In March 2013, 96 leaders from 27 Commonwealth countries assembled to address a shared challenge.
Over eight days, they started with high level briefings in London, visited UK cities in small study tour groups to see the issues in reality and finally came back together in Oxford to work together on their solutions.
Highlights from Part One of CSCLeaders 2013
In June 2013, participants reconnected in two cities - Johannesburg and Mumbai - to address the challenge from the context of a different city, build on their leadership learning and expand the global network they had developed in Part One.
Highlights from Part Two of CSCLeaders 2013
Participants tackled the Challenge: How do people from communities which have spread across the world become the bridge makers in the global networks of the future?
They heard from many speakers and contributors as they immersed themselves in the challenge. Take a look at all the speakers and contributors for CSCLeaders.
As a result of their experience on CSCLeaders:
87% now operate as a global leader
86% identified behaviours they need to change in order to become global leaders
89% identified the core values and behaviours that, wherever they are, they should not change
89% met a minimum of eight people with whom they will stay
in regular contact
67% are actively implementing new opportunities for their organisation or country
85% are more prepared to lead a project which takes them beyond the world they know and operate within
100% will recommend CSCLeaders to a friend or colleague
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The CSCLeaders programme in 2013 led to a great many ideas and projects in response to Challenge: "How do people from communities which have spread across the world become the bridge makers in the global networks of the future?" Here are some of those projects:
33Fifty and the creation of the first Commonwealth Baton Book
The Baton Book, which has been created as part of the 33Fifty project, travelled with the Queen's Baton Relay, visiting the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The book has a page dedicated to each of the nations and territories of the Commonwealth. In every place the Book visited a young person was asked to write a message on the relevant page. At the end of its journey, the book was presented to the participants at the beginning of 33Fifty before they began their investigation into the Challenge and will inspire them to continue to collaborate once the programme is over.
33Fifty is a leadership programme for young Commonwealth citizens aged between 18 and 25 which grew out of CSCLeaders 2013. It aims to develop young people into leaders who bring people together, reconcile differences and lead change - leaders who share the values of the Commonwealth and can use its networks effectively.
The four-day programme will run every four years, coinciding with the Commonwealth Games, forming part of the official programme of cultural and educational events which runs parallel to the Games. 33Fifty will be delivered by a partnership between the Royal Commonwealth Society and Common Purpose.
The book was well received. The photo above shows a young woman holding the Relay Baton and Book in Bangladesh.
CommonAge is an organisation set up by Andrew Larpent, CEO of Southern Cross Care (Australia), following CSCLeaders 2013 to advance the interests of older people throughout the Commonwealth by building capability and capacity in health and care services. Its objective is to promote and disseminate learning experience and best practice in aged car service design, development, provision and assurance throughout the Commonwealth with the purpose of improving the quality of life for older citizens in Commonwealth countries. Find out more about CommonAge: www.commage.org
The Commonwealth Police Association
The Commonwealth Police Association (COMPASS) addresses the need for an umbrella organization for police officers across the Commonwealth. The first project for this group is working with colleagues on a plan to increase the capacity and resilience of faith communities in the UK, particularly around places of worship. This has been developed following the 300% increase in Islamophobia and other attacks on Gurdwaras and temples across Britain in 2013.
Common Link - Connecting Classrooms
Common Link is a technology platform that enables a secure connection between classrooms anywhere across the Commonwealth. It uses the latest ISO standard enterprise security to ensure secure transmission between classrooms.
The participant group behind this initiative are designing an extensive, searchable contacts database so that schools can easily find each other. Each school is assigned a user account and through this they can discover schools in the contacts database, make a secure contact from one Common Link school to another via email and arrange a times for Common Link session between classrooms.
The outcomes will be to connect schools across the Commonwealth to deliver a more global perspective to school aged children and their teachers. The platform runs itself except for some ongoing administration and technical support.