Initiatives of the Forum of Young Global Leaders
The Forum of Young Global Leaders aims to make a positive impact on the global agenda by engaging the YGL community in initiatives and task forces related to specific global challenges which they identify collectively.
YGLs bring their diverse skill-set to tackle a range of issues, using their expertise, knowledge and networks to make a sound contribution to the world. The World Economic Forum provides the platform and opportunity for innovative ideas from the YGL community to be nurtured, tested and ultimately scaled.
Our vision with these initiatives is much like an “idea incubator”. It starts with an idea from a group of YGLs. We connect them to relevant experts and partners within the YGL and broader Forum community, and, ultimately, we encourage them to form legally bound not-for-profit or, in some instances, for-profit organizations.
See lists bellow:
AppBridge is building an online collection, creation, and distribution platform to bring free or low-cost mobile applications to those at risk or in poverty, enabling education, employment and economic opportunity.
BEYOND Tomorrow http://www.beyond-tomorrow.
A group of young leaders in Japan have launched a new initiative to help youths who were orphaned or otherwise affected by the recent huge earthquake. The programme, aiming to provide leadership development programmes for these youths with potential, is seeking partners who will help the implementation of multi-pillar programmes to provide necessary educational opportunities for leadership development.
Deworm the World www.dewormtheworld.org
More than 600 million school-age children worldwide are at risk of parasitic worm infections, which cause malnutrition and anaemia, stunt physical and cognitive development, and decrease school attendance and performance. There is a simple, safe and highly cost-effective solution to this problem: mass school-based deworming.
Global Access in Action globalaccessinaction.org/
Global Access in Action believes that current IP systems can be better used to impact global poverty. We are in a new landscape of IP in key fields of technology that impact the poor: in energy, agriculture, health and information & communication technologies. This requires putting in place new strategies for managing IP.
Global Dignity www.globaldignity.org
Global Dignity has set itself the goal of building bridges and promoting the one thing that unites us all as human beings, regardless of our ethnicity, religion, political views or other differences: human dignity.
Millennium Development Goals www.mdgpledges.org
The YGL initiative for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aims to inspire everyone to be part of the solution to end global poverty.
Table for Two www.tablefor2.org
In our world of almost seven billion people, one billion suffer from hunger and malnutrition, while an equal number suffer from obesity, diabetes and other health problems related to "over nutrition”. TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) rights this imbalance by addressing these two opposing problems simultaneously with a simple meal.
The Oath Project www.theoathproject.org.
The Oath Project aims to inspire all business leaders to hold themselves – and each other – to a higher standard of integrity and service to society that is the hallmark of a true professional. To date, more than 6,900 current and future business leaders have signed the “Hippocratic Oath for Business”, and have made a personal commitment to lead with purpose, act with integrity, and understand the reach, power and responsibility of business.
The first global water campaign bringing non-profits and companies together. Water is everywhere, or so it seems. But in reality, we are using the available water far faster than it can be replenished. The world’s water is running out. Over the past century, water use by human beings has been growing twice as fast as our global population.
Task Forces in this category have begun to create action on the ground or are working towards meeting their objectives. Each initiative, however, finds itself at varying levels of maturity.
At current global consumption rates of fish, global fisheries are projected to collapse by 2050. The Fish Banks initiative works to create a new business model for ocean conservation, through self-sustaining marine reserves that pay for themselves, restore fish stocks, create jobs, and turn a profit.
The Learn Money initiative was launched in 2009 and primarily networks educational institutions, the media, policymakers, business and science at events and study courses to promote public discussion and anchor financial topics within educational curricula.
Innovation and Business Models in a Circular Economy Taskforce
New Business Models was created to inspire leaders to embrace a Circular Economy vision for their organizations and to provide tangible relevant examples of successful business examples and how other organizations got there. A platform of sharing was created to provide varying perspectives on a circular economy.
The YGL Urban Mobility initiative works with the objectives of providing a broader context to enable the public and policy makers to evaluate and drive sustainable urban transport policy performance, and identifying the leading cities that are coping best with the challenges of providing sustainable urban transport.
YGL Indo-Pakistani Collaborations
Begun in late-2010, in response to the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, the initiative was launched formally at a conference at LUMS in Lahore, Pakistan, in July 2011. Given its origins, the initiative began with a focus on the underlying issues of climate change, water resource and disaster-risk management.
For more information, please visit ygl-indo-pak.org.
YGL Science & Art Collaboration: Portrait of Your Brain
At the heart of this project is each and every YGL. One of the phenomenon’s we’ve observed in the brain is that at PEAK PERFORMANCE – people experience a state of flow AKA – getting in the zone. This project aims to scan YGL brains that are performing “in the ZONE.” This project will assemble ground-breaking data that will create a work of art.
YGL Public Leadership Initiative
The YGL Public Leadership Initiative was conceived and launched in the summer of 2009 by a group of YGLs and is committed to promoting and supporting YGLs in pursuit of public office.
Youth Task Force
Over the course of 2009 and 2010, the YGL Youth Task force launched a campaign to solicit feedback from young people around the globe. The focus will be to engage voices of children and youth under the age of 25 in order to provide input to the Global Redesign Initiative of the World Economic Forum.
The YGL Initiatives below are holding regular calls/meetings, but have not moved to concrete action and, as of August 2012, are still deciding the concrete objectives or next steps for their initiatives.
Global Inclusion Task Force (GITF)
The Global Inclusion Task Force (GITF) is a YGL initiative to make diversity and inclusion a core part of the YGL community and its work through 3 key areas: Understanding, Leadership, and Delivery.
Latin America Initiative
The Latin America Initiative is a new idea meant to develop, coordinate and promote positive change throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
YGL Cloud Initiative
In collaboration with the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer community and other leading technology organizations and individuals, this initiative focuses on extending accessibility to technologies that accelerate and improve governance, productivity, creativity, participation and innovation to as many people as possible by developing, sharing and promoting platforms and applications to the global commons.
For more information, visit http://redesignourworld.com/2011/02/03/ygl-open-cloud-initiative/
Closing the Gender Gap
Closing the Gender Gap seeks to engage all YGLs in taking specific actions to close the gender gap in their organizations and broader spheres of influence.