“We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally. This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future.”
Professor Klaus Schwab
World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman
The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities.
Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.
The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
According to the recent studies...
—50% of the world’s population is under the age of 27, the majority of whom live in urban areas
—the millennial generation consider themselves as ―active agents of change rather than passive bystanders. Among them:
—this generation is increasingly self-empowered and thanks to information and technology has catalysed tremendous opportunities for interaction and collaboration.
These results inspired WEF to establish the Global Shapers Community in order to engage more young people with their fresh ideas to the solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.