ultimately, more vibrant and inclusive communities."

Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services, Ontario

"Financial literacy is the key to financial inclusion."

Neville Richardson, Britannia

“Chronic child malnutrition is unacceptable on ethical and humanitarian grounds, but also for social, economic and political reasons. Food, nutrition and health are basic human rights, without which there is little likelihood of total inclusion in society.

Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank

"To create a truly inclusive society, all forms of information technology need to be more accessible."

Dr. Bonnie Jones, U.S. Department of Education

"e-Inclusion is fundamentally about people being equipped with the access and skills needed to use technologies like the Internet as well as other emerging technologies."

Tom Kitt, T.D, Minister of State with responsibility for the Information Society, Ireland

"Biblical interpretations that make outcasts of God's gay and transgender children conflict with the spirit of inclusion exemplified by Christ."

Jarrett Lucas, co-director of the Equality Ride, Soulforce

"Inclusiveness in any democratic political system is a strength, not a weakness."

Parvez Ahmed, Board Chairman, Council on American-Islamic Relations

"I believe that the 21st century will be marked by changes that we will have to undertake, and also for the improvement of the things that we did right in the 20th century. We don't have anymore the Cold War amongst us. We don't experience anymore the bipolarity that affected our lives during half a century. And so now we should try to do in the 21st century, make it the century of inclusion of those that are disenfranchised in the 20th century. And I am talking about the less developed countries in Latin America, of South America, of Africa and of Asia."

President George Bush, USA

"Let's embrace acceptance, tolerance, inclusion, and understanding! Let's enjoy all of the fabulous foods and music and clothes and everything that separates us but can bring us closer together if we only accept and enjoy! The time has come, let us show our children a new nation, a new world even, where we embrace diversity and in doing so, embrace our world!"


“Society has changed. We’ve become a society of acceptance and inclusion, and we’ve all been enriched because of that."

Carl Erskine

"To close the digital divide means digital inclusion."

Gina M. Scott

"The Constitution, the framework for our government, has made it possible over the past 220 years for the United States to make the circle of equality in America greater and ever greater, ever and ever more inclusive."

Mrs. Lynne Cheney

“We want to grow to be inclusive and be inclusive to grow."

President Michelle Bachelet, Chile

"The fight for inclusion is generally regarded as the most important and proudest cause for people with disabilities."

Matthew Zellmer

“Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson

"If we want to achieve social inclusion for disabled people, they should be in diverse and inclusive workplaces, not placed in isolation with other disabled people."

Norman Dunning, Chief Executive, Enable Scotland

"Financial inclusion is the sine qua non of broadbased, equitable and inclusive growth."

MBN Rao, Chairman, Managing Director, Canara Bank

“You have to make (history) inclusive for everybody because everybody’s history is important and every person is important.”

George Dalton, Mr. History

"I think the divide (between rich and poor) can be worse than we already have if we don't include all people and nations in the digital wave."

Gilberto Gil, Brazil

"A diverse society which is not inclusive will heighten differences rather than lower them."

Allan Leighton

"Inclusiveness has revolutionized sports for millions of fans, and it can do so for politics. With the security and prosperity of the nation at stake, we can't afford to limit our options. Can you imagine, in this era, a presidential Cabinet composed entirely of white males? Would you want to?

Yet you still see people sneer at diversity initiatives as though they benefit only women, minority group members and others who traditionally were underrepresented. In fact, such efforts benefit the quality of government by enlarging the pool of resources.

In politics as in baseball, expanding individual opportunity also expands social capacity and competence, which is good for everyone."

Editorial, SpokemansReview.com

“It is important to differentiate inequalities in opportunities from inequalities in outcomes. The former are mostly related to differences in individual circumstances as opposed to efforts, and reflect social exclusion arising from institutional weaknesses or market failures. Equality in opportunities, which emphasizes eliminating circumstances-related inequalities so as to reduce inequalities in outcomes, is at the heart of an inclusive growth strategy.“

Ifzal Ali, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

“On one hand, a harmonious society will have to be based on high and sustainable economic growth. Only through growth can productive employment and other development opportunities be created. On the other hand, a harmonious society requires investing in basic social services and physical infrastructure and ensuring the equal access to them, in order for all society members to benefit from growth. This is what an inclusive growth strategy is about.”

Toru Shibuichi, Country Director of the Asian Development Bank's Resident Mission in China

"In a world where difference has led to alienation and even bloody conflict, the Church is God's agent to demonstrate that unity in diversity is in fact the law of life. We are most like God when we are welcoming and when we are as inclusive as possible, when we have broken down all middle walls of partition."

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

"Secrecy and bossism are bad; transparency and inclusion are good."

