The young leaders (CICers) explored these issues, identifying leverage points for change and unearthing interesting examples of how they are being addressed across the globe. As they developed an original and bold idea for what they could lead locally, participants were taught how to design smart start experiments (SSE).

SSEs help CICers develop a resourceful way to get their idea off the ground and to test whether they are on the right track. They also make it easier for CICers to create a compelling pitch and build partnerships with people and agencies that can provide practical support and resources.

CIC worked with sixteen young leaders each week for six weeks and guided them through the Leadership for Impact process. Participants formed teams around the issues they wanted to make an impact on.

Topics included:

  • Promoting new stories of masculinity​Helping young people to sustain the educational journey
  • Providing safety and comfort to LGBTQI members as they come out
  • Avoiding alcohol and substance abuse
  • Embracing diversity in community


Headspace engaged CIC to stage a leadership program for young people enrolled in their advisory groups. Headspace was particularly excited about the action oriented nature of the CIC program and that participants would learn about leadership whilst designing and doing.

Participants expressed that the best part of the program was learning a process by which they could lead change on the issues they care most deeply about. With new skills, increased confidence and a lived experience of leading change, these CICers are equipped to make an impact and step into positions of leadership.

A number of the teams have been successful in finding partners to provide support for their SSE. CICers have formed professional networks and learnt how to pitch their ideas to potential investors.

Headspace is pleased that alongside it’s traditional advisory roles, it now has a model by which it can activate young people as designers and creators of services and products.