UK/China, 27 June 2012
Dao Xiang Venture for future leaders to energise
Thirty experienced and successful leaders from London and
Shanghai will meet in London next week to tackle social challenges
common to both cities.
The inaugural Dao Xiang Venture, run by international leadership
development organisation Common Purpose, will take place at
Devonport House and City Hall from 2-5 July 2012.
During the four day Venture, participants will be set the
challenge of developing collaborative practical methods to tackle
social challenges caused by ever increasing urbanisation in the two
The group will also meet Mayor of London Boris Johnson at City
Hall where he will host a reception for the participants.
"Dao Xiang is a great project. Bringing together the brightest
and best young leaders from Shanghai and London is a fantastic way
to learn from each other and strengthen the developing bonds
between our two great cities" said Mr Johnson, who is also a member
of the Dao Xiang Advisory
Group. "I know previous Common Purpose Ventures have delivered
some creative, innovative solutions to different problems and I
can't wait to see the ideas that are produced this time."
"Both London and Shanghai have long history, dynamic
entrepreneurs, young and growing populations and huge challenges in
common" said Julia Middleton, Chief Executive and Founder, Common
Purpose. "Getting the next generation of their leaders together to
tackle common problems seems only right. The outcome will
strengthen relationships which defy the cultural differences. Our
Ventures reveal just how small the world is."
Participants are from organisations including: UBM Sinoexpo
International Exhibition Co. Ltd, Constructing Futures, UBM China,
UBM London, British Council Shanghai, Small Axe, Shanghai Cultural
Square, PwC, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Southbank Centre, The Royal Bank
of Scotland Group and CBN weekly.
International sponsors supporting the Venture include Cisco,
PwC, UBM and GlaxoSmithKline.
"For UBM, supporting the development of leaders of our
businesses in China and in the UK is an important enabler of our
strategy for growth" says Jennifer Duvalier, Group People and
Culture Director at UBM. "We also believe that experience is the
best classroom, and that bringing leaders from different cultures
and backgrounds to learn together is very powerful in creating
positive outcomes. Dao Xiang is a great vehicle for this kind of
development experience, and UBM is proud to be involved."
Four-day intensive Venture in London, United Kingdom - 2-5 July
2012: methods of open space and positive enquiry will enable
participants to workshop ideas, deepen their understanding of the
challenge and work in learning groups to develop solutions
Continued development of solutions with expert advisors and
mentors, using Cisco TelePresence, July 2012 - December 2012
Possibility of presentation of solutions to a panel of policy
experts, Winter 2012.
Notes to Editors
Common Purpose is an independent international leadership
development organisation. Over the past 22 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 was founded by Julia Middleton in 1989 and
currently delivers leadership development opportunities in nearly
40 cities across 12 countries, including: France, Germany, Ghana,
Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, MENA, South Africa, Sweden,
Turkey and the UK.
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.
Common Purpose deals with real life issues and insights. We
connect people who might otherwise never meet and give participants
an understanding of the local context in which they do their jobs,
the impact of their decisions and the contribution they can make.
We operate in countries across the world - and connect them
together. So participants are exposed to a broader international
perspective of leadership.
There are 35,000 Common Purpose alumni around the world and each
year, 3,000 people complete a Common Purpose course. To attract the
widest range of potential participants from a diverse range of
backgrounds, Common Purpose provides approximately 600 bursaries a
year for those who could not otherwise afford to attend.
Common Purpose Ventures
Dao Xiang, meaning 'direction' in Mandarin, is part of a series
of Ventures run by Common Purpose that will expand, enrich and
energise relations between two or more locations.
Other Ventures Common Purpose is currently delivering include
Dishaa (India, UK), Itijah (Europe and the Arab World), and Kompas
(Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania), with further
Ventures in development including Phambili (South Africa, UK) and
Yon (Turkey, UK) Dou Heung (Hong Kong, Scotland).
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