From August 16 to 20, the Hub Curators of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community will gather at their Annual Curators Meeting (ACM), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland.
The event will bring together 250 Curators from all regions of the world to energize and strengthen the Community. The program focuses on the vision, values and culture of the Community and aims to ensure the success and sustainability of each Hub and the greater network.
What is Global Shapers?
The Global Shapers Community is a global network of local groups (Hubs) developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make a contribution to their communities. The Community has a strong local and global dimension, and relies on young people to shape and lead it. Each Hub is organized in an autonomous way and is encouraged to develop its own guidelines adapted to the local context while adhering to the principles outlined in the Community Charter. Every year (July to June), the city-based groups must elect a Curator, who will serve as the leader of the Hub for that specific period of time only.
The structure and design of the Community has proved popular, with young leaders across the globe joining Hubs in their cities and contributing to making the Hubs stronger. Today, there are 265 Hubs, over 2600 Shapers and 130 Hubs undertaking projects in their communities. Although the projects are all different, they have one thing in common: they make a positive impact on the communities where the Hub is based.
2013 Annual Curators Meeting
One of the greatest strengths of the Global Shapers Community is that it relies on principles of inclusivity, collaboration, and shared decision-making. In order to facilitate the co-creation of the Community, the Global Shapers Team and the World Economic Forum are hosting a meeting that brings together Curators from all around the world, to shape the future of the initiative.
With this year’s ACM, the idea is to bring the community’s rhythm in sync. Using music and rhythm as a metaphor for the co-creation of the community, this year’s gathering will provide an opportunity to symbolically create and play music together whereby each Curator contributes his or her expertise to a much larger and more powerful sound created together.
The meeting will offer an opportunity to learn how Curators can best build the Community and to increase the potential of all Shapers to better serve society. Curators will also have the opportunity to engage with the local community and participate in activities, which create local impact in the host city of Geneva.
As a global initiative, the Global Shapers Community leaders and members come to shared priorities for all Hubs worldwide each year. Some of priorities for the coming year are:
- Impact: the main objective of the Global Shapers Community is to make a positive local impact. Each year a Hub must undertake at least one project that impacts its local community.
- Diversity: the power and resilience of the Global Shapers Community is grounded in its openness to and inclusion of leaders from all kinds of backgrounds. Shapers with impressive achievements as well as those who are actively working in their fields, demonstrating great potential, are welcome to the Community.
- Engage with the world: throughout the year there will be several opportunities for Shapers to join initiatives, projects and meetings outside their community. Shapers in each Hub are encouraged to engage in these global opportunities.
Global Shapers is one of the Communities of the World Economic Forum, an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.