Connect with Common Purpose and our alumni network of over 90,000 leaders and rising 

Alumni webinar series

Throughout this year, we are running a special series of global webinars for alumni. These webinars will delve deeper into the subject of Courageous Conversations.

Amazon's Culture of Innovation

10 December 2020, 09.00-10.00 (GMT) / 17.00-18.00 (UTC+8)

Over the years Amazon has gotten very good at taking hard-to-solve problems, and producing solutions that make them easy to use and accessible to the masses.

Join Richard Taylor, Digital Innovation Lead at Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) who will share insights on how Amazon have developed a culture to foster and encourage innovation throughout the organization centred on their mission “to be the Earth’s most customer-centric company” and how they explore mechanisms to facilitate innovative thinking, support structures to empower their teams to build and the importance of building a culture to innovate.

Alumni features

In 2019, we celebrated our 30th anniversary, collecting and sharing the Aha Moments of alumni, contributors and staff from over the past three decades. These could be a favourite memory from a programme day, a realization long after the programme, an event that had a significant impact on them, or a conversation that changed their perspective. Click here to see our 30th Anniversary alumni features!

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.