Ronald Cohen, impact capitalism and the Great Reset

  1. Introduction
  2. Blair and Brown’s banker
  3. Financial services for the poor
  4. Meet the impact gang!
  5. Saving capitalism
  6. Privatising government
  7. Problems and solutions
  8. The fascist model
  9. Freed from regulations
  10. Profits before people

1. Introduction

Social impact investing is at the heart of the Great Reset. It reduces human beings to the status of potential investments, sources of profit for the wealthy elite.

In ‘Guerrillas of the Great Reset‘ we saw how the Guerrilla Foundation, ostensibly a body that gives grants to activists involved in “a variety of social causes”, in fact very much belongs to the world of social impact investment.

antonis-schwarzFounder Antonis Schwarz (pictured) even actively promotes a WEF-supported course on ‘Impact Investing for the Next Generation’ aimed specifically at young billionaires.

And our five-part series on the WEF’s Global Shapers revealed that impact investment is one of the pillars of their New Normal project.

There is a section of their website entitled ‘Impact’ and the term crops up time and time again, like an sinister leitmotif, throughout their activities in the UK, Europe, the USA, Africa and India.

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If you want to understand what impact investment is all about, we recommend you explore the work of Alison McDowell of the Wrench in the Gears site – here and here, for example.

But why take the word of an outspoken opponent of impact investment? Why not go straight to one of the leading figures behind its development and find out what he has to say about it?

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2. Blair and Brown’s banker

Sir Ronald Cohen, a 75-year-old UK businessman and political mover and shaker, is sometimes called “the father” of impact investment.

He is notorious in the UK for bankrolling the neoliberal “New Labour” governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Reported The Evening Standard in 2006: “Sir Ronald is believed to have donated up to £800,000 to the Labour Party, and is clearly carving out a role to become the Chancellor’s ‘private banker’.

“Sir Ronald and his wife Sharon have rubbed shoulders with Prince Charles and are friends of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who they regularly entertain at their luxury second home in New York”.

Cohen is apparently a member of the executive committee of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, “a world-leading authority on global security, political risk and military conflict”.

IISS’s funders include NATO, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the UK Ministry of Defence, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Army, the Canadian Department of Defence, the Carnegie Corporation, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, the Embassy of Israel to the UK, the Kingdom of Bahrain, The Nicky Oppenheimer Foundation and US Friends of the IISS, which “allows the Institute to raise tax-deductible contributions in the United States”.

On its website it offers visitors “analysis with impact”.

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Cohen has been involved in controversy in the past.

He was chairman of venture capital firm Apax Partners at the time of the Apax-owned British United Shoe Machinery pension collapse in 2000, which left 544 workers, many of them with long service, without any pension. (1)

MPs Edward Garnier, Patricia Hewitt and Ashok Kumar all called for a proper enquiry, Garnier citing the “mysterious circumstances” under which the pensions “disappeared”.

But no new investigation took place, leading Kumar to say: “I feel so angry on behalf of decent upright citizens robbed of their basic human rights. Somebody should be made responsible. There should be a public inquiry into this. People should be brought to account. These are greedy, selfish, capitalists who live on the backs of others”. (2)

These days Cohen is involved with Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum, whose website describes him as “a preeminent international philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global impact revolution”.

The WEF adds: “He is Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment; Chairman of the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East; Chairman and co-Founder of The Portland Trust; co-Founder of Social Finance UK, US, and Israel; co-Founder of Bridges Fund Management UK, US, and Israel; and co-Founder of Big Society Capital.

“Each of the initiatives he leads today aims to shift the allocation of human and financial resources to creating positive impact”.

Cohen’s Big Society Capital is all about social impact investment, which it insists is “a trend that is set to continue”.

As its chairman, he enthused in 2014: “I believe there is, at the very least, an untapped $1 trillion of private sector impact investment”.

ronald cohen bookCohen explains his interest in impact investment in much greater detail in a book published in 2020, entitled Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change. (3)

Here, he explains that we can thank him for having introduced venture capitalism to the UK, since during his continuing education at Harvard he “discovered venture capital just as it was emerging”.

Cohen adds that the arrangement for his studies in the USA required him to bring back something of value to the UK: “I ended up bringing back venture capital, for which I was knighted in 2001”. (4)

The businessman explains that he later switched his attention to impact investment, mainly through the Social Investment Task Force, which he set up in 2000 at the request of Tony Blair’s regime.

He recalls: “After David Cameron’s Conservative election win in 2010, he elevated responsibility for impact investment to the Cabinet Office which reports directly to the prime minister, where Frances Maude, Nick Hurd and Kieron Boyle led, among many other initiatives, the effort to establish Big Society Capital as a social investment bank that can drive the advance of the impact ecosystem”. (5)

In 2013, he says, Cameron “asked me to lead the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, in order ‘to catalyze a global market in social impact investment’”. (6)

3. Financial services for the poor

Like his WEF colleague Klaus Schwab, and the business organisation’s phoney “youth movement” the Global Shapers, Cohen likes to depict “impact capitalism” (7) in the rosiest of lights.

As we will see later, the impact network’s presentation of its activity as indisputably worthy and in the general public good performs a crucial role in its overall strategy.

Thus Cohen coos that impact capitalism “will lead us to a new and better world” (8) by “helping those in need and preserving our planet”. (9)

It will address “a variety of social issues”, including homelessness, affordable housing, community organizations, childhood obesity and mental health, (10) not to mention “poverty, under-education, unemployment, an aging population and environmental destruction”. (11)

It will do this by “helping disadvantaged young people”, (12) supporting “refugee and immigrant integration” (13) and boosting “women’s empowerment and gender equality”. (14)

Impact projects aim to provide “financial services for the poor”, (15) “affordable and green housing” (16) and to “transform the lives of more than 12,000 households in rural Kenya and Uganda”. (17)

Cohen declares: “We must shift our economies to create positive outcomes”. (18) Make a mental note of that particular phrase…

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4. Meet the impact gang!

Unfortunately for Cohen, the effect of all this “wokewashing” verbiage is severely undermined by his own account of the organisations and individuals who are on board his impact gravy train.

He tells us: “All big movements, including recent neoliberalism, were funded by philanthropists, and the same is becoming true of the impact movement. The Omidyar Network, Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, Kresge and Hewlett Foundation in the US; Europe’s Bertelsmann Stiftung in Germany and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal; Lord (Jacob) Rothschild’s family foundation, Yad Hanadiv, and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, in Israel; and Ratan Tata and the Tata Trusts, in India, have all supported the impact movement”. (19)

He adds: “One of the most promising new family foundations is the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). In 2015, at the age of 30, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced that they plan to direct 99 per cent of their $45 billion wealth into CZI. Their goal is to make a substantial commitment to impact investing that is focused on ‘personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities’”. (20)

Cohen approvingly quotes Megan Starr, the global head of impact for the arms-dealing Carlyle Group (closely linked to the WEF and its Global Shapers – see here and here), when she remarked that “it’s no longer possible to generate high rates of return unless you invest for impact”. (21)

Bill and Melinda GatesHe lists Goldman Sachs, “another big-name asset management firm that is involved in impact investing”, (22) “Unilever, under the enlightened leadership of CEO Paul Polman”, (23) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, (24), Accenture, (25) Nestlé (26) and Coca-Cola. (27)

Cohen tells us that Bono, of U2 and Band Aid fame, has, through his Rise Fund, “become a powerful advocate for the use of impact investment”. (28)

He mentions Emmanuel Macron (29) and Richard Branson’s B-Team, (30) while praising both Andela (31) in Nigeria (see here) and Ashoka, (32) that strange cult-like organisation so closely linked to Klaus Schwab’s Global Shapers as well as to the Transition Movement’s Rob Hopkins.

No self-respecting “philanthropist” billionaire today would be caught without his own personal foundation and Cohen explains why. “The nature of foundations makes them a perfect leader of the Impact Revolution. Because of their charitable status and sense of mission, they can experiment with different roles – acting as grantors, investors, guarantors or outcome payers. They can fund efforts to support the growth of the impact field, as well as influence delivery organizations, governments and investors to collaborate in new ways in tackling social problems”. (33)

And he does nothing to dispel suspicions of something rather alarming going on when he describes the activities of one particular foundation.

“Silicon Valley alumni Charly and Lisa Kleissner’s KL Felicitas Foundation is going all-in by dedicating its total assets of approximately $10 million to impact investing, and they are encouraging their peers to do the same. Under the umbrella of Toniic, a global action community of impact investors, the Kleissners co-founded the ‘100 per cent Impact Network’, a collaborative group of more than one hundred family offices, high-net worth individuals and foundations who have each pledged to dedicate their portfolios to impact investment. The group has a collective $6 billion of assets, with more than $3 billion already deployed, and aims to create an international movement of impact investors”. (34)

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5. Saving capitalism

A fascinating aspect of the thinking behind Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset is his avowed fear of “political backlash”, “antiglobalization and “social unrest”.

The same anxiety seems to underlie Cohen’s mission to bring about what he repeatedly describes as the “Impact Revolution” (35) but which, in this light, would clearly better be termed the “Impact Counter-Revolution”, or the “Impact Coup”.

He writes, for instance, of his fear that a “curtain of fire” could soon separate the rich from the poor in our cities, as people revolt against injustice: “We have recently seen this curtain rise in countries such as France, Lebanon and Chile, which have suffered violent protests, while in the UK rising inequality was a factor in the decision taken in the referendum of June 2016 to leave the EU”. (36)

Cohen argues: “The fact is that our existing social contract has expired and we are now in the process of drawing up a new one in the form of impact capitalism”. (37)

In other words, his impact revolution aims to save capitalism by reshaping it. It is part of the Great Reset.

Cohen talks about “a historic transition”, (38) “resetting investment for a new reality”, (39) and dedicates a whole chapter to the thesis that “Impact investing sets the New Normal”. (40)

“Impact changes everything,” (41) he says. “Impact thinking will now transform our economies and reshape our world”. (42) “There has never been a more tangible opportunity to make a transformative difference”. (43)

klaus schwabUsing the very same term as Schwab, the Global Shapers and the Guerrilla Foundation, Cohen believes in the importance of making “systemic change”, (44) and makes it quite clear in which direction this would take us.

He writes: “Impact entrepreneurs leading delivery organizations will be able to raise the funding they need to implement their innovative approaches at scale, bringing systemic change – just as venture capital and tech entrepreneurs brought systemic change through the Tech Revolution”. (45)

Indeed, Fourth Industrial Revolution technology inevitably forms part of Cohen’s vision, with talk of “drones and driverless cars”, (46) biotechnology, (47) and equipping schools in rural Africa with “an individualized e-learning platform, computer tablets and broadband access”. (48)

Like Schwab’s Great Reset, the Impact Revolution is apparently “an idea whose time has come”. (49)

Cohen announces, with all the thunderous authority of the Old Man of Davos: “It will take at least a decade to transform our system, and the transformation will unfold in stages: starting with impact investment and impact measurement; through the development of impact economies; to a new global system of impact capitalism”. (50)

private keep out6. Privatising government

So what precisely is impact capitalism and how, on a practical level, does it work?

It essentially amounts to a privatisation of the role of governments across a wide range of spheres, in which bringing about certain social outcomes is treated as a potentially profitable financial investment.

In Cohen’s words, describing an early scheme hatched up with New Labour’s Jack Straw: “If our effort helped the government save money, both investors and the organizations they funded could pocket a fraction of the money saved”. (51)

The word “impact” has been used in this context for the last 14 years. Recalls Cohen: “It was in 2007, at a meeting hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation at its Bellagio Center in Italy, that ‘impact investing’ was coined as a term to replace ‘social investment’”. (52)

Data is central to the way that impact schemes work, because investors need evidence of a positive outcome in order to justify the eventual profitable dividend. These are “pay-for-success investment models”, (53) explains Cohen.

He says: “If we regard impact investing as our rocket ship to social change, impact measurement is our navigation system. It will lead to change and the establishment of new norms”. (54)

The new norm for the large part of the world’s population is that their lives will be regarded as nothing but investment opportunities for the financial elite and their hopes, fears, successes and failures reduced to statistics on a centralised database.

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Cohen speaks warmly of the Global Value Exchange, “a crowd-sourced database of over 30,000 impact measurement metrics that offers valuations in a similar way to the Unit Cost Database. For example, you can find out the annual cost of a homeless person who is out of work in the UK based on the benefits payments they receive, their lost income tax and national insurance payments, and their lost economic output”. (55)

Cohen explains more about the rules of  this lucratively entertaining new game of gambling on the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives across the world: “Social impact bonds involve three key players: outcome payers, social service providers (these are generally non-profit organizations, but they can also be purpose-driven businesses) and investors”. (56)

Children’s lives are of particular interest to the financial vampires of the impact scene, particularly those most ripe to be “improved” in a “pay-for-success” context.

Cohen writes about the work of the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East, which “aims to raise $1 billion to improve the education of ten million children”. (57)

He reveals it is “supported by an international group of foundations looking for innovative ways to maximize improvement in education in Africa and the Middle East, notably the Aliko Dangote Foundation, Ford, Omidyar, The Big Win, ELMA, UBS Optimus, Hewlett and DFID”.

