Intercultural Leadership for Generational Impact

Session 3


Session length : 36 minutes 8 seconds

The Participation Mindset

In this session, you will learn how to enter into a multicultural community in a way that engages the people and listens to them, and how to understand what they see and what they desire. You will learn why people must be agents of their own better future, and why they must be contributors and have equity in reaching that future.

Learning Objectives

Learn to help people living in a hard place grow and thrive.
Help people see what they have.
Know when to get out of the way and let others do the work.

Key Takeaways

  • Change begins with desire.
  • Approach a community with humility and affirm peoples’ inherent dignity.
  • Look for initiative within the community – they have to want it.
  • Get the right stakeholders and honor local knowledge.
  • Insist on local contribution.
  • Be authentic and courageous in releasing control.
  • Do not be donor driven.
  • Remember the goal of empowerment.
  • Participatory development
  • Initiative
  • Stakeholders
  • Dignity
  • Matthew 8, 9, 20
  • Matthew 14:13-21
  • Luke 17
  • John 5:2-6
  • Exodus 4:2
  • John 6:9
  • Psalm 139
  • Why must people be agents of their own growth?
  • Why should your agenda not be donor driven?
  • Why is participation so vital to bringing about positive change?
  • “Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change,” by David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney
  • “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor … and Yourself," by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert


Dr. Jacob Kitonsa is Vice President of Global Program at the Christian nonprofit One Child, a global community of Child Champions that advocates for and provides holistic care to more than 40,000 children in 16 of the world’s poorest countries. Dr. Kitonsa is a servant leader with extensive global experience in holistic child and youth development, leadership development, transformational development, adult learning, creative facilitation, program design and international nonprofit social enterprise development. He is also a professor at Colorado Christian University and Uganda Christian University. Dr. Kitonsa has worked and traveled to over 35 developing nations. Over the years, he has demonstrated ability to obtain outstanding results through dynamic experiential capacity building for multicultural church and secular senior-level leaders. He is highly skilled in executive leadership, mentoring, and coaching with a proven ability to transfer strength-based management knowledge and skills to increase engagement and drive organizational outcomes. Dr. Kitonsa has more than 25 years of global corporate cross-cultural leadership experience with outstanding analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills. He is known internationally as “Uncle Jacob,” a friend of the poor, a champion for children in poverty, a team player, and a distinguished, godly servant leader. “Uncle Jacob” was born and raised in Uganda. He is married to Sarah, and together they have four wonderful teenage and young adult children.

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