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Trailblazing Women: Lorrana Scarpioni, CEO & Founder of Bliive

Anne Ravanona | Posted 07.18.2015 | Business
Anne Ravanona

Lorrana Scarpioni is the CEO and co-founder of Bliive, the world's largest network of time exchange.

Under the Stars, We Are All Equal

Viva Dadwal | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Viva Dadwal

How can we help often fractured and segregated communities come together? One way is to foster organic interactions through innocuous shared experiences. Public astronomy is one way of giving every type of person a chance to connect and better understand each other.

#Africa80: Meet the Shaping Army

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

I was lucky to be one of that 80; Africa 80, as we're officially referred to, and in the next few paragraphs, Fellow Global Shapers and I will share our experience and takeaways from this historic meeting--the 25th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Mainstreaming Sustainability in 2015

Otto von Troschke | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Otto von Troschke

From January 2016 until end of 2030 the member states of the United Nations are expected to frame their agenda around those goals. Therefore 2015 is a unique year to shape the agenda for the next 15 years.

How to Scale Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Otto von Troschke | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Otto von Troschke

Energy supply is inevitably linked to this challenge. Energy and its appropriate availability to all people can boost economic development and human well-being (e.g. cooking, heating, cooling, lighting, transportation). But it could also worsen the adverse impacts such as climate change, air pollution, and regional disparities.

Raising the Youth Voice for the HIV Positive

Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula

I want to talk about L'Orangelis. A young HIV Positive woman from Puerto Rico. She tells me about her continued fight with living with HIV, the constant stigma, discrimination and the feeling of always being cast aside.

Social Justice, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Social Media Age: My Stroll With Chidiogo Akunyili

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

In course of this Stroll Chidiogo and I discuss her story, Social Justice, The Global Shapers Community and much more. Here's my stroll with Chidiogo, I hope you enjoy it.

Diversity Education to Promote Tolerance

Fatima Muneer | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
Fatima Muneer

While privileged and generally very expensive schools around the globe bank on diversity through both their internationally recognized curriculums and extracurricular activities like Model United Nations, the accessibility to such resources lacks in mainstream schools in most countries.

Empowering Girls in the Worst Countries for Gender Equality

Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula

A nation's competitiveness relies heavily on whether and how it educates and utilizes its female talent. To maximize its competitiveness and development potential, each country should strive for gender equality.

How Can Technology Help Us Understand and Reduce Youth Unemployment?

Duncan Luke | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Duncan Luke

Perhaps digital tools are able to provide insights and an understanding of the future of youth empowerment and employment.

How Can Technology Help Us Understand and Reduce Youth Unemployment?

Duncan Luke | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Duncan Luke

Perhaps digital tools are able to provide insights and an understanding of the future of youth empowerment and employment.

Millennials Exploring Social Exclusion With Pope Francis: God, the Internet and Disrupting Business

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 01.17.2015 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

Why invite 40 millennials and not the top 40 CEOs? What sort of insight can we offer that the world's foremost academics on social inclusion couldn't? How can a heterogeneous group with diverse religious beliefs help shape a debate hosted at the center of the Catholic world?

Promoting Malala's Vision for Youth Through Global Dignity Day

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

Given the widespread use of social media and text messaging, one of the most common themes being discussed is bullying, where at least half of teens worldwide have been bullied online in the last few years.

5 Lessons I Learned In My 20s

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dominic Llewellyn

I've made a lot of mistakes. In my early 20s, I led a youth group and it didn't go well -- in fact it went so badly that I got asked to stop leading it and had to step down. This really hurt. However, it was through this process that I learnt vital lessons about what my strengths and weaknesses are.

Perpetual Peace Is a Work in Progress

Yemi Babington-Ashaye | Posted 10.05.2014 | Impact
Yemi Babington-Ashaye

We appeal to everyone in the world to raise their voices to condemn violence and the loss of human life wherever it may occur. Above all, we appeal for an end to hostilities.

Taking Our Seat: The Bahamas On the World Stage

Ashleigh Rolle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
Ashleigh Rolle

The absence of the Bahamas at this year's forum illustrates that we as a people need to hold the proverbial flame just a little bit closer to the seats of the people that were elected to represent us on a regional and international scale.

The Drugs Dilemma at World Economic Forum 2014: Right for Another Reason

Terence Steinberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Terence Steinberg

There is a new front in the war on drugs that went unmentioned during the session but is increasingly relevant. As the world has moved online, so has the drug trade.

Lack of Women at Davos Reflects the Gender Gap in Global Leadership

Christine Horansky | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Christine Horansky

Yes, we need more women in Davos. But the bigger picture in gender equality is that we need more women in every facet of public leadership, from corporate boardrooms to the halls of parliament to the airwaves of mass media.

The Solution to Youth Unemployment Lies With Young People Themselves

Maria Fanjul | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Maria Fanjul

Many of the young people affected worry that when the economy eventually recovers, companies will turn straight to new graduates and bypass them, however talented they may be.

Youth, Digital Infrastructure and the Future Success of Mongolia

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Giovanna Mingarelli

It was my last night in the capital city of Ulanbaataar (UB) during my first visit to Mongolia. I had spent an evening at a private reception generous...

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

Pro Journo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Pro Journo

By Leah Davidson, BSc Student at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania "Innovation is following your instincts." "Innovation is pushin...

The F-Word [Failure] Comes to the World Economic Forum

Pro Journo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Pro Journo

By Adam Byrnes, MBA/MS candidate at Erb Institute, University of Michigan DALIAN, China - Let's face it, failure sucks. Failing is neither particul...

Want Social Change? Make Politics Part of the Equation

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

When planning our work, political context is often relegated to the column of uncontrollable variables. Our communities need smart, honest and principled politicians, but are millennials up for the challenge?

The Israeli in the Middle (East)

Narkis Alon | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Narkis Alon

I am shouting this statement for the entire world to hear: It is so bizarre to be declared the enemy of someone you have never met, just because of where he was born.

Shaping the Future of Civic Engagement at the White House

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Giovanna Mingarelli

I was recently invited to attend a briefing on values and leadership at the White House in Washington, D.C. It was graciously convened by President Obama's Office of Public Engagement and the D.C. Global Shapers.