CAMFED - CopieIt will “help catalyze investment in effective education delivery organizations, such as Camfed, an NGO that has supported the education of over 500,000 girls in the most deprived communities of Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia and Malawi”. (58)

Cohen wants to “integrate impact investment into international development aid” to create a new kind of impact imperialism closely tied in to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which “will require $3.3–$4.5 trillion each year over the next decade”. (59)

He is pleased to report that the UK’s Department for International Development in the UK “launched its Impact Programme in 2012 and planned to provide up to £160 million ($212.8 million) over 23 years, in order to catalyze the market for impact investment in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia”. (60)

For impact capitalism, everything is a potential source of investment and, thus, profit – from nature to education, from the oceans to gender.

Cohen says: “Bringing impact measurement to the bond market, which as we have previously seen totals $100 trillion, will also have a major effect. The place to start here is with green bonds (climate), which are now being followed by blue (oceans), education, social and gender bonds.

“For example, Prince Charles, founder of the British Asian Trust, and Richard Hawkes, its CEO, have announced the launch of a $100 million gender bond to provide access to better education, jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for half a million women and girls in South Asia.

“The market for green bonds stands at around $750 billion today; if they and other purpose-driven bonds that measure their impact come to account for 10 per cent of the $100 trillion bond market over the next ten years, this would bring $10 trillion of funding to companies for projects that contribute to the SDGs”. (61)

For Cohen, this “new model for philanthropy and aid” (62) is the start of something big and he says it is “time to scale Outcome Funds”. (63)

These are “professionally managed vehicles that sign outcome-based contracts with social delivery organizations” and their goal is to “drastically reduce the time and cost it takes to put them in place”. (64)

“We must shift our economies to create positive outcomes”, (65) he declares. We told you to bear that phrase in mind. All is becoming clear!

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7. Problems and solutions

Impact investing is all about problems and solutions.

“As the natural torchbearer of the impact movement, philanthropy has the power to usher in a new dawn for charitable organizations, investors, entrepreneurs, businesses and governments, to bring solutions to the greatest social and environmental problems of our time”, (66) writes Cohen, glossing over the fact that impact capitalists are not so much bringing solutions as selling them.

In order for Cohen and his friends to be able to sell a “solution”, the “problem” which this supposedly addresses needs to be officially recognised as such.

It is here that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals play a key role.

They define specific areas in which governments should be taking action and require them to find money to pour into these issues.

Cohen is, in fact, a member of the UNDP’s Global Steering Group for Impact Investment.

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SDG Impact, as it calls itself, “is a UNDP initiative tasked with developing resources under three central pillars to accelerate investment towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030”.

It boasts that its “transformational impact” will involve “opening up $12 trillion in market opportunities”.

Cohen notes, with appreciation, in his book, that “in 2015, the impact investing movement gained focus and urgency with the release of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”. (67)

But he adds: “It has been estimated that financing the achievement of the SDGs will require an additional $30 trillion in investment over the next decade”. (68)

UN SDGsWhere is a typical cash-strapped government going to get that all money from, apart from by increasing an already-crippling national debt to the global bankers?

Cohen suggests that states “release unclaimed assets to establish ‘impact capital wholesalers’”.

He explains: “Imagine that you could snap your fingers and create an extra $2.5 billion in a country’s budget, without either raising taxes or cutting crucial programs. Governments around the world are starting to discover that they can do this by using unclaimed assets, essentially creating money out of thin air”. (69)

He adds that in this way a government “can access money that is public money but not tax money, such as unclaimed assets in banks, insurance companies and investment funds. This money can be used to develop a strong sector of impact investment managers who provide start-up and growth capital to charitable organizations and purpose-driven businesses”. (70)

So he thinks the money created “out of thin air” by these “unclaimed assets” should be diverted, by the state, directly into the impact investment slush funds with which he is involved, so that they can be essentially lent back to the state in the form of pay-for-success social investments, to the eventual profit of impact capitalists?

There certainly seem to be significant sums involved. Cohen writes: “In 2019, the Dormant Assets Commission chaired by Nick O’Donohoe reported that up to an additional £2 billion ($2.7 billion) could be released from unclaimed assets held by insurance companies, pension funds and investment funds”. (71)

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It is no coincidence that Cohen himself was chairman of a similar initiative, the UK’s Commission on Unclaimed Assets, from 2005-2007. (72)

He reveals: “The UK was the first country that saw the potential of unclaimed assets to spark real change in society. In 2011, following the recommendation of the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005–7), which I chaired, Francis Maude, who was then leading the Cabinet Office, asked me and Nick O’Donohoe from JP Morgan to establish a social investment bank along the lines recommended by the Social Investment Task Force in 2000.

“The Cameron government, he informed me, was prepared to provide £400 million ($532 million) of unclaimed bank assets for this purpose. In 2012, this money, having been supplemented by an additional £200 million ($266 million) from Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and the Royal Bank of Scotland, went to establish Big Society Capital (BSC), with me as Chair and Nick O’Donohoe as CEO.

“Since then, an additional £600 million ($798 million) has been released to the Reclaim Fund, which collects the flow of unclaimed assets and distributes them according to the instruction of the government”. (73)

It interesting to note that fellow impact investor Antonis Schwarz of Guerrilla Foundation, funders of social justice “activists”, has spoken about his “campaign to unlock dormant assets for social impact investing in Germany”.

Impact capitalists also have their eyes on pension funds, as former employees of British United Shoe Machinery may not be surprised to hear.

Cohen writes: “The world’s pension funds held $38 trillion in 2016, nearly 20 per cent of the world’s total investment assets. If our pension fund managers were to optimize risk–return–impact, they could significantly support the achievement of the SDGs”. (74)

“Pension fund regulations are a priority for governments, given that pension funds hold so much money globally. It is reasonable for pension savers to be given the option, as happens in France, to choose savings programs that will invest in line with their values – for example, portfolios that aim to contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals”. (75)

8. The fascist model

It is clear from all this that the impact capitalists have taken a big step away from the classic liberal free market mentality which regards the state as purely an impediment to entrepreneurial activity.

Instead, the state plays a crucial role in their plans. The merger of public and private which they seek is not the state-communist idea of government taking over business, but rather the fascist model of business taking over government (see here, here and here).

Cohen, in his book, specifically states that the “new system” of impact capitalism “aligns the private sector with government” (76) and makes it quite clear that impact investment could not work without the active involvement of the state.

After all, the whole idea is that the debt-crippled nation-state cannot afford to provide the “solutions” demanded by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and is therefore obliged to seek pay-for-success investments in these areas from impact capitalists.

Cohen makes no effort to hide what impact capitalists want from governments.

“Governments can accelerate the transition to risk–return–impact economies. They are best positioned to catalyze rapid growth in impact investment, just as they did for venture capital in the late 1970s”, (77) he writes.

The Entrepreneurial State“The role of governments in creating systemic change is crucial. Mariana Mazzucato rightly argues in The Entrepreneurial State that governments have actively shaped and created markets. This is what governments need to do for the impact market today. They can stimulate its growth in very clear ways”. (78)

“Governments can provide financial support for incubators and accelerators that nurture purpose-driven enterprises, help prepare them for impact investment and mentor them so that they are capable of delivering impact at scale”. (79)

“Philanthropy can only do so much to help governments meet these challenges: philanthropic foundation donations stand at $150 billion each year globally, a small figure relative to government expenditure”. (80)

“I hope the new thinking revealed in these pages will lead our governments to direct their massive economic measures in such a way that it creates the maximum positive social impact”. (81)

“As the risk–return–impact model disrupts prevailing business thinking, and governments introduce new incentives to drive impact entrepreneurship, impact entrepreneurs will revolutionize our approaches”. (82)

“Shifting the mindset of government procurement from pre-scribing services in detail to paying for outcomes achieved through SIBs will drive the use of pay-for-outcomes approaches, and create a thriving outcomes market for the first time”. (83)

“It is time for governments to lead us on the new path of impact investment, towards impact economies and impact capitalism”. (84)

“Governments must play a role in facilitating and nurturing the impact market, by developing standards in measurement and reporting, building market infrastructure and introducing incentives for investors”. (85)

Yep, we’ve got the picture, Ronnie.

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9. Freed from regulations

Of course, the fly in the governmental ointment for the entrepreneurial class is that states do insist on regulating and limiting money-making activities in order to curry favour with The Voters, those poor saps who imagine that the politicians they elect are there to represent their interests and not those of the Global Business Community.

However, as Schwab noted with some satisfaction in his own 2020 book, the Covid crisis means that those inconveniently democratic days are now behind us and we can march forward to a glorious New Normal of totally unchecked profit and exploitation.

“There has never been a better time to launch an impact business, in part because the legal and regulatory environment is becoming much friendlier,” (86) declares Cohen.

He looks back nostalgically to the last major round of financial regulation that allowed him to amass his own personal fortune at the expense of the rest of us: “The explosion in venture capital in the 1980s offers an example of how an industry can be radically transformed through regulatory changes and tax incentives”. (87)

“After 1979, pension fund commitments to venture capital rose dramatically as a result, from $100–200 million a year during the 1970s, to more than $4 billion each year by the end of the 1980s. This important change in regulation combined with the reduction of capital gains tax to 28 per cent in 1978 and to 20 per cent in 1981 gave a big boost to venture capital, which has since grown to become about a trillion-dollar global pool”. (88)

Apax Partners“The experience of my own firm, Apax Partners, shows what is possible when a change in regulations opens up a market. Our first fund in Europe, which was raised in 1981 to invest in the UK, amounted to just £10 million ($13.3 million). Our last European fund before I left the firm, raised in 2002, amounted to €5 billion ($5.6 billion), and Apax has since raised an €11 billion fund ($12.2 billion)”. (89)

Cohen and his fellow impact capitalists have been doing all they can to anticipate and avoid any government regulation or taxation that might hinder their activities.

By aligning their investment strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals – or should that be the other way round? – they ensure that their schemes are officially classified as “doing good” and thus “we avoid the risks that accompany investments that do harm: the risk of future regulation, taxation and even the prohibition of activities that could put a halt to business altogether”. (90)

But he would still like to see positive state help in this respect: “Government must adapt to the new thinking about risk–return–impact, and use its regulatory power to accelerate its advance”, (91) he insists. It should “boost the supply of impact capital through changes in regulation and tax incentives”. (92)

“We saw earlier that changes in regulation can be a huge boost in the financial arena. We must widely replicate the initial breakthrough in the US, where a change in regulation opens the door for trustees of foundations and pension funds to make impact investments”. (93)

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10. Profits before people

The bottom line behind all this talk of “social impact”, as will be blindingly obvious by now, is good old-fashioned profit.

Cohen is, in fact, quite eager to point out the lucrative potential of the project, perhaps anxious that some might be fooled by all the talk of “helping those in need and preserving our planet” into imagining that he has gone soft in his old age and is no longer the hard-headed business tycoon we all know and love.

He recalls: “For me, the breakthrough in impact thinking came in September 2010, when for the first time we linked the measurement of social impact to financial return”. (94)

“We wanted to make an impact through investment, so we thought like investors and set out to find a way to deliver measurable impact, alongside a 10–12 per cent annual financial return. Eighteen years on, Bridges has raised over a billion pounds and delivered an average net annual return of 17 per cent”. (95)

“The Peterborough SIB achieved a 9.7 per cent reduction in the number of convictions, and paid investors 3.1 per cent a year on top of their capital”. (96)

pile of gold - Copie“Being able to supply underserved populations with products and services allows businesses to tap into huge demand, which in turn creates the opportunity to grow more quickly than companies that serve mainstream markets at higher prices”. (97)

“When entrepreneurs aim for profit and impact at the same time, they are able to define ways to succeed without sacrificing financial returns and are often turning their impact into a key driver of their success. Because they place impact at the core of their companies’ business models, their profits grow together with their impact”. (98)

Cohen is very proud of the fact that the world’s first Development Impact Bond in India, put together by Instiglio, the Colombia-founded impact finance advisor, was “a success”.

UBS OptimusHe relates: “UBS Optimus Fund recouped its initial funding of $270,000 from the outcome payer, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, plus $144,085 representing a 15 per cent annual return”. (99)

“Starting an impact venture is a reliable way to be more successful”, (100) Cohen stresses. “Investors will come to realize that we are able to increase returns not in spite of impact, but because of it”. (101)

“When we view the world through an impact lens, we discover opportunities to achieve higher growth and returns that we would otherwise pass by”, (102) he explains. “Impact thinking uncovers opportunities that we would otherwise miss”. (103)

“Investment returns from risk–return–impact will be at least as good as the returns from risk–return, and most likely better”. (104) “Impact helps deliver higher rates of return”. (105)

One possible pitfall awaiting the impact capitalist model regards the supply of raw materials from which they can extract these significant financial returns.

These raw materials are the “problems” for which the investors sell the “solutions”. As Cohen puts it himself: “Impact entrepreneurs thrive wherever there are major social and environmental issues to tackle”. (106)

One way to ensure that there are enough problems from which to profit is to define a certain state of affairs as “a problem”, have that definition officially recognised and then get paid by the public purse for “solving” it.

