OUR MISSION IN MADISON
Listen, Learn, and Lead
We connect young leaders in Madison to benefit our community. We utilize our networks, talents, experiences and collaborative thinking to create new ways of civic engagement to amplify voices of people in need and address current local and global challenges.
Global Shapers Community
An initiative of the Forum, the Global Shapers Community is a network of inspiring young leaders from around the world who work together to address local, regional, and global challenges. With more than 10,000 active members and alumni, the Global Shapers Community is comprised of 403 city-based hubs in 154 countries.
In each city, teams of Shapers self-organize to create projects that address the needs of their community. Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income, and features but are united by their desire to bring about positive change.
The Forum believes in a world where young leaders are central to solution building, policy-making, and lasting change. With the largest youth population in history, the Forum sees an unprecedented opportunity for young leaders to take an active role in shaping the future. The Shapers’ generation has inherited enormous global challenges, but has the ability to challenge the status quo and to rethink how local and global systems function.
COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Below are crowd-sourced, community resources to connect and support one another during this time of need. If you have additional resources or want to contribute, please email us!
EARTH DAY 2020 PROJECT - POSTPONED
The first Earth Day in the United States was sponsored by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970. In fact, the University of Wisconsin - Madison’s Institute for Environmental Studies was named on his behalf. Wisconsin in general, and Madison specifically, has a strong history of environmental conservation efforts, with Aldo Leopold quite literally writing the book on the concept of the “land ethic”, an (ideally) synergistic relationship between people and the environment they inhabit. Global Shapers Madison intends to collaborate with community partners in order to highlight environmental conservation efforts throughout the community.
REPRESENT COLLECTIVE IMPACT
Represent Collective Impact
Coordinate data collection of environmental conservation projects throughout the city leading up to Earth Day (trees planted, pounds of trash collected, etc.) to fully represent community impact.
MAXIMIZE PARTNER ORGANIZATION IMPACT
Maximize Partner Organization Impact
Meet partner organizations where they are through a coordinated, inclusive project management approach (Needs Assessment, Database of projects & opportunities)