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9. When religions meet. Interview of Fatih Yegul, Executive Vice President of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute of the Greater Toronto Area (IDI GTA)

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After the Charlie Hebdo events, the question of comprehension 
and communication between people from different religions and/or atheists appears more important than ever. Are certain religions dangerous? How can we really trust people with beliefs that seem completely different than ours?

The questions are numerous and the debates endless.

I wanted to understand more what religions have in common. This is with this idea in my mind that I participated to an Interfaith Dinner, organized by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, whose topic was “How we talk to God”.

At this occasion I could listen to representatives of five of the main religions in the World (Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism) explaining, the ones after the others, how they pray. Click here to access the photos and videos of the Dinner. 

A few weeks later, I went back to the institute to interview its Executive Vice President, Fatih Yegul. I  learned about his personal story, the IDI, and his vision of the similarities and differences between the religions.

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7. How to become an expert in Diversity and Inclusion when starting at 35 years old? The example of Cathy Gallagher-Louisy, Director of the CIDI

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One hour.

In this short period of time, I could learn a lot about Diversity and Inclusion in Canada. But I wasn’t expecting less from this interview with the Director of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI)…

 

Renown for her report report “What Gets Measured Gets Done: Measuring the Return on Investment of Diversity and Inclusion, this Diversity and Inclusion professional cumulates over twenty years of experience in human resources and project management roles within corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.

Cathy and I met in a cosy tea room located downtown, right at the corner of Yonge and College, five minutes away from the CIDI’s premises.

Easy going and spontaneous, Cathy tells me about her unusual personal story…

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4. Emmanuel Lopez: Movies about Diversity and Inclusion – Part 2

Emmanuel, would you say that movies help people enlarge their consciousness? That they help them becoming more accepting, caring of the other one?

 

Yes, for example on a new social media project on Facebook and Pinterest, I have collected dozens of stories from people around the world of how specific movies inspired them in their life or career. See Inspiring Film recommendations from Movie Lovers Around the World, click here.

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In the workplace, movie examples are also used for showing successful, effective teamwork. I heard that a previous CEO of Telus made sure his employees watched the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for building stronger teams and leadership.

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3. Meet Motivational Speaker, Emmanuel Lopez, alias “Motivatorman” – Part 1

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The first time I met Emmanuel was during a conference organized by CAMP (the networking organization of internationally-trained professionals in the Communications, Advertising, Marketing and Sales sectors). He was the guest of the day, invited to speak about how movies can make our lives better. He calls himself “Motivatorman”, an “award-winning Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker and Movie blogger”. I invite you to visit his website: http://www.motivatorman.com.

Very easy-going, Emmanuel shows a certain freshness, lightness and sympathy along with a strong optimism. All these traits convinced me to learn more about him. I find his blog is an admirable tool that open doors in all people’s minds, regardless of their genders or nationalities, and helps them see their lives from another angle.

Last week, we met in a coffee place in mid-town Toronto.

While wearing his rollerblades, Emmanuel showed right on time. He was just getting better from a bad cold. Read More…