A leadership programme that brings together high potential, early career individuals from a range of backgrounds.

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What is Common Purpose Navigator?

Navigator is a national leadership programme for the rising generation of high-potential individuals identified as people to watch in their organisations or as leaders in their communities.

Over an intensive five days, this programme takes participants outside their typical four walls, giving them a behind-the-scenes view of how organisations, cities and society work and the opportunity to address some of the key issues facing them.

Navigator gives participants the chance to put the pieces of society's jigsaw together in a stimulating and dynamic way with the city as the setting but the lessons learned against that backdrop are not exclusive to any one place.


Who is Common Purpose Navigator for?

The programme is aimed at people who are recognised as having real potential in their chosen field (no matter which sector or area of activity). The programme is aimed at emerging leaders from all sectors; public, private & not for profit.

Participants come from extremely diverse backgrounds. A typical programme may include participants from government departments, educational institutions, financial sector, IT companies, SMEs, community groups and voluntary agencies.

All of Common Purpose's leadership programmes are deliberately cross-sector, each participant brings his or her own perspective on the issues and contributes to the breadth of the overall experience. Participants frequently comment that they learn as much from each other as they do from the programme itself.

The course aims to give participants:

  • An understanding of how a range of organisations, across the sectors, deal with common issues.
  • The chance to meet and engage senior decision-makers and leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • An opportunity to spend an intensive residential period learning with peers from very different backgrounds and professions.
  • An experience to gain rare insight into the value of diversity in all its forms.
  • The courage to step outside the perimeters of day-to-day experience.


What is the course format?

During an intensive five-day Common Purpose Navigator programme, participants cover a number of key issues through programme agendas designed to reflect current themes:

  • Inspirational leadership
  • Levers of power
  • Effecting change
  • Managing risk
  • Vision in the workplace

Where is Common Purpose Navigator held?

In 2017, the Navigator Programmes will take place in Dublin and Cork.

Similar courses are also run in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany and other countries in which Common Purpose operates.


Navigator participants preparing for café conversations on "Exploring a vision taking shape", where they were given an opportunity to hear different perspectives on an ambitious development project taking shape from contributors.

What is the cost to attend Common Purpose Navigator?

The full fees for Navigator are as follows:
Dublin programme- €4,500
Cork programme- €4,000

For information regarding the Limerick Navigator programme, please contact your local Common Purpose office.

Financial Assistance

There are a number of almost full (every participant must make some contribution) and part bursary places provided on every Common Purpose course for participants who are genuinely unable - as opposed to unwilling - to meet the full fee. Applicants who cannot pay the full fee should not be deterred from applying.

If you would like to apply for a bursary, please fill in the section of the form for bursary candidates. If you need to discuss this further, please contact your local Common Purpose Office.

"Adults generally learn best by experience and also learn best when the skills and knowledge can be applied directly in their every day or working lives. I found the peer to peer learning very beneficial as well through finding out how others deal with similar challenges that I face - lots of practical tips! Learning by experience has one more benefit, namely if you try something once, you are more likely to do it again with less apprehension - I can provide the example of the improv workshop. I never thought I would be able to come up with ideas on the spot, particularly in front of a group of people that I might not know well. I have used this technique a few times when brainstorming, or when faced with difficult questions. Real life examples, rather than textbook examples, felt a bit more truthful. Leaders enable others by example."

Joanne Ozarowska, Programme Coordinator, DCU in the Community, Navigator 2012/2013