Who are Global Shapers?
The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is an ecosystem of extraordinary people in their 20s and early 30s, launched in 2011 in response to the absence of young peoples' voices in global decision-making. Shapers Community is a network of over 435 city-based Hubs, diverse in demographics, geographical areas, and sectors, united by a common desire to help build a more peaceful and inclusive world. Through their Hubs, Shapers undertake local projects to improve their communities and act as a voice for the World Economic Forum.
Members of the Shapers community possess an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership potential, and a desire to improve the state of the world. The community is non-political, self-selected, and self-organized around issues facing the world.
Shapers are organized in a network of local hubs based in major cities around the world, including Bhopal.
Why the Global Shapers?
"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
In a recent study:
- 50% of the world's population is under the age of 27, the majority of whom live in urban areas.
- The millennial generation consider themselves as "active agents of change" rather than passive bystanders.
- 92% agree that the world must change.
- 84% consider it their duty to drive this change.
- Almost 82% believe they have the power to make it happen.
- This generation is increasingly self-empowered and thanks to information and technology has catalyzed tremendous opportunities for interaction and collaboration.