#MUNIonThis: There are those who say that youth are the hope of the nation, and then there are those, like Global Shapers, the youth arm of the World Economic Forum (WEF), who go over and beyond to meet that challenge with action.
Global Shapers in the Philippines
Its first hub in the Philippines was founded in Manila by Karen Davila, and is currently headed by its outgoing Curator, Anna Oposa. She works with her team of some 30 other Shapers, with the number of Shapers who have accepted the challenge increasing as the years pass and their projects escalate. The Philippines has also recently opened new hubs in Cebu, Davao and Iloilo.
The future is busy for these Shapers, especially this month, as they handle huge events such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in Manila from May 21 to 23, 2014, as well as the Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions (OCEAN) in Cebu from May 23 to 25, 2014. But more than events like this, Shapers value events that really allow them to connect and create impact with communities.
Launch of the 65th Library at the GK Enchanted Farm
Currently, the Shapers are working with the Library Renewal Partnership program, which seeks to create 200 new libraries nationwide by 2020. They aim for the Philippines to be an archipelago with interconnected communities through these libraries, one in each province across the country’s diverse 7,107 islands.
One of their most recent libraries was the 65th library launched at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm for School of Experiential and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED), which was launched last May 20, 2014, with other Shaper delegates for WEF East Asia.
[Read more about this on Rappler: Keeping Libraries Alive]
Be Your Own Shaper
Aside from the passion to influence change to the country and to the world, aspiring Shapers must also be between 20-30 years old, and must have a track record of at least 2 years as a youth leader. Anna Oposa has this to say for would-be Shapers:
“Being a Shaper is a responsibility more than a privilege. One has to be eager to contribute time, ideas, resources, and skills for a collective purpose, and passion for what you do is expected. Shapers act as global ambassadors of the city they live in so it also applies that Shapers should be able to communicate well, through their actions and their words.”
Want to help with Shaper initiatives? Like their page, and share their initiatives! You can also contribute to the hub’s Book Drive by dropping off books at MUNI Market Day on June 1, 9AM-9PM at The Grove by Rockwell along C5, Pasig.
Words by: Jomari Guiao and Viktor Austria
Photo by: Jen Horn