Thomas Crampton

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The Forum of Young Global Leaders, explained by David Aikman

Nov 1, 2007

In a video featuring many photographs of Young Global Leaders, David Aikman of the World Economic Forum explains in this video how, why, who and for what reason the group was formed.

Operating under the umbrella of the World Economic Forum – the Geneva-based organization founded by Klaus Schwab that has a high profile annual meeting in Davos – the Young Global Leaders group is described as

a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders who are 40 years old or younger and who are ready to dedicate a part of their time and energy to jointly work towards a better future.

Each year we identify 200-300 exceptional individuals, drawn from every region in the world and from a myriad of disciplines and sectors. Together, they form a powerful international community which can dramatically impact the global future.

As I get to know them (Disclosure: I am a member of the group) I have begun compiling videos and postings about the group and their often extraordinary stories.

So far, I have put up the following postings/videos (or check this link for the latest updates.)

Angel Cabrera pushes a hippocratic oath for business
Is the price of Jack Ma’s Alibaba too high?
Matthew Bishop on the Danger of Billionaire Philanthropists
Salman Iqbal on Ary and TV in Pakistan
Niklas Zennstrom’s first interview after leaving Skype
Jack Hidary turns the big apples car fleets green
Penny Low on Singapore’s Social Innovation Park
Raju Narisetti on why newspapers still work in India
A lighter moment: Mabel van Oranje and Jimmy Wales
Cory Doctorow on how to be an Uber Blogger
Adam Bly’s Rolling Stone Magazine for Science
James Kondo on fighting obesity of the rich and malnutrition of the poor

Disclosure: I am a member of the YGL group.

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  • Thank you for the wonderful video. Much appreciated!

  • Jide Akpamgbo

    Dear David Aikman
    i am interested in knowing more about this young global leaders,and would want to know if i'll join,because i'v always dreamt of being a leader.
    N.B, I don't have a website for now.

  • Dave

    World Young Global Leaders is an excellent idea to bring fresh ideas with some passion behind them. I know the guys that are behind this mmorpg project are relatively young as well as Kongregate, Facebook, Myspace..and the list goes on.

  • thomascrampton


    Merci de votre commentaire.

    Ce qui m'interesse dans ce groupe, c'est ce que ces individus et ce groupe entreprennent.

    Bien evidemment, il y a beaucoup plus d'individus en dehors de ce groupe qui entreprennent des projets aussi inspirants et passionants. Je les cherche et suis ouvert a toute suggestion.

    Envoyez-moi des idees et des personnes!

  • Et bien allons-y ! On est jamais mieux servi que par soi-meme !
    Moi je vais creer l'association des "Meilleurs du monde et les autres sont des nazes".

    La bulle... elle eclate quand ?

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