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Impression of the Italy ILP 2014

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This summer we returned once again to the beautiful Villa Boccella in Tuscany, Italy, to run our flagship International Leadership Programme for emerging leaders seeking to deepen their understanding of themselves and their unique contribution to the world. Over the 12 day residential we co-created a learning community of 32 participants from 19 countries, and an international staff team who were inspired to give their time and skills on a pro-bono basis.

Participants had the opportunity to share and develop their individual visions of the kind of leadership they want to express in order to create a more peaceful, sustainable and equitable world. They benefited from the rich diversity of cultures and perspectives of the international community and connected with the concept of global citizenship which they have carried home alongside lasting friendships and insights.

Stepping into the role of a Programme Director for the first time, I confess to feeling a little bit nervous about this new level of responsibility for a programme and staff team which I have always been impressed by, as well as knowing that we would be challenged by the participants to grow into our potential, just as we would be challenging them.

On behalf of WYSE I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all of the people who made this ILP possible - before participants even arrived at the venue, a huge amount of effort by a dedicated team of volunteers and our wonderful administrator had already been made to ensure the smooth set-up, and during the programme the contribution of each member of the teaching staff, kitchen staff and helpers was invaluable in creating an impactful experience.

I'm told that each ILP attracts over 80,000 volunteer hours, and that this is a conservative estimate. For me, such an ongoing example of values in action is a continuous source of inspiration and appreciation.
A month on from the ILP, and as we celebrate and focus on the International Day for Peace, I bring to mind our recent ILP graduates, and am left with a strong sense of hope for the world. Thank you for all that you are being and doing.

by Hilary Harvey - ILP Lucca 2014