The San Francisco Hub of the Global Shapers is a community of young leaders committed to creating positive change in ourselves, our local community, and the world. We are an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Our mission is to marshall the considerable resources available to us — in the form of expertise, network, financing, and human effort — to catalyze or amplify projects and people that create positive, equitable impact.
We commit to partnering with our local community to learn about problems and needs from those who face them; to designing our work with an eye towards scale and repeatability; and to supporting each other through the challenges we encounter.
The Global Shapers undertake events and projects that generate positive impact in our local communities. We seek to have an impact by catalyzing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.
See below for descriptions of our 2020-2021 projects. Please use this form if you are interested in volunteering, providing feedback or learning more about any of these projects.
Global virtual innovation camp empowering teams to build practical solutions for everyday problems during the pandemic and beyond.
The SF hub is providing capacity monthly to community-led volunteer events, including beach cleanups, tree planting, and more! All are welcome to join.
The Red Circle
The Red Circle develops and offers materials and training on psychological literacy and crisis response. Sometimes we find ourselves at a loss for words or actions. When a friend confines that they've been assaulted, what do you do? When a family member has been dealing with depression, what kinds of questions should you ask? What do you do after a loss?
AI: Re-Coding our Future
AI: Re-Coding our Future is an SF Shaper project aiming to set the stage for the next era of AI. The project surveys the current state of AI initiatives in the realms of education, policy, and inclusion. The project will create an in-depth resource library, host interviews with the Bay Area’s top AI experts, and also highlight the phenomenal work Shapers are doing in AI. Check out Shapers of AI blog post (link above) to see what we’re building around the globe.
Check more about our work here! Link
Census 2020 is a multi-hub project that leverages the network of the US-based Global Shapers hubs to disseminate information on the importance of the census through events and digital channels. Census participation determines each community's share of federal funding for healthcare, schools, roads, and more for the next decade.
When you complete the census, make sure that everyone who lives in your household is counted. That included all children and any extended family or friends who are living with you (regardless of immigration, citizenship, or voter registration status -- everyone needs to be counted).
The Financial Empowerment project aims to help people in San Francisco get on firmer financial footing. Right now, we're focused on helping people who've been affected financially by COVID-19.
SF Climate Braintrust
The SF Climate Braintrust was an interactive one-day program that took place during the Global Climate Action Summit. It sought to build meaningful and lasting relationships between young climate entrepreneurs and seasoned experts. Entrepreneurs brought a challenge they were facing to a round-table of experienced climate, academic and business advisors for problem-solving.
The Longest Night
Friday December 21 is the longest night of the year. In line with traditions all over the world, we are going to celebrate the overcoming of dark times and loneliness, but in a way that is modern and relatable without any religious dogma. We present a program of songs, stories, and community in a curated event in San Francisco to help you feel connected to your peers and to a higher purpose.
Shelter Concert Series
We are organizing monthly performances by top SF musicians at local shelters and single residence occupancies (SROs).
Social Health & Loneliness
We are tackling loneliness and promoting social health through an intergenerational friendship event to connect young and old in the Bay Area, a social media campaign around the world to take action in your local community, and a story series featuring elderly experiences in SF and London.
Representing Young People at World Economic Forum Events
Mission: Represent the youth voice and perspective at official World Economic Forum events and activities.
Partnering with organizations to provide education and mentorship opportunities to people who have been incarcerated.