Leadership programmes

Legacy Programmes

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Legacy Programmes bring together young people in a city or country to address the question: “What will the legacy of our generation be?” Because after all, they are the generation who will shape it.

The Generation

Legacy Programmes 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 Programmes reach young people from very different backgrounds and beliefs – the only thing they have in common is their generation. 

The Legacy

Legacy Programmes 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 Programmes?

Because the world needs:

  • a new generation of young leaders to 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 in our cities and countries
  • established leaders to hear and support young people with big ideas and long-term thinking

Two formats

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

Build a leadership model (Online)

One thousand young people co-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 Legacy Programme, for cohorts of 2000, which brings the model to life and builds the competencies which underpin it. Our online programmes are social and experiential; encouraging exchange and experimentation.

Address a social challenge (Face-to-Face)

Over three days, up to 200 participants use the Common Purpose InnoVenture technique to tackle a challenge that their city or country faces. They go out into communities, investigate issues, collaborate, hold difficult conversations and work up ideas. They test, refine and either implement their ideas or present them to leaders in the city or country.

The programmes are intergenerational, giving participants the opportunity to work with around 50 established leaders from across the city or country, who act as specialists, group advisors, speakers and immersion hosts. The established leaders benefit from 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 Programme

Do you want to make a Legacy Programme happen in your city? Get in touch.

Take part in a Legacy Programme


Chicago200 is an annual leadership programme that convenes young diverse leaders from across the Chicagoland area who are committed to reshaping their city for the next generation.


The SG100 Young Leaders Programme is designed especially for young leaders in Singapore who are keen to innovate and lead change in their communities. 


Commonwealth100 is a free, online leadership programme from Common Purpose that equips the next generation with 21st century leadership skills.

Volunteer for Legacy Programmes

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