In March 2013, almost 100 leaders from across the Commonwealth
gathered in the UK for CSCLeaders 2013 Part One,
delivered by Common Purpose.
Watch video highlights now, including
speaker sessions, post-session conversations with the speakers, and
daily participant video diaries.
On 16 March a group of 100 exceptional senior leaders drawn from
governments, businesses and NGOs across the 54 countries of the
Commonwealth will gather in London for the first
CSCLeaders, a renewal of the Commonwealth Study
Over 8 days they will receive briefings from global leaders on
global trends, and in small groups will visit different UK cities
to investigate the challenge: How do people from communities
which have spread across the world become bridge-builders in the
global networks of the future?
Through proven Common Purpose techniques and the innovation
process, participants will overcome the inevitable barriers and
start to form into high performing diverse teams that develop
responses to address the challenge which are presented to a Dragons
Den panel, and are then reviewed three months later in very
different environments: Mumbai
The participant group so far is impressive in its seniority,
diversity and just as importantly, the mix: a Presidential adviser
from Malawi, a gold-medalled Australian paralympian, the CEO of a
Malaysian bank, a senior Jamaican diplomat, a poet from Bangladesh,
the CEO of an international NGO, an NHS consultant, the Canadian
Director of a global agricultural firm, a private Prison governor,
a trade unionist from Sierra Leone and a well-known British actor
of Pakistani origin.
You can follow the outcomes on the CSCLeaders
website, Twitter via @CSCLeaders and #CSCLeaders, YouTube and Vimeo.
Between 13-16 November, 26 participants from various
not-for-profit organisations across the UK will explore
collaborative leadership, one-to-one coaching and personal and
organisational branding, developing some of the key skills required
for effective leadership in the third sector.
American Express, in partnership with Common Purpose, are
running the American Express Leadership Academy in the UK as part
of a 5-year initiative to develop emerging leaders who have the
potential to become senior leaders in the not-for-profit
"At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented
leaders have on business, the community and society," said Timothy
J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation. "We are
committed to providing current and future not-for-profit leaders
with opportunities to build and hone leadership skills that are
critical to the sector."
Laura Smith, Acting Head of Global Xchange, VSO, attended the
2010 Academy which was also run in partnership with Common Purpose.
She described it as "a valuable opportunity to reflect on your
strengths and weaknesses as a leader and identify clear goals for
development, both professionally and personally, with the
opportunity to build a network of support and contacts".
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."
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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
Common Purpose in Scotland recently organised a day on
leadership for 48 young women post-grads from universities across
the UAE, who were in Dundee for a summer school at the Al Maktoum
HE College. The Chief Constable of Tayside Police, the Development
Director of 'M' Technologies (Glasgow, London, Chicago), the Chief
Executive of Aberlour Childcare Trust Scotland, and the Vice
President HR for Fairmont Group Europe took part in the discussions
which explored attitudes to leadership, best attributes of leaders,
and how people become leaders.
A fantastic day all round!
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
The inaugural Itijah
Venture, the latest in our Ventures series, was run in Abu
Dhabi in April in partnership with the
Emirates Foundation. An intense and stimulating event, it drew
together 40 participants from 7 cities - Abu Dhabi, Alexandria,
Amman, Benghazi, Budapest, Istanbul and Manchester - to explore the
challenge: "What would it take to multiply the number of young
people who create new businesses using ICT and social media?"
Throughout the four days the participants heard from speakers
who ranged from young entrepreneurs starting out in business to
established entrepreneurs sharing their learning on social media,
enterprise and scale. We also had three 15-year old students
joining us to give the group a youth perspective. Visits out in Abu
Dhabi were to a range of organisations working in diverse areas of
youth engagement, youth unemployment, entrepreneurship, ICT and
The group came up with six fascinating models for solving the
challenge. The next steps will be for the participants to refine,
develop and then present their ideas to policy makers and leaders
in the different cities.
Ventures connect future leaders, across the world, to tackle
challenges which are common and compelling, and big (enough to be
worth the effort) and small (enough to be grasped).
Some of the comments from participants:
"Itijah has not just met my expectations, it has gone way beyond
"An eye opener, a life changing experience, a push to start my own
life journey, a chance to break your stereotypes".
"Itijah is an exceptional experience towards better future and
youth in both Europe and the Arab World"
"You must attend this event"
If you'd like to know more about the Itijah Venture or are interested in getting
involved please contact Itijah@commonpurpose.org
or visit the
Dishaa - an initiative for future leaders in the United Kingdom
and India, will be launched at the British High Commission in Delhi
in partnership with Common Purpose tonight.
Dishaa will provide insights into the future of UK-India
relations while investing in future leadership development across
India and the United Kingdom. The initiative was first announced by
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in July 2010.
The Dishaa Advisory Group will set the challenge for the group
of 40 participants in the first stage of the initiative today.
"Dishaa is Hindi for direction. Dishaa enables future
leaders to see how much can be gained through links between the UK
and India as they set the direction for their lives and
careers," said Dishaa Advisory Group Chair, Sudhakar Rao.
Read our media release for more...
Prime Minister, David Cameron has announced the launch of a new,
dynamic and self sustaining network of British and Indian young
leaders, which will be delivered by Common Purpose.
The aim of the initiative is to expand, enrich and energise
relations between India and the UK by investing in the next
generation of leaders, and develop shared approaches to 21st
Century political, economic and social challenges.