Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to meet 80+ intelligent and successful people from 18 different nationalities? Rarely do you get the opportunity to interact with such a diverse group of people and not just any people, but accomplished or budding leaders from communities around the world with ideas that astound you when you hear them. I consider myself very lucky that I have had this chance twice, so far.
The Mosaic International Leadership Programme (ILP) is such a wonderful platform that gathers young leaders from all across the muslim world and beyond with an aim to help these innovators and leaders achieve even more. I am very impressed personally by this idea and wish that it could be expanded even further, which I’m very hopeful it will.
During the 2013 ILP, which I attended as a delegate from Pakistan, it changed how I saw things, how I saw myself. Anyone who has a look at ILP’s lineup during previous summits is bound to get star struck seeing so many bright minds coming together to share their stories. Baroness Warsi, Deema Bibi, John May, and Aaqil Ahmed are just a few examples.
Here I should not forget Pearn Kondola, a highly interactive and eye opening leadership psychology training that brings out the leader in you and makes you understand the science behind leading people.
The programme in my opinion has a potential to create enormous impact, and surely enough, Mosaic has been turning some heads. I was delighted to hear recently that donor agencies are noticing Mosaic’s incredible work and are willing to lend a helping hand to expand. This surely is good news for youth who are increasingly eager to apply for the programme which is evident from ever increasing numbers of applications each year.
Coming back to the summit itself, I think apart from training and workshops, it’s the chance of networking and getting to know emerging leaders from across the globe that is the highlight of the two week summit. I’ve seen international partnerships between Mosaic Alumni. One such example is Jaago Foundation, a wonderful and inspiring story of grassroots level impact which started really small. I encourage you to have a look at Jaago’s work.
The summit includes a variety of activities, which include workshops, project visits and team building exercises. The most interesting feature of ILP is that it doesn’t end after two weeks of trainings and workshops; all delegates are asked to develop a one-year action plan. This action plan makes sure the young leaders put in practice what they learn during the summit. All the activities in the summit revolve around developing the action plan for the next 12 months.
Over the years, Mosaic has witnessed countless action plans being implemented which change lives in communities every single day.
In the next article I’ll look in detail at the Mosaic ILP 2015 in which I was fortunate enough to be selected a group leader.