Be open - and open-minded
Be prepared to hear views that you may not normally wish to hear
- and be willing to learn something from them. You will certainly
hear views expressed from other participants with whom you deeply
disagree; we take the view that leaders need to know what other
people are thinking, if they are to work effectively across
Avoid both giving and taking offence
It is important that everyone feels able to say what they really
think. When other people's views are articulated bluntly or
clumsily, we ask you to suspend instant judgment and enter into
constructive discussion on them. We also ask you to communicate in
a respectful way and to listen to any feedback as to why your ideas
or language might cause offence.
Be a leader
Make sure that your contributions are to the point - and be
prepared to ask the difficult questions. Speak as yourself. Support
fellow participants when they have the courage to go out on a limb.
Don't delegate issues to the Programme Director if the group is
better placed to deal with them.
Be engaged - and positive
Show commitment. Make arrangements so that you can attend each
event in full, keep to the timings given, prepare yourself well and
ensure that you are not interrupted. Be fair and respectful in your
dealings with other participants, contributors and alumni. If you
can't help someone, say so. If someone can't help you, accept this.
Use shared knowledge and experience for positive ends.
Adhere to the Chatham House Rule
All courses run by Common Purpose across the world respect the
Chatham House rule
This internationally recognised rule was first devised at
Chatham House - home of the Royal Institute of International
Affairs in London - in 1927. It was reviewed and refined in 1992
and then again in 2002.
It provides a well respected way of conducting meetings and
it reads as follows:
"When a meeting is held under the Chatham House Rule,
participants are free to use the information received, but neither
the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any
other participant, may be revealed"
Common Purporse have adopted the Rule because it
enriches our programmes. It encourages everyone to speak
freely. Speakers and participants alike can talk openly
openly and truthfully about issues in their community, challenges
in society or their own leadership dilemmas.
It allows people to speak as individuals and express views that
may not be those of their organisations. In these conditions, real
issues can be aired, genuine debate can flourish and deeper
learning can be achieved.
It does not mean that discussions are secret, indeed people can
talk about anything that they have learnt or discussed on the the
course. But they cannot say who it was that expressed a particular
If we did not observe the rule, everyone would be less generous
with their knowledge which would significantly reduce the
effectiveness of the educational experience.
Official Chatham House Website http://www.chathamhouse.org/about/chatham-house-rule