“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
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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.
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.
To learn more about the Global Shapers Community and to apply or nominate a Shaper, please go to Globalshapers.org
The founding partners of the Global Shapers Community provide intellectual, promotional and financial support based on their belief in the power of youth to shape a more positive future for the world. Working closely with the World Economic Forum, they help guide the programme to generate fresh insights, bridge generational divides and ensure tangible positive impact.
An entrepreneurship wave is sweeping the world. At the recently concluded World Economic Forum on Africa, this was cited as one of the key trends in Africa.
With the inspiration provided by Steve Jobs and the emergence of highly successful young and successful role models like Mark Zuckerberg, Phanindra Sama, Evan Spiegel and so on, the wave is continuing to grow, especially among the younger generation who are the biggest enablers of this entrepreneurship movement.
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On May 14, 2014, The Washington Post published an article entitled, There are some jobs now in manufacturing. Kids just aren’t interested in taking them. The problem outlined in this article, as well as in many others about the future of manufacturing, is generally as follows: with retirements taking place across the sector, it is struggling to recruit the young talent it needs to develop the industry in the long-term. And at a company level, growing manufacturers are unable to find much of the talent needed to fill positions.
In ThomasNet’s 2014 Industry Market Barometer, 62% of ...
The world population is estimated at 7 billion, with 1.8 billion between the ages of 14 and 24. This means there are more young people today than at any other time in history. And the number will just keep growing.
The majority (89%) of the global population aged 10-24 lives in less developed countries. In developed countries, up to 60% of young people are classified as ‘NEET’: neither in employment, education or training. Meanwhile, more than 500 million struggle to survive on less than $2 a day, a level of poverty from which many never escape.
From the local town crier who goes around the village announcing the date of the new yam festival to the little smartphone that sends messages to people to assemble at the square for a protest march, the media in Africa has mutated over time and, as new technologies evolve daily, media consumption on the continent has evolved alongside, keeping the media industry on its toes as it tries to adapt to these changing times.
When new becomes old
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In 2015, the World Economic Forum on Africa will mark 25 years of change in Africa. Over the past decade and a half, Africa has demonstrated a remarkable economic turnaround, growing two to three percentage points faster than global GDP. Regional growth is projected to remain stable at 4.5% in 2015, buoyed by rising foreign direct investment flows, particularly into the natural resources sector; increased public investment in infrastructure; and higher agricultural production.
Below you will find instructions on how to follow #af15 via our social media channels, and how to ...