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:
During the Venture, based at the Infosys Leadership Institute in
Mysore from 2 October to 6 October, participants will meet with
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."
Common Purpose India
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M: +91 98455 27836
Senior Course Manager
Common Purpose UK
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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
CSCLeaders is a new partnership between
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Study Conference (UK
Fund) and Common Purpose.
CSCLeaders will assemble exceptional leaders from
across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that government,
businesses and society face today and build the relationships
needed by the leaders of tomorrow. In doing so, it will create
smarter, more inspired, enlightened and globally connected
To find out more, apply for or sponsor CSCLeaders visit
"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?"
On each Common
Purpose Venture 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
The Challenge will be set by the Advisory Group in advance of the
event and must be:
During the four day event, participants will investigate the
challenge locally, and work together to come up with ideas and
recommendations. Each year another challenge will be selected for
that year's participants to investigate.
What do you see?
We all have a unique way we look at the world, but does our
viewpoint restrict our belief in our ability to make a
Common Purpose encourages people to take responsibility for
leading change in their organisation or in the wider society, but
the first step is to make a personal change by challenging the way
you look at the world.
The 360 Day is an invitation on 10 October each year to anyone,
anywhere, to do just that - an action, big or small, that
challenges the way they see the world. We encourage people to visit
our website www.commonpurpose360.org
to find inspiration and inspire others by recording the action they
plan to take on 10 October.
Common Purpose Founder and Chief Executive Julia Middleton has
blogged on the recent first Advisory Group meeting of Dishaa and the challenge for the group that was
'If major heart surgery at $1,000 USD can be done, what
has to change in how society innovates - including models and
mindsets - for this to happen?'
Read more on Julia's blog at http://juliamiddleton.net.