If, for instance, the fact that large parts of the population of Africa or India live close to nature and are not connected to the internet is defined as a “problem”, then the “solution” of technological “inclusivity”, pushing them into the digital world, is going to pay out for impact investors.

intersectionalityIn the “woke” world to which these capitalists are so strangely close, there will always be another oppressed minority waiting to be discovered and championed. On a pay-for-success basis.

The other way that impact capitalists can rely on there being enough problems for which they can offer “solutions”, is to ensure that, while they might be able to statistically prove “positive outcomes” in very narrow and specific areas, the poor underlying conditions remain intact.

They are, of course, doing just that by treating the wide-ranging damage caused by capitalists as just another money-making opportunity for those very same capitalists to exploit.

By getting richer and richer from their investments, the impact investors actively make sure that social injustice remains a problem for which they can keep selling so-called “solutions”.

By promoting the Fourth Industrial Revolution and all the mining, manufacturing, power consumption and waste that comes with it, they are making it inevitable that the environmental destruction they claim to be solving with their snake-oil fake-green technologies will not just continue but will massively increase.

This means that they can keep making money by selling yet more “solutions” to the problems they are helping to perpetuate!

Wall St tradersIn addition, as Alison McDowell points out, economic parasites can also make money by gambling with these impact deals on the financial markets, so that even failure can turn out to be profitable for some.

She writes: “Bundling the debt that SIBs represent transforms them into liquid securities that are immediately available for high frequency trading.

“The level of risk associated with these derivatives fluctuates as data flows through digital platforms linked to public service delivery.

“As bets and counter-bets are made by elite financial investors, the future prospects of real people are woven into the oppressive operations of global financial markets”.

While Cohen may see all this as “a win-win-win situation”, (107) it represents nothing short of disaster for humanity and our Mother Earth.

Like some demented monster feeding furiously off its own excrement, the impact capitalist empire will keep expanding, bloated with its own endlessly recycled toxicity, until its insane and insatiable greed has destroyed us all.

Unless we can stop it.

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Mourad_Cohen
2. Kumar, described as “fearless in pursuit of what he saw as right”, was found dead in his home in Middlesborough just before the 2010 general election. The Indian-born 53-year-old was not believed to have been unwell but his death was quickly declared by police to be of natural causes.
3. Ronald Cohen, Impact: Reshaping Capitalism to Drive Real Change (London: Ebury Press, 2020). All subsequent notes are ebook position references (%) to this work.
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Shapers of slavery: the awakening

We began this series by quoting a filmed interview with Catherine Austin Fitts in which she warns that we are being pushed into a nightmarish future of complete control, a technocratic “slavery system”.

The video was removed by YouTube after 2.7 million views but at the time of writing was still available on vimeo.

Fitts says that we have been put in a trap by the Covid-19 corporate coup: “But the door hasn’t shut”.

Our only hope, she says, is transparency, in revealing to people what is being imposed on them without their willing consent.

“The first thing you have to see is you have to get a good map. In other words, you can’t nagivate this unless you can see the transhumanist system that is being built and who’s building it”.

Nobody outside the power elite wants the vast part of the whole human species to be effectively turned into “livestock”, she points out. Our rulers are “very afraid” that a critical mass of the public will see the trap that has been laid for them and reject it.

“We have the power to change this”.

Gs logoIt is in this spirit that we have been writing about the WEF’s Global Shapers, who are playing a key role in advancing the techno-slavery agenda.

As we have seen, this insidious organisation is against:

Democracy. Instead of letting people decide how to live their own lives, it uses its power and money to create fake public opinion backing its own narrative and plans.

Community. It wants to cut us off from each other in the real world so that we have to lead our lives online and are thus tranformed into digital products for its profit.

Freedom. In its future of total control, we will be caged in a “smart” prison. We will not be able to go where we want to go, see who we want to see, live how we want to live, say what we want to say or even think what we want to think. We are getting a taste of this already!

We urge you, our readers, to play a part in this vital struggle to stop the slavery system getting a grip on humanity’s future.

We need to counter the dictatorial and corporate-owned Global Shapers Community with our own decentralised and autonomous community of Global Liberators!

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As well as sharing the information that we have presented in this investigative series, we would ask you to help expose more details about the Global Shapers, their connections and their machinations.

There are more than 400 Shaper hubs in 151 countries across the world. As their own site reminds us: “There is always a hub near you”.

GS hub searchThe hubs are listed alphabetically in the annual report and can be found via the Global Shapers site.

We would encourage everyone to explore and expose the identity and activities of hubs in their own area, starting with the information the Global Shapers have so helpfully provided for us.

We would also encourage you to seek out your local Global Shapers and confront them with questions, whether via social media or in the real world.

GS annual report coverBear in mind that one or two of these individuals may, like many foot soldiers in the Transition Towns movement or Extinction Rebellion, be blissfully unaware of the real agenda they are serving.

As well as trying to “get on in the world” by mixing with powerful people, they may even be gullible enough to be fooled by the WEF’s “woke” rhetoric into thinking they are involved in something worthy.

The aim is not to insult them, but to make sure that they know what exactly the Global Shapers organisation is all about and that they understand that its aims are totally unacceptable, indeed morally abhorrent, to the vast majority of their fellow citizens.

You might ask them, for instance:

* Why are you part of an organisation which subverts democracy by promoting “stakeholder” rather than popular rule?

* How do you feel about being part of a gang systematically using lies and manipulation (“storytelling” and “narratives”) to trick people into going along with its plans?

* Do you think it is acceptable to deliberately whip up fear over a “pandemic” in order to “reset” human society into a mode more profitable for a tiny clique of sociopathic parasites?

* Why are you, via Global Shapers, helping to turn proper education into online training and using the pretext of digital “inclusivity” to force children into “social impact” exploitation?

* Do you really welcome a future in which our children are nothing but “human capital” for the profit of the ultra-rich?

* Why are you part of an organisation linked to arms dealers like the Carlyle Group?

* Why are you involved in an organisation which is openly spearheading a massive wave of imperialism, particularly in Africa, pillaging land for mineral resources and turning people into products?

* Why are you, by your involvement with the Global Shapers, trying to destroy human relationships and communities, to push us into sterile and isolated existences in which we depend on the corporate matrix for everything we need and do?

* How can you sleep at night knowing that you are part of an astroturf operation run by billionaire profiteers which is attempting to enslave all of us, our children and our children’s children?

* Do you have any moral scruples, or indeed legal concerns, about participating in a conspiracy to make vasts amounts of money by committing crimes against humanity?

As well as asking these questions we also need, of course, to make a stand against the whole Great Reset coup being promoted by the Global Shapers.

We need to refuse to believe their “storytelling”, refuse to buy their “solutions”, refuse to go along with their “social distancing”, refuse to take their “vaccines” and refuse to be herded like sheep into the nightmare future they want.

The big advantage we have over the billionaire transhumanist-technocrats is that we far outnumber them, even though they have hired an army of “influencers” to work for them.

There are around 10,000 Global Shapers and we might imagine that there are ten times as many individuals as that in all the various projects working in parallel for the same agenda.

But with 7.8 billion people in the world that leaves 7,799,900,000 potential Global Liberators!

People of the world, awake and arise!

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Shapers of slavery: the virus

The long months since the start of the Covid-19 phenomenon have been incredibly difficult for billions of people.

We are witnessing lives in tatters, individuals isolated, families divided, friends estranged, pleasures lost, freedom curtailed, plans abandoned and hope crushed.

But Klaus Schwab, boss of the World Economic Forum, has a different take on things.

He announced in June 2020: “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future”.

As we have previously explained, Schwab and his accomplices are using the Covid-19 crisis to bypass democratic accountability, to override opposition, to accelerate their totalitarian technocratic agenda and to impose it on the rest of humankind against our will.

It was therefore to be expected that Covid-19 would take a prominent place in the activities of the Global Shapers Community, the fake-grassroots “youth” network set up by Schwab in 2011.

Indeed, the Shapers have more than 150 articles under the Covid-19 heading on their website.

One of these in particular comes across as significant, as it announces the formation of a brand new Covid-related project called Reimagine Society.

We learn on its website that Reimagine Society (“the action tank for systems change“) was founded in March 2020 by two WEF Global Shapers.

“As the pandemic awakened the collective to long-standing system gaps, we mobilized a global community to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world”.

Reimagine Society is presented as a sort of Global Shapers in miniature, involving “60 Communities” and “100 Shapers”.

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And all of this was dreamed up and established before the end of March 2020 in direct response to the then-breaking Covid-19 “pandemic”. Incredible!

One of the two Reimagine Society founders is Alexis J Taylor, “a global leader in activating and connecting entrepreneurial ecosystems for economic prosperity”, who works as director for global engagement at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (“building one global, entrepreneurial ecosystem”).

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The other is Miguel A Rozo,”a Canadian-based policy advisor and social entrepreneur passionate about lots of things including climate action, global affairs and innovation”, who has worked for the Canadian Department of Global Affairs and the United Nations Development Program.

And what was Reimagine Society’s totally authentic and original response to Covid-19?

“We believe the pandemic represents a rare window of opportunity for us to build back better”.

Well, fancy that! Young Alexis and Miguel spontaneously came up with the same “narrow window of opportunity” thought as Global Shapers founder Klaus Schwab!

gs miguel a rozoAnd they even managed to slip in the “build back better” slogan which has been parroted by politicians across the world in recent months.

Brownie points all round!

Alexis and Miguel aim to provide “the latest knowledge on emerging systematic gaps and large-scale solutions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak”.

To this purpose they feature headings on “Climate and Sustainability”, “Education and Employment” and “Inclusion and Diversity”, although there is no actual content, just the tantalising promise of “more details to come!”.

Brownie points cancelled. Must do better!

In the face of this unfortunate dead end, knowledge-seekers are forced to turn to other Covid-19 Global Shaper projects in order to gain an idea of how they intend exploiting that “narrow window of opportunity”.

Gs logoSome of the local projects appear harmless enough, promoting practical help for vulnerable individuals and communities.

But others betray the reality that the Global Shapers initiative is, as we have seen, really all about promoting the techno-slavery of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Schwab’s Shapers are very keen to impose a full-spectrum New Normal in which human beings are isolated in the real world and forced to seek connection only through the infrastructures of technological control and exploitation.

They therefore go out of their way to “raise awareness about COVID-19 and spread positivity amongst people from all over the world, encouraging them to stay home and stay safe”.

One hub has been producing an “easily replicable image that can be stenciled and printed globally” so as to “promote everyone working together by staying home”.

“Now that the Coronavirus pandemic requires us to stay home and stay safe, Shaping Fashion and Fashion Revolution have joined forces for digital activation and empowerment of citizens”, says another project, which promises the compensation of “virtual sustainable shopping events”.

When people do venture out of their homes, it is obviously very important that they remain isolated and engage in no social interactions that cannot be tracked and monetised. They must comply with “the ‘new normal’ situation of social distancing”.

Klaus’s Shapers identify “a need to increase awareness among the community about the utilization of hand sanitizer” as part of this pathological obsession with personal and social “hygiene”.

But it seems that “amidst Covid19, working parents are struggling to help their young (2-6 year old) children change their hygiene behaviour overnight” and so Shapers have created “Behaviour Change Cards for Hygiene” to get the tiny tots in line.

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“Living with the virus requires many adjustments to our way of life including the use of masks”, say Shapers.

Projects include supporting vulnerable women by providing them work through making masks, writing a handbook on how to make medical masks and take care of them, online webinars on mask making”.

“The M.A.S.K. (Make and Sew Kindness) Project is an effort to change public behavior around the usage of masks in times of COVID-19 crisis”.

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The hub in Bhubaneswar, India, even got involved with manufacturing what they call an “innovative face shield”, pictured above, while their colleagues in Pakistan promoted “anti-viral walkthrough gates”, pictured below.

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“Help our heroes: doctors, policemen and people working during the quarantine”, declare Shapers.

They never use the word “propaganda” to describe their output, but talk rather of “a social media campaign” or an “awareness tool for spreading authentic information about COVID-19“.

This latter project ensures that “people who show interest in registering themselves as volunteers with several health related organizations and institutes for spreading authentic information can be accurately tracked along with other necessary details to guide them further on the registration and information distribution process”.

This is needed, they say, to “multiply the momentum of the COVID-19 global awareness campaign and fight the spread of misinformation that is prevalent on social media”.

“There has been a lot of misinformation, conspiracies and fake news”, claim Shapers.

“According to Princeton University and the University of New York, older adults are the main victims of false news. Young people should become the reliable source of information in each home”, insists one project.

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Shapers are eager to “participate in global initiatives to share truthful educational content regarding the coronavirus and bust myths which may exist”.

One campaign included “a diverse panel of medical experts and influencers who shared insightful information and recommendations for staying safe”.

They really do seem very worried about people not buying the official Covid line.

Unreliable and false information is spreading around the world to such an extent that some commentators are now referring to the misinformation that’s accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘disinfodemic’.”

