Who are the Global Shapers?

There are over 9000 youths in 425 hubs across 154 countries. Our purpose? To drive dialogue, action, and change in communities around the world.

The Global Shapers Community is an initiative backed by the World Economic Forum. While it sounds like a superhero gang, Global Shapers are informed and empowered young people that are working together to address local, regional and global challenges. 

The Global Shapers Community is a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change.

In each hub, Shapers self-organize grassroots projects that create impact and address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging – from raising awareness, responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building more inclusive communities. 

Shapers in each hub are diverse in expertise, education, income, and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change. Shapers across the world aim to hold governments and businesses accountable. When thousands of Global Shapers come together, they speak on behalf of 3.5 billion young people, which represents half of the world’s population. 

While each community has its own challenges, Shapers seek to determine how community solutions can be wide-ranging in its implementation. As a result, Shapers seek opportunities to have impact on a national and global scale by joining forces with hubs across the nation and the world. On the regional level, projects and events led by Shapers are designed to encourage collaboration with other city-wide initiatives in order to share expertise with other young people and explore community solutions.Each year, a number of Shapers join leaders from around the world at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. At this meeting, Shapers take youth-centered issues to a global platform where they have the eyes and ears of government officials and business leaders from around the world.


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