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This is a new YGL initiative in the early stages of development, which has the aim of boosting the creation and success rate of globally innovative technology companies in emerging markets, not only on paper but also in practice.


Drawing on appropriate experiences and insight from YGLs and the wider Forum community, the initiative aims to propose new technology support structures and investment models for emerging markets that can dramatically change the status quo. The hope is to create the tools and enhancements for technology start-ups in specific emerging market countries, and potentially create of new investment vehicles and intermediaries based on sophisticated Western venture capital.

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YGL Science & Art Collaboration: Portrait of Your Brain Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:42:44 +0000 wef


One of the phenomenons we‟ve observed in the brain is that at PEAK PERFORMANCE – people experience a state of flow AKA – getting in the zone. This happens for top athletes but little is known about the zone in other dimensionalities such as in entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy makers, educators, scientists and artists. This project aims to scan YGL brains that are performing “in the ZONE.” If you are asking yourself what is that?  – Imagine YGL Dan Shapiro‟s brain when he is negotiating – now that is being in the ZONE. This project will assemble ground-breaking data that will create a work of art.


This initiative features members of the diverse YGL community. Most recently at the Yale education module, YGLs Drue Kataoka and Tan Le gathered electroencephalogram recordings of YGLs while they were imagining the activities that they are passionate about. The electrical fluctuations that result from neurons interacting, shifting rhythm and coordinating with other subsets of neurons will be recorded and compiled into a museum-quality conceptual art piece that illustrates the power and creativity of shared thinking by YGLs across disciplines, countries, cultures and backgrounds.

We have received a lot of interest from YGLs and have distributed over 10 brainwave recording systems to YGLs throughout the world, from the UK to Europe, to Latin America and Asia. These YGLs have volunteered to help facilitate the circulation of these brainwave recording systems within their region:  Marco & Jeannivee Fiorese (Monaco & Europe), Sanjiv Rai (India), Diego de Sola (El Salvador), Henrik Naujoks (Germany), Diana Verde Nieto/Gemma Mortensen (UK), Facundo Garreton (Argentina), Jane Marie Chen (China), Calvin Chin (Singapore), Brian Behlendorf (WEF, Switzerland), Alfredo Romero (Venezuela), Yan Yanovskiy (Russia), Olivier Oullier (France).

Next Milestones


Tan Le and Drue Katoka

More Information

Please contact Tan Le or Drue Kataoka –

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Global Access in Action Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:09:40 +0000 wef

We are in a new landscape of IP in key fields of technology that impact the poor: in energy, agriculture, health, and information & communication technologies. We also increasingly need to leverage the resources of the private sector to access, develop, and deploy technologies for the poor.

Global Access in Action believes that current IP systems can be better used to impact global poverty. This requires putting in place new strategies for managing IP. Global Access in Action believes that incentives can be aligned for public and private sector partners working to get better technology to the poor; licensing IP for applications to benefit the poor can be achieved without compromising core commercial markets of IP owners.

Global Access in Action acts as a steward of the experiences and expertise in this field, sharing global best practices in pro-poor IP management, advocating for changes in how IP is used, and promoting practical IP management solutions that integrate the constraints of private sector partners, while also serving the needs of the poor.

Many of our partners have a long history of licensing for humanitarian use and have direct experience of what works and what doesn’t. Our challenge is to translate this experience into widely available legal tools for Global Responsibility Licensing and Partnerships.


In the last year Global Access in Action has engaged in many activities, including the launch of the USPTO’s “Patents for Humanity” challenge, masterclasses for the American Bar Association and the commissioning of a review of models for the transfer of IP for the poor and marginalised for the Global Agenda Council on the IP System. Our challenge is to translate this experience into widely available legal tools for Global Responsibility Licensing and Partnerships

In 2013, the YGL initiative will launch a review of models for the transfer of IP for the poor and marginalized, commissioned by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System. Outlining 20 different mechanisms to increase access to IP and technology for development, this will be the first comprehensive review of this space. It is a great example of the way in which YGL initiatives can support the broader World Economic Forum community and Global Agenda Councils

James Moody and Sara Boettiger

Visit the Global Access in Action website or contact co-founders Sara Boettiger or James Moody for more information.