Don’t panic! Don’t panic!

The London hub also seemed to be breaking out into a cold sweat over crumbling Covid narratives.

“There is a concern that younger people are starting to get impatient and the Hub feels there is a role for us to play in this time. The campaign is designed to encourage particularly younger people to pledge ways to help with the pandemic efforts”.

These pledges include “stay at home”, “befriend an elderly resident virtually” and, of course, “help stop the spread of misinformation”.

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Obviously, as the hubs are all genuine grassroots entities, expressing the personal views of the young people involved, they will all have hit upon slightly different approaches.

So in Nigeria, on the one hand, they came up with this:

“In view of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Lagos Hub initiated a talk series where we invite medical experts, especially experts involved in managing the pandemic in the country, to help educate people and give clarity on the myths currently circulating on social media”.

Whereas thousands of miles away in Moldova, on the other hand, they had this to say:

“In view of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Chisinau Hub initiated an online talk series where we invite experts, especially experts involved in managing the pandemic in the country, to help educate people and give clarity on the myths currently circulating on social media”.

thoughtpoliceCertain projects have gone even further, advancing beyond mere shaping ‘n’ propagandising to a hands-on thought-policing role.

“Global Shapers Copenhagen is collaborating with WHO Europe for information sessions from WHO directly to Global Shapers hubs across Europe and Eurasia.

“As part of this initiative, this project will arrange weekly calls throughout the month of April with a WHO representative for Shapers in Europe and Eurasia to receive a weekly update about COVID-19 across the region and to ask questions about the pandemic.

“Furthermore, this initiative provides WHO with an opportunity to gather information from Shapers on any rumours or potential misinformation that is circulating in different cities within the region”.

Another project, entitled “Combat COVID. Stop misinformation”, announced: “The world and our generation now sit on the edge of a paradigmatic shift in the way we operate our daily lives and plan our immediate futures. In such times we, as Global Shapers, need to be more united than ever.

“In support of the ‘COVID Action in Europe’ project collaborating with WHO Europe – an initiative that, amongst other things, provides WHO with an opportunity to gather information from Shapers on any rumours or potential misinformation that is circulating in different cities within the region – the ‘Combat COVID. Stop Misinformation.’ project aims to amplify our reach in collecting rumours or misleading information.

“Through sharing between 8 and 12 posts on social media accounts over the next 6-8 weeks, calling upon readers to share any rumours or potential misinformation they hear, the project endeavours to generate information for the WHO Europe to inform their communication around COVID-19″.

A report under the heading ‘Global Situation and Strategic Direction‘ confirms the way the Global Shapers “youth network” has been deployed to help impose the official narrative.

gs 1984b“A major difference of the current pandemic compared to pandemics in the past is the widespread misinformation through different sources.

“This leads to panic, anxiety and fear among the global community. In addition to discussion on the existing situation in different countries, an important aspect is to discuss the role of youth in this unfortunate time and the strategic direction of the respective governments.

“For this purpose, Facebook live sessions were organized with the support of Global Shapers Hubs around the globe in which the discussion revolved around the current pandemic situation in different regions.

“The goal of the process was for intellectual support and a collaboration with a think tank named Centre of Progress and Inclusive Development (CPID) was an impressive result.

“Topics explored included emergency ethics, role of community, strategy of governments and health practitioners, Sustainable Development Goals, e-learning for education among others. The series involved 32 Global Shapers Hubs and was viewed by more than 15,000 people from all over the world”.

At the same time, of course, Shapers were advancing their Great Reset agenda, with “online workshops” and “training courses to be transitioned online” plus bids to “help those who are digitally excluded”.

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Covid brought the good news, for technocrat entrepeneurs, that “schools have no choice but to start online classes”. It does, after all, represent a “narrow window of opportunity” for accelerating their lucrative business agendas.

As David Timis of the Brussels hub reminds us: “Online learning is a fertile ground for multi-stakeholder partnerships, such as those between tech companies and universities.

“Now is the time to reimagine the learning ecosystem and experiment with new ideas. There is no going ‘back to normal’. If we do, then we would lose a golden opportunity to revolutionize education in order to overcome the challenges of the 21st century”.

One man’s pandemic is another man’s “golden opportunity”.

A Global Shaper project reports: “According to UNESCO, schools across the world that are forced to close and switch to online teaching due to the global pandemic has impacted more than 1.5 billion children and young leaders, leaving millions of poor children out to education as a result of a lack of digital devices.

“As Professor Klaus Schwab once said during a Global Shapers Town Hall Meeting, ‘Young people and better use of technology are the two main drivers to help us reimagine, redesign and rebuild a new system’, this virtual roundtable will offer an oppotunity to help us reimagine education in the post-COVID-19 world”.

Others “are exploring the idea of supporting the health sector through using 3D printing”.

There is not a lot of talk about vaccines on the Global Shapers site, although one group notes that “we will have to live with the disruption for a year or more until a vaccine can be developed”.

Perhaps they are wary of people noticing Shaper connections to Big Pharma businesses such as Sinovac (see Shapers of slavery: the empire).

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But they have not been backwards in selling various other “solutions” to the Covid “pandemic” which they have been working so hard to persuade us is so unique and world-changing.

BlockCOVID is a month-long virtual summit to activate anyone anywhere to build COVID-19 solutions on the blockchain. By providing a collaboration platform and technical support, we aim to inspire and catalyze implementable products to address societal challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of the incubator“.

3D printed facial shields. Really easy to do on a large scale with our 3D printers and using PVC for the shield. Up to today, we delivered more than 450.000 facial masks and we are working to produce them faster and with more comfortable designs for users. Companies such as Leroy Merlin, PcComponentes, BQ, Renault, KPMG and SAP are helping us with resources to print more units“.

The Johannesburg Global Shapers, in partnership with non-profit organisation RUACH 3D, Alpha Pharm and the wider 3D printing community, are collaborating to produce and distribute 3D Printed Face Shields to healthcare workers across South Africa at no charge“.

There is a ‘Biotech for Good’ project “to present new tools to overcome the virus” and a scheme in India “to improve the livelihood of women artisans through new skills training, such as blockchain and sustainability“.

Shapers set out to “bridge the new digital divide” by “delivering devices and monitoring the whole impacts“.

The use of the word “impact” here is far from benign. The “social impact” investment industry, which wants to farm human beings for profit, needs us all to lead our lives online.

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Entrepreneurialism is always lurking behind Global Shaper initiatives: “The Bilbao Hub, together with several entrepreneurs, has decided to create a gymkhana or digital escape room”.

But the Munich hub is quite blatant about it: “It is needless to mention how the pandemic has impacted businesses and individuals. Our focus is on social impact startups in the area of health, education and climate. There is a huge need to access the network of investors, founders and experts to accelerate their growth”.

And the ‘HackCovid19 Cordoba’ project involved “more than 85 mentors (some Shapers) and nearly 40 experts guiding entrepreneurs, with the aim of generating value for our community”.

“Creating value” is a favourite euphemism in WEF circles. They just mean making money. The sly wording used by one group is a useful reminder that the motivation for all the Covid propaganda is profit: “How do we combat disinformation and fake news? How do we add value from communication?

But the final word on the Global Shapers’ Covid agenda should go to Shaper “Golden” Timis of Brussels.

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He wrote for London’s Chatham House “think tank” in July 2020: “The COVID-19 outbreak has forced millions of people around the world to stay indoors for months in what has been one of the most significant social experiments in history”.

Although for many people, working from home has become the new normal, he continues, the impact of the lockdown and social distancing policies is far more profound.

“It has radically transformed our collective perspective of what is considered essential work. But the window of opportunity to invest in human capital and help those most affected by the recent developments is closing rapidly”.

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Our next report concludes this investigative series and calls for a worldwide awakening against the Great Reset.

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Shapers of slavery: the empire

The World Economic Forum organises its Global Shapers Community by means of hubs – there are more than 400 of these in some 150 different countries.

The idea is to give the impression of a worldwide youth movement, a groundswell of opinion from the new generation endorsing the WEF’s call for a Great Reset of our society and our lives.

But, of course, in reality the Global Shapers set-up is not a “community” at all, but a centralised structure in which young recruits are merely puppets, obedient mouthpieces for those actually running the show.

Gs logoThe real agenda behind the Global Shapers is made very clear by looking at its leadership, as we did in our previous article.

The Shapers in all these hundreds of hubs are effectively working for the likes of WEF boss Klaus Schwab, Chinese Big Pharma billionaire Eric Tse and David Rubenstein of the war-profiteering CIA-linked Carlyle Group.

This is a world of “social impact investing”, of lucrative human and natural “capital”, a world of blockchain, robotics and AI, of equity funds and pharmaceutical businesses, a world of exponential profit and exploitation hidden behind a rhetoric of “inclusivity”, “sustainability” and “systemic change”.

Their agenda is nothing less than the acceleration of global corporate control to a level we can barely imagine, the imposition of a full-on techno-tyranny in which freedom is abolished for 99.99% of humanity and in which future generations are reduced the status of digitally-farmed cattle for the profit of the parasitical elite.

To illustrate this shocking reality, we here take a closer look at Shapers and their connections in some key global locations: London, Brussels, Silicon Valley, Beijing, Lagos and New Delhi.

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LONDON

The London hub of the Global Shapers describes itself as a “large, vibrant and extremely diverse group” of young people who “care deeply about having an impact in London and the wider world”.

It is currently listed as being involved in four projects:

Shaping Fashion. “Now that the Coronavirus pandemic requires us to stay home and stay safe, Shaping Fashion and Fashion Revolution have joined forces for digital activation and empowerment of citizens”.

Covid Action in Europe. “This initiative provides WHO with an opportunity to gather information from Shapers on any rumours or potential misinformation that is circulating”.

United Against C19. “Stay at home. Help stop the spread of misinformation”.

Combat COVID. Stop misinformation. “Calling upon readers to share any rumours or potential misinformation they hear, the project endeavours to generate information for the WHO Europe to inform their communication around COVID-19”.

GS rory daniels 2One of the rising stars among the 42 hub members is Rory Daniels.

Daniels came to the public’s attention when he stood as Liberal Democrat candidate for Llanelli in the 2017 General Election while still a 19-year-old student.

Presented as “passionate about the EU“, he finished last of five candidates with a meagre 548 votes and even lost his deposit.

But a total lack of democratic mandate has not held him back. Daniels spoke at a UNESCO conference in Stockholm in 2019, where he was listed as “Young Leader of Industry, European Commission” and since September 2019 he has been a member of Amnesty International’s first Global Youth Task Force.

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He has described Jeremy Corbyn’s warnings about the post-Brexit sell-off of the NHS as part of “Russian disinformation” and in November 2019 he attended a Council for Europe “World Forum for Democracy” event in Strasbourg entitled “Is Democracy in Danger in the Information Age?”. 

In September 2020, Daniels was named as a new board member of the Sutton Trust, a charity set up by private equity tycoon Peter Lampl, who is described by Wikipedia as a “philanthropist“.

In 2020, the Sutton Trust was providing “briefings on the impact of COVID-19 on social mobility” concluding that “moving work experience and internships online can give a fairer opportunity to all and delivers benefits for employers too”.

The London hub’s founding curator Kate Hampton is chief executive of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, an “independent philanthropic organisation, with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi and New Delhi”.

gs kate hamptonCIFF claims it is all about “championing children”, working “with a range of partners seeking to transform the lives of children and adolescents in developing countries”.

But it also explains that it is “a private philanthropy focused on systemic change” seeking “integrated solutions that follow children along the life course”.

This is very clearly the social impact investing which Alison McDowell has been warning us about.

CIFF confirms this when it says it intends to be “nimble” and to “take risks where the potential pay-off is big”.

It adds: “We know that the returns on smart investments in areas such as children’s early development and adolescent girls are especially high”.

“Championing” children or exploiting them for profit, Ms Hampton?

gs chris hohnThe CIFF exercise in so-called “smart philanthropy” was started in 2002 by hedge fund billionaire Chris Hohn and his then-wife Jamie Cooper. 

Hohn, given a knighthood by David Cameron’s Tory government in 2014, was revealed in 2019 as having donated £50,000 to Extinction Rebellion, with a further £150,000 handed over by Hampton’s CIFF.

At the same time it was reported that he had built a £630m stake in Heathrow Airport via a range of investment companies.

Hampton is not the only London hub member involved with the world of impact.

Vyonne Bajela, “previously a Senior Investment Manager at Mitsui & Co”, is today “the Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital, a UK based venture capital fund”. 

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Jasnam Sidhu works for PricewaterhouseCoopers, or pwc as it brands itself, a multinational professional services network famous for its Social Impact Lab and “founding partner of the Social Enterprise NL and Ashoka platforms”.

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As we reported in Shapers of slaver: the leadership, Ashoka is a strange organisation, funded by “charitable foundations”, which links ultra-wealthy individuals such as Antonis Schwarz with “activists” like Rob Hopkins and also provides advice to organizations including the World Bank.

Sidhu’s “typical day” involves “mapping out disruptive technologies such as blockchain, AI, or drones”.

