Ahmedabad: City based Ahmedabad Global Shapers, an initiative of World Economic Forum completed its 1st year of inception in the city. AGS is part of a network of hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Shapers come from all walks of life but share a spirit of entrepreneurship in the public interest.
AGS members current projects focuses on civic issues, use of mobile technology, dissemination of information on individual rights & duties in an engaging way and up cycling of waste products like plastic pens. The youth led group has piloted four projects in the city which addresses upcycling of waste plastic pens through design intervention, public places restoration with art installation, cartoons to disseminate information on citizens law & rights and a mobile app to address civic grievances.
This was shared during a meet up organized by youth voluntary community members in the city on Thursday. The hub has 13 active members from diverse background.
Founding Curator of the Ahmedabad Global Shapers (AGS), Sunil Parekh, said,”Youth will define our collective future”. Shapers come from all walks of life but share a spirit of entrepreneurship in the public interest. In the last year, they have worked on various hub projects in a collective manner and have come up with these three projects which can be scaled up with support from other stakeholders in the city, like corporate, government agencies and media.
Nirmit Parikh, Ahmedabad Global Shaper and project lead on Unmuted, a mobile app said, “We are trying to build a network of citizens and crowd sourcing issues on smart phones. It is not about ‘banging out code’ or ‘diving in data’ but mentality of engaged civic action by bridging the gap between government and citizens.” “The app will ensure that with a click your complaints on any various issue gets registered” added Parikh. It will be formally launched by end of December, this year.
KalaBhan project is to improve urban spaces through art installations and exhibits. This is an effort to build rich cultural heritage for younger generation. While, Legal toons project informs on citizens rights &duties in an engaging way through animated characters.
Addressing the growing problem of waste plastic pen, AGS has come up with Penpals project, a design intervention to address discarded plastic pens issue. Wricha Johari, AGS member and project lead said,” These waste pens has been converted into designer utility products. This ensures a livelihood option and also saves the environment,”
“We have done the pilot testing with number of utility products with use of discarded pens,” added Johari.
Community is also working on other hub projects addressing social and urban issues. The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. There are 270 city hubs across the globe.