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.
It's application season, Apply to join Global Shapers SF Hub!
The SF Hub of the Global Shapers invites you to apply to join the hub. Applications will be accessible from January 1 - January 31, 2020.
Living in or routinely accessible to the city of San Francisco
Do not work at the same organization as an existing SF Global Shaper. If you would like to confirm whether your organization is eligible, please contact email@example.com
Will be available for an in-person interview on Saturday, March 14
Track record of -- and/or demonstrate great potential in -- positively contributing to society
Committed to working with other members of their Hub to improve the city in which they are based
From all walks of life and who share a spirit of entrepreneurship in the global public interest
Ready to deeply engage in the Shapers community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting their fellow Shapers in their individual and professional development
January 1 - Applications open
January 31 - Applications close
February 16 - Application results announced - successful applicants invited to interview
March 14 - Interview day (your interview will be a 30-minute slot between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM)
March 15 - Class of 2020 announced
March 29 - Class of 2020 orientation
The application will be open until January 31, 2020.
Please note that you will not be able to save the application before submitting. We recommend copying the questions and writing down the answers in another doc, and pasting them back into the application when you are ready.
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 2018-2019 projects. Please use this form if you are interested in volunteering, providing feedback or learning more about any of these projects.
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.
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.
The Bystander Project
We want to promote a culture change about abusive behavior such as sexual harassment, bullying, or other acts of abuse. Often, when a victim confides with a friend or member of the community, that person doesn't know what to do next. What should I say? What should I do? How do I help, and avoid doing more harm? We are putting together useful tips to empower everyone to be a helpful friend.
The SF hub is providing capacity monthly to community-led volunteer events, including beach cleanups, tree planting, and more! All are welcome to join.
SF Climate Braintrust
We are regularly looking for opportunities to support local organizations tackling key issues affecting the San Francisco area. Fill out this form if you represent a local organization and would like to collaborate with us.
Shelter Concert Series
We are organizing monthly performances by top SF musicians at local shelters and single residence occupancies (SROs).
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 a ln 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
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.