What Are We Aiming For?
The overarching goal of the Young Global Changers program is not only to connect inspiring young people from around the world during the Global Solutions Summer School and the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin but to create an engaged global network of young individuals with innovative ideas from across the world to change the world for the better.
We are currently witnessing a trend in many advanced and emerging economies where economic prosperity is increasingly becoming decoupled from social prosperity and environmental sustainability. To stop this trend and to reverse the growing global inequality, the ongoing destruction of the environment, the weakening of democratic institutions, and the decline of international collaboration and trust between nations – a global paradigm shift is urgently needed.
To achieve a meaningful change of directions, the imperative of recoupling the economy with social prosperity and environmental sustainability needs to be urgently addressed in global fora such as the Group of Twenty (G20). The Global Solutions Initiative has set out to provide research-based policy advise to these global fora to facilitate the necessary paradigm shift.
We also believe that in this endeavor to bring about change, giving a voice to the younger generation is crucial – after all, it is the younger generation who will be most affected by today’s actions and inaction on the global political stage. That is why the Global Solutions Initiative initiated the Young Global Changers program in 2017. It strives to empower young changemakers from around the world to become a distinguishable voice on the most pressing global issues – not only to make their demands heard but also to present their own approaches to finding “global solutions” for a better future.
Who Are The Young Global Changers?
The Young Global Changers are students, young academics, young professionals, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders from around the world who are developing and implementing ideas to bring about positive change, whether at the global, regional or local level.
Each year, the Global Solutions Initiative invites these inspiring young talents from around the globe to attend an intensive summer school program and the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, to join the Young Global Changers network and to become part of a growing global movement.
The program aims at connecting young researchers, scientists and academics from across all academic disciplines with young entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and other aspiring changemakers. Together they explore and utilize the potential of combining innovative research ideas with experience in actual change-projects on the ground. Going forward the Young Global Changers will build an engaged network and present their own approaches to finding “global solutions” for a better future.
Since 2017, the Young Global Changers program has attracted over 300 students and young professionals from more than 100 different countries to participate in the Global Solutions Summit and to attend the Global Solutions Summer School in Berlin. During the program they engage with global thought-leaders and work together on finding solutions to the global challenges.
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