Official Guides for Global Shapers Last update: 31/03/2021


Founded by the World Economic Forum in 2011, the Global Shapers Community is a scalable solution for organizing and mobilizing the full potential of young people. Together, Global Shapers collaborate to drive dialouge, action and change in their communities and the world.

Whether you're new to the community, or were just elected as your Hub's Curator or Vice-Curator, we put together these guides to share what our community stands for and how we do our work. Find below knowledge, resources or tools to help you create change.

Vision: We believe in a world where young people are central to solution-building, policy-making and lasting change.

Why? Our generation has inherited enormous global challenges, but by amplifying the voice of young people and self-organizing for impact, we believe that we can be apart of the solution. With the help of the World Economic Forum, we ensure world leaders hear and action upon our generation's insights.

Mission: We make progress happen by empowering young leaders and building strong teams that are then capable of creating positive change in their communities and the world.

We do this through four activities: 1) We invest in our members, including rising young leaders around the world, so that we can take our impact to the next level, 2) We build diverse teams, capitalizing on the collective to achieve more together than we could alone, 3) We self-organize for impact to create initiatives that meet the needs of our communities through hub projects, and 4) We join forces, standing for something larger than ourselves, to influence global affairs and address world issues.


Our community is for young people by young people. Over the last decade, Global Shapers have contributed knowledge, resources and tools to help you and your hub create change. These resources are sorted according to the four areas of our community's impact model.

Explore the pages below to learn more about our community and how we work.

  • Impact ModelEvery hub is required to implement at least one project per year but we have countless other ways for you to drive change through our community. Explore our Hub Project Criteria, Impact Areas and guide on 'How to upload projects on TopLink'.
  • Cross-Hub Collaborations: A cross-hub collaboration is a large-scale initiative that capitalizes on our shared values of service and cooperation. Submit a project idea to the Impact Advisory Council today and your idea could be scaled and replicated worldwide.
  • Impact Officers: Impact Officers are elected in each hub to support members to design, execute and measure hub projects that address the challenges of their community. Impact Officers follow a twelve-month Action Plan to maximize our community's impact.

Can't find what you're looking for? Login to TopLink, our community's digital engagement platform, to engage with your peers, connect on projects, ask questions and share solutions. Access our Library for additional resources or send a message to HQ.

Thank You!

Thank you to our Alumni members who have co-created this series of guides with us and thank you to our members for shaping a better future with us, one project and initiative at a time. We hope that these tools will help you to create the change you want to see in your community and the world.

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