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Kenny Imafidon is the co-founder and managing director of ClearView Research Ltd: “We specialise in gathering culturally-informed insights on diverse audiences, to inform business and marketing strategies, and to support social impact evaluation”.

His personal website reveals that “he was named by Impact Squared as one of 100 young leaders (under 25) across the globe making a social impact to transform our world”. He has mingled with royalty.

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Jordan Abdi joined the London Global Shapers hub in June 2020.

In 2018, having graduated in medicine from Imperial College, London, he was picked out as a Schwarzman Scholar for the graduate fellowship at Schwarzman College, based at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Abdi declared at the time: “China has a unique political and economic system, and in a world where China is posed to play a greater role, understanding its systems will be vital to successful multilateral engagement.

“My entrepreneurial background coupled with my interest in public policy makes this programme so appealing to me as its modules span business, policy and international relations at a time when greater global collaboration will be needed to solve our shared future challenges”.

Imperial College, whose modelling famously predicted a massive Covid death toll at the start of the “pandemic”, boasts in its report on Abdi’s scholarship that it has “strong connections with China” and is “the UK’s top academic research collaborator with China”.

Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman of Schwarzman Scholars who funded Abdi’s time in China, is a former Lehman Brothers billionaire who co-founded global private equity firm Blackstone and is “a long-time friend” of Donald Trump.

GS Jordan AbdiAbdi is very keen on the “automation of healthcare” and on old peole being looked after by robots.

A “serial entrepreneur”, he is now “strategy and business development lead” for Singapore-based international business Holmusk, which is involved in “data driven medicine”, “behavioral health and neuroscience” and “innovation among pharma companies”.

Earlier in 202O, Abdi retweeted Boris Johnson when the UK Prime Minister declared “This is going to be a fantastic year for Britain” and Abdi later took to Twitter to announce: “2O21 is going to be great”.

But great for whom, precisely?

Hub member Faheem Ahmed is “a global impact investment advisor and ESG analyst, specialising in sustainable healthcare financing, delivery and innovation”.

In September 2020, he contributed an article to Forbes business magazine entitled “All Public Health Roads Lead To Private Equity”.

GS Faheem AhmedHere he enthused: “Global healthcare is the fastest growing and most lucrative sector for private investors, closing over $100 billion worth of deals in 2019 alone”.

He noted that “sustained government spending cuts to social care has [sic] presented lucrative opportunities for private equity worldwide”.

Are we alone in finding that statement totally abhorrent?

Ahmed concluded that “by shifting away from risky, average leverage ratios to impact-oriented patient growth capital, PE [Private Equity] can provide a much-needed lifeline to support the fragile health and social care systems we all depend on. In the end, all public health roads lead to private equity”.

A profile of Ahmed on the London Business School website notes that he has been appointed as a fellow of its Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, which “brings together business, government and NGOs for social impact”.

It adds that his “passion for social entrepreneurship” led him, in 2017, to co-found HealthMakeSpace.

HealthMakeSpace “aims to accelerate change across the NHS by connecting industry and entrepreneurs with clinicians to foster clinically guided innovation” and, it turns out, was “developed in partnership with Imperial College Health Partners”.

Imperial College again! What a coincidence that the London Global Shapers, whose projects are so focused on holding up the Covid pandemic narrative, are also linked to the insitutition whose projection helped fuel the panic!

GS Bien KingBien King “is an experienced agile project management professional, community builder and youth leader with over 15 years of experience in enabling impact-driven organisations delivering multidisciplinary projects in the UK and across the globe”.

She was therefore presumably well over the current age limit of 27 when she joined the London hub in June 2020!

King is founder of Let’s Reinvent, which is interested in “reinventing value and opportunities” and aims to “take a robust collective action to generate awareness and opportunities to successfully onboard a full representation of the different segments of our society into the future of technology”.

She “can’t wait to get jabbed” with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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Claudine Adeyemu is a former “Rising Star” in the “We Are The City Awards” and number one in the 2018 EMpower/Financial Times Top 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List.

She works for Mishcon de Reya, a law firm with offices in London and Singapore, which says it is “here to help our clients benefit from new economies, new geographic centres of wealth, the new global movement of people and capital, and the impact of new technologies and new knowledge”.

In 2018 it was accused by the family of the murdered Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia of harassment, intimidation and an attempt to “cripple” her financially.

gs laura Round picHub member Laura Round is a Conservative Party activist and a former special adviser to the UK Defence Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development.

She is a councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was one of the 2018 Tory candidates reportedly reprimanded by a pub manager for being obnoxious and allegedly plotting how to “spin” the Grenfell Tower tragedy when out canvassing.

Round is “associate director at the PR company freuds advising clients on purpose and social impact projects” and “a strong advocate of the role that the private sector can play in sustainable development”.

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Other London hub members include Dylan Itzikowitz, “venture associate” at Founders Factory (“we’re backed by the world’s most influential companies”) and Maxine Mackintosh, co-founder of One HealthTech.

Mackintosh’s research involves “routinely collected data from electronic health records”. She is “an advocate of digital health approaches and maintains that data analysis has the potential to transform traditional approaches to healthcare”.

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You get the picture. Well-connected and wealthy young entrepreneurs obsessed with data gathering, private equity, venture capital and social impact investment.

Just a typical cross-section of London youth!

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BRUSSELS

According to the city’s Global Shapers, “Brussels is where frontiers become foundations of inclusive projects, the capital where Belgium’s diversity meets into a nation; the heart of the European Union”.

They add: “Brussels best embodies the notion of thinking global and acting local, as it is home to the grand vision that underpins the European project and of challenges facing communities at a neighbourhood level”.

The hub is listed as currently being involved in four projects:

Museum of the Future. “Companies and institutions must be able to anticipate the changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adapt quickly, and cities and communities must be able to do the same. Whether its [sic] understanding the impact of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, big data or the Internet of Things, Shapers want to enable all actors to play an active role in shaping the future of Brussels”.

The Future of Work. “One-third of our lives is spent in a work environment that is being rapidly transformed by emerging technologies. Global Shapers have the opportunity and the responsibility to influence the Future of Work”.

Brussels Happiness Project. “Provides the framework in which people are able to share their progress and get peer advice, encouragement, and support”.

Vote! “A project dedicated to improving awareness, debate, and ultimately youth voter turnout and engagement for the next European Parliament elections”.

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One of the key figures in the 31-strong hub is former curator David Timis.

His personal website describes him as “a keynote speaker focused on the impact AI will have on the future of work” and notes that he “has guest lectured at renowned universities, such as Cambridge University in the UK and the College of Europe, and delivered presentations for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the European Commission, and AIESEC”.

Timis is interested in “human capital” and in 2018 was “a Project Manager at Google, where he coordinates the most ambitious digital skills training program in Romania, Atelierul Digital”. This project also taught young people “entrepreneurship”.

In 2017 he became “a social innovator at Ashoka” – the strange organisation we mentioned in relation to London’s Jasnam Sidhu and also in Shapers of slavery: the leadership.

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Timis is also co-founder and project manager of European Heroes, which is part of the Future of Europe initiative (“New narrative for Europe: Bringing more Union into the European Union”) funded by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme.

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Fellow hub member Nadine Khouzam is involved in attempts to format young children’s brains for the requirements of the coming techno-tyranny. Her CodeNPlay business “trains computational thinking — the ‘thought process of machines’ — through robotics in a playful way to kids aged 6 and older”.

Explains one report: “In classes of maximum 12 students starting as early as 6 years old, CodeNPlay teaches the logic of programming through robots and coding as game”.

CodeNPlay’s partners are Digital Belgium, perspective.brussels (the Brussels Planning Agency) and Google.

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Oana Popescu works in “Business Acceleration Services” at the European Innovation Council. This Euro-body was “introduced by the European Commission to support the commercialization of high-risk, high-impact technologies in the European Union”.

gs oana popescuIt works to promote “a European Green Deal” and “a Europe fit for the digital age”.

It is concerned that “Europe’s venture capital market remains underdeveloped” and aims “to put Europe on top of the next wave of breakthrough and disruptive innovation that creates new markets, in particular by combining physical and digital products and services based on new technologies business models”.

The project is, of course, all about channelling public money into businesses developing “future and emerging technologies”.

“The EIC Accelerator will enable higher levels of support to target cases where risks are too high for private investors and which have innovative scale up potential”.

Sabina Ciofu is head of EU and trade policy at techUK, which works at “championing technology’s role in preparing and empowering the UK for what comes next, delivering a better future for people, society, the economy and the planet”.

It lists its “partners” as The Broadband Stakeholder Group, The Cyber Growth Partnership, DigitalEurope, European Cloud Scout, Tech Partnership Degrees and UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

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Ciofu’s firm aims to “make the UK good for tech” and “ensure the UK is the best place for technology companies to locate and thrive”.

It is interested in “accelerating innovation” and sets out to “explore the applications of emerging technologies and champion their use. From cloud and 5G to artificial intelligence and quantum, we analyse the significance and opportunity of new tech and identify how they fit into the thriving UK tech ecosystem”.

It says it “works with businesses and stakeholders to develop effective policy and regulatory solutions to promote the digitisation of the economy and drive productivity and inclusive growth” and adds that “techUK believes technology has the power to strengthen society and we work with the government and stakeholders to build a smarter state”.

Ciofu previously spent nearly ten years as a policy advisor in the European Parliament, focusing on tech-related legislation, international trade and EU-US relations.

Alarmingly, she “holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London”.

gs ugur kan hekimUğur Can Hekim is an international trade lawyer and vice-president of the Paris-based law association Jus Gentium, which says it promotes “internationalism, globalism and human rights” and supports Black Lives Matter.

Jus Gentium explains on its website that it “provides a platform for our network to develop legal, intellectual, and political influence. The principal objective of Jus Gentium is to educate and train young changemakers, diplomats, economists, government staff and international lawyers”.

gs koen hoornaertThe Brussels hub’s founding curator is Koen Hoornaert, a partner in the corporate law practice at Van Olmen & Wynant.

He is said to be a specialist in “cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity”.

Antonella Vagliente is co-founder and director of Young Water Solutions – “empowering young social entrepreneurs to kick-start their own water and sanitation solutions”.

gs antonella vaglienteHer organisation says it wants to “make an effective and scalable contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals” by “empowering young leaders and entrepreneurs, providing them the tools to carry out water and sanitation projects and launch social businesses in their communities”.

Youssef Kobo is an “entrepreneur and strategic innovation consultant” and former advisor to the Brussels Secretary of Digitalization.

He is the founder and managing director of several projects claimed to be “empowering vulnerable communities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East”, including one set-up called A Seat at The Table.

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Kobo says: “We want to inspire young people and show them how ambitious they can be themselves and thus create their opportunities”.

The context for this statement is that it appears on the website of Brussels’ Impact House, where “social entrepreneurs, supporting organizations, impact investors, inclusive corporates and civil society come together”.

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Organisations featured as involved include Impact Capital (“impact focussed ecosystem”), Oya Seed (“be disruptive and change the system”), SI2 Fund (“deploying human and financial capital”), Shaerpa (“provides management services to impact investment funds”), Klimaatzaak (“force the Belgian authorities to fulfil their climate promises”), C2C Platform (“guides companies towards Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification”) and, of course, the ubiquitous Ashoka, with its mission “to identify, connect and support these changemakers to accelerate social innovation and trigger systemic change”.

Triggering systemic change into a 21st century slavery system, some might say…

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PALO ALTO (SILICON VALLEY)

The Palo Alto hub of the Global Shapers describes itself as “a group of dreamers and doers from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds who seek to make a difference through advocacy, initiatives and projects”.

It adds: “Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Hub strives to capitalize on its unique location by gathering highly accomplished young individuals to address regional and global challenges in a world where youth are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting impact”.

The hub is only linked to one project on the Global Shapers site, namely Technology to Decrease Inequality. “Palo Alto is a major center for many of the innovations associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whether artificial intelligence, big data analytics, mobile-based lifestyle tracking, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Yet a communication gap exists between the leaders engineering these technologies and the populations that they impact”, they write.

“Only through inclusive dialogue will Palo Alto be able to shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution and create a future that reflects the city’s and citizens’ common goals”.

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There are 18 listed members of the Palo Alto hub.

Paul Klimos is a leading figure. Indeed, since October 2020, he has even been promoted to the WEF’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance.

Klimos is an attorney with global law firm DLA Piper, which boasts that its clients include more than half of the Fortune 250 rich list, that it advises “governments and public sector bodies”, has a longstanding partnership with UNICEF, is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and “strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability”.

In 2012 it was the twelfth-largest donor to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

In his work with DLA Piper’s Corporate practice, Klimos “helps founders navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies” and advises on matters such as “private investment fund formation and operation, as well as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions”.

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Klimos has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Central Bank of Lebanon as well as “at international financial institutions and regional law firms in Central America and the MENA region” and has contributed to a United Nations Development Programme “peace building project”.

