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Who are we?

Shaping Horizons is  youth-led organisation and movement. Our vision is to upskill and empower every young person to be part of the change in the world that they want to see.

Partnerships

We have received support and the trust of several highly respected organisations, like global activist networks and movements (Global Shapers, One Young World, Unleash and Sandbox) and multilateral and governmental organisations (University of Cambridge, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Argentine Embassy to the UK, UNV, United Nations Development Programme, British Foreign Policy Group and Science Advice for Policy by European Academies), as well as innovation leading organisations like Ashoka

Our goal in working with partners is to develop a collaborative ecosystem to drive change and bearing in mind principles of solidarity, belief in youth social innovation and the power of diversity to drive change.

 

We also work with corporate partners to develop youth social innovation programmes using our research-inspired innovation tools while upskilling their employees, giving them access to engaging with the youth and igniting early-stage investable solutions. 

"Finding solutions to the biggest challenges faced by our societies requires that we work across the borders of nations and disciplines. It also requires that we create spaces for younger voices – the leaders of tomorrow."​

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Prof. Stephen Toope

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

"Shaping Horizons is a remarkable initiative built upon an ambitious, elegant and innovative concept."

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H. E. Carlos Sersale

Argentine Ambassador to the United Kingdom

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Our Team

Shaping Horizons is a youth-led social enterprise powered by a large team of staff and volunteers. We are more than a social enterprise, we are a diverse movement of innovators, researchers, designers, fundraisers, and mentors from around the world. What unites us is a passion for inspiring social innovation and international collaboration to drive impact forward. 

Mission

Approach

Shaping Horizons’ mission is to create youth-led social innovation programmes with diverse young participants using research as inspiration. We are committed to building a youth-led collaborative social innovation ecosystem with training and mentoring opportunities for mobilising the power of youth beyond 150 countries by 2030.

Using a unique research-inspired innovation diplomacy methodology, we work together with multinational corporations to bring their human resources and social responsibility capacity to the next level while catalyzing and mobilizing the youth.

Our Values

Passion about the common good and the betterment of the world.

Respect & Openness towards others as well as to new ideas.

Commitment to responsibilities by delivering on what has been agreed upon.

Collaboration with our team and external stakeholders.

Effective Communication internally, but also externally by spreading the word about Shaping Horizons and the challenges we are addressing.

Challenge to seek out, embrace, and get (un)comfortable in knowing that we are continuously changing, evolving and improving.

Awards & Recognition

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Featured as the case study in United Nations Volunteering Blueprint to be presented to all UN member states for  “Re-imagining Volunteering” to advance SDGs.

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Selected for Allia Impact Accelerator 2020-2021.

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The Chris Abell Busniess Plan Competition top 13 ideas transferring research into enterprises, University of Cambridge.

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2nd best social idea Cambridge University Entrepreneurs.

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EU Commission top 30 Social Ideas about “Skills for Tomorrow” among 565 entries, to be announced July 14th here. September 2021 decision of top 3 winners.

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Long-listed in the #21toWatch list.