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On Monday (and over the past few months), members of the Value Web had the privilege of supporting the first gathering of the Global Shapers Community in Davos. Two days before the start of the official programme at Davos, 70 Global Shapers, from all corners of the globe, came together and spent a full day exploring their dreams and aspirations, sharing their perspectives on critical issues, and finding ways to help one another achieve objectives specific to their upcoming week at Davos.
The issues they identified were framed within 4 Pillars that are central to the programme of the Annual Meeting this year:
1) Resource & Sustainability
2) Growth & Employment,
3) Leadership & Innovation
4) Society & Technology.
During the session on Monday, small groups of Shapers worked on identifying the issues critical to their generation within this pillar framework, and then explored these issues through the lens of their regions. We emerged from the day with a list of approximately 48 critical issues, which have been submitted to the Global Shapers private online platform for input and prioritization from the 530 Shapers who are not physically present in Davos. Those who are present in Davos will spend the week attending and speaking at many sessions, both on the public and private programme. On Sunday, four Global Shapers will participate as panelists at the closing plenary, and will share their own personal insights and experiences from the week in addition to a synthesis of the experiences and perspectives of their fellow Shapers, which we will arrive at through a series of workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
It’s been an incredible honor to be part of the inaugural Global Shapers gathering, and we at the Value Web are thrilled to see how this group will contribute to the dialogue here in Davos, and more importantly, how they will continue to help shape the emerging paradigm.
This theme this year at Davos is The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models – and the Shapers are arriving as a WEF community just in time to contribute much needed and valuable insights and innovative solutions from the perspective of a generation that will have to live with this transformation (however it emerges) for a long time to come.
If you are curious to learn more, you can watch a livestream of the closing plenary here and can see the public facebook page for the Shapers here. We’ll be sure to report back with reflections post Davos.