LONDON/BANGALORE, 1 OCTOBER 2012
With employers often frustrated that they cannot find suitably
skilled new talent despite the millions of unemployed in search of
jobs, how do we ensure appropriate skills development to bridge
this apparent gap between education and employability?
This is the challenge that participants on the Dishaa Venture,
run by leadership development organisation Common Purpose, will be
tackling this week in Mysore, India. Dishaa aims to expand, enrich
and energise relations between India and the UK by investing in the
development of the next generation of leaders from the two
Many of the participants are from member organisations of the
India UK CEO Forum (Established by Prime Ministers David Cameron
and Manmohan Singh to strengthen economic ties http://ukindiaceoforum.com),
their presence showing how crucial tackling this challenge will be
for stimulating global economic growth.
Business sector participants will be working with those from the
public sector and NGOs to foster discussion and build shared
approaches to this challenge. The diverse group of participants, 19
from the UK and 19 from India, are skilled and respected
practitioners in their fields and looking to effect change both in
their organisations and wider society.
Organisations participating in Dishaa include:
- Titan Industries
- Fidelity Investments
- Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
- HOPE Foundation
During the Venture, based at the Infosys Leadership Institute in
Mysore from 2 October to 6 October, participants will meet with
- Dilip Chenoy - MD & CEO, National Skills Development
- John Yates - CEO, Manipal City & Guilds
- Dr. Gayathi V - CEO, LabourNet Services India
Through experiential visits to organisations including Bosch,
Raman Fibresciences, Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement and
Labournet, participants will meet and learn from the leaders who
are tackling this real-life challenge on a daily basis.
The group will undertake research tasks beforehand, develop
their thinking and work together to come up with innovative
approaches to the challenge. They will then present their findings
and models to a cross sector group of policy experts from the UK
and India, potentially leading to future policy change that could
help tackle one of the defining problems of the 21st century.
The Dishaa Venture is run in partnership with the British
Foreign & Commonwealth Office and sponsored by United Business
Media (UBM), Tilda, Cisco, and PwC. British Prime Minister David
Cameron is patron of Dishaa and launched the Venture in July
"What the world needs today is a compelling vision to drive
and deliver change," says Deepak Kapoor, Chairman, PwC India.
"It's a matter of pride for PwC India to be associated with the
Dishaa Venture, which is doing this by bringing together diverse
groups of young leaders from the UK and India to collaborate and
work for a better tomorrow."
For further information please contact:
Common Purpose India
T: +91 (080) 41123339
M: +91 98455 27836
Senior Course Manager
Common Purpose UK
M: +44 (0) 7557 679506
Notes for editors
Common Purpose is an independent international leadership
development organisation. Over the past 21 years, Common Purpose
has designed and delivered courses that help people at all stages
of their career become more effective leaders in society.
Common Purpose runs courses that give people from the private,
public and not-for-profit sector the inspiration, skills and
connections to become better leaders both at work and in society.
Common Purpose helps people, organisations, cities and regions to
succeed, by broadening the horizons of their leaders and developing
their ability to work together and lead complex change.
www.commonpurpose.org and www.commonpurpose.org/ventures
- Four-day intensive Venture in Mysore, Karnataka - 2 October - 6
- Participants from organisations including PwC, Fidelity
Investments, Titan Industries, HOPE Foundation, India Skills, IOC,
BESCOM,UBM, HM Treasury, Devon & Cornwall Police, British Red
- Interviews with and quotes from stakeholders, spokespersons,
participants and alumni of Dishaa available
- Photographs and videos from both current and previous Dishaa
- At each event the participants will be presented with a
challenge to explore. They will investigate the challenge locally,
and work together to come up with ideas and recommendations.
- Each year a different challenge will be selected for that
year's participants to investigate. The challenge for the first
Dishaa Venture in February 2011 was: Heart surgery at $1,000
(USD) - what has to change in how society operates and innovates to
make this a reality? The final report which includes models
and solutions from this is available upon request.
- The challenge for the second Dishaa Venture in November 2011
was: Unique carbon cutting measures are happening locally in
India and the UK. How do we accelerate and multiply our actions to
reduce carbon emissions by 50% in the next five years?
- Dishaa (meaning "Direction" in Hindi) is part of a series of
Ventures run by Common Purpose Ventures bring together leaders from
different locations across the world to learn and work together in
a fresh and exciting way to tackle common challenges, developing
innovative approaches to problems both new and old.