Connect with Common Purpose and our alumni network of over 100,000 leaders and rising 

Celebrating our 100,000 alumni milestone!

As of September 2021, over 100,000 people have graduated from Common Purpose programmes globally to become part of our alumni community. We're delighted to see our network continue to grow and thrive – with leaders from over 150 countries and cities.

The impact of our work is evident in the wonderful work our alumni all do across the world – in health, education, sustainability, governance, and so much more. Every single member of our alumni community is incredibly important to us and so to celebrate this massive milestone we’re running a competition. We recently asked our alumni to recommend their favourite books on leadership and we've used this to put together some amazing bundles of books – from authors such as Brené Brown, Simon Sinek and our very own Founder, Julia Middleton. 
To enter the book competition, fill out this form by 30 September 2021 – sharing the best thing that has happened to you as a result of your Common Purpose programme, and one word (in any language) that you'd use to describe your programme experience. 

We've been planting trees ... with a little help!

We are increasingly working with leaders around the world who are committed to our environment and who are working collaboratively, across sectors and divides, to create a sustainable future with programmes like Sky Blue.

From Brazil to Rwanda and India to Australia we have partnered with One Tree Planted to plant a tree for each of the Common Purpose employees that helped us get to this landmark.

One Tree Planted is a non-profit environmental charity on a mission of global reforestation. They plant trees in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. To visit their website and learn more click here.

Gerard Shanahan, Director, Global Entities & Experiences, RMIT University

"As part of the 2017 ASEAN Leaders Programme I discovered a little of the rich, complex, diverse and exciting city of Pune in India! To be in a place so different to home with a wonderful group of colleagues and exposed to everyone from city leaders to the children of the slums was a truly enriching and enlivening experience, and one which has never left me."

Contribute to a programme

Have you contributed on a programme since you completed yours?

Whether you give your time as a speaker, panellist, or visit host (in person or virtually!), 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 organization.

If you’d like to contribute to our programmes, please sign up here, and we’ll be in touch when there’s a fit.

Our unique network

Our Common Purpose Alumni community has recently moved to LinkedIn. It is an online space where you can continue your learning and development and connect with other Common Purpose Alumni. 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. Click here to email our alumni team – request to join the group by telling us which programme you were on and when.


alumni from around the world have graduated from our programmes since 1989.


participants will become Common Purpose alumni this year.