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The Global Shapers Community is a youth initiative of the World Economic Forum, with active hubs in 450 cities around the globe. We believe in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change.
The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 20 and 30 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities.
Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.
The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.
Our Past and Current Projects
Affordable Housing Audit and Housing Incubator
In 2016, the Shapers set out to examine the ideal of a welcoming city and quickly realized that affordability was one of the biggest identified challenges for Austin residents. As a result, the Shapers began a MFI study on the 78702 area of Austin, historically East Austin, partnering with professors from the University of Texas and Huston Tillotson to publish a white paper on the subject. In 2017, the work grew to include an affordable housing resident research survey and the group was also accepted into Impact Hub's Housing Accelerator. Today, two Shapers sit on the board of the non-profit that was formed and continue to do work around helping better understand how to best create a more affordable
Facebook Chat Bot
Engaging Young Voters
Ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections, our aim is to get more youth engaged through voter registration and turn out. Leading up to the election, we will pilot a Facebook Chat Bot that will answer questions around the voting process.
Smartphone Literacy Training
Welcoming City Partnership with El Buen Samaritano
In 2016, The Austin Shapers worked in coordination with El Buen Samaritano to host a series of smartphone training programs to better introduce communities not yet adapted to web based technology to connect them with useful resources on the web through greater smartphone accessibility.
Meet the Austin Shapers
3 Day Startup
Chief of Staff
Co-Founder & CEO
Cmmunity Engagement Center (CEC)
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur in Residence, Managing Director
Katie Rose Gurkin
Castle Creek Entertainment
Author & Owner
The Offbeat Writer
Senior Applications Consultant
Associate Director for Development
McCombs School of Business
Senior Account Executive
Valerie Nelson Ray
Donor Relations Specialist
Central Texas Food Bank
Program Operations Specialist
Texas CASA Inc.
The University of Texas at Austin
Zev Jonathan Bimstein
Associate Product Manager
Power Systems Engineer
Texas Department of Transportation
Director, Social Entrepreneurship
University of Texas at Austin
Founder & CEO
Agency Partner at Facebook