About Us

Common Purpose in cities

Cities around the world host Common Purpose programmes.

Nearly 3,000 leaders—from every part of a city—open their doors each year to host immersion experiences; they speak regularly, contribute their time and generously share their insights because they believe in the importance of what we do.

Common Purpose aims to build leadership capacity within cities. We believe leaders who cross boundaries make cities work better; and cities that work better will be better at dealing with their own problems, and the world’s.

We develop leaders from different life stages, from students to senior leaders. Our real-world experiential approach involves taking leaders to places in their city they would never otherwise go: hospitals, civic buildings, trading floors, prisons, businesses and places of worship. By using the city as our classroom, leaders feel more inclined to engage with their city, and take responsibility for problems they see.

94%

of participants say they are better able to contribute to their cities and communities as a result of our programmes

We believe that it is through leadership that we can help address cohesion in cities and break down divides. We deliver programmes designed to help leaders cross boundaries between sectors, specializations, geographies, generations, backgrounds and beliefs. We’re committed to developing new generations of inclusive, culturally intelligent leaders who can thrive in an increasingly diverse world.

We connect cities internationally. Our global programmes take leaders to cities around the world to see leadership from a completely different context. Here they build the networks and skills to tackle global challenges, as well as gaining a fresh perspective, which they use to approach leadership in their own city.

Derek R.B. Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement, The University of Chicago

“We chose to partner with Common Purpose because of the depth of their experience and their understanding of civic and city leadership. The Fellows' trip to Johannesburg provided an unique opportunity for them to learn about civic leadership from an international perspective, which will help them make a greater impact in their own communities.”

Which cities?

Common Purpose delivers leadership programmes in over 100 cities worldwide: whether that’s programmes for university students or senior leaders.

Abu Dhabi
Abuja
Accra
Addis Ababa
Adelaide
Ahmedabad
Alexandria
Amman
Amsterdam
Ankara
Auckland
Bandung
Bangalore
Bangkok
Barcelona
Beijing
Belfast
Belo Horizonte
Berlin
Birmingham
Boston
Bradford
Bristol
Budapest
Cairo
Cambridge

Canberra
Cape Town
Cardiff
Chennai
Chicago
Colombo
Coventry
Dakar
Derby
Dhaka
Doha
Dresden
Dubai
Dublin
Durban
Durham
Edinburgh
Exeter
Frankfurt
Gaborone
Glasgow
Hamburg
Hanoi
Harare
Hong Kong
Houston

Hyderabad
Istanbul
Jakarta
Johannesburg
Kampala
Kigali
Kolkata
Kuala Lumpur
Lagos
Leeds
Leicester
Leipzig
Lille
Liverpool
London
Lusaka
Manchester
Manila
Melbourne
Montreal
Mumbai
Nairobi
New Delhi
New York
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Nottingham

Oxford
Perth
Philadelphia
Phnom Penh
Plymouth
Pretoria
Pune
Quezon City
Rio De Janeiro
San Francisco
Santiago
Sao Paulo
Seoul
Shanghai
Sharjah
Sheffield
Singapore
Stuttgart
Sydney
Toronto
Warwick
Windhoek
Yangon
Yerevan
York

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