Leadership programmes

Legacy: A global campaign

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Legacy is a global campaign by Common Purpose, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be.

The Generation

Legacy Initiatives are for young people aged 18-25, from across a city or country. They are an amazingly diverse group: some in employment, some not; some studying, some volunteering. Many will be passionate activists, others will be finding their own causes. Legacy Initiatives reach young people from very different backgrounds and beliefs – the only thing they have in common is their generation. 

The Legacy

Legacy Initiatives challenge a generation to think 20-30 years ahead – to a significant anniversary for their city or country – and think through what their legacy will be. 

Why Legacy?

Because the world needs:

  • a new generation of young leaders come through who have the commitment and ability to bridge divides
  • stronger links across generations, which help them to work better together
  • a broader base of leadership
  • established leaders to hear and support young people with big ideas and long-term thinking

Two formats

All Legacy Initiatives build the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and social capital of a generation. They can take two different formats – online and face-to-face – getting young people to work together in different ways.

Build a Model of Leadership

One thousand young people create a model of leadership, which defines what kind of leaders they want to be and resonates with their generation. Just as many organizations create models of leadership which guide their leaders, we do the same with young people for their generation.

Common Purpose then develops an online programme, for cohorts of 2000, which brings the model to life and builds the competencies which underpin it. Our online programmes can reach many thousands of young people; they are social and experiential, encouraging exchange and experimentation.

Address a social challenge (Face-to-Face)

Over three days, participants tackle a complex societal challenge that their city or country faces, which they must work together to address. They go out into communities, investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. They then test, refine and either implement their ideas or present them to leaders in the city or country.

These leadership programmes are intergenerational, giving participants the opportunity to work with around 50 established leaders, all of whom are leading change across the city or country. They act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. These leaders, representing a diverse range of public, private and not-for-profit organizations, benefit in turn from their engagement with the programme by seeing the world through the eyes of the next generation. 

Chicago200 is an annual leadership programme that convenes young diverse leaders from across the Chicagoland area to address the question: "What will we make our city known for by its 200th Birthday?"

Over ten years, Chicago200 aims to engage and develop 2,000 diverse leaders, who are committed to reshaping their city for the next generation.

The inaugural programme took place from 24 to 27 April 2019 and was brought to you by The Chicago Community Trust in partnership with Common Purpose, with support from Northern Trust, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, University of Chicago, City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago Public Media.

Start a Legacy Initiative

Do you want to make a Legacy Initiative happen in your city or country? Get in touch.

Take part


Chicago200 convenes a diverse group of young leaders from across the Chicagoland area to address the question: "What will we make our city known for by its 200th Birthday?"


Boston401 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Boston to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?”


Inspired by the visionary leaders who founded the NHS in 1948, UK101 asks young people from across the UK "What kind of leaders do we want our generation to be?”


Commonwealth100 equips the next generation with Open Source Leadership, a new model of leadership, created by young people who will be the Commonwealth’s leaders by its centenary in 2049. 


Singapore100 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 16 to 21, from across the country to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?” 


In 2032, it will be 150 years since Newcastle was formally granted city status. Newcastle150 will bring together 150 young leaders each year to address the question: “How do we ensure that by 2032 Newcastle is a city where all of its young people can reach their potential?”


2048 will mark 100 years since a team at the University of Manchester developed “The Baby”, the world’s first modern computer. It was a moment of innovation that has defined the lives not only of their generation but of every generation after them. GM100 will bring together 100 young leaders to address the question: “What will the legacy of our generation be?”

Could you share your insight with the next generation? Join our Legacy contributor network

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Legacy Initiatives – sharing their insight and, in the process, seeing their city or country through the eyes of the next generation. We need speakers, panellists, mentors and immersion hosts. If you want to be a contributor, sign up below.