He is “passionate about empowering youth, shaping public policy, and redefining opportunities in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

Andrea Carafa is a an “entrepreneur, design thinker and educator” who has worked for the European Commission on “managing emerging technologies for social and economic impact” and with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), where he “identified technological trajectories and suggested ways to accelerate the emergence of new technologies that can positively impact society”.

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gs andrea carafaCarafa is an “entrepreneur in residence” with global private equity firm Blackstone (see also the London hub report, above), where his work is to “seed and incubate new technology ventures”.

He “chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit and advocated the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations”.

gs karishma jadejaKarishma Jadega is a “bioengineer”, a “budding entrepreneur” and medical account manager at Health Tap, “the leader in providing access to high-quality virtual primary healthcare to all. For individuals & organizations”.

Their “personalized AI-powered symptom checker” is, HealthTap tells employers, “a modern approach to keeping workers healthy”.

A lot cheaper than providing them with access to real healthcare, that’s for sure.

David Capelli is a tech entrepreneur,  the founder of TECH Miami and involved for many years in “blazing the trail to equitable smart cities“.

Describing her work with Capelli in 2016, fellow Smart Cities specialist Carla Mays said: “Our current research includes strategies around revenue models for building and sustaining smart city infrastructure vs. just cost savings and modernization efforts”.

gs david capelliShe said their work involved encouraging “strategic partnerships to support digital public infrastructure for smart cities, in relation to increased automation and leaning of the global labor force”. 

“Topics include cybersecurity, new business and revenue models development for public sector organizations, access to capital to build new markets, diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship to support new market growth, disruption and innovation of community and economic development, uses of AI, blockchain in fintech and smart contracts in public sector enterprise cloud and mobile.

“We are almost 17 years into the 21st century, and we must innovate and invest in a ‘New Deal’ that helps Americans compete in the innovation economy and thrive and live in diverse smart cities”.

A clever way to push smart cities is to pretend that they are in some way “green”, although, like the Fourth Industrial Revolution in general, their world of digital “connectivity” involves an acceleration of industrialism and power generation and also, therefore, of environmental destruction.

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Capelli and Mays are now working together on the #SmartCohort Program, “the #1 comprehensive program for Smart & Sustainable Cities Development”.

In this 2017 article they complain that “the public sector currently heavily relies on corporate sustainability and philanthropic dollars to fund Smart Cities development” and insist that “public administration must lead in establishing equitable frameworks for Smart Cities development, design and implementation”.

Palo Alto hub member Jimmy Au works for cloud computing business Salesforce, one of the Global Shapers’ official partners, headed by billionaire Marc Benioff, owner of Time magazine and inaugural chair of the WEF’s Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

In this Salesforce video, Au’s voice-over explains that he is a senior product manager of the Einstein AI “prediction builder” team. His slideshow tells us: “Intelligent automation will drive the next level of productivity”.

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Au is also a mentor with FoundersHK, or 港創人, an organisation set up to connect the “tech community” in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

It says its mission is “to build Hong Kong as the next tech hub of the world” and it sees itself as “an entryway for Hong Kong founders to Silicon Valley and the rest of the world”.

Au’s fellow mentors at 港創人 include Frances Lam, senior product marketing manager at Microsoft and Edith Yeung, general partner at venture capital firm Race Capital (“we invest in what matters to humanity”).

Another mentor is Cindy Chow, executive director of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma was listed, as we saw in Shaping slavery: the leadership, on the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community.

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BEIJING

The Beijing hub of the Global Shapers announces that it consists of a “large and diverse group of young people, including investors, entreprenuers, artists, doctors, and corporate managers” who are “engaged in such industries as tech, Internet, healthcare, education, art, and many more”.

There are three projects associated with the hub on the Global Shapers website:

Shaping Fashion. “This is a great time to call for a sustainable fashion industry after Covid-19. Now that the Coronavirus pandemic requires us to stay home and stay safe, Shaping Fashion and Fashion Revolution have joined forces for digital activation and empowerment of citizens”.

Shapers Connect: Promoting COVID-19 Global Solidarity. “Schools across the world are forced to close and switch to online teaching due to the global pandemic… Reimagine education in the post-COVID-19 world”.

WeStillHaveArt2020. “A global online art movement that encourages people to create daily art and bring inspiration to each other in the tough time of the COVID-19 epidemic”.

gs Liu RuoxiThe message is very consistent there. Because of the “epidemic”, everything we do in life now has to be done online!

Hub curator Liu Ruoxi is currently “working on reducing the gap among social entrepreneurs, government officials and venture capital investors” and explains that the project involves “several social enterprises which leverage blockchain and big data technologies to solve social credit problems”.

She is employed as an adviser at Tau Investment Management, a New York and Hong Kong-based growth-equity venture investment firm.

Tau is headed by Munich-educated Oliver Niedermaier, who is also on the boards of international technology-led services and payments specialist EQ (Equiniti Group plc) and of the World Policy Institute, which until 1982 went under the splendid name of the Institute for World Order.

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In 2014 the firm invested $200 million in the textiles sector in Bangladesh, the sum being a portion of a billion-dollar Tau Transformation Fund “seeking to change the global supply chain over next three years as part of their Clinton Global Initiative to upgrade the apparel and textile supply chain in promising garmenting destinations such as Bangladesh and the likes”.

Tau adds on the “opportunity” section of its website: “As e-commerce has become pervasive in global apparel markets, consumers are emphasizing availability and fast delivery of a wide range of apparel products. It is now imperative for global apparel brands to identify rapidly evolving fashion trends and ensure that they capture the market by supplying the right apparel to their customers both quickly and with high quality”.

Call us cynical if you will, but could there just possibly be a link there with the Beijing hub’s involvement in the “Shaping Fashion” project?

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Beijing hub member Chen Xiaohan was one of three young Chinese Shapers invited to the WEF’s Davos conference in January 2017.

gs chen xiaohanIn an interview on the WEF site, she enthused about the advantages of social media by declaring: “A Chinese university student can have the latest breaking news at his fingertips from Weibo and initiate a conference call on WeChat to discuss a West African social innovation project with his partner, whom he met in a LinkedIn group”.

Chen works as associate director of public affairs at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, which hosts international Schwarzman Scholars, such as London Global Shaper and Imperial College graduate Jordan Abdi (see above).

The college and scholarship are named after Stephen A. Schwarzman, the former Lehman Brothers billionaire who co-founded global private equity firm Blackstone, which employs Andrea Carafa of the Palo Alto hub (see above).

Beijing hub member Shaoqian “Steve” Deng also works at Tsinghua University, where he specialises in “machine learning, industry data analytics, and computer architecture”.

He is in charge of “designing machine learning algorithms and hardware architectures for the MATRIX blockchain” and is due to speak at the Blockchain Expo at the Business Design Centre in London in September 2021.

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So what is his project all about? A 2018 article on the Matrix AI Network website sheds some light.

It states that “AI’s progress has been throttled by its own technical challenges. A nagging economic paradox continues to feed skepticism around transformative technologies”.

The problem, apparently, is that “there is a still a major disconnect for productivity in the real economy” and technological advance has not proved sufficiently profitable.

“The growth rate for labor productivity in the US steadily fell to less than half its rate in 2005”.

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The Matrix AI Network article reveals that Deng and his team have discovered “ways that AI could make breakthrough advances in areas hindering the growth of blockchain”, such as slow transaction speeds, cyber security risks and “zero value creation from scarce computing resources”.

It adds: “Blockchain’s promise to serve as the backbone of all other technologies has spurred a wave of aspiration to restructure entire sectors of the economy by integrating blockchain with tech applications like AI and Internet of Things (IoT).

“While governments, enterprises and big banks remain apprehensive about blockchain’s swift growth, first movers are convinced that this innovation is not the next cloud — It’s the next internet”.

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Beijing Hub member Dai Wei is the founder and chief executive officer of the bike-sharing company ofo, which runs its schemes via a smartphone app.

gs dai weiIt was all going very well for a while, but a report in the South China Morning Post on December 27 2020 says that ultimately Ofo’s “cash-burning tactics failed to pay off”.

According to MSN news on December 28 2020, Ofo is in “bad financial shape and earlier this year abandoned its bike-sharing interface and transformed itself into a shopping app”.

The writing had been on the wall. Forbes reported back in December 2018 that Dai had been “blacklisted by a Beijing court for not meeting his debt obligations”.

Ofo has received backing from Alibaba, the business empire of Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire who has recently disappeared from sight – and indeed from the Global Shapers’ online version of their Foundation Board (see Shapers of slavery: the leadership).

gs eric tseThe highest profile Beijing hub member is Eric Tse, who seems to have replaced Ma as China’s representative at global leadership level.

Although the young Big Pharma billionaire is from Hong Kong, he is said to have “close ties” with “mainland Chinese politicians”.

His father Tse Ping was previously a committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body.

CNN report that on October 1 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, “the younger Tse attended Beijing celebrations open only to invited guests and dignitaries”.

On December 7, 2020, Tse’s Sino Biopharmaceutical invested $515 million in Sinovac, the company behind the CoronaVac vaccine.

gs sinovacCoronaVac has already been declared “safe” in Brazil and over a million doses had arrived in the Latin American country by the start of December.

Says this report: “On Monday, December 7, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia received 1.2 million doses of CoronaVac, in preparation for potentially distributing the vaccine in Indonesia early next year. Indonesia is also set to receive another 1.8 million CoronaVac doses in January”.

Sino Pharmaceutical’s investment “is expected to fund further development, capacity, expansion and production of CoronaVac in exchange for further equity stakes”.

Sinovac said the new stream of funding would help the company double its manufacturing capacity to produce over 600 million doses of CoronaVac per year.

In reaction to the news of its massive vaccine investment, shares in Global Shaper Tse’s Sino Pharmaceutical “jumped 4.93 percent“.

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LAGOS

Africa is a key target of the 2020s corporate exploitation agenda.

As Cory Morningstar wrote in her October 2020 article ‘The Enclosure of Africa‘, “the race to recolonize African citizens, as techlonial subjects, has begun”.

Lagos, in Nigeria, is the most populous city in Africa and is a major financial centre for the whole of the continent.

We should therefore not be too surprised by the revelation on the Global Shapers website that “the Lagos Hub was one of the first Global Shapers Hubs created”.

It says that its 37 members are “dynamic young leaders drawn from business, non-profit, private, public service, across major sectors of the Nigerian economy” who are “committed to positively impacting our community”.

The Lagos hub is involved in four projects:

Shaping Fashion. See Beijing, above.

Covid-19 Dialogue Series. “We invite medical experts, especially experts involved in managing the pandemic in the country, to help educate people and give clarity on the myths currently circulating on social media”.

Covid-19 Relief Lagos. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of some of the poorest in the population”.

COVID-19: Global Situation and Strategic Direction. “A major difference of the current pandemic compared to pandemics in the past is the widespread misinformation through different sources. The goal of the process was for intellectual support and a collaboration with a think tank named Centre of Progress and Inclusive Development (CPID) was an impressive result”.

Lagos hub curator is April Amorighoye, a “corporate communications and strategic brand management specialist”.

gs April AmorighoyeIn a 2019 video she appears sporting a Global Shapers t-shirt, “championing” the WEF’s ‘Shaping My City’s Future’ project (see Shapers of slavery: the plan).

Amorighoye says that “achieving a sustainable city and community in Lagos sounds like such a Herculean task” but that she is promoting “accessible designs of the future by the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

She says that she is standing in a place where “a lot of people lost their lives due to bad buildings and bad structures”.

The hub curator says she has learned from the WEF’s ‘New Champion Awards‘, which honour “companies exploring business models, technologies and sustainable growth strategies that will be needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

“I plan to give back to the community”, she concludes, by trying to “shape this city’s future”.

It sounds very much like Amorighoye and the WEF would like to see the old parts of Lagos rased to the ground to make way for a “sustainable” smart city, a digital prison of total control and surveillance in which Nigerians would be reduced to the condition of “human capital” for the global corporate slavemasters.

Amorighoye also set out her agenda in a June 2020 article on the WEF website.

She writes: “The COVID-19 pandemic is revolutionizing digital and online education globally but kids in rural and underserved communities in Lagos State, Nigeria, are being left behind as they are not equipped to adapt or transition to the new methods of learning”.

This is the famous “digital divide”, a fake-humanitarian storytelling term by which the megalomaniac technocrats want to force Africa and the whole world online (in the name of “inclusivity”) and thus subject to their control and exploitation.

Amorighoye is worried that there may be “a severely diminishing pool of young adults who have not garnered the necessary skills to stay ahead in the future”.

She adds: “With Nigeria already behind in preparing its young people for the workplace of the future, the effects of the pandemic further exacerbate this issue.

“There are measures that must be taken to help bridge the divide when the urgent needs of the pandemic subside. They centre largely around Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and government aid”.

She writes: “Government aid is needed in terms of investing in educational tools of the future alongside a total revamp of the educational sector.

“Reforms in the national curriculum post-pandemic would be an effective way to bridge the gap in inequality.

“Priorities should include the introduction of courses such as coding and robotics which can usher students into the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and prepare them for jobs of the future”.

