Coca-Cola and World Economic Forum have instituted Global Shapers Communities that have formed ‘hubs’ of youngsters who come together to stand up for local issues and worktogether towardsa solution, while partnering with people, organisations and authorities.

Shaping education is one of the most focused efforts of these hub sunder the theme of alternative education for the community. At these hubs, creative resources and activities are used to teach kids, women and the underprivileged.

In 2012, The Coca-Cola Company launched the ‘Coca-Cola Shaping a Better Future Grant Challenge’–a competition for acceleration funding, exclusively for members of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum.

In 2016, the Ahmedabad Hub won the Global Shapers Challenge from India. Here’s a peek into the projects they initiated to make the world a better place.

  1. KalaBhan: The team describes their project as,“Kala Bhan literally means consciousness of art which in fact is the consciousness of expression. The process of understanding the expression of others’ work as a catalyst for individuals to confront their own beliefs, thought process and opinions. Our first initiative at Kala Bhan is about enabling the youth's capacity for understanding art.”

  2. Access to Justice: In a country like India where there are some 35 million cases pending in Indian courts and the time taken to clear them is really high, there is a need for innovation to bring down thistime. So the team of Ahmedabad Hub took up the project to “enhance an understanding of the functioning of legal systems in different parts of the world and benchmark the best practices.” Currently, they are working on setting up a mediation centre in collaboration with existing legal agencies in the state of Gujarat. The team says, “We are also creating effective remedies to find solutions to bottlenecks within the legal system as well as providing legal assistance to citizens.”

  3. Unmuted: The team created a mobile application as a medium for civilians and civic authorities to interact. People can report civic issues and government agenciescan track, manageand solve these concerns. In the end, transparency, collaboration and cooperation is what Unmuted contributes to the society. While people can raise concerns via the app without needing to physically visit the government office, the authorities also receive instant information to take action. Complaints which are not addressed within a stipulated time period are automatically tagged again. The system keeps a track of complaints and action taken, also adding accountability to the departments.

Here’s a video that shows how Unmuted works:

With such youngster-driven projects on the rise, there’s hope that the future of our country is in right hands.