The Program
The Young Global Changers program identifies, connects and empowers young people from around the globe engaged in different areas of society who are already actively pushing for change in their communities, enabling them to have an even greater impact.

Each year, after an extensive application and selection process, a new cohort of Young Global Changers from around the world joins the Young Global Changers program. After a comprehensive Summer School and a participation in the Global Solutions Summit these Young Global Changers join a global network of changemakers to connect and advance the recoupling of the economy with social prosperity and environmental sustainability.

1. Application

2. Global Solutions Summer School

3. Global Solutions Summit

4. Continued Engagement

Who should apply:

1. Young researchers and academics
involved in a research project that tackles issues related to the recoupling of economy, society and environmental sustainability

2. Young entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs
involved in a social enterprise aimed at recoupling, and young business leaders aiming at changing “business as usual” from the inside

3. Young non-profit leaders,
active as community organizers, advocacy leaders, campaigners, or implementers of social, economic or environmental change on a local, regional or global level

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1. Application

2. Global Solutions Summer School

3. Global Solutions Summit

4. Continued Engagement

Each year, a new cohort of Young Global Changers from around the world begins the Young Global Changers program with a comprehensive one-week Summer School in Berlin. This year (2020), on account of the Corona pandemic, the Global Solutions Summit and the corresponding Global Solutions Summer School went digital. The Summer School could not take place in its usual form as an comprehensive one-week onsite program in Berlin.

Instead the 2020 Young Global Changers participate in an extended online program. Many of the speakers and activities that were planned as onsite events will be transformed into online formats and delivered over an extended period. The program will consist of a regular speakers series as well as interactive elements with active contributions by the program participants. This extended program will take place over several months and will pave the road to the next incarnation of the Global Summit and Summer School in 2021.

1. Application

2. Global Solutions Summer School

3. Global Solutions Summit

4. Continued Engagement

The Global Solutions Summit – the World Policy Forum – is an international conference aimed at addressing key policy challenges facing the Group of Twenty (G20) and other global governance fora. The Summit is an annual gathering of academics, heads of states, high-ranking politicians and business leaders with a vision of building a better future. Each year the current cohort of Young Global Changers will attend the sessions and events of the Summit and interact and engage with the speakers and other participants.

This year (2020), due to the corona pandemic, the Global Solutions Summit went digital – and so did the Young Global Changers. Instead of meeting physically at the Summit in Berlin, all meetings were held virtually. The Young Global Changers produced video statements and  video question on some of the most relevant issues of the Summit. You can watch a summary of their contributions in the video here and see the full list on the Summit website.

Contributions by the 2020 Young Global Changers at the Digital Global Solutions Summit

1. Application

2. Global Solutions Summer School

3. Global Solutions Summit

4. Continued Engagement

After their participation in the summer school and the Global Solutions Summit, the Young Global Changers’ efforts continue as part of an engaged global network. The goal ist to build a sustainable network of engaged individuals and together advance the project of recoupling economic advancements with social prosperity and environmental sustainability. Learn more about the network, the projects and on how to engage.

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