You mentioned faith. What about it?
We live in a plural world and more than half of it is religious. It is therefore difficult to ignore faith as a factor intrinsic to so many identities.
For a society to be truly and successfully plural, it is important to recognize faith as an integral part of it. Like money, faith is a driving force in our societies, and faith communities are a power to be harnessed if they can be brought together, not to challenge one another, but to collaborate.
Hence, your follow up programme: Faith in Leadership.
Exactly. We realized that faith leaders lack proper channels of communication and collaboration, and that this comes at a great cost. If leaders cannot learn from one another, they cannot be part of the same journey.
How does Faith in Leadership address this?
We work across denominations and faiths, recognizing great leaders within the different traditions and bringing them together within a leadership context. We try to identify people who have a service-driven instinct to improve the lives of others and give them the knowledge and skills they need to better serve their communities and the world.
Areas of learning range from ‘How I live my faith’ and ‘Religion as a dimension of statecraft’ to ‘Understanding group dynamics’ and ‘Effective communication’.
In the greater scheme of things, do you believe that leadership programmes can really lead to community transformation?
We believe community transformation cannot happen any other way. It is only when people experience positive inner change that they are truly motivated and mobilized to adopt new lifestyles and paradigms as a group. Those, in turn, are what shapes the world.