The Collage™ Leadership Conference is an annual event that consists of a series of conferences providing opportunities exceptional to youth in order to get engaged with influential speakers, change makers, entrepreneurs, peace activists, renowned policy makers, story tellers, risk takers and dialogue gurus. It is aimed to build social bridges across regions, ethnicities, and religions including the inter-religious gaps among various sects
The Collage Leadership Conference integrates unique approaches to leadership development by uniting motivated professionals and knowledge hungry students from across Pakistan. It aims to create “social capital”. Participants explore cultural, religious and ethnic differences, gain firsthand exposure to the challenges of national perspectives, build confidence and enhance team building and decision making skills in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
Overall 3 Collage leadership conferences have been held so far since inception in November 2014. These revolved around different topics in order to engage speakers and youth.
The Collage Leadership Program initiated on Saturday, 15 November 2014 in Islamabad. The orientation sessions aimed to illustrate the purpose of Collage Peace Fellowship and to identify and select interested and passionate individuals as a “Collage Leader”.
Dr. Babar Sattar (Lawyer and Anchor Person) and Ms. Maliha Hussain (Executive Director, Mehergarh) were the main speakers whereas; Mr. Kamran Rizvi (Founder Navitus and School of Leadership) joined the conference as moderator.
Group discussions, presentations and interactive sessions between the speakers and participants revolved around various topics including:
- How youth can be involved in decision making?
- What policies and strategies are required to ensure positive role of youth?
- How current narrative of extremism and violence can be changed among youth?
- What role you can play in national development and in the process of democratization?
Peace activists, change makers, daydreamers basically anyone committed to self-development and and towards progression and advancement of others were encouraged to join this program that proved to be successful in placing the building blocks of a revolutionary moment – the annual Collage Leadership Conference.
The following year from 6th – 7th March 2015, RESIP held its 2nd Collage Leadership Conference which provided the opportunity to participants to engage for 2 days in 12 topics with 20 speakers, change makers, story tellers, risk takers and dialogue gurus and to become a Collage™ Leadership Conference Alumni.
The objective was to expose participants to an out-of-the-box learning experience and to a rigorous curriculum aimed at instilling confidence, skill, independence, and the global competiveness required of the next generation of leaders. The conference was attended by well renowned speakers such as Asad Umar (PTI-Central Leader), Zafarullah Khan (Executive Director-Islamabad Based Think Tank), Dr. Zahid Shahab Ahmed (Assistant Professor-NUST, Institute of Peace Studies), Dr. Khalid Zaheer (Moderate Religious Scholar-LUMS), Dr. Kamran Ahmed (Sufi- UNHCR- PHD, South Asian Spirituality), Kamran Rizvi (Founder-School of Leadership) and Ms. Maliha Hussain (Executive Director Mehergarh: A Center for Learning). The speakers discussed vast subject areas and topics including the following:
- The role of Mosques;
- Women Empowerment;
- Civic ownership; and
- Street Activism and Social Change.
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Conducted on 22nd and 23rd October 2016 the 3rd Collage Leadership Conference introduced its participants to “Edhisim” as a motivation to uplift the environment. It consisted of 12 segments and brought together 20 speakers and 10 innovative youth leaders from across Pakistan. The theme of this project focused on “Creative Sharing of Public Spaces”.