The Common Purpose Challenge
Sponsored by Comic Relief

Generate ideas to improve your city.

Sign up for a FREE Leadership Workshop

Join us on March 14th in Manchester and Bangalore for a workshop day to improve your leadership skills and develop solutions to city challenges. 

The leadership workshop is a day where participants from the Challenge will gather to discuss, debate and refine ideas that have been generated online around a leadership framework. This intensive workshop will be an opportunity to connect with fellow participants, hear from expert speakers and work together to build and refine your ideas. On the day you will innovate, get fresh ideas and work on them with a group of diverse people. You will also be able to explore issues in your city with expert speakers and specially selected mentors

Register for a place on the workshop by emailing us.

Generate ideas to improve your city

Do you have an idea that can make your city a better place to work and live?

The idea could be about politics, technology, housing, from sports to the arts. In cities across the world people are engaging with society less and less. If we want a society that works for everyone, this needs to change.

How to take part

We want real world solutions - big or small - that will improve your city.

To take part in the challenge, join our online platform. This is a space where you can submit your ideas, contribute to other ideas, and vote on the projects you would like to see in your city.

You can also take part in our workshops in Bangalore and Manchester. These will be a chance to connect with expert speakers and other participants to develop the ideas further.

Your opinions and experiences might just be the difference between a project that works, and a project that doesn’t.

The final ideas

Winners will have the chance to present their ideas to a panel, led by Academy Award winning filmmaker David Puttnam, which includes:

  • Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • MN Reddi, Director General of Police, Karnataka, India
  • Vijay Padaki, Trustee, Bangalore Little Theatre Foundation
  • Diane Modahl, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Diane Modahl Sports Foundation
  • Ved Sen, Associate Partner, Atos Consulting
  • James H. Sutcliffe, FIA, Chairman, Sun Life Inc. 

Not only that, final ideas may be featured in a Comic Relief film which will be presented to decision makers in Bangalore and Manchester.

Academy Award winning filmmaker David Puttnam introduces the Common Purpose Challenge.

The Common Purpose Challenge

Common Purpose is running the Common Purpose Challenge in Bangalore and Manchester with funding from Comic Relief. This is your opportunity to voice your ideas to the people who can help them become a reality.

Julia Middleton, Founder and Chief Executive, Common Purpose Charitable trust

“Most problems spread across boundaries. Most leaders, sadly, stay within them. At Common Purpose, we believe that this just has to change.”

Join the Common Purpose Challenge

Get your ideas heard and see them picked up by decision makers in your city!

The Common Purpose Challenge is made possible through sponsorship by Comic Relief.

Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty.

In the UK, Comic Relief funds work that aims to achieve at least one of their five themes. They do this by supporting organisations with the people, ideas and ability to tackle complex problems and create positive social change across the UK.