Faraz Khan, CEO of Bridging Britain, an ethnic minority business platform that creates sustainable commercial, social and cultural bridges among ethnic Asian minorities and Britain through business, was selected by Mosaic to participate in the Common Purpose Meridian Programme in London.
Faraz, who was one of the first Mosaic Mentors in London and a supporter of the first Enterprise Challenge was nominated by Mosaic to follow the 6 months Common Purpose Meridian Programme. Mosaic decided to nominate Faraz for this exceptional learning opportunity for his tireless and indispensable efforts in supporting Mosaic and raising awareness for our cause over the years.
“Mosaic has been instrumental in developing my social conscience and has given me practical opportunities to share my experiences with different groups of people, from children and young offenders to budding entrepreneurs,” says Faraz. “Each experience brought about an evolutionary and visible change in each and every participant of practically every experience; this is the impact of Mosaic.”
The Meridian Programme deals with real-life leadership issues and insights and, uniquely, it is neither classroom nor lecture based. It will send their participants to prison, a hospital or production plants. The Meridian Programme goes beyond standard leadership models and focuses instead on the successes and failures of leaders from all sectors. Participants are taken out of their familiar environment to examine why, when and how they lead.
“My expectation from the Meridian course was nothing extraordinary,” Faraz says. “Little did I know that it would become one of the most amazing learning experiences of my life.”
With almost 60 participants from all walks of life and representing sectors ranging from Media, the social sector, the public sector, the private sector to entrepreneurs and musicians, the Meridian Programme offers over 50 events and a wide range of real-life scenarios to explore such as behind-the-scene leadership scenarios at King’s Cross development, the London Olympics management team, the BBC and the Russell Square Police Force Headquarters.
Faraz continues, “The programme and its modules about Learning Groups, Leadership Practices and Understanding Place and Change were extremely useful in discovering unique aspects of my individual abilities and gave me confidence in taking different routes that challenge conventional wisdom.”
“The programme further polished and developed my self-awareness and confidence to meet the challenges of leadership and made me learn to adapt to and thrive in challenging situations by becoming more open to working with different people, in new ways to solve complex problems” Faraz says. “The greatest impact of this course was that it brought together approximately 60 individuals from different backgrounds and careers to create a useful learning environment and a lasting bond of friendship.”
Mosaic operates as a set of initiatives championed by Muslims aimed at raising aspirations and providing opportunities. With Faraz participating in the Common Purpose Meridian Programme, Mosaic aims to further its work towards a more integrated and thriving society where all individuals, regardless of background, are supported in realizing their potential.
To learn more about the the Common Purpose Meridian Programme, please visit: http://www.commonpurpose.org.uk/courses/established-career/meridian