Thomas Brennan and Carrie Remis

"Inclusive design enables, invites and supports the participation of individuals and groups representing the full range of human diversity with respect to culture, language, gender, age, class, ability and other forms of human difference. It questions and stretches our restrictive conceptions of the user, the worker, the learner, the educator, the professional.

Inclusive design has contributed to such innovations as the typewriter, the telephone, email, the PDA, speech synthesis and recognition. All these innovations were motivated by a need to address the needs of people with disabilities.

While exclusion leads to a vicious cycle of disenfranchisement, lack of self-esteem, under-education, unemployment, poverty and social instability, inclusion leads to a virtuous cycle of new ideas, flexibility and adaptability. Inclusive design makes room for contributions from people who live a different and more challenging experience and must hone incredible resourcefulness as a daily necessity."

Jutta Treviranus, Director and Founder, Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

"In this age of openness and inclusion, there is no room for the old instruments of coercion and exclusion. Instead, the new instruments of compromise and consensus are necessary to reach humanity’s enduring goals of peace and prosperity."

Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian

"Inclusion creates a relationship and cultural context where peace can flourish."
Judith Snow, Founder, International Association for Inclusive Citizenship

"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."

Sharada Sharma

"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."

Esther Williams

"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."


"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.'"

Kaye Nelson

"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."

Gerard Etienne

“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 their change.”

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 diversity."

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.

By 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 opportunities."

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."

Shantanu Dutta

"No nation can aspire to greatness when large sections of its population are excluded from the benefits of national achievement and progress."

Cochin Declaration

"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."

Jonathan Winslow

"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, Allentown, Pennsylvania

"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."

Walter Ruehlig

"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

"A country with a policy of inclusiveness must develop dialogue on the basis of equality, and must welcome differences and make the most of them for truly sustainable development."

Jorge Arboccó, Peace and Hope Association

"Inclusive globalisation is also a matter of self-interest. Poverty breeds instability, disease and devastation of common resources and the environment."

Robert Zoellick, World Bank

"Important decisions need to be as inclusive as possible. When decisions are not inclusive, they don't stick."

R.B. "Buck" O'Rielly, CEO, O'Rielly Motor Company

"Design for the young and you exclude the old. Design for the old and you include everyone."

Bernard Isaacs, Professor

"We all agree that ‘democracy’ by its very nature is an ‘inclusive’ philosophy. It requires high social inclusiveness — specifically, very low levels of social and economic exclusion — to sustain it."

Gopal Srinivasan, Director, TVS Electronics

“The circle of respect and kindness should include all living beings."

Jagdeesh Singh, Sikh Community Action Network

“Only by being inclusive, which calls for respect for different cultures and mutual learning, can we enrich and strengthen ourselves."

Premier Wen Jiabao, China

"Only an open and inclusive nation can become strong and prosperous, while a nation that shuts its door to the world is bound to fall behind."

Premier Wen Jiabao, China

"Inclusion and pluralism are the real foundations of power in a democracy that can sustain peace, feed the hungry, heal the sick and compete in the world."

Silvestre Afable, Jr.

"Try to reach out to the marginalized community because the best safeguard against insurgencies and the like is inclusion, the politics of inclusion."

Samuel Assefa, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the United States

"We must urgently find ways to ensure that even the poorest see tangible benefits from globalization, and that truly all countries are included in this momentum.”

Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakdi, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

"Inclusive education means all students in a school, regardless of their strengths, weaknesses, or disabilities, are part of the general school community. They have a feeling of belonging among other students, teachers, and support staff."


"Cities are not dying. The spirits of the people who inhabit them just need resuscitation. We can end despair and regenerate hope through a sincere dedication to inclusion. Many people fear cities because of the anger and alienation of their most deprived citizens. These citizens are angry and alienated because no one in power seems to listen to and act on their concerns.

What better way to restore the faith of our least empowered citizens than to give them a genuine say in the future development of their communities?"

William A. Johnson Jr., Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology

"Inclusive growth goes beyond the way it has been presented. It's not only a question of poverty alleviation. It's a growth process that people feel is affecting everyone."

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, India

“Inclusion works to the advantage of everyone.

We all have things to learn and we all have something to teach."

Helen Henderson, Columnist

"A key need in any country...is to get top line economic growth, with inclusion, bringing benefits to all the people."

Henry Paulson, U.S. Treasury Secretary

"Development without inclusion is a big challenge."

Jermyn Shannon-El, Blacksonville.com

"An environment that encourages inclusion and open debate is vital to the success of any democratic reform process."

Sean McCormack, U.S. State Department

"An inclusive society is an investment in the future as it makes it possible to meet the challenges of demography."

Evangelia Tzampazi, European Parliament

"Nationalism must be inclusive, bringing together the many groups that make up the nation and not exclusive, advancing the cause of the few that can argue they have a greater claim to it, and creating second-class citizens of the rest."

Editorial, The Standard