Class of 2018 Open Source Leadership

The Class of 2018 – over 5,000 students from around the world. Our Open Source Leadership course is an opportunity for you continue your leadership learning, to connect with peers around the world and to build your global networks.

Building on the learning from your Common Purpose programme, you will work with the incredibly diverse group of leaders that are the 2018 Alumni to explore Open Source Leadership.

Many young people today recognize that we need a new approach to leadership. Open Source Leadership is a new, crowd-sourced model for leadership, which aims to equip you with the competencies you need to be successful in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (what many call the VUCA world).

This is your opportunity to gain practical skills for the future. What’s more, everyone who completes the course receives the Class of 2018 Open Source Leadership Badge: an online badge you can use to set yourself apart, as a 21st Century leader.

Andy Coxall, CEO, Common Purpose Student Experiences

“2018 has been our biggest year yet, with 5,000 students taking part in our programmes around the world, in cities from Montreal to Melbourne and Santiago to Singapore. The Open Source Leadership course provides an amazing opportunity for the Class of 2018 to connect with peers across the globe and continue their leadership learning.”

About the programme

Using an online platform, you will hear stories from senior and emerging leaders who have had to lead complex change.

You will take part in interactive exercises and discussions with peers from around the world. And you will read compelling articles, which explore the skills you need to be successful in the 21st century.

All participants who complete the programme will receive the Class of 2018 Open Source Leadership Badge, which can be used as a record of your achievement on your CV or online profiles.

This course is exclusively open to alumni of the 2018 programmes.

The programme is hosted online.

The programme is open from 21 December 2018 to 1 February 2019. 

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Joe Burroughs, Member, Open Source Leadership Guiding Council

"‘Open Source’ should summarize an essential premise that we, as a generation, must embrace wholeheartedly; that we shall never stop challenging, innovating and expanding the ideas, people and technology that lead and define our generation. As a guiding concept, it has the power to create leaders, from all backgrounds, that have the tools and ability to overcome the challenges of the contemporary world.”


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Open source leadership | Andy Coxall | TEDxLondon

Youth leadership advocate Andy Coxall tells the stories of the young people he has met around the globe in his quest to mentor the next generation of leaders.