International Young Leaders Network
Welcome to the International Young Leaders Network: IYLN has been a major initiative supported since 2005 by Blackfriars Hall and the wider English Dominican Province. Its patrons include Timothy Radcliffe OP, Lord Alton of Liverpool, Rt Hon John Battle and Abbot Edmund Power OSB. The network is currently going through a period of transition as its members plan for the future.
The network has sought to identify, nurture, sustain and train young and emerging leaders aged 18 to 33 from any part of the world and all Christian denominations. The ethos of IYLN cherishes a combination of prayer, community, study and open search for truth. It seeks inspiration from those who have been able to combine social judgement with these attributes such as Fr Georges Pire OP (Nobel Prize Winner), Bartolome De Las Casas OP (human rights campaigner) and St Catherine of Siena OP (mystic and advisor to those in government and leadership positions).
The IYLN held its first successful colloquium in Cambridge in September 2006, followed by events in Bucharest, Romania in April 2007 , in Oxford in September 2007, and the Hague/Brussels in April 2008 and in the Middle Esat in September 2008; Rome and Budapest in 2009; Oxford in March 2010. There was a one-day event in April 2011, and future events remain under active discussion. Speakers have included Bishops and Cabinet Ministers, leading businesspeople and NGO Chief Executives, Ambassadors and world class academics.
The network is not currently able to receive applications. When it does so again, it will be open to candidates of all backgrounds as we recognise that intense learning can take place in a wide range of sectors and activities including - but not only - the academic sphere. Baptism is our call to leadership and our programme seeks to enable participants to take that call forward with focus, energy, rich theological insights and a grounded spirituality. If you care about "what matters", seek to analyse "what counts" and want to deliver "what works" for real change IYLN is the place for you.