We Are San Francisco’s Global Shapers

SF Shapers at Shape North America 2016 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (photo credit: Alex Hsiao)

The Global Shapers Community is a network of young change-makers who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement, and their drive to make a contribution to their local communities.

The community was launched in 2011 in response to the absence of young people’s voices in global decision-making platforms and processes. In the words of Professor Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman:

“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.”

Supported by the World Economic Forum (WEF), there are now Global Shapers Hubs in over 400 cities around the world.

In San Francisco, we are a group of 40 technologists, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, scientists, engineers, tinkerers, dreamers, and global citizens. We see a special value in bringing young leaders from different backgrounds areas of expertise together. We embrace cross-domain collaboration, and we strive to create value by surfacing and implementing on those opportunities for the betterment of our community.

The Global Shapers undertake events and activities that generate positive impact our their local communities. We also share lessons and best practices across Global Shapers Hubs, and connect with World Economic Forum discussions and activities on a global level.

We seek to have an impact by catalyzing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

Our projects have included:

  • Shaper Talks, bringing together relevant speakers, influencers, and friends for debate, interaction, and brainstorming
  • “Party at the Palace” Fundraiser Gala, raising $100k to support 7 education nonprofits improving graduation rates and life outcomes for students in our community
  • Picaro, a 10-day trip to connect Cuban and American entrepreneurs
  • And many more initiatives

We also work together on broader initiatives with other hubs from around the world.

To continue these conversations and highlight the thought leadership of the San Francisco Global Shapers, we are excited to launch the “World Economic Forum Global Shapers San Francisco Hub” publication on Medium. Here you’ll learn more about who we are, what we’re working on as individuals, and the impact we are looking to make together in San Francisco and the world. We hope you will enjoy reading the diverse perspectives of our community.

Want to learn more about us? Visit http://www.sfshapers.com/ and sign up for our mailing list.