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Amorighoye’s article recommends the Teach for Nigeria project, which declares on its website: “Millions of children in Nigeria lack access to an excellent education that will give them a successful future.

gs teach for nigeria2“This results in more and more people continuing to join the cycle of poverty, making it increasingly difficult for our nation to live up to its vision of a better future. Teach For Nigeria exists to change this narrative”.

The real “vision” behind Teach for Nigeria is revealed by its “partners”, which include:

Aluko & Oyebode. A law firm “noted for its work in banking and finance”.

Africapractice. “A strategic advisory firm, operating at the nexus of industry and government”.

ExxonMobil. US oil giant “well positioned for future’s evolving energy landscape”.

FBNQuest. “The unified brand name for the Merchant Banking and Asset Management businesses of FBN Holdings Plc, one of the strongest and most dependable financial service groups in sub-Saharan Africa”.

pwc. PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network famous for its Social Impact Lab (see London, above).

Grace Lake Partners. An investment and advisory firm which “builds and operates profitable businesses that address important societal needs in Nigeria while creating economic value for GLP and its shareholders”.

Sterling Bank. “A full service national commercial bank in Nigeria”.

Swift. “The global provider of secure financial messaging services”.

Verod Capital Management. A leading West-African private equity investor “backed by a rich blend of mainly foreign and institutional investors”.

Amorighoye’s plan to “give back to the community” of Lagos evidently means making them more “productive” for global finance.

As she writes: “Aid provided in this direction can be viewed as an investment in human capital”.

Founding curator of the Lagos hub is Osayi Alile. She works as a consultant to Nigeria’s Access Bank, which since 2019 has been “the largest bank in Africa” and which enjoyed “a breakout growth in earnings” in the third quarter of 2020.

gs osayi alile2Alile is also CEO of Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, which is, in fact, supported by Access Bank.

ACT announces on its site: “Our mission to drive sustainable impact across Africa pushes us beyond boundaries”.

ACT expresses concern at the direction Africa has been taking in recent years.

It states: “As the rates of unemployment and underemployment continue to soar all over the continent, the value of human capital, as well as the pace of development begins to plunge.

“Today, some extreme political and religious organizations have taken advantage of the situation which may gradually become difficult to contain.

“Sustainable solutions are therefore urgently required to counter the challenge of unemployment in Africa.

“We believe that entrepreneurship is key to driving growth in most developed economies; hence, our support is extensively directed towards the youth population who sit at the heart of innovation.

“By instilling entrepreneurial values in the minds of young people, we intend to drive sustainable socio-economic impact in African communities”.

In another article, Alile’s organisation complains that “the poor development of the continent is unimpressive when juxtaposed with its vast potentials in rich human and natural resources”.

In order to make better use of that human and natural capital, ACT is “committed to revitalizing leadership in Africa”.

It explains that its call for new “leadership” is shared by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

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Launched 20 years ago, NEPAD is interested in “accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries” and has partnerships with international development finance institutions — including the World Bank, G8, European Commission, UNECA and others — and with the private sector.

Its ongoing projects include:

* The launching of a ‘green revolution’ in Africa.
* Numerous trans-boundary infrastructure projects and the launch of a Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund.
* An “e-schools programme” in partnership with several large IT companies.

In June 2015 NEPAD was involved in special session at the World Economic Forum Africa with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (see Shapers of slavery: the leadership).

And it has the enthusiastic backing of Blair’s friend Tony O. Elumelu, one of the Global Shaper leaders.

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For instance, the Nigerian billionaire said in 2017: “A coherent and coordinated approach is needed to mobilize institutional investors while limiting their risk exposure.

“African governments need to work on creating conducive environments to attract these investments which are so vital for the continent’s growth and development.”

Hub member Temitope Adediran is a software developer at Andela, a US business with operational campuses in several locations in Africa.

Its co-founder and CEO Jeremy Johnson previously co-founded 2U (“we power world-class online higher education”).

gs temitope adediranAndela describes itself as a “global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams” and Johnson was delighted to note in September 2020 that “Covid-19 has dramatically accelerated the trend toward remote work”.

According to Andela, “an accelerated shift to permanent remote work allows engineering leaders to rethink their staffing strategies, tapping more global resources, which can increase productivity and cultural diversity”.

Its site reveals: “Andela is backed by investors including Generation Investment Management, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Spark Capital, and Google Ventures”.

Lagos hub member Sinmisola Nojimu-Yusuf has been interviewed by the DevelopAfrika site ( the page is tagged “African Youths” and “Youths Making Impact”).

She said: “Nigeria as we all know is what you would call a developing nation. The painful thing however is the very slow process in which this development is happening. There’s little or no progress and we are moving at a snail speed. I feel responsible for creating the future that I want”.

The Future We Want. Nice bit of WEF branding!

Nojimu-Yusuf continues: “I believe the world is going beyond formal education yet we still place all our value on it. There’s a need to equip youths with the soft skills needed to thrive in the future of work”.

Future of Work. Another one. Well done!

Looking back at 2018 on her personal website, she writes: “I got accepted to the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Lagos Hub! With this platform, I’m taking a step forward on my journey to being a nation and continent builder on a global scale.

“Still linked to the above I was offered a the [sic] role of strategy and structure lead at a fantastic NGO called Project Zeros focused on poverty alleviation and of course I accepted it with open arms”.

gs sinmisolaIt seems the NGO is actually called Project Zero and is “deployed to tackle the menace of out-of-school children by supporting and re-enrolling children who are out of school or on the verge of dropping out of school”.

“The initiative, in partnership with Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), is deployed to trace, mobilize and support children who have dropped out of school due to socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic”.

Another report explains that this “social remedial project” also involves “some private partners”.

We learn that in July 2020 LASUBEB “commenced a 10-day digital literacy training programme facilitated by Microsoft in partnership with ATB Technosoft Solutions for over 12,000 Primary School Teachers”.

The report continues: “While emphasising the importance of technology to learning, the LASUBEB Chairman stated that its relevance has become more pronounced with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic which has changed the ways of doing things globally”.

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NEW DELHI

The New Delhi hub describes itself as “one of the earliest Global Shapers Community Hubs in India” which “has garnered an interesting profile of Shapers and undertaken myriad initiatives”.

It says it works with “individual and institutional sector specialists and impact driven local organizations”.

It describes the Global Shapers Community as “a network of young people” and insists its activities in India “focus on larger public good”.

The hub is currently linked with eight projects.

Magic Collar Initiative for Street Animals. “1,100 collars will be put on dogs and cattle”.

Smart Mobility. “Regulate the flow of traffic through smart technologies and sensors”.

Upskilling for Girls from Marginalized Communities. “Projects towards maximum possible impact”.

COVID-19 in South Asia. “The fight against this virus is seen on every level; from a global scale to local municipalities”.

Indigenous Masks – Covid, Climate & Art. “A hybrid project framework that lies at the intersection of pandemic response, arts and climate & biodiversity conservation by functioning on the multi-stakeholder theory”.

COVID-19: Global Situation and Strategic Direction. “A major difference of the current pandemic compared to pandemics in the past is the widespread misinformation through different sources”.

COVID-19 Resources in Regional Languages. “Crucial myth-busters and more”.

Virtual Community Huddle & Webinar Series. “Discussing the impact on big business and understanding the post-COVID-19 world”.

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There are 32 listed members of the New Delhi hub, one of whom is Utkarsh Amitab.

Amitab is the founder of Network Capital, variously described as “a peer-to-peer mentoring community” and “a remote-first company”, which has “organically grown to become a global tribe of 100,000+ mentors from 104 countries”.

We learn from his profile: “Being passionate about public–private partnerships, Utkarsh shaped Network Capital’s partnership with Government of India’s Atal Innovation Mission to build India’s largest mentoring program”.

This scheme was set up “to create and encourage an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship across schools, educational organisations, research institutes and industries”.

Among its key initiatives are Atal Incubation Centres, focused on supporting “technological innovation” in areas including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and cyber-security.

gs utkarsh amitabhIt is also developing Atal Tinkering Labs, described as “learning spaces for students between Class 6 to 12 for them to develop skills and become adept at new technologies such as artificial design (AI), design and computational thinking, adaptive learning, etc.

“The modules have been created by partners such as Microsoft, Adobe, SAP Labs, Wipro, and other such leading tech-based companies”.

Amitabh is also known as “the torchbearer of Ashoka University’s Young India Fellowship”.

Readers will recall that Ashoka is a strange organisation funded by “charitable foundations”.

And there is something very strange and cult-like about the language and imagery featured in the current recruitment brochure for the “flagship residential postgraduate diploma in liberal studies”.

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gs yif2“A Fellow for Life”, it declares. “The Fellowship Never Ends”.

“Adapting to the new normal will require an empathetic, collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and leadership.

“Young India Fellows together form a community of diverse leaders and changemakers from all walks of life, driven to generate transformational impact on society. Members of the community continue to demonstrate a spirit of service towards the Fellowship and Ashoka”.

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The brochure reveals that “since 2011, the YIF has groomed over 1700 socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century”.

The use of the word “groomed” is interesting, there.

One of the “post-fellowship pathways” presented by the scheme for which Amitabh bears the torch is headed “Create Social Impact”.

The brochure suggests that young Indian people interested in “creating meaningful change in society” might like “apply to the values-driven 18-month Mother Teresa Fellowship programme at Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy”.

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Bonus fact about Amitabh: “He previously worked at Microsoft and helped build India’s first smart village“.

gs nikoreNew Delhi hub curator Mitali Nikore describes herself as a “feminist economist examining infrastructure, gender & structural barriers”.

She is the founder of Nikore Associates,  “a youth-led policy and research group aiming at policy efficacy and design”.

Nikore herself is totally on board with Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset agenda.

She insists, for example: “Smart infrastructure is essential to lay the foundation for the fourth industrial revolution in developing countries.

“It is time for governments and private sector to work together, so that underserved populations can leapfrog to their new normal”.

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She has also written an article for The Times of India which “highlights the need to increase the investment in the digital infrastructure and analyses India’s readiness to transition to 5G and suggests a 4-point action plan to achieve the $1 trillion digital economy”.

In September, Nikore participated in the WEF’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 (“Putting the world back on a path of sustainable, equitable, and inclusive growth will require more than a global recovery; it will require a Great Reset of social and economic systems”).

In a video presentation she explains that she is currently advising the Asian Development Bank on a plan to “improve the competitiveness and efficiency” of Indian businesses.

She is also “advising the World Bank on transport and logistics” and exploring how to “reduce the logistics costs in a country as large and wide as India”.

With this in mind, she explains that the aim of her “think tank”, Nikore Associates, “is to work on gender and infrastructure together and see how we can actually work with industries, private sector, and convince them to make the investments that are required to bring women into workplaces”.

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Nikore Associates’ interest in gender issues is reflected in the fact that its team “spent a large part of 2019” compiling a chapter for a book called The Indian Woman’s Journey: The Last Five Decades.

Their chapter “analyses women’s participation in the Indian economy since its independence”.

And its title? “Women’s Human Capital”.

Nikore is also an advisor for the BRICS Chamber of Commerce.

This international organisation, covering the so-called BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), uses the marketing slogan “gearing up for the future”.

It states that it is “determined to change the system” and is “working hard to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business”.

Its chairman, Vishwas Tripathi, kicks off his ‘message‘ to readers of the website by talking about praying for “peace in the cosmos”.

But his organisation seems to think that this will best be achieved by working with the arms trade!

The BRICS CCI Aerospace & Defence & Homeland Security team boasts “decades of defense-specific consulting experience” and provides “comprehensive business, technical, manufacturing and project solutions to clients for the Ministry of Defense, Front Line Commands and the supply chain”.

It describes itself as “a single-window platform/voice to promote the best interests of the Industry”.

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Hub member Sonakshi Chaudhry is also interested in what Nikore Associates term “Women’s Human Capital”.

In a June 2020 article on the Outlook India site, she expresses concern that “women are dropping out of the country’s workforce at an alarming rate” and adds that “despite an increase in education and training, estimates suggest that in 2020, only 15 percent of India’s youth entering the labour force will be female”.

Chaudhry complains that this is happening despite the fact that “Indian girls and women are more educated than ever”.

She asks: “If this is not translating into jobs in the ‘real’ world, what is the purpose of education in India then?”

She muses: “For those of us with the privilege to believe it, education may be an end unto itself, but…”

But what exactly? In fact, unbelievable though it may seem, Global Shaper Chaudhry is arguing that education for India’s girls and women is a bad thing!

Indeed, the article in question is entitled ‘Is Education The Reason Women Are Disappearing From India’s Workforce?’

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Chaudhry puts the blame on “mismatches between aspirations, skills, and availability”.

She explains: “Improved literacy rates across the country have led to an exponential increase in qualified potential female workers.

“Despite this growth opportunity, however, there has not been an equivalent increase in the available white collar jobs because job creation has been largely in the informal sector.

“Thus, while India’s women are becoming more educated, they are not always able to find jobs that are commensurate with their educational qualifications.

