Common Futures Conversations

Common Futures is an online community of young people from Africa and Europe who want to make government better. Join us to get your voice heard.

Make your voice heard by the people who govern your world

Most young people feel cut off from the leaders and governments who shape society. That’s why Chatham House created Common Futures Conversations.

Our platform lets you speak directly online with presidents, prime ministers and other policy makers from Africa and Europe. It’s your chance to help them understand your views and tell them how they could do things better.

Joining is a huge opportunity if you’re building a career in international affairs, diplomacy or government and want to gain experience.

It’s also a great way to meet other young people who want to make the world a better place.

I really like that it is a safe space where everyone is welcome to come with ideas or ask questions.

Current Common Futures participant

Common Futures in numbers

What is involved?

Joining Common Futures gives you access to our online platform, which works like a social media site. It is designed to let you:

  • Develop policy solutions and pitch them to people in government;
  • Connect with experts to discuss vital issues;
  • Inform people in government about the challenges you face;
  • Discover Chatham House research, and tell us what we could do better;
  • Share your experiences with others from Africa and Europe.

Our ambition is to expand the community globally. If you are interested funding or partnering with us, please email us.


Joining Common Futures gives you access to great career-building benefits:

  • Contribute to articles and podcasts published on our website;
  • Take part in our events;
  • Learn about international affairs careers from Chatham House experts;
  • Meet other young people from Africa and Europe who are interested in international affairs;
  • Get your ideas heard by key people in African and European governments;
  • Develop your writing, speaking and research skills.

Who can apply?

To apply for Common Futures you must be:

  • Aged 18-30;
  • Based in a European or African country;
  • Interested in developing real solutions to global challenges like climate change, inequality and security.

You will also need a working knowledge of English.

You do not have to have a degree or set experience to apply. We want to hear how you would help build a better world.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter to ensure you are notified when they re-open. 

If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact our HR team