This is the end of my first year as CEO of Common Purpose in the
UK. It has been a long year!
Keeping focused as the UK has struggled, delivering our courses
which seem ever more relevant as we continue our efforts to connect
leaders locally and nationally across UK cities and taking
advantage of the growth of Common Purpose internationally to forge
new links for the UK around the world.
It's incredibly exciting that in my first year as CEO of the UK,
we successfully launched two new Ventures - Dao Xiang (between
London and Shanghai) and Itijah (between cities of the Arab world and
cities of Europe) in addition to Dishaa (between India and the UK) - to link
leaders in the UK with leaders in other countries. I am truly
delighted with the continued support of Prime Minister David
Cameron as Patron of Dishaa and Mayor Boris Johnson as Advisory
Group Member of Dao Xiang.
All this could not have been possible without the help of our
alumni, Advisory Groups and supporters giving us your valuable time
to speak and contribute on our courses. Thank you very much, and
all of us at Common Purpose UK look forward to working with you in
Following the UK's comprehensive spending
review last week, this is a crucial time for the country to
consider how it can do more with less.
For example, the NHS can simply no longer afford itself. Old models,
old mindsets and old systems simply can't continue to operate
efficiently, with significantly less resource. The UK would be wise
to look at the efficient and economic services India has developed
in recent years as a way of bridging the gap between supply and
demand for health.
India, having pioneered frugal and efficient services, must now
look to eradicating health poverty, developing their public
services to provide healthcare, sanitation and waste management in
urban centres, and clean water across the country.
For old models to be ditched, and new ones introduced, both
countries will require curiosity, innovation, social enterprise and
skill development for their leaders. Above all else, they will need
collaboration between sectors. New models of delivery will need to
include all sectors, working together and operating in the same
civic space to make change happen. The solutions don't lie in the
public sector, or the private sector, but somewhere in the middle.
The delivery of public health services can no longer sit entirely
with the public sector.
So we have a new challenge set for the Dishaa initiative - which extends far
beyond healthcare. It asks: how can the public and private sectors
work efficiently and effectively together? What leadership will be
required to make this happen?
- This blog from Adirupa Sengupta, Common
Purpose's International Director, appeared on the Common
Purpose blog at http://commonpurpose.net. Common
Purpose is working in partnership with the British Foreign
& Commonwealth Office to deliver Dishaa: for future leaders in the UK and