Over 60% of the population of the Commonwealth is under 30. That’s 1.2 billion young people. By the Commonwealth centenary in 2031, they will be its leaders. Commonwealth100 aims to maximise the impact of young Commonwealth leaders in both their professional and civic lives.
Commonwealth100 is a two-phase project. The first phase has been the co-creation of a Guiding Model by young people across the Commonwealth. Over 1000 young people have been consulted in the process of creating this model of leadership for their generation. The model has been launched in Dhaka, Bangladesh by Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, the Honourable Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh.
Phase two is the development of an online leadership development programme based on this Guiding Model. Through case-studies, webinars, and virtual interactions with organizations across the world, Commonwealth100 will provide a virtual space for young people to complete modules and reflect together, learning both from the content and crucially from each other.
The online programme will comprise of modules aiming to make young leaders more– Awake, Interconnected, Trustworthy, Quick, and Accessible. These competencies will maximise the impact that today’s young citizens will have as leaders of the Commonwealth by its centenary in 2031.
We hope to reach 100,000 young people by 2020.
“Commonwealth100 is a brilliant initiative, offering new ways for young citizens from our 52 member states to inspire and work alongside one another online towards a common future. Building on the shared values of our Commonwealth Charter, Common Purpose is bringing together the talents 100,000 or more of our young people from every continent and ocean to cooperate and co-create for a future that is fairer, more prosperous, more secure and more sustainable. Most importantly, through the Open Source Leadership concept Commonwealth100 offers young people in all our member countries inclusive and participatory opportunities to take positive action and make lasting impact for the common good.”
Commonwealth100 is aimed at young Commonwealth citizens. Applications are welcome from participants aged 16-29.
The programme will be run online and available to participants anywhere in the world.
Participants will be enrolled onto the programme and be able to complete it at their own pace, within a stipulated time frame.
"‘Open Source’ should summarise an essential premise that we, as a generation, must embrace wholeheartedly; that we shall never stop challenging, innovating and expanding the ideas, people and technology that lead and define our generation. As a guiding concept, it has the power to create leaders, from all backgrounds, that have the tools and ability to overcome the challenges of the contemporary world…”
We have direct experience of intolerance in person and online. We will be awake to intolerance and determined to counterbalance it.
We recognise that we must work together to solve the complex and interconnected problems we face. We will be the generation who lift each other up.
We see trust declining everywhere. We ourselves will be trustworthy so as to rebuild trust.
We are the bridge generation to artificial intelligence. We will be quick, unlike the bridge builders to the internet.
We will be accessible as leaders, working in networks rather than hierarchical structures.
"The Bank of Zambia is very excited to be partnering with Common Purpose as a Founding Partner on Commonwealth100 to support young leaders across the Commonwealth. CW100 promises to create a generation of open source leaders, and empower them to adapt to our rapidly changing world."
The Commonwealth100 Guiding Model was launched in Dhaka in October, by the Honourable Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP, Speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament The event was attended by over 50 young people, leaders of the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in Bangladesh, including CSCLeaders and South Asia Venture alumni.
The programme will be run online and available to participants anywhere in the world. Participants will be enrolled onto the programme and be able to complete it at their own pace, within a stipulated time frame.
Young people interested in beta testing the programme before its launch can register their interest here.
General applications will open in March 2018.