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    We ARE
    Chicago Global Shapers

    We are a globally recognized group of young leaders empowered by the World Economic Forum.
    Our Mission is to improve the lives of Chicagoans, and breakdown regional and global challenges.

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  • Applications to become a Chicago Shaper are CLOSED!

    We kickoff our application cycle with our annual Shape the City event, scheduled for March 23,2024.

    Each year our team organizes intentional impact for the year. The link below breaks down each year's goals of supporting local to global equity and inclusion. Please reach out to us at chicagoglobalshapers@gmail.com with any questions or if you're interested in joining or partnering with us! 

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    Meet JOSEPH, our curator!

    A digital humanities scholar, artist, and LGBTQ+ activist, Joseph sits at the intersection of technology, art, and impact. He moved to Chicago to pursue his MA in Digital Studies of Language, History, and Culture at the University of Chicago and worked extensively on information systems, ontology design, and using AI to explore what he calls “semantic toxicity” created in media, especially when it comes to reporting on traditionally marginalized groups.


    Before Chicago, Joseph lived in Quito, Ecuador, where he co-founded a digital advertising agency and an LGBTQ+ activist group focused on training other activists across the country, fighting against discrimination, and increasing public engagement and understanding of LGBTQ+ rights.


    He now works at the Joyce Foundation as their digital media and data visualization strategist and also has his own art practice under the pseudonym Morla Solis.

    Measuring Our impact

    Check out our 2018-2021 Annual Reports to learn more in-depth about your programs, initiatives, and local/global impact with the Global Shaper Community!

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    Become a Partner

    The Chicago Global Shapers’ 2021 impact projects will focus on building partnerships with organizations that are actively creating solutions to accelerate equity and diversity in the Chicago communities.


    If you would like to learn more about becoming a potential partner for this year’s Chicago Global Shapers Impact Project Partnership Program, please review the Request for Proposals document: