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".
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!
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
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