Takeaways from the Global Shapers Community Annual Summit in Geneva

Parvathi “Parv” Santhosh-Kumar

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In an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, leaders around the world are grappling with what responsive and responsible leadership looks like. Last week, I had the honor of representing dozens of social impact-focused young leaders from the Chicago Global Shapers at the Global Shapers Community Annual Summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Alongside over 400 young leaders from 150+ countries and territories, we collectively strategized about how to make a difference in our local communities and amplify the voices of young people in global decision-making and solution-building. …


By Rajee Kanagavel

‘What do you see?’ my colleague asks, looking at the Bosch three-panel painting The Garden of Earthly Delights.

‘One apple, too many apples, no apple,’ I tell him trying to answer the conundrum thrown at me.

We have a meeting the next day in the same room. I reluctantly comment again, ‘There’s a hedgehog, several horses, a peacockit’s about the interdependence between wildlife and humans.’

Several months later, I had one last look at the painting before leaving Germany. I asked, ‘Is this a daily reminder that all of us will ultimately die?’

The following year, I started watching Before the Flood. It hooked me at the very first frame — absolutely not because it was being narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. There again was The Garden of Earthly Delights. It appeared and slowly I recalled the several different small characters within the painting. ‘Now, this makes a lot of sense,’ I tell myself. It was an allegory of man’s descent into temptation, which beckons ruin and depravity. An apt comparison for today — though not perfectly, given that the film is about changing climate events in all the five continents due to human activities. …


By Julia Luscombe

January 22, 2019 was a surreal day — I started it by speaking at the opening press conference of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, and ended it mingling with heads of state and business leaders at a dinner hosted by Professor Klaus Schwab. It was Davos. I was here. I had a seat at the table.

I was there because I was one of six Co-Chairs of this year’s meeting selected from the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community of young leaders under the age of 33. Young people have an important voice at Davos — the choices made today will shape the future we inherit. This was particularly resonant in this year’s theme: Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. …

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