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A People’s Plan of Action for the Millennium Development Goals Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:13:23 +0000 admin

Latest Updates:

You can pledge your support here.

You can now download the latest MDG–Factsheet!

You can now download the latest comprehensive list of YGL_PLEDGES here in Davos!

You can download our latest MDG Press Release here.


The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are dedicated to advancing the well-being of the billion poorest and most marginalized people on the planet. They have spurred unprecedented success in forging a common global agenda for partnership. In the lead-up to the last major MDG checkpoint summit in 2010 – the September high-level event on the MDGs at the UN – the key challenge is to identify how to build momentum from the successes and expand the breakthroughs to areas where gaps still exist.

YGL Response

As many governments have fallen behind on their commitments to the MDGs, the YGL initiative aims to broaden the global process with a coherent and inclusive action plan that promotes concrete MDG pledges from all elements of society – business, nongovernmental organizations and the general public. The goal is to support and catalyse official policy processes by mobilizing broad coalitions for action and implementation.

Key 2010 Accomplishments

Website launched: Currently 91 pledges have been made, affecting 4,492,246,953 people. The YGL-MDG initiative is continuing to move forward, thanks in particular to the new support of the UN Foundation, and we are delighted that Caroline Bennett has joined this week as the project manager.  Caroline is sitting in my office in New York, and is getting the partner coordination and website update efforts underway in earnest.  We are of course always grateful for any suggestions on how best to link to ongoing and emerging WEF efforts at every step, so please do let us know if you have any thoughts in this regard.

Next Milestones

Davos to convene support from taskforce.


Johann Koss, John McArthur

More Information

In his September 2009 opening address to the UN General Assembly, President Barack Obama announced a countdown to the September 2010 Millennium Development Goal (MDG)-focused summit that will take place at the United Nations. The President stated unequivocally that the United States “will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year’s Summit with a global plan to make them a reality.”

The MDGs are the world’s goals, and are dedicated to advancing the wellbeing of the billion poorest and most marginalized people on the planet still living on less than $1/day. They have spurred an unprecedented common global agenda for partnership. Bill Gates has called them “the best idea for focusing the world on fighting global poverty that [he has] ever seen.” The 2010 Summit will be the last major opportunity for the world to put in place a coherent and practical plan for achieving the integrated set of targets in time for the internationally agreed 2015 deadline.

The Young Global Leaders’ MDG Working Group has three main goals: (1) To mobilize individuals, companies, and non-governmental organizations to make concrete, action-oriented pledges that contribute to the achievement of the MDGs. Pledges are made under any of three headings: delivering services, raising awareness, or raising funds., with emphasis on numbers of real people affected. (2) To leverage these pledges in a manner that builds awareness and thereby supports the adoption of a robust intergovernmental MDG action plan at the September 2010 UN summit, and (3) To recommend a mechanism by which broader elements of society can make concrete MDG contributions on an ongoing basis through to 2015 – a “people’s plan” for the MDGs.

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Table For Two Wed, 30 Dec 2009 19:37:49 +0000 admin


On our planet of 7 billion people, one billion suffer from hunger while another billion suffer from obesity and lifestyle-related diseases. This global dichotomy – where people are dying of hunger while others are literally eating themselves to death – is both ironic and alarming. It represents the world today – one that we need to redesign.

YGL Response

Table for Two addresses these two issues simultaneously. The mechanism is simple: every time you eat a healthy Table for Two meal at a participating company cafeteria or restaurant, 20 cents is donated to fund a school meal in a country suffering from hunger. As you prevent your own obesity, you are also helping to alleviate a child’s hunger. Your meal is his/her meal. You are eating a win-win meal together at a Table for Two.

