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What will your generation’s legacy be?

Join Birmingham150

In 2039, it will be 150 years since Birmingham was granted city status – how will you shape your city's future?

Birmingham150 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Birmingham to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, you are the generation who will shape Birmingham when it reaches 150.

Birmingham150 is part of Legacy; 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.

By doing Birmingham150 you will:

  • Meet a new, diverse group of young people who care about making change happen in Birmingham
  • Develop and practice leadership skills such as problem solving, communication and team working 
  • Earn great experience that will benefit your CV and LinkedIn profile 
  • Connect with established leaders across all parts of Birmingham's community 
  • Additional opportunities to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions 

If you're a young leader aged 18-25 from Birmingham, apply for this free online programme here!

Mark Taylor, Region Managing Partner & Birmingham Office Managing Partner, RSM

"RSM are delighted to extend our involvement with the Legacy Programme to Birmingham. This is a terrific initiative to engage and enthuse future leaders in the key challenges of our time and we are proud to support it."

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Why take part?

Birmingham150 is your opportunity to come together as a generation and think through what your generation’s legacy will be. As part of a highly diverse group of peers, you will tackle real social challenges facing Birmingham.

What happens on Birmingham150?

You’ll join a group of c100 people in Birmingham to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces. This year’s challenge is: "How can we act together to transform Birmingham into a cleaner, greener place for all by 2039?"

You’ll come together online to investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and present them to leaders in Birmingham.

Birmingham150 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across Birmingham, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.

Mark Smith, Executive Director of Business Engagement, Aston University

"I am delighted that Aston University has been one of the first institutions to support the Common Purpose legacy programme. Creating a platform to combine inter-generational skills is clearly a massive benefit for the City, and echoes the University's mission to support economic growth through knowledge exchange."


Dates? TBC

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25 living, working or studying in Birmingham. 

How much does it cost? Birmingham150 is free.

Application Process

The application process for Birmingham150 involves answering a question which reflects your passion for leadership and your city. The question can be answered by whichever means feels most comfortable to you, be it written, video submission, a piece of artwork, song or photograph – however you best feel you can express your desire to take responsibility for the legacy of Birmingham.