Our alumni network

A network of 50,000 and rising, leaders around the world.

Our unique network

Everyone who finishes a Common Purpose programme, anywhere in the world, is welcome to join the Common Purpose 360 network – a 50,000 strong, growing, global community of our alumni with exceptional diversity and a huge range of skills, interests and leadership experiences.

Some will be very senior, experienced leaders across the public, private and NGO sectors, others will be emerging leaders and some will be just finishing university. This breadth and depth makes the network unique.

360 website

Visit the Common Purpose 360 website, exclusively for participants and alumni of
Common Purpose programmes. We called our network 360 because we encourage you to look outwards and around you, both during and after your programme.

Use the 360 website to search for, find and connect with Common Purpose alumni from your group or make new connections across your city or the world. Continue the conversations from your programme or start new ones to broaden your horizons long after your programme has finished.

360 Connect Events

You can also find out about 360 Connect Events, where local Common Purpose teams in cities across the world bring together alumni so that you stay in touch with Common Purpose and meet up with fellow alumni.

If you move to a new city, you can take advantage of these events to find out quickly how that city works and to make new connections.

360 Bulletin

Look out for your regular e-newsletter, the 360 Bulletin, and keep up to date with the latest news from your local Common Purpose office and our global programmes, our participants and our alumni.

If you are a graduate and want to receive the 360 Bulletin, please get in touch with your local Common Purpose office.

Joey Powis, Frontrunner graduate

“Through 360, Common Purpose makes it easy to keep in contact with the other participants on my course as well as other Common Purpose alumni. I now have a wide range of contacts at my disposal, spanning various sectors. I find it hard to think of any faster way to make so many leadership connections.”

Collaborate and innovate

At Common Purpose, we understand how to make innovation happen. We have been doing this on our programmes for over twenty-five years; now we have gathered our knowledge and experience to create the Common Purpose Massive Online Innovation Community (MOIC), taking this process online for the first time.

So if you want to do more than connect on 360, by using the MOIC, you can consult and collaborate with fellow leaders to develop innovative solutions to real-life Challenges.

You can use it as a hub for sharing and finding information and ideas. It’s an online resource that complements your learning on Common Purpose programmes.

You are part of a lively, engaged and diverse Common Purpose alumni network that is ready to make, and make the most of, its connections across the world, is looking to see the world through a fresh lens and has a conviction that change is possible. The MOIC will help you make change happen.

We are currently running a pilot MOIC for a selected group of alumni. During 2015, we will open the MOIC to all Common Purpose alumni, providing an ongoing, broad source of ideas that will grow exponentially each year.

Tell us now if you want to be one of the beta users by emailing We will contact you soon to tell you more about this exciting initiative and how you can be part of it.

Find out more

Contribute to a programme

Have you contributed on a programme since you completed yours?

What does it involve?

Whether you give your time as a speaker, panellist or visit host, the benefits are considerable. It's a chance to recapture the atmosphere and excitement of Common Purpose, continue your leadership learning, expand your network, gain invaluable consultancy and showcase your work or organisation.

How to contribute

To contribute, please get in touch with your local Common Purpose office or email us.



Since 1989, 50,000 people from around the world have graduated from our programmes.



will become Common Purpose alumni this year.

Gavin Dyer, Sales and Marketing Director, Weir Minerals Africa (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

"An absolute eye opener at every level."

Please share your story

Write and tell us about the impact of your Common Purpose programme on you: maybe you have used the experience to change things either at work or outside of work; what about the new networks you have gained – have these new connections helped to broaden your horizons or introduced you to new ideas; how do you think you have changed after your Common Purpose programme; how have you developed as a citizen or what makes you different now as a leader.

We’d really like to hear from you so that we in turn can share your story to inspire others.

Please try to include a photograph to accompany your story as this will help in bringing it alive.

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