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On a GLE 100 students from at least 25 countries address an
annual challenge eg "What makes a city smart?". Students go
out - together - into the Magnet City to:
As the same challenge is tackled in each Magnet City across the
world students can connect with each other through the year to
exchange ideas and collaborate.
"Most problems spread across boundaries,
yet most leaders stay within them. We run Global Leader Experiences
across the world to ensure that the next generation of leaders are
better at crossing boundaries, be they geographical, sectoral,
generational or between beliefs."
Julia Middleton, CEO, Common Purpose
"In our ever more complex and
interconnected world which has no obvious historical parallel,
Common Purpose has developed a breakthrough idea about the
importance of Cultural Intelligence in order to navigate both this
new world and its contradictions. This has important implications
and raises questions about our current systems for those of us
involved in educating and developing our future global
Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard
"Common Purpose and its University
Partners have been working together for many years. The result is
this very clever idea and at the right time. And we have the
capacity to make it happen - this is very exciting."
Jonathan Donner, Chairman, Common
Purpose Student Experiences and Vice President, Global Learning and
Capability Development, Unilever
The Magnet Cities provide the context for the learning. The
leaders of the Magnet Cities generously share their time, knowledge
and experience. And the city provides the backdrop for the
Challenge which the students will address while on the GLE.
Heart surgery at $1,000 (USD) - what has to change in how
society operates and innovates to make this a reality?
How can we produce a step change in the interface between
the private, public and not-for-profit sectors?
As water becomes increasingly scarce the importance of how
it is managed grows exponentially. What innovative solutions can be
developed to create a balanced ecosystem within cities?
In each Magnet City we work with a University Partner. The
University hosts the programme, identifies the students from across
the Magnet City. And provides speakers and contributors who know
the city or the issues surrounding the challenge.
"We provide an excellent education
for our students but it is challenging to prepare them fully for
life beyond the university. Common Purpose gave our students
incredible exposure to the challenges of broader society, and
helped our students to begin learning from their international
peers on campus"
Professor Rob Moore, Deputy
Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand, South
The third key partner is the Corporate Partner. They provide
funding for the GLE, give the students access to employers and
provide Group Mentors and speakers. This last - far from being
a burden - is one if the most powerful benefits for the sponsor
because their own leaders develop Cultural Intelligence through the
"All of our leaders enjoyed the
opportunity to work with the students and we were very proud to
sponsor and host it. What began for many as 'yet another item in
the calendar' soon became so compelling that Group Advisors gave up
additional time from their busy days to continue coaching their
Hayden Majajas, D&I Director, BP,
Magnet Cities want:
"A unique opportunity to learn about the
limitless options of leadership and bring positive change to
society. I cannot think of any other way of connecting so many
young people from different parts of the world to learn from each
other so effectively."
Mustak Ayub, Student, University of
Oxford and Participant on a GLE in Oxford 2012
University Partners want:
"We attach huge importance to the
development of a broad range of skills and competences which will
help students develop fully as global citizens. In the context of
this aspiration, Common Purpose's courses offered an exciting,
different and insightful experience to our students"
Professor Christine Ennew, Pro Vice
Chancellor, University of Nottingham
Coporate Partners want:
"Too often university students almost
behave like armies of occupation in a city. They leave after years
of study knowing as little about the city as when they arrived. And
they miss the opportunity to learn from studying alongside students
from many other countries."
Andy Coxall, Director, Common Purpose
Andy CoxallDirector, Common Purpose Student Experiences
Genevieve BarrCourse Manager
Kirsten JohnsonCourse Manager
Sophie CampbellCourse Project Manager
Dr Elsbeth DixonChief Executive, Common Purpose South Africa
Archana BhaskarCourse Manager, Common Purpose Bangalore
Ann DonnerPrincipal, Ann Donner Consulting
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