Together for Change

09-15 July 2020

 

The Creative Leadership conference will embark from the belief that creative leadership comes from the depths of our beings. In short from who we are. After looking at the personal level, we will journey on to exchange experiences and to create a new form of global leadership, which responds to the needs of our time. During the online conference we will explore ‘What is Creative Leadership?’ and develop a deeper and wider understanding of what this means for ourselves.

The inspiration has come from over 250 changemakers in their 20s and 30s, from 98 nationalities, who have taken part in the Caux Peace and Leadership Programme (CPLP) over the last three years. The conference is for everyone who wants to be active in making change in society. As Kofi Annan said in Caux 2013: ‘You are never too young to lead. You are never too young to do what you actually believe in. We keep saying the future belongs to the young. It only belongs to you if you take it.’

 

CPLP girls

 

Why are we doing this?

Our world is changing rapidly, embroiled in civil unrest, conflicts and environmental collapse. The young people who will be its inheritors are often marginalized from the decision-making processes that will shape their present and future. It is vital that they have the confidence to step forward and represent themselves. To overcome the various obstructions and boundaries that they will inevitably face, they must know how to take part in the critical choices that will affect the planet and humanity. This process will be inspired by new practices that will transform the vision for youth leadership.

 

What are we doing?

Creative Leadership aims to engage visionary young people in questioning both themselves and the events occurring around them. We will build an inclusive platform for diverse groups from around the globe to come together to share their realities and engage with their collective stories. This will be rooted in the realization that, to have maximum influence, leaders must begin with internal change. We must use self-reflection to find peace in our own lives before reproducing it externally.

 

Creative Leadership women speaker CPLP

 

How are we going to do it?

The event will revolve around dialogues and story-sharing, using dialogue groups, webinars and human libraries. At the heart of it all will be the space for reflection, where we can explore our own perceptions and biases.

 

Our purpose

Our conference will revolve around the journey to reach societal change, with the participants at the forefront of the changemaking process. We will focus on the how rather than the what.

This will be done through:

  1. Fostering a culture of dialogue and story-telling and exploring the impact these skills have in shaping a promising future.
  2. Growing a global network of leaders and changemakers.
  3. Providing a space where young people from across the world can share ideas and incisive thoughts.
  4. Encouraging and supporting young people to act and think like leaders during a time of crisis through values-based behaviour and reflective practice.
  5. Paving a path for a more effective and revolutionizing conference next summer.

 

CPLP circle

 

Outcomes

  • The conference will act as a launchpad for a broader global network of young leaders, who are actively committed to personal and societal change.
  • A culture of support will be created as participants work in their own communities.
  • Participants will work towards a statement of commitment to be part of a network of young leaders who are acting towards personal and societal change.
  • By sharing, listening and through active participation, attendees will grow in their own leadership.

 

Programme

Each day will offer a morning and afternoon session, to accommodate participants in different time zones. The content of these two sessions will be the same. There will be an overlap between the sessions, intended for all participants of the conference:

  1. Opening Session: This will include a breakdown of the conference and an explanation of IofC’s values and of the importance of reflection and service. You will have the chance to see the organizing team and hear who we are and why we are doing this event.
  2. Dialogue Groups: An opportunity to discuss and share our thoughts in breakout groups, on a given topic of leadership. This gives us a chance to learn from each others’ experiences.
  3. Quiet Time: This space for reflection provides us with the chance to listen to our own inner voice and become empowered through a clearer understanding of ourselves. The sessions will start with a question and end with a chance for those willing to share their thoughts.
  4. Human Library: A chance to listen to various people sharing stories from their lives, often revolving around leadership. This is a powerful and moving experience. By hearing the challenges other people have had to overcome, we will gain a greater understanding of how to surpass our own obstacles. We will also feel a sense of solidarity that leaves us less alone in our own endeavours.
  5. Webinars: Here you can listen to prominent speakers address issues surrounding youth and leadership. After the session, there is a chance to ask the speaker questions. (Speakers and their topics will be revealed soon.)
  6. Tea Time: This session is unguided, a place to let your social butterfly out. It is an opportunity to meet some fellow conference attendees, and with a little bit of luck, you might be able to meet in person someday soon!
  7. Closing Session: As the conference comes to end, participants will share the experiences they have had and we will capture what happens after the event – helping build the future together.

Find out more about the programme here.

 

How much do you need to participate?

Most of the sessions are open: you can participate as much or as little as you want. However, there is a benefit in participating as often as you can. As you share with your peers over the course of the week, trust will grow – and this will make the experience more rewarding for you and for them. 

