The city of Ahmedabad to host first ever two day international Shape South Asia summit to celebrate the Gandhian spirit of “doing good for all”, entrepreurship and innovation. The event will be organized by Ahmedabad Global Shapers (AGS) community, a voluntary youth organist ion that is a part of the Global Shaper Community, initiated by the World Economic Forum on Oct 2 and Oct 3, 2014.
Participants will be coming from 36 different cities of six South Asian countries which include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Global Shapers Community is a worldwide network of city-based hubs developed and led by youths. Globally, there are 356 hubs spread with more than 4000 shapers.
The summit is themed on Roaring South Asia and will be hosted on the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate the day. It will address some common challenges and explore opportunities to tackle common problems which are as wide ranging in scope as the cultural diversity of South Asia.
On the summit, Founding Curator of AGS, Sunil Parekh, says, “This is a great opportunity for Ahmedabad to host these young minds from across South Asia & from other global regions. The idea is that in order to solve a local problem, a solution can be found through collaboration which can be scaled up across the world with ease. Also the youth network can bring in the best practices in doing things from all across the globe under one single platform. This is a very empowering way to address local issues with global impact. About 45 per cent of hub members comprise of women shapers,”
The summit will revolve around Gandhian values, social entrepreneurship, and best practices. Nirmeet Kacheria, Curator at Ahmedabad Hub says, “Ahmedabad hub made it to the top among other hubs who have applied to host the coveted summit. The shapers with diverse background from across the globe will be in city to foster multicultural dialogue, create strong bonds, build relationships and discuss potential social projects for joint implementation.”
The first edition of SHAPE South Asia aims to serve a long lasting impact in building bridges and connections for a better future.
Kumar Manish, Vice Curator of AGS said, ” South Asia has common history, common culture and common challenges. South Asia has youngest population, who are roaring to make a difference in the society. This will be an opportune time start a new dialogue. The summit will also have major digital activity to engage with people globally.”
Shape events are meeting of regional hubs from across borders and are geared towards bringing together shapers from neighboring countries to have a dialogue, collaborate and co-create, which results in a lot of positive energy and output!