Commonwealth100 is a free, online leadership programme from Common Purpose that equips the next generation with 21st century leadership skills. It is the first of our Legacy Programmes to be run online. It introduces the idea of Open Source Leadership, co-created by young leaders, to maximize their impact in both their professional and civic lives.

Using an interactive platform, you will work with a diverse group of young leaders from across the Commonwealth to explore Open Source Leadership  – a new leadership model co-created with over 1,000 young Commonwealth leaders.

This is your opportunity to gain practical skills for the future. What’s more, everyone who completes Commonwealth100 receives the Open Source Leadership Badge: an online badge you can use to set yourself apart, as a 21st Century leader.

Commonwealth100 & online learning

To know more about Commonwealth100 in the context of online learning, read this article.

Common Purpose

About Commonwealth100

Commonwealth100 is open to young leaders who are from a Commonwealth country, or who currently live, work or study in a Commonwealth country, and are interested in shaping the legacy of the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth100 programme outcomes:
  • A new generation of young leaders to come through who have the commitment and ability to bridge divides
  • Stronger links across regions, backgrounds and generations (through our webinars and alumni offerings), which help them to work better together
  • A broader base of leadership in Commonwealth cities and countries
  • Framing a fresh, bold, principled, networked Commonwealth of the future
8,000 participants in 11 cohorts

1,500 more participants on the waitlist for upcoming cohorts

98.5% found the course to be high value for time

Open Source Leadership

Many young people today recognize that we need a new approach to leadership. That’s why we worked with over 1,000 young leaders to discover the skills we need when Commonwealth celebrates its centenary in 2049.

The result is Open Source Leadership.

Open Source Leadership is a new, crowd-sourced model for leadership, which aims to equip you with the competencies you need to be successful in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (what many call the VUCA world).

To learn more about our Online Legacy Programmes and the co-creation of leadership models, please refer to the document on the Legacy Programmes page.


“I am excited about Commonwealth100 because leadership is something that can be easily overlooked. Commonwealth100 offers something that everyone can learn from and implement into whatever they do. I think it’s a key tool that is going to facilitate well rounded learning of so many young people.”

Open source leadership | Andy Coxall | TEDxLondon

Youth leadership advocate Andy Coxall tells the stories of the young people he has met around the globe in his quest to mentor the next generation of leaders.


We will be AWAKE to intolerance and determined to counterbalance it.


We will work to lift each other up.


We will rebuild trust by being TRUSTWORTHY ourselves.


We will be QUICK to adapt to a world turned upside down by Artificial Intelligence.


We will be ACCESSIBLE leaders.


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