Please find my post on a similar discussion 18 months ago. Nothng has changed.
Hi Guys, I am a very long term lurker, and only very occasional poster on the old forum and this one.
I am a "graduate" of Common Purpose having undertaken the 12 months (one day a month) process in about 2002/3.
I work in the private sector and the firm I worked for sent somebody on the course every year. Our MD was a graduate and he fully supported CPs aims.
I was the last person from my firm to attend as my feedback to our MD was not positive - largely because free and open debate was prevented if any member of the course found the discussion or views being aired to be in any way "offensive. " This was the frst time I really experienced PC behaviour and I found it to be very disturbing that some people (exclusively women from the state sector and charities) could call foul and close down conversation if they did not agree with the way discussion was going - I suppose in retrospect that they were very early members of the snowflake generation.
If I put aside the issues with PC behaviour and the snowflake generation, the intent of the course was very reasonable - the idea was that "thought leaders" (that term is one that CP used, and I found to be somewhat ridiculous) would benefit from experiencing days away from their normal working environment into the local institutions so that they could recognise the challenges and difficulities that other working sectors face.
The course structure had a two day residential to kick off the years events, then one day per month for the rest of the year. These one day events were idividually themed. For example we spent a day with the local police force, a day in the local general hospital, a day with the local radio station, a day at a local industrial complex, a day in the courts, a day in the education sector, another day with social services, I am sure you get the idea.
The days away were very interesting to me as they gave a really good insight into what is going on in the community and how different reality can be when compared with preconceived ideas.
The private sector people had an expectation that those in the state sector had a piss-easy life, and we found that whilst some of them did, a lot most certainly do not - teachers in an inner city comprehensive school, the local cops and social services employees had a fairly tought time.
The state sector people expected us in the private sector to be paid a shit-load of money for a relatively easy life - it was very clear that they changed their views about us when they got to see the coal face where the money that paid all their salarys is made.
All in all, I suppose it did most of us a lot of good, and exposed us to sides of work and life that most of us never see.
Their was no real effort made by the course organisers to mould us all into their clique, the basis of the event was not a marxist plot and as far as I know, I am not a secret member of an elite club aiming to overturn our capitalist society.
I am sorry if the reality destroys a few peoples illusions.
Hugs & Kisses