A Ten Year Evaluation on Intercultural Leadership:

Putting Young Leaders at the Heart of Changing their Communities

On June 19th 2012, on behalf of the Intercultural Communication and Leadership School (ICLS), European Union and the University of Bradford, Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE invited a selected list of attendees to a reception at the House of Lords, to hear about the impact of the ICLS metodology, that was presented as "a truly unique and innovative approach to community engagement and community resilience".

During the reception the ICLS presented the findings of a 10 Year Evaluation study (the abridged version is available here) of the methodology and its relevance to multicultural cities.

The following video has been presented during the hearing to further show demonstrable positive impacts in improving the resilience, cohesion, confidence amongst young leaders and the wellbeing of communities in cities such as Bradford where the ICLS programme has been running for 10 years.


2012 Highlights

2012 was essentially a year of drawing lessons and disseminating the results of the first ten years of existence of ICLS:

  1. A  ten year evaluation of ICLS activities in Bradford was carried out, and presented at the House of Lords on 19 June 2012.
  2. Three seminars took place in Bradford with the supportof the local City Council; they were run  in cooperation with The Intercivil Society,  involving senior police officers and civil servants, and represented an exemple of how ICLS methodology could be applied to other contexts than young prospective leaders
  3. Cooperation continued between the ICLS and the Platform for Intercultural Europe (PIE), with the ICLS Secretary General  as a member of PIE’s Board: in particolar, the ICLS was one of the case Studies presented in Belfast at the Platform’s Practice Exchange
  4. ICLS became a member of the Italian Chapter of the European Movement (CIME) , and moved its office in Rome to Piazza della Libertà, 13
  5. New contacts were established in Lyon, with a view to organizing a further two seminars in that city in cooperation with Espace Projets Interassociatifs (EPI), a long standing partner of the ICLS. One of the seminars to be organized in Lyon will call upon ICLS alumni from previous Lyon sessions to be the speakers
  6. ICLS also became a member of the EYCA 2013, the Civil Society alliance contributing to events and activities in the frame work of the 2013 European Year, dedicated to Citizens.

Age: 36
Bradford, United Kingdom.
Third ICLS seminar: April 2003, Bradford

Mansoor Abbasi

At the time of the seminar, I was working full-time as an IT professional for Kirklees Council and doing voluntary work; namely community mediation and facilitation. I had reached a stage in my life where my career was not fulfilling me and I wanted to do something positive to help people more directly.

The ICLS seminar opened up opportunities for me to improve my networks and follow my dream of working on projects based around community development and empowerment.

I was inspired to study for an MA in Conflict Resolution by talking to participants at a seminar and have since worked with the ICLS to deliver seminars across the U.K and Continental Europe.

I co-founded a Social Enterprise called The Intercivil Society and have worked on projects in partnership with different organisations to improve cultural understanding and co-operation. I still volunteer as a mediator and also deliver diversity training and group facilitation sessions.

 “It was great to have that chance to spend time with people and break down some of the barriers that seem to surround us all the time. I’d not had that opportunity before.
A Participant”