Dublin Legacy

It is 100 years since the foundation of the Irish state. As we look to the next quarter of a century... 2047 – how will you shape your city's future?

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Key information

Who's it for?

Young professionals and students aged 18-25 years


2 days







What legacy do you want to leave on your city? In our Dublin Legacy programme, you'll not only answer this question, but you'll also be equipped with the skills to live it out.

As part of our Legacy campaign, the Dublin Legacy programme will equip you with networks and cultural intelligence so you can become a leader who brings positive, game-changing impact. Together with other young leaders, you'll be asked to address the important challenge: "How can we make Dublin a city for all?"

In the wake of this, you'll discover not only your potential but what that potential can do for Dublin. Get ready to connect, be informed, and be inspired to make real change.

Our approach

How it works


Day 1: Unpacking Diversity and Purpose

Fresh Perspectives: Dive into a dynamic exploration of diversity within the place where you live. Discover the richness of different perspectives and experiences that make us unique.

Uncover Your Purpose: Reflect on the forces that drive you in life and your career. Consider the positive change you aspire to be a part of in Dublin.

Tackling big Issues & making a difference: The key to understanding big problems? Asking the right questions! Engage with local established leaders and explore how to ask impactful questions and make curiosity your superpower so you can make a positive contribution to Dublin.

Day 2: Your Impact and Future Vision

Personal Brand and Storytelling: Explore building your personal brand and leadership profile to amplify your impact. Learn how to capture the hearts and minds of your audience.

Intergenerational Leadership: Working across generations can be tricky but is unavoidable. Delve into the importance of intergenerational leadership and how working together can unlock real change.

Your BIG thinking : Share your vision for what your generation needs to see change in your locality. Let your ideas shine in the Ideas Marketplace, presenting them to key local stakeholders.


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Programme outcomes

What's in it for me?

Develop your skills

Build and practice leadership skills such as problem solving, communication and working in diverse teams.

Find your voice

Voicing your ideas and opinions is an art. For some it comes naturally, while others really need to work at it. Either way it is a skill that is really important to practice.

Grow your networks

Connect with established leaders and organizations who are working together to tackle complex problems.

Connect with peers

Work with young professionals and peers from your city. Build your connections and have lots of fun along the way!

Showcase your learning

Earn great industry relevant experience that will benefit your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Practical tools and tactics

Real take aways that you can continue to practice and apply in your everyday back at work or studying.

The experience

An experience like no other...

Dublin Legacy is an unforgettable experience! It unlocks exclusive access to industry and city leaders - their challenges and their innovative thinking. You will have three days of working as teams with peers to raise your voice and explore the future of Dublin. 
Most importantly, you will learn so much more about yourself; what drives you, what your strengths are and how you can use your voice to leave a legacy.

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John Bryers
Ranger, National Trust
"A brilliant programme for networking and creating connections. It helps develop leadership skills and gets us thinking within a framework that accepts diverse opinions."
Megan Grieves
Paralegal, Womble Bond Dickinson
"A really good programme to bring together young people from different organisations and industries. The tasks were beneficial in enabling me to develop my teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Would definitely recommend this course to other young people."

Next steps

Are you ready?

Step forward and use your voice to shape the future of Dublin.


Applications for the next cohort of Dublin Legacy will open soon.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, if you have any further questions or would just like to discuss the programme in more detail, please reach out to a member of our team in your specific location who would be delighted to help.

Get in touch

We are a global not-for-profit leadership development organization on a mission to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries. We work passionately with people to help push the boundaries of what is possible, all so that they can become those who can help us to work better together, be the connectors of our unique lived experiences and lead, with a difference.

Yes! The Common Purpose Charitable Trust was established as a charity in 1989. It is registered with the Charity Commission under the Registered Charity number 1023384.

The benefits of Common Purpose leadership programmes include gaining increased:  

  • Agility in adapting to changing circumstances and environments.  

  • Empathy to what other people feel, think and need. Seeing things from their point of view.

  • Influence in leading change with limited decision-making power.  

  • Openness to new ideas, possibilities and perspectives, including views they might deeply disagree with.    

  • Purposefulness in leading with intentionality, determination, commitment and resilience.

  • Self-awareness to their behaviours and outlook, and how they interpret and respond to situations.

When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. Our approach uses a robust behaviour and mindset change philosophy rooted in real life leadership challenges and experiences. To turn those experiences into real learning we follow five tried and tested steps that lead to habitual change in how people think, feel and act.    

  1. Experience: Being presented with new experiences. Engaging with leaders across multiple boundaries and being immersed in new environments.   

  1. Reflection: Learning activities to gain a deeper and more personalized understanding of the learning.    

  1. Translate: Exploring how to relate new ideas and thought processes back into the learner’s role or context.

  1. Practice: Developing a set of leadership practices that can be used to turn new behaviours into habits.

  1. Assess: Embedding numerous assessments to help learners track their progress pre, during and even beyond the programme.

Experiential learning is a core component of our programmes.

Our programmes create a carefully constructed microclimate to explore real-life leadership challenges in a safe environment, often leading to the types of purpose-driven conversations needed to achieve transformative change.

We also focus on the importance of active learning, by getting people out of their comfort zones and into the world, seeing things, meeting people, taking part, and taking advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.