Hong Kong Represented at the Global Shapers Annual Summit 2022 at the World Economic Forum

Impressions from the Global Shapers Annual Summit 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, 4 September. Copyright: World Economic Forum/Pascal Bitz

After an almost 3-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Global Shapers Community Annual Summit is back at the World Economic Forum in Geneva! Hong Kong was one of the few cities from the Greater China region represented at the summit. The Global Shapers Community was created in 2011 by Prof. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, in order to harness the power of young people to create positive change. Specifically, the summit took place from Sept 2 to 4, which brought together innovators, activists and entrepreneurs from 500 hubs across 150 countries to discuss ways to create impact on protecting the planet, strengthening civic engagement, improving health and well-being, delivering basic needs, reskilling for the future, and creating inclusive communities. Specifically, Michael Chan from Hong Kong was invited to speak in a live-streaming panel discussion on driving social changes and personal well-being. Michael and other shapers including Fatima-Zahra Ma-el-ainin from Rabat, Morocco, E. Kwame Botchway from Cleveland, USA, and Dr. Noémie Le Pertel from Manhattan, USA, had a moderated discussion by the Head of Global Shapers Community, Natalie Pierce, on how young change-makers could take care of themselves before they take care of the community they are in, give space and credits to oneself, and shift mindsets on the speed of changes that usually happen in our own community. The journey of changemakers could be overwhelming sometimes, but having the chance to attend the Summit with a community of like-minded individuals continued to fuel Michael’s passion to drive changes in Hong Kong.

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