The text below is an excerpt from the original article by Giovanna Mingarelli, published October 21, 2013 on Global Shapers.
One beautiful fall morning in Manhattan a few weeks ago, 25 Global Shapers from 10 Hubs around the world came together at the World Economic Forum’s headquarters in New York City for a “Meet the Leader” lunch with Professor Klaus Schwab and Ms. Hilde Schwab.
From the [now two week old] Baltimore Hub to New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, San Juan, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Moscow and Tokyo, we were surrounded by a group of fascinating Shapers who form part of the World Economic Forum’s 2,774 Shapers in 265 Hubs around the world.
I was fortunate to have been invited to facilitate the lunch. With some veterans of the Global Shapers community, a sprinkle of bright new faces and everywhere in between, this group formed a superbly international and fabulous group all attempting, in some way, to make this world a little bit better.
Through their work these Shapers are all impacting the world around them. For instance, one New York Shaper spearheaded a Teens for Jeans initiative which now clothes two-thirds of all homeless children in America through her organization, while one Pittsburgh shaper is building cooking clubs in local high schools through his socially responsible restaurant. Further still, one Montreal Shaper is advising all the mayors in Quebec on how to plan their cities!
This was an impressive group indeed, and appropriately so, especially seeing the conversation over lunch was meant to cast a light on some of the most important topics and issues on the Global Agenda that are emerging in 2014.
Over the course of a few hours, we discussed issues ranging from crises in capitalism and democracy to the need for complete transparency in government, including a stronger use of social media. However, some of the points that had the longest lasting effect on me were not, frankly, so complex.