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What will your generation's legacy be? 

Boston401

In 2030, Boston will be 400 years old and looking into its 401st year – how will you shape your city’s future?

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?” Because after all, you are the generation who will shape Boston. 

Boston401 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.

Kenn Elmore, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Boston University

"Boston is a unique blend of a vibrant and historic city that truly lives up to its Hub nickname – we take the lead in science, politics, social change and innovation, among others. Now it’s time for us to make sure our vibrancy doesn’t grow stale, for our young people to feel that they can be full participants in a city, for us to maintain our status as the world’s hub of knowledge and ideas. The Boston401 program is a new way for us to engage around this charge."

Why Boston401?

 

Why take part?

Boston401 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 Boston and develop Cultural Intelligence in the process – the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. 

What happens on Boston401?

Over three days, you’ll join a group of 150 people in Boston to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces: This year’s challenge is: "How will we make Boston a city for all as it enters its 401st year?"

You’ll go out into communities, investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. You’ll test, refine and either implement your ideas or present them to leaders in Boston.

Boston401 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 50 established leaders from across the city, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.

Application

The application process for Boston401 involves answering three questions about your passion for leadership and your city. These questions 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 Boston.

Boston401 is a partnership between Boston University and Common Purpose.

Boston401 will be Common Purpose’s second US legacy program. In April 2019, Common Purpose ran Chicago200, partnership with the Chicago Community Trust that asked a similar question of young leaders in the city. We convened an extremely diverse cohort of 18–25 year olds from across the city, for a powerful leadership experience that brought together established leaders with young Chicagoans and challenged them to work together to develop their vision for the city as it turns 200 in 2037.The curriculum also drew on perspectives from across different communities, sectors and generations of Chicago’s leaders, including a diverse range of immersions, from Chicago PD to an urban farm to Groupon. Click here for more information on Chicago200. 

Click here to see other legacy programs around the world.

Frank Lawrence Jr, Participant, Chicago200

"The program provided me with insight into Chicago’s young leaders and how those individuals were impacting change. I grow inspired at the thought of the program and am thankful to have had the opportunity to participate. I believe this will impact Chicago's future in significant ways.”

Apply

When and Where? Dates for 2020 TBC

Who can apply? Young leaders aged 18-25.

How much does it cost? Boston401 is free.

Volunteer for Boston401

We are looking for leaders from all backgrounds to contribute to Boston401 – 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.