ILA Newsletter: INTERFACE
The name evokes those spaces and boundaries where our work reaches out and touches another’s — where theory and practice meet, shake hands, and learn from one another. It honors the fact that the ILA’s membership includes people located in many, and often multiple, independent systems who all Interface in the ILA around their commitment to advance leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. Interface shares articles highlighting association news and work being done by other ILA members.
In addition to author interviews, reports from the field, and member spotlights, the newsletter regularly features the following columns, edited by members:
- Exploring Leadership (video blog);
- PAUSE for Pedagogy (article and video interview);
- Grassroots Leadership & the Arts for Social Change (article & radio show); and
- Global & Culturally Diverse Leadership in the 21st, Century (article).
View a Selection of Recent Articles
Gamenamic Leadership: How Game Design Can Level-Up Leadership Pedagogy
Using phenomenological framework of leadership that applies development and creativity through gaming, games can serve as concrete play experiences that enable learning and development for players and researchers alike.
Carry It On: A Studio Session With Singer-Songwriter Reggie Harris
Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change Corner editor, Susie Erenrich, invited Reggie Harris on to her radio show to discuss his role teaching people, through stories and song, about the legacy of race and racism in the United States.
Women, Power & Leadership
Political philosopher and former President of Wellesley College and Duke University, Nannerl O. Keohane, takes a deep look into the formidable obstacles women still face when seeking leadership roles including the unfounded belief that few women want to hold significant leadership positions.
On a Mission to Make the World a Better Place
Youth leader Kehkashan Basu (Founder & President of Green Hope Foundation) has a mission to make the world a better place.
The Song I Didn’t Play
John Flynn, an American singer-songwriter and grassroots leader, writes a moving first-person narrative of his work with New Beginnings – Next Step, a nonprofit that helps incarcerated and returning citizens to successfully transition from prison to freedom in the U.S.
In Memory of Jean Lau Chin: A Champion for Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Social Justice
On 13 May 2020, the ILA lost a great warrior for leadership, equity, and diversity to COVID-19. Jean Lau Chin was the co-editor of ILA’s 2017 book Global and Culturally Diverse Leaders and Leadership: New Dimensions and Challenges for Business, Education and Society as well as the co-editor of a regular column on Global & Culturally Diverse Leadership for this newsletter.
Susan Madsen: Creator of a Global Community of Women Leaders
Susan Madsen, the founder of ILA’s Women and Leadership member community (formerly the Women and Leadership Affinity Group – WLAG), is a model for all people of how to build and sustain a community of women leaders around the world.
Mentoring Students in High-Stakes Roles
In this PAUSE for Pedagogy article, Lauren Edelman and Michael Gleason discuss the Leadership Challenge Event™, a unique student-led leadership simulation and competition that has provided participating high school and college students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.
Louder Than a Bomb: Poetry Slams and Community Activism Create a Powerful Brew
In “Louder Than a Bomb: Poetry Slams and Community Activism Create a Powerful Brew,” Kristin Lems discusses the roots of Chicago’s youth poetry slam, Chance the Rapper (a recent graduate of the Young Chicago writing workshops), and her experience as a judge at LTAB.
An Indigenous American Vision of Leadership
Using a common American metaphor, Art Blume suggests that not only do many of today’s leaders have difficulty seeing the forest for the trees, many leaders have difficulty seeing how the trees and the forest are connected to the rest of the natural world through the air, the soil, and the water.
Leadership and Podcasting in Pedagogy
Lauren Bullock (co-host with Dan Jenkins of The Leadership Educator podcast) discusses her assignment she used in an undergraduate leadership course which asked students to create their own podcast episodes.
Developing the Student Leadership Competencies: A Never-Ending Journey
Go behind the scenes of Corey Seemiller’s journey to create the Student Leadership Competencies database and the abundance of rich materials that came out of that project including: The Student Leadership Competencies Inventory, assessment tools, models, curriculum, an app with digital badges, and the Trailblazer and Voyager student activity card decks.