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Global Changemakers was founded in 2007 when six young activists, brought together by the British Council, were invited to lend the ‘voice of youth’ to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. Since then, the network has grown to a community of over 730 Changemakers in 121 countries world-wide. The mission of the programme is to empower youth to catalyse positive social change. It has expanded since its inception, and is now built on three pillars: Learning, Doing and Advocacy.
At their regional and global summits, Changemakers meet face-to-face to learn skills from one another, facilitators and experts. Their core curriculum includes project management and presentation skills, complemented by a series of online units. These units, specifically created by Changemakers for Changemakers, are available free of charge by clicking here.
Global Changemakers supports grassroots projects designed and run by Changemakers by providing initial funding and mentoring. You can see profiles of what we’re currently supporting in our Projects section. These projects cover a vast range of topics – from advocacy and awareness-raising on issues such as climate change, HIV/AIDS and gender equality to projects that confront social challenges like hunger, poverty and unemployment.
Since the programme’s inception at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, Global Changemakers have participated in numerous Forum events around the world. They have also taken part in other events including the Clinton Global Initiative, G20, the Global Humanitarian Forum, and the World Climate Conference. At these events, Changemakers act as advocates, raising decision-makers’ awareness of major issues and using their ideas and experience to disseminate knowledge and best practices on social entrepreneurship and community activism.