Key Accomplishments

The program is fully established with over 600 partners including corporations, universities, restaurants, government offices, convenience stores and other food establishments; providing over 16 m meals served to date (enough to feed 72,000 children for an entire schooyear). The programme has expanded into 12 countries across Asia, North America and Europe since 2010. Additionally,  TFT model has been applied to vending machines (through snacks and drinks), coffee, healthy cocktails, and retail products. In Japan, an iPhone application has been released which works by taking a picture of your meal the app then calculates the calories and assesses the nutritional content.  1 yen is donated per healthy meal uploaded via the application.

Events held in 2010:
2010/05/03: TABLE FOR TWO USA kick-off event at Columbia University (New York, NY)
2010/07/21: Lecture and Reception at Japan Society (New York, NY)
2010/07/22: Lecture and Book Signing at Kinokuniya (New York, NY)
2010/07/25: Speech at Japan Block Fair (New York, NY)
2010/07/27: Lecture at UN Forum (New York, NY)
2010/09/10: Informal talk and gathering with Net Impact and JET members (San Francisco, CA)
2010/09/14: Talk at San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
2010/09/15: Talk at University of San Francisco, hosted by Net Impact (San Francisco, CA)

2012 Accomplishments:
2012/04/01: TFT launched at UC Berkeley (at the Berkeley Student Food Collective for a one-month trial)
2012/04/02: TFT launched at UC Davis
2012/04/06: TFT launched at American University
2012/04/06: TFT launched at San Francisco State University

Next Milestones

Table for Two is expanding its impact to include cutting-edge interventions related to sustainable food security with such partners as Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the United Nations World Food Programme.


Kumi Fujisawa and Kohei Takashima

More Information:

Table for Two website:

Table for Two Facebook page:

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Deworm the World Wed, 30 Dec 2009 19:10:20 +0000 admin


Over 400 million school-age children worldwide suffer from parasitic worms, harming their health, nutrition and cognitive development and threatening their educational access and learning. Worms can lead to anaemia and malnutrition and, as a result, children are either too sick or tired to concentrate in class or attend school at all.

YGL Response

Spearheaded by YGLs Kristin Forbes and Michael Kremer in 2007, Deworm the World (DtW) is an initiative to increase access to education by expanding deworming among the 400 million school-age children infected by worms worldwide. YGLs chose deworming because of the evidence that deworming is an extremely cost effective way to increase schooling and improve child health. Since 2007, with the incredible power of the YGL network, the task force has helped to develop partnerships between funders, implementers, governments, nongovernmental organizations and technical experts and de-wormed 37 million children.

Key Accomplishments

The programme dewormed 20 million school-age children in 26 countries in 2009. In Kenya, DtW supported the government in launching a national programme that treated close to four million children in 2009. In India in 2011, DtW dewormed more than 17 million children in Bihar in only three months, as part of one of the largest programmes conducted in the world. DtW also supported Andhra Pradesh in deworming two million children, amongst other programmes.

Last summer, DtW partnered with the YGL community on a crowdfunding campaign to fill an urgent funding gap in Bihar, India, raising over US$ 137,000. With this support, the Government of Bihar completed the largest ever programme, targeting 21 million school-age children across 70,000 schools. In October, the government of Rjasthan launched a programme targeting 16 million children. This programme, with assistance from DtW and UNICEF, took place on Global Hand Washing Day to underscore the importance of combining mass drug administration with water, sanitation and hygiene programmes to effectively combat intestinal worms. In Kenya, DtW is supporting a programme targeting 5 million. DtW also supported the launch of a deworming pilot in Ogun State, Nigeria, targeting 1 million children. Overall, DtW has enabled programmes reaching well over 40 million children across 27 countries since its launch in 2007.


Kriston Forbes and Erik Charas

More Information:

Deworm the World Website:

Deworm the World on Twitter: @dewormtheworld


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