Inspire Women are Changemakers; we are passionate, devoted women who see the world in a different way. We are equal; we are Social Leaders who were brave enough to un-follow, abandoning pushing, striving and controlling. Inspire is a new way, a feminine way, not one that is absent from men but one that seeks out men who want to help empower women and see them rise. We all value the importance of nurturing ourselves, spending time on our own growth and development in order that we can facilitate the same with others. We operate the Centre in a way that allows us to engage with women and also keep time to spend on ourselves, nurturing and growing our Associates. This creates an opportunity to create a deeper conscious connection with ourselves and each other that is about women and not our labels.
We create an inspiring space where women can be authentic, learn self management skills, understand and develop resilience, build meaningful relationships, and where she can gain strength and encouragement to regain control of her life. At the heart of this is the implicit goal for the woman to set her own course, to become independent and self reliant, taking back full control of her own life and regaining her place in the community and society. Women have to see that their engagement enables them to be more effective. One way we achieve this is through the sharing of personal stories and the co created stories of Associates. This informs and shapes the organisation in a collaborative way. This allows women to see that their ideas can shape what is being delivered; that their wisdom and voice matters. Our Associate model creates a space that enables women who may have previously been prevented from engagement to become Changemakers, Social leaders who discover their passion and purpose. They develop community projects, become Champions working towards making system changes that are inclusive and non- hierarchical, regaining their voice.
We love the thinking of Julian Stodd in terms of thinking differently about hierarchy- “there is often a view that hierarchical power is necessary in certain situations when things need to be decided fast or where clear allocation of risk and responsibility is needed but this is outdated” in a changing landscape of co-operative values and resilient communities. Our sense of community does not divest us of individual responsibility. Our approach isn’t seeking to abandon formal hierarchies but does require agencies to recognise that hierarchical power can be matched by socially derived forms based around reputation, values and culture.
Reflections on Inspire Leaders-Changemakers
“She has returned transformed from her journey, she is changed, awakened, authentic. She has discovered her sense of belonging to both herself and her community. She inspires others with her stories and her gifts. She co-creates empowered, inspired spaces from where she discovers, connects and celebrates the unheard voices of women, who have waited too long to be rescued. Together they reclaim their identities, strength and wisdom, and in time their power and voices. In this empowered space women flourish and thrive at their own pace- cooperation replaces competition, emotion and intuition replaces processes and goals. Each woman has something unique to offer, the ability to re-think who she is, learning, transforming and growing. She is the change she has been waiting for, she has no desire to conform, to fit into a defined system where her creativity and innovation is stifled, instead she chooses to be courageous, to become a Changemaker, to become an Inspired Woman.”
Sally Bonnie 2016