Who are Shapers?
Born out of the World Economic Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. With more than 7,000 members, the Global Shapers Community spans 376 city-based hubs in 156 countries.
In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change.
Education is a universal right and should not be for the privileged few. Although access to education has improved in recent years, more than 120 million young people are still out of school. As society becomes increasingly knowledge-based, innovative approaches are key to providing education for all.
Increasingly, citizens are demanding change and are even influencing decision-making processes through this form of collective action. For Shapers, collective action is central to influencing decision-making
Entrepreneurship is arguably the most fundamental driver of economic value creation in societies. As entrepreneurs unleash the forces of creative destruction to transform industries and create new ones. Entrepreneurs are essential in bringing markets into competitive balance through their creative use of underutilized resources.