The Global Shapers Community is a network of young people under the age of 30 who work together to encourage dialogue, action, and change to overcome challenges both locally, regionally and globally. This community reaches more than 8,000 young people in 165 countries.
Forming teams form hubs in cities where they organize themselves to create projects that meet the needs of their community. The focus of this project is diverse, ranging from responding to disasters and fighting poverty, to combating climate change and building an inclusive society. Examples of projects include Water for Life which is a project from the Cartagena hub that provides families with water filters that aim to eliminate biological poisons from water supplies and fight preventable diseases in the region. Another example is the Creativity Lab from Yerevan Hub, which displays activities for children ages 7 to 9 to enhance creative thinking. Each branch of the hub is also committed personally and professionally to take action to preserve our planet.
What does the Global Shapers Community do?
This community works together with the aim of providing a positive social impact. In personal professional life, many of us are dedicated to social goals. But outside of our daily work, we are Global Shapers because we choose to spend time together to collaborate on projects that enhance our community. Some Hubs start entirely new projects and ideas, others strengthen the work of extraordinary non-profit organizations. In San Francisco, new community members largely set an annual collective project agenda.
Another goal is for their communities to form real relationships with each other and fellow change-makers around the world. As a member of the global shapers community, they have an amazing opportunity to connect to a network of 5,000+ Global shapers around the world in more than 400+ Hubs in each city. This community is connected and learns from each other locally. Besides that, they also have the opportunity to connect with other World Economic Forum communities.
The Global Shapers Community Represents the Young Generation at the International Level
This community also represents young people in the world meeting forum. More than half of the world’s population is under 30 years old and in many countries such as Pakistan, two-thirds of the population is under 30 years old. However, young people do not often have access to decision-making at the highest level.
In this community, they believe in “nothing for us without us.” They take leadership roles in the community and represent young people on the international stage. Every year, a number of selected members of the Global Shaper community have the opportunity to represent young people at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, WEF Annual Meetings in China, and other international events. This community has done really tremendous and amazing activity and at such young age already really concerned about the environment.