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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM – Davos looks to young people for new ideas on the planet’s future

23 May 2012

A project aimed at the search for new ideas for addressing the planet’s problems: coordinator of the initiative in Rome is diplomat and ENI director of international affairs Pasquale Salzano, who explains to the Corriere Solferino28 blog: “They will be places for thinking but above all for doing”. CV’s must be submitted by 8 June.

The under-30 contribution

The “World Economic Forum” opens its doors to young people. The annual meeting in Davos of world business, politics, culture and professional leaders, on the lookout for new ideas for addressing the planet’s problems, is asking the under-30 crowd for its contribution. The project is known as “Global Shapers”.

Think-tanks and Do-tanks

“They won’t be actual think-tanks, but rather do-tanks, places to think but above all to do, to subvert paradigms and set up new rhythms by passing the staff to the younger generation”, explains Pasquale Salzano, chosen in 2011 by the World Economic Forum as one of the “Young Global Leaders”, and given the job of Rome coordinator of the “Global Shapers” project.

Interested young people between the ages of 20 and 30 should submit their CVs no later than 8 June, along with a few lines about what motivates them, to rome@globalshapers.org. Candidates selected will be called in for an interview, and those who pass the test will be placed in a work group that will meet periodically to draft projects (there is no monetary compensation) and will have a chance to participate at Davos. The examining committee will be made up of professionals and scholars. Good knowledge of English is a basic requirement.

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