Tools for building an inclusive culture

Target group

This workshop is designed for facilitators, consultants, HR professionals, and coaches who are passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).




Diversity Icebreaker and Inclusive Competencies Inventory applied in DEIB context


Joanne Barnes (USA) and Bjørn Z. Ekelund (Norway) have the last 3 years been connected through International Leadership Association. They have arranged the Virtual Summits on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and edited the book "Inclusive Leadership: Equity and Belonging in Our Communities (Building Leadership Bridges)". They have decided to combine their different conceptual work rooted in two different cultural contexts to promote individual and organizational contexts managing the DEIB challenges.


Diversity Icebreaker® (DI) is a renowned concept that traditionally has been applied in business contexts to promote better communication and problem-solving. These styles are expressed through Red, Blue, and Green communicative perspectives, fostering a systemic metaphor for collective intelligence. This workshop not only introduces you to the DI concept but also its latest development, the Premium extended feedback. This addition transforms the DI into a traditional psychological test with scientific-based feedback, perfect for individual coaching and personal development.


How can such a concept be applied in DEIB contexts where questions of social justice is the starting point? What are the limits and what are the opportunities.


Moreover, we delve into the broader challenges of DEIB with the newly developed Inclusive Competencies Inventory (ICI) by Kozai Group. The ICI assessment, combines personal assessment with a developmental plan grounded in social cognitive psychology, acknowledging the nuances of power in personal and social spheres.

Free download (until March 7) of chapter 3 in the book " Inclusive Leadership: Equity and Belonging in Our Communities".In this chapter, the authors provide research results from three unique organizational sectors that have used the ICI tool and cultural humility training to further move toward an organizational culture that advocates belonging.


The ICI is developed to promote personal competence to navigate in contexts where discrimination and power dynamics are central.


What are the similarities and differences between DI and ICI? How can ICI add value in a Norwegian DEIB context?


This seminar will combine introductions and group work. Participants will be organized in creative group processes to address personal development challenges in the DEIB area. Participants will get access to both DI and ICI assessments during or after the seminar.



Key takeaways from this workshop include:

- Introduction to the DI Premium extended feedback for deeper individual learning.
- Exploration of personal challenges in DEIB-area.
- Application of the ICI in personal development.




Workshop facilitators


Bjørn Z. Ekelund, a psychologist with an MBA and developer of Diversity Icebreaker® (DI), is one of Norway’s leading consultants in teamwork, communication, and leadership across cultural differences. With over 30 years of experience, he’s worked in over 20 countries and contributed to top educational institutions. His 2019 book and recent editor roles focus on DI’s role in fostering inclusive language and trust.




Dr. Joanne Barnes, Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, specializes in Organizational Leadership and serves as a senior consultant at Kozai Group for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). A certified coach and active in several boards, she consults on inclusivity, teaches advanced leadership courses, and pursues further certifications. She’s a lead editor, author, and holds leadership roles in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.




May 30th 2024 at  12:00 – 16:00 PM CET



Lilleakerveien 8, 0283 Oslo, Norway. 



It is free to participate.



Send an email to: seminar@human-factors.no