The Global Shapers
Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are
exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a
contribution to their communities.
Over one hundred and ten Global Shapers representing 15 Latin American countries met in Panama City, Panama. The name of the event was SHAPE; and shaped us it did.
The main topic of the conference was
Rethinking Development in Latin America. There is a general conception that Latin
America is a region with great potential for growth and development; but…what
is development? What are the bases of development? How can we achieve this
status wanted by so many people? Who are the key players in the development
In order to help the Global Shapers find answers to these questions so that they can return to their countries and support development, the Global Shapers Panama City Hub created a very diverse agenda, in which the Global Shapers learned, experienced, and discussed their ideas with a wide variety of people who have different ideas of what development truly is and how it can be achieved.
Among other activities, we had the
opportunity of meeting with Panama’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who dazzled
us with astonishing statistics on how Panama and the region are having
incredible economic development. We also met with several local indigenous
tribes that live in the paradisiac island of Guna Yala who reminded us that our
culture and roots are the basis of development. On Sunday morning we met with
members of the Panamanian local community, ranging from age six to ninety, who
agreed that education is the key for development. And finally, we had an
outstanding, eye-opening, and moving talk with
As a lawyer and professor, I found this last
presentation overwhelmingly interesting. Having the opportunity to learn how The
Coca-Cola Company is aiding community development in a wide variety of areas
such as: poverty, entrepreneurship, health, environment, and even cultural
topics, is truly inspiring as it teaches us that not only NGOs and government offices
are helping improve the state of the world. Through the entire conference we
Gabriel Silva is a Global Shaper in the Panama City, Panama Hub. He is a lawyer and professor and you can find him on Facebook.
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