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What will your generation's legacy be?


In 2042, it will be 500 years since the Bristol was granted city status – how will you shape your city’s future?

Bristol500 convenes a diverse group of leaders, aged 18-25, from across Bristol to address the question: "What will the legacy of our generation be?" Because after all, you are the generation who will shape Bristol when it reaches 500. 

Bristol500 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 Bristol500 you will: 

  • Meet a new, diverse group of young people who care about making change happen in Bristol 
  • 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 Bristol's community
  • Additional opportunities to receive free, personalized leadership coaching sessions

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

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Why take part?

Bristol500 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 Bristol. 

What happens on Bristol500? 

You’ll join a group of up to 100 people in Bristol to tackle a pressing challenge your city faces. This year’s challenge is: "How can we act together to transform Bristol into a cleaner, greener place for all by 2042?" 

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 Bristol. 

Bristol500 is intergenerational, giving you the opportunity to work with around 30 established leaders from across Bristol, who act as group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from seeing the world through your eyes - the next generation.


Dates: 27-29 June 2023 

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

How much does it cost? Bristol500 is free. 

Application Process

The application process for Bristol500 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 Bristol.