Inspiring next-generation leaders to tackle global challenges

At MOSAIC International’s 2010 Summit, young people from all over the world came together to learn how to make the most of their leadership potential to bring about real change in their communities. Pearn Kandola contributed to the design of the programme and ran personal development workshops, helping the charity to shape an event that was both practical and inspirational.

MOSAIC was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007 to offer a helping hand to Muslim communities. Through a variety of initiatives at home and overseas, the organisation works to raise the aspirations of young people and to support them in realising their ambitions. The charity’s wider aim is to create a more integrated society and foster greater understanding between people from diverse backgrounds.

At an international level, MOSAIC reaches seventeen countries via a development programme for emerging leaders. Participants, all aged between 25 and 35 years, work in many different fields. Their expertise can range from digital art and media to neuroscience and engineering. In common, they show real aptitude as leaders and are committed to addressing challenges in their societies. The development programme starts with MOSAIC’s International Summit, which aims to put these issues into a global context and develop the skills needed to tackle them.

More than eighty young people took part in the 2010 Summit, which was held in Britain. Before visiting community projects around the country, they attended a week-long conference at Clare College, University of Cambridge, which offered insight from leaders and opportunities to learn from peers.

Here, development activities reinforced the importance of personal leadership in bringing about change. The workshop sessions run by our psychologists provided delegates with an understanding of the journey leaders go on; structured approaches for developing their own skills and coaching others; and guidance on preparing a personal action plan. So that they could continue to work on their development back in their home countries we also supplied learning tools.

Pearn Kandola’s Senior Partner, Binna Kandola, found being involved tremendously rewarding and is now helping to plan the next event: “Being among such a multi-national group of people, all buzzing with energy and ideas, was a fantastically valuable exercise. Everyone was highly motivated, eager to learn and asked some really challenging questions about leadership.

“At the end of the conference when delegates gave individual presentations, it was gratifying to hear how much they appreciated our work. They clearly felt that our workshops had given them some very useful techniques for improving their leadership skills and making their community work more effective.”

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