South Africa

Common Purpose Navigator

Common Purpose Navigator is a unique experiential leadership training programme designed to broaden the horizons and perspectives of bright, young professionals.

Programme Information

Who is it for?

Usually, but not exclusively, participants on a Common Purpose Navigator are in the first 10 years of their careers and are under the age of 35. They come from extremely diverse backgrounds, representing a balance of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

What is the cost?

The Common Purpose Navigator programme fee for 2016 is R 21 000 (excl VAT). 

To avoid exclusion of candidates on financial grounds, individual negotiation of fees is possible.

Benefits of the course
  • An understanding of how a range of organisations, across the sectors, deal with common issues.
  • The chance to meet and engage senior decision-makers and leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • An opportunity to spend an intensive period learning with peers from very different backgrounds and professions.
  • An increase in their Cultural Intelligence – their ability to work well with people who are different from themselves.
  • The courage to step outside the perimeters of day-to-day experience.
Gopal Ramasammy-Cook, Meridian alumnus, Founder, Zestware

“Having attended numerous workshops I can confidently say that the Common Purpose experiential learning approach is like none other I have encountered. It is difficult to explain to someone who has not participated in the experience first-hand, but I have learnt so many valuable lessons, and built a great network which is a treasure for my personal, professional, and social goals that I shall always cherish. Thank you!!!!!”

Course Format

The course is designed to reflect current issues and themes. It is characterised by variety and challenge, with participants visiting sites and engaging in group-work. 

Participants take part in several types of leadership engagement:

Core days: Explore key leadership themes as participants learn from each others' ideas and experiences.

Raids: In small groups participants head out into "someone else's world" and find out how change happens there.

Forums: Participants meet leaders who do things in different or unconventional ways and yet succeed. In groups, they work together on leadership challenges, coaching each other.

Trans-local modules (optional): Participants gain new perspectives by attending a module in another town, city or country to learn how their counterparts elsewhere tackle challenges.

Net.Connect: Allows participants to link up online - locally, nationally and internationally - to share the enormous range of knowledge within the whole group.

Upcoming programmes

The next Common Purpose Navigator programme begins in July 2016.

Key dates:

  • Module one: 28 & 29 July 2016
  • Module two: 25 & 26 August 2016
  • Module three: 28 & 29 August 2016


Fill in the online form to apply for Common Purpose Navigator.

If you have any questions about the programme or the application process please contact your local Common Purpose office.