You have four options as to how and when you participate:

  • Morning Programme (10.00-15.00 GMT): All sessions including dialogue groups
  • Morning Programme (10.00-15.00 GMT): All sessions except dialogue groups
  • Afternoon Programme (14.00-19.00 GMT): All sessions including dialogue groups
  • Afternoon Programme (14.00-19.00 GMT): All sessions except dialogue groups

The morning and afternoon programme are designed to be exactly the same in content, although different people will participate and sometimes run the sessions. We hope to make this conference available to people right across the world, so this means you can choose the time-zone which best suits you.

When you have chosen your time of day, you can also choose whether to take part in a dialogue group or not.  These will offer the chance to delve into meaningful discussions with the same people each day. It is likely that you will form some of your deepest bonds with this small group. We encourage you to join all four sessions, so that you and the others in the group can build trust and have deep conversations.

 

Who can join?

The conference is aimed at those young at heart, who yearn with a passion to create change in the world, but also themselves. Your age does not exclude you. The event is open to all who want to start their journey to make a difference, or take the next few steps on it.

 

Download the programme

 

CPLP audience

 

Peoples' thoughts on creative leadership

"Self-expression, innovation" - Tanaka

"Being creative is brave, willingness to go into things or make choice when we don’t know the outcome. It is the wisdom to know how to adapt to different people, projects, and environments. 'Who we are is how we lead'". - Rachel

"Ability to think differently. How do you think creatively in a situation where there is pressure and people are dependent upon you. How do you have creative thoughts and ideas and put it into action? Discernment, what does that look like?" - Phoebe

"First identify what you want to achieve, how and for what purpose? How do I impart what I’ve learned at Caux to the world? How to use skills." - Redempta

"Involves visionary leadership and it gives direction and steps on how to get there. Peoples ideas matter in creative leadership and consensus are built from various voices/opinions . Creative leadership embraces listening ear to various opinions and ideas so as to make an informed and inclusive decision." - Romano

"In my opinion creative leadership is knowing what task is for who. Helping members reach their full potential in the right areas and not waste their time and effort in a place where they don't belong. Creative Leadership is also being able to solve problems in a fast and efficient way. In other words, working smarter not harder." - Sawsan

 

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Thursday, 09 July

10:00 - 11:00
MORNING PROGRAMME

Opening Session - Creating a Space for Change

11:30 - 12:00

Meeting our Dialogue Groups

13:00 - 13:30
SHARED PROGRAMME

Tea Time

14:00 - 15:00

Webinar No. 1 / Q & A

16:00 - 17:00
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Opening Session - Creating a Space for Change

17:30 - 18:00

Meeting our Dialogue Groups

18:30 - 19:00

Tea Time

Friday, 10 July

10:00 - 10:30
MORNING PROGRAMME

Quiet Time

11:00 - 12:00

Human Library

13:00 - 13:30
SHARED PROGRAMME

Tea Time

14:00 - 15:00

Webinar No. 2 / Q & A

16:00 - 16:30
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Quiet Time

17:00 - 18:00

Human Library

18:30 - 19:00

Tea Time

Saturday, 11 July

10:00 - 12:00
MORNING PROGRAMME

Dialogue Groups: Leadership from Self

13:00 - 13:30
SHARED PROGRAMME

Tea Time

14:00 - 15:00

Webinar No. 3 / Q & A

16;00 - 18:00
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Dialogue Groups: Leadership from Self

18:30 - 19:00

Tea Time

Monday, 13 July

10:00 - 10:30
MORNING PROGRAMME

Quiet Time

11:00 - 12:00

Human Library

13:00 - 13:30
SHARED PROGRAMME

Tea Time

14:00 - 15:00

Webinar No. 4 / Q & A

16:00 - 16:30
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Quiet Time

17:00 - 18:00

Human Library

18:30 - 19:00

Tea Time

Tuesday, 14 July

10:00 - 12:00
MORNING PROGRAMME

Dialogue Groups: Who we are is how we lead

13:00 - 13:30
SHARED PROGRAMME

Tea Time

14:00 - 15:00

Webinar No. 5 / Q & A

16:00 - 18:00
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Dialogue Groups: Who we are is how we lead

18:30 - 19:00

Tea Time

Wednesday, 15 July

10:00 - 10:30
MORNING PROGRAMME

Leaving our Dialogue Groups

11:00 - 12:00

Closing Session: The Power of our Network

16:00 - 16:30

Leaving our Dialogue Groups

17:00 - 18:00
AFTERNOON PROGRAMME

Closing Session: The Power of our Network

 

NB: Please note that for technical reasons the Caux Forum Online will be held mainly in English with some sessions in French. No interpretation will be offered. Thank you for your understanding.