DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2013 –The
Global Shapers, a major initiative launched by the World Economic Forum to engage young people between the ages of 20 and 30 to deliver local and global change, will facilitate the challenge by encouraging Shaper “hubs”in more than 200 communities around the world to document the results of their community projects focused on societal problems ranging from health to environment to education to economic growth.
Selection of the most impactful projects will be done by a panel of leading individuals representing the Global Shapers, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, The
“A challenge to spark and expand innovative ideas from the world’s young leaders is exactly what our world needs today as we look to create much-needed growth in the global economy,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, The
Added Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, the World Economic Forum: “Young people are a tremendous source of innovation and can serve as a catalytic force for restoring economic growth, addressing social injustice and creating sustainable change. The
Launched in 2011, the Global Shapers Community engages entrepreneurial “millennials” in developing projects that positively impact local communities, in addition to participating in a global conversation with world leaders to help shape the future.
The Shapers have made extraordinary progress. Already at the international level, nine Shapers sit on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, the largest brainstorming network of world-class academics. More than 300 Shapers have already participated in meetings organized by the World Economic Forum, including in the closing plenary session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012. And in January 2013, more than 50 Global Shapers from around the world are participating in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos.
Local Shapers programs address a wide range of social and economic problems ranging from a project to open 200 public libraries in the Philippines to work to provide relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy in the United States to support for marginalized communities, including an orphanage for children under seven in Bamako, Mali.
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