Shaping Horizons was born to create international collaboration through social innovation, thereby contributing to developing a new field called social innovation diplomacy.

We prototyped the concept by implementing a programme structured in three stagesThe first stage was a digital pre-incubation between July 2019 and August 2019, an in-person Summit in September 2019 and an acceleration stage between October 2019 and July 2020. We jointly organised the 2019-2020 programme with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Hub of Global Shapers Community.

Over 120 young people aged between 20 and 32 years old and 24 mentors representing Latin America and the UK attended the programme. Coming from different backgrounds, these young people are entrepreneurs, academics, social innovators. They have a vision and drive to undertake social innovation as a pathway to solve problems in their communities and lead social development locally and abroad.”



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The programme of the summit explored four themes:

Fourth Industrial Revolution: the stream started discussions and projects on AI, big data, cybersecurity and regulation of emerging technologies.


Social Challenges: the stream started discussions and projects on diversity and inclusion, future labour, and evidence-based policymaking.

Humans and Nature: the stream started discussions and projects on mitigation and adaptation to climate change, biodiversity, healthcare and biomedical innovation.

Our Shared Future: the stream started discussions and projects on the internationalisation of education, migration and international affairs.”

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