Why you should apply to Global Shapers — London 2017

Applications are open now to join the London Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. Apply now — deadline 15 April, midnight (London).

Read on for What is Global Shapers?; Who are we?; How to apply; What we’re looking for…and most importantly, why you should apply?!

What is Global Shapers?

The World Economic Forum (perhaps best known for running the annual Davos conference) established Global Shapers as a special community of extraordinary young people in their 20s. It’s a global community that allows young leaders to meet, build friendships and work together on the topics that matter most to them.

Shapers has no single agenda or purpose. Rather, it’s a platform that enables its members to pursue their own projects — and collaborate on others’ — in a way that amplifies their impact.

There are hubs in most major cities and London is one of the most established and vibrant hubs in the network.

Who are we?

There is no one “Shapers type”. The London hub is a group of almost 50 individuals who encompass a wide range of backgrounds, careers and interests. Our members include writers, entrepreneurs, investors, doctors, lawyers, academics, activists, policy makers and many others. (You can read about some of us here)

What unites us is ambition, leadership and a desire to use our skills and opportunities to make a difference to our communities in London and the wider world.

We warmly welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and particularly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.

Our official WEF mandate suggests Global Shapers “are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference.” This often means people who are accepted are invited on the basis of their existing achievement. If you’ve applied before and were rejected, please don’t feel bad! You’re probably still doing awesome work.

Why apply?

When you ask London Shapers about the benefits of membership, the first answer is invariably about the other people involved. Few other organisations can boast the diversity, quality and intimacy of membership of the London hub. Whatever your passions and ambitions, there will be members of the hub who share and complement your interests. Shapers is not about superficial networking; real friendship is the foundation of what we do and why it works.

Practically, this means the ability to have more impact in the areas that you care about. Initiatives as diverse as the Forward Institute and the Kopfadeyemi African Healthcare Challenge were incubated and amplified by the London hub. Many of our members have been recognised for their achievements (e.g. Alvin Carpio, Forbes 30 under 30) that the Hub network often has a hand in supporting and developing.

Aside from projects, the extraordinary convening power of both WEF and our own members allows us access to organise and attend events with world-class speakers and other participants. Moreover, membership of the hub provides access to engage with the broader World Economic Forum community, including the opportunity to apply to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos and other major events.

How to apply

We’ve tried to make applying as straightforward as possible. To apply, just fill in the form. This involves answering some brief questions and providing a CV

Please note the diversity information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and protected from mis-use, and will not form part of your application. It will be used only for the purpose of monitoring our diversity

All applications will be reviewed by the London Hub, with short-listed nominees invited to interview. Interviews will be held in London on 13th May 2017.

What we’re looking for

There are two basic eligibility criteria: you must be aged 20 to 29 (inclusive) on 15 April 2017; and you must live or work in London or have sufficiently strong ties to London to be able to fully participate in the hub’s activities.

Beyond this, we assess applications on four criteria:

  • Achievement: What this looks like will vary by age and sector. We’re looking for candidates who have established a track record of leadership and impact in their field.
  • Potential: Again, we calibrate potential depending on age and sector. We’re seeking people who can demonstrate potential to be real leaders in their fields.
  • Social motivation: A key part of the Shapers’ mission is to be a community that cares about having a positive impact in our communities and the world. We believe this can be manifested in many different ways, but we expect candidates to be able to articulate what they care about and how they make a difference (whether in their jobs or otherwise).
  • Commitment: An active membership is the lifeblood of the London hub. We’re looking for individuals who want and are able to commit to engaging in the hub’s activities.

If this sounds like you, we’d love you to apply before the deadline on 15 April at midnight (London time). If you have any questions please email the Hub’s curator (‘leader’) Ade Adeyemi at ade@kopfadeyemi.org

Deadline for applications: Saturday 15th April (London, GMT time) Application Notification: Wednesay 3rd May 
Interview day: Saturday 13th May 
Induction day if successful: Saturday 20th May

Bonus question; Why you should apply now!?

The London Hub is embedded in the worldwide network of the Global Shapers community. Shapers all over the world are united by a common desire to channel the members’ energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world. The world needs people like you and your ideas. Join us!