Building a Movement
Each year, the World Economic Forum invites 400 change-makers, innovators, activists and entrepreneurs under the age of 30 to the Global Shapers Annual Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. This summit helps young leaders strengthen their sense of purpose and build the skills, tools and bonds that they will need to create impact and influence global affairs.
Founded by the Forum in 2011, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people who work together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 378 city-based Hubs in 165 countries and territories.
In each city, teams of Global Shapers organise to create initiatives that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging and include responding to disasters, combating poverty, fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race – but are united by their desire to catalyse positive change.