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.
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.
“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.”
Common Purpose delivers leadership programmes in over 100 cities worldwide: whether that’s programmes for university students or senior leaders.
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Rio De Janeiro