Organizing Global Shapers: Generation 2015 – a truly rewarding journey

23 novembre 2015

Schermafbeelding 2015-11-23 om 16.50.37As the organizing team we really enjoy reading all the blog posts Global Shapers submit. Today, for once we take over the blog and reflect on Global Shapers: Generation 2015 from an organizing team perspective.

Global Shapers: Generation 2015 started for us as soon as we waved goodbye to Generation 2014 in Chicago. We take the feedback of each generation into account to try and make the next edition even better and bolder than the one before. Therefore all the feedback you provide us with is highly appreciated.

So as we departed from Chicago we took a well deserved break and then started to focus on Generation 2015. As you can imagine there is much to organize; from choosing the new location, make up riddles for Crack the Safe and think of an appealing application challenge.

Virtual Phase
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In June we locked ourselves up to go through 418 applications (not a bad working week with all the creative and talented applications we got to see). In close consultation with region HR and senior leadership, tough decisions had to be made to come to a final list of 100 Global Shapers. Then we could finally send 100 Global Shapers the invite to join the Kick Off call and reveal this years location: The Netherlands.

The excitement had been building up for weeks but the highlight of these months were meeting you all virtually. The energy that would magnify during the face-to-face program was already palpable. Every month we received the fruit of your hard labor; full of inspiring stories and fresh ideas on engagement. This sparked our anticipation for the face-to-face program.

Ede & Rotterdam

We were not disappointed; five days of hard work, inspiration and energy started in Ede and stayed with us all the way to Rotterdam. All the energy and hard work came together during the Golden Journey, where Global Shapers and the AGLF had an exciting night out. Ideas were shared and the new generation of Arcadis took the chance to show what they have to offer.

Schermafbeelding 2015-11-23 om 16.52.15Being a part of your Global Shapers journey and working closely with young talented Arcadians has been a wonderful experience for us. So once again, thank you. Thank you for all your hard work and your energy. But most of all, thank you for engaging us.

To thank you all we’ve created the official after movie of Global Shapers: Generation 2015. Please do not hesitate to share this video with your family and friends or on social media.



We hope you stay involved with Global Shapers!

The Organizing team