Individuals, organisations and cities

We see the impact of our programmes in four areas: you will Develop as a Leader, Broaden your Networks, Make better Decisions and Drive bold Innovation. In turn, you will have a greater impact on your organisation and city. 

Develop as a Leader

Lead Beyond Authority

Leading beyond traditional spheres of authority and taking greater responsibility for the whole 

Grow Cultural Intelligence

Crossing divides and thriving in multiple cultures

Clarify Purpose

Strengthening purpose and broadening horizons to create impact in cities and communities 

HRH The Princess Royal talks about the importance of Leadership at CSCLeaders

Participants leading beyond their authority on a Common Purpose programme

Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard College

"In our ever more complex and interconnected world which has no obvious historical parallel, Common Purpose has developed a breakthrough idea about the importance of cultural intelligence (CQ) in order to navigate both this new world and its contradictions. It has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved in educating and developing our future global citizens."

Broaden your Networks

Spot Connections

Making links between different people to achieve a shared goal

Work in Collaboration

Crossing boundaries to tackle complex problems 

Build Relationships

Developing deep relationships across a diverse mix of people

RONALD ARCULLI, Senior Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Hong Kong

"Common Purpose is quite unique in that it provides a cross-sector platform to engage, empower and inspire people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to combine efforts and make cities work better."

Participants create networks and expand horizons on a Common Purpose programme


rate very good value for time

Participants during 2014 rated the Meridian programme very good value for their time.


more ready to lead beyond the world they know and operate within


better able to lead change

Participants have told us that they are better able to lead change as a result of going on a Common Purpose programme.

Make better Decisions

Thrive in Complexity

Navigating complex situations involving multiple stakeholders

Widen Context

Making decisions based on an informed, broad viewpoint

Confront Bias

Minimising the impact of pre-judgement on decisions

Alice Lang, Oxford University Student and Rhodes Scholar, Participant, Global Leader Experiences, Oxford

"The Common Purpose programme took me out of my academic discipline silo and challenged me to work with people I would never normally. It forced me to truly understand where people are coming from, what their worldview is and how to effectively work with such a diverse group. This has hugely benefitted my work at Boston Consulting Group and future career plans in China."

Drive bold Innovation

Think the Unthinkable

Applying fresh solutions to existing problems 

Leverage Diversity

Innovating by leveraging diversity

Move to Action

Creating lasting change in organisations, cities and communities

Becoming more Innovative with Common Purpose
Dominic Akandwanaho, Student, Harvard University 2014

"This has been wonderful overall. I have been challenged and inspired equally. I feel more prepared than ever before to launch my ideas into the world!"

Participants gain fresh perspectives on Common Purpose programmes

Professor Charles Handy, Management Writer and Broadcaster

“Of all the leadership programmes that I know of, those run by Common Purpose are by far the best. You only have to see the lasting effect on those who have participated to know that they work – and work well. Leaders in a wide range of countries have benefitted hugely from Common Purpose.”

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.

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Knowledge Hub

This is where we gather deeper thinking on subjects like leadership, Cultural Intelligence and cities. If you would like to contribute an article, please contact us.