“Dr. Deshpande sums it up succinctly with an example, saying, ‘A girl who has completed class 10 or class 12 may not want to be a manual worker…'”.

gs sonakshi chaudhryChaudhry says that, instead of being educated in the way we currently understand it, young people should be trained with “the necessary skills for 21st century jobs”.

This would obviously be good news for the businesses hoping to exploit their labour for profit and whose agenda dictates the sly narratives spun by the likes of Chaudhry.

Indeed, she references her leaders’ position in her article, writing: “A World Economic Forum project suggests that closing the nation’s skills gap could add US$1.97 trillion to India’s GDP by 2028.

“Thus, the economic implications of India’s youth being unprepared for the modern job market make updating education and adding skilling programmes an urgent need”.

Chaudhry is also research and editorial lead at the Women In Labour Podcast.

Its “about” page says it is “a podcast on women and work. With laughs”.

It goes on to express the same concerns as those voiced by Chaudhry in her Outlook India article.

“Since 2005, the percentage of Indian women in paid work has dropped from 35% to less than 24%, but no one is talking about why. Until we did, and Women in Labour was born (pun intended).

“A comedic take on a serious issue, Women In Labour explores a veritable feast of topics related to women, work, family, power, and everything in between. Why do Indian women do the most unpaid work in the world? Why do we preface our work emails with ‘I was just wondering…’? Why do we still watch movies that stereotype women’s roles? And the big one—what’s keeping us away from India’s workplaces?”

A section tucked away at the bottom of the page, entitled ‘A big thanks’, states: “We are grateful to an awesome team of passionate women at the American Center in New Delhi who have supported our vision and made this possible. But, here’s the legal bit, the views of our podcast do not necessarily represent the views of the American Center or the U.S. Government”.

“Not necessarily”!

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The New Delhi hub’s founding curator is Neeraj Bharadwaj, a man with considerable experience in the global corporate realm.

He graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in the USA, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He has previously held senior roles at The Goldman Sachs Group (an American multinational investment bank and financial services company), McKinsey & Co (an American worldwide management consulting firm) and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co (another American multinational investment bank and financial services company).

Bharadwaj was managing director at tech firm Accel India and partner at private equity investment group Apax Partners.

He is currently a director of Confluent Software, a $4.5 billion-valued Silicon Valley cloud computing company started by Jay Kreps, co-founder of LinkedIn.

GS neeraj bharadwajBharadwaj is also a director of New Delhi’s Global Health Pvt Ltd, which deals in “diagnostic, rehabilitation, and other hospital services”.

He is a “non-independent non-executive” director of Mumbai-based SeQuent Scientific Ltd, “an integrated pharmaceutical company with a global footprint” which aims to “create value in the global animal health space”.

Managing director Manish Gupta says that although it already has a healthy annual turnover of $165m, the firm is “well poised to a new phase of development” in which it could become “one of the top global animal healthcare companies”.

The reason for this optimism? SeQuent has a “new promoter group” and is now backed by a big concern which is “no stranger to the Indian Healthcare sector”, has “a deep understanding of the market and an ability to create value” and for whom the SeQuent transaction was “their largest control deal in India”.

gs carlyleThe identity of this new business backer? Why, it’s none other than the Carlyle Group which, as we saw in Shapers of the slavery: the leadership, was identified in 2003 as being “at the epicenter of the military-industrial-complex-Bush-Cheney-crony-capitalism administration” and is heavily involved in the arms industry.

David M. Rubenstein, a CIA-linked American billionaire who is part of the Global Shapers leadership,  is co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group. 

And who is the managing director of Carlyle India Advisors Private Limited, handling “growth capital and buyout opportunities across sectors in India”?

It’s Neeraj Bharadwaj, founding curator of the Global Shapers New Delhi hub, that “network of young people” famous across all India for its “focus on larger public good”.

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Our next report focuses on the Global Shapers and Covid-19.

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Shapers of slavery: the awakening 

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Shapers of slavery: the leadership

It should be quite clear from our opening article on the Global Shapers Community that the project is fundamentally anti-democratic.

A democratic society shapes itself – by means of the participation of its citizens in discussing and deciding how things should be organised and to what ends.

But, as even their name reveals, the Global Shapers want to “shape” society from above and in their own interests.

They are not doing so openly, by declaring a World Dictatorship of the Wealthy Elite, but dishonestly, by pretending that this “shaping” is coming from below.

The deceitful term “stakeholder democracy”, which means absolute rule by big business interests, is matched in terms of hypocrisy by the term “The Global Shapers Community”.

A community is something organic, a coming-together of people from below.

Gs logoThe Global Shapers project is the opposite of that. It is a manipulation of people from above, dressed up as something else.

It is, as investigative journalist Cory Morningstar has said, “a grotesque display of corporate malfeasance disguised as good”.

As an entirely top-down organisation, Global Shapers of course has a leadership.

As we will now see, the identity of these leaders is very illuminating regarding the agenda and interests lying behind this worldwide anti-democratic conspiracy.

The organisation’s website tells us: “Global Shapers Community is governed by a Foundation board that includes leaders from business, government and civil society”.

Top of their list of leaders is, needless to say, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, whose authoritarian transhumanist agenda we explored in some depth in our October 2020 article ‘Klaus Schwab and his Great Fascist Reset‘.

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Underneath him in the Global Shapers list of leaders is David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm identified in 2003 as being “at the epicenter of the military-industrial-complex-Bush-Cheney-crony-capitalism administration”.

One of the great beneficiaries of the Small Reset following 9/11, the secretive Carlyle Group is heavily involved in the arms industry. It has “profited handsomely” from war, as this 2020 article puts it.

Rubenstein himself is, in the predictably bland language of Wikipedia, “an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist”.

He is chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, which is closely linked to the CIA.

Rubenstein is also a funder and chairman emeritus of the Brookings Institution, a high-profile US “think tank”, which, as we detailed on this site four years ago, gets funding from the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bankers JPMorgan Chase, John L. Thornton (former president of Goldman Sachs) and the state of Qatar.

In July 2016 CIA director John Brennan gave a key speech to Brookings’ Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, in which he spoke about “emerging challenges for the US, enhanced interrogation techniques, drones, cyber threats, and terrorism in Saudi Arabia”.

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Rubenstein has donated $60 million to the Harvard Kennedy School, an institution which seems to play a key role in the global “storytelling” machinations behind the Great Reset, as we explained in this November 2020 analysis.

Specifically, it provides an exclusive training course for “staggeringly wealthy” young members of the global elite, in order to steer them into the world of “social impact” investing. The course is held “in collaboration with” the WEF.

Next in the WEF’s list of Global Shapers leaders is Ellyn Shook, chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture, one of the Global Shapers’ official partners.

This multinational professional services company has recently been involved in pushing “a complete business and technology transformation” in the Canadian housing sector, in setting up a “California Statewide Automated Welfare System” and in rolling out smart meters to UK homes.

Accenture is also, of course, very interested in “community impact”.

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gs EllynShookShook’s profile on Accenture’s site reveals that she is also an “active member” of an organisation called World50.

This describes itself as “a private community for senior-most executives from globally respected organizations to intimately share ideas, solutions and collaborative discovery free from press, competition and solicitation”.

In this video, World50 CEO David Wilkie explains that it deals with issues like “macro-economic events, what’s going in the world, what’s reshaping the future of the landscape around us, disruption, innovation” and aims to help business leaders “make a bigger impact in the world around them”.

Key terms: “Reshaping the future”. “Disruption”. “Impact”.

A little more light is shed on World50’s activities here: “Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2004, World 50 is an exclusive, invite-only peer-to-peer network and knowledge exchange platform serving senior executives at leading corporations”.

In general, perhaps not surprisingly, World50 does not seem keen to divulge, in any detail, what its activities actually involve.

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It boasts on a page aimed at potential employees: “We keep a low profile. (Don’t believe us? See what you can find on your own.) And we like to keep it that way. Let’s put it this way: Everything we do is in the service of our members. But we do quite a bit of stuff. And much of it is incredibly cool”.

It explains that its World 50 Internal Summit is “a gathering of experts, leaders and provocateurs that sparks internal conversations about how we can reshape the world around us”.

And it declares: “It’s our job to be relevant—to our members and ourselves. We sometimes use jargon like innovation, change management and geopolitical forecasting to discuss unwieldy concepts, but we really just mean that we’re friends with some of the smartest people in the world, and they help us understand it better. (They’re really pretty smart.)”

Oh yes, they are all so “incredibly cool”, these “really pretty smart” individuals who aim to “reshape” the world by means of “internal conversations” which exclude anyone outside their elite circles.

It is easy to see why World50’s Ellyn Shook was such a great fit for the WEF’s Global Shapers offensive.

gs Wanjũhĩ-NjorogeGlobal Shaper Wanjuhi Njoroge, from Kenya, is founder of People Planet Africa. We learn from this organisation’s website that it is “a consultancy firm in the field of sustainability Inclusive Development that incorporates rural communities which constitute 70% of Africa’s population”.

It works closely “with corporates and governments” on “innovative solutions, business models, programs, initiatives and activities that are socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, generate profit and elicit active participation of an organizations [sic] key stakeholders”.

People Planet Africa makes good use of the WEF’s corporate newspeak dictionary when it adds: “We work with rural communities and assist government agencies and organizations incorporate sustainability into their businesses thus increasing their positive impact and profit”.

Impact and profit go hand in hand for the sustainably parasitical elite.

Njoroge is also the founder and president of Nelig Group Ltd, a “young and dynamic group with an objective to change the African narrative”.

According to the Nairobi Global Shapers hub, Njoroge “is passionate about education and inclusive development that doesn’t exclude the rural communities that make up 70% of Africa’s population”.

This line is actually quite useful for understanding what the WEF and its co-conspirators mean by the apparently fluffy word “inclusive”.

It, in fact, refers to their desire that no single human being on earth should live free from their industrial system of exploitation and control, even those currently living close to nature in Africa.

They are all “human capital” to be hoovered up and transformed into yet more profit and power by global business “stakeholders”.

In 2019 Njoroge took part in an ‘Impact!Africa‘ virtual conference jointly staged by the British Council, an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and Ashoka.

Ashoka is a strange organisation funded by “charitable foundations” which links ultra-wealthy individuals such as Antonis Schwarz with “activists” like Rob Hopkins and also provides advice to organizations including the World Bank.

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The stated aim of this event was to “change Africa for good“, the double sense of that phrase typical of the twisted terminology of the Great Reset.

The talk was of “crowding in private sector capital and skills to reduce Africa [sic] economic vulnerability, providing market based solutions to the continent’s most pressing needs” and of “how social entrepreneurs can prepare themselves to engage with impact investors”.

There was a session on “venture philanthropy and impact investment success”, whose wording serves as a handy reminder that “philanthropy” in modern parlance is not about rich people giving their money away to the poor, but about rich people getting even richer by ramping up their exploitation of the poor.

In this context, the statement that “young people are the demographic dividend for Africa” is a telling one.

KS covidAs has been made plain in Schwab’s books, one of the aims of the WEF and its Great Reset is to sweep away all those pesky regulations which have been put in place to protect people and communities from the rapacious attention of big business vampires.

So, of course, the Impact!Africa event included “assessment of innovation regulation in Africa and the necessary steps to advance a positive policy environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent”.

Another African Global Shapers leader is Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, who is inevitably described by Wikipedia as a “philanthropist“.

Elumelu is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa and Transcorp. He is also an advisor to USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

The Nigerian billionaire is involved, through his Tony Elumelu Foundation, with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.

The two Tonies’ modestly-named organisations are involved in “a partnership to strengthen the private sector’s role in the economic transformation of select African countries”, known as the Blair-Elumelu Fellowship Programme.

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Blair’s plans for Africa involve “transformational governments” which will “enhance competitiveness” and “attract and nurture private investment”.

Declared Elemelu: “Africa is lucky to have a friend like Mr. Blair”.

We wonder if they are saying the same thing in Iraq, which is coincidentally the home country of one of Elemelu’s fellow Global Shapers leaders, Basima Abdulrahman.

gs basima abdulrahmanFounder and CEO of KESK Green Building Consulting, she is a self-described “female entrepreneur” in the business of “green city planning and sustainable architecture”.

Abdulrahman is evidently one of those who have done very well out of “building back” Iraq after the destruction wrought by the illegal invasion and occupation famously backed by Blair.

Other leaders of the Global Shapers include Khalid Alkhudair, executive vice-president of the Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia, “activist” filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and Juan Jose Pocaterra, co-founder and CEO of ViKua, a “Smart City start-up” business based in Venezuela.

Right at the bottom of the list on the Global Shapers site is Eric Tse.

gs eric tseIn fact, he does not appear at all on the Foundation Board line-up in the Global Shapers 2019-2020 annual report.

Described as executive director of Sino Biopharmaceutical, this young Chinese billionaire was in fact gifted his fortune from his family’s company in 2019.

Although he is from Hong Kong, Tse has close ties with mainland Chinese politicians.

Adds this report: “That’s not surprising, as his father Tse Ping was previously a committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body”.

On October 1 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, “the younger Tse attended Beijing celebrations open only to invited guests and dignitaries”.

So we have a Big Pharma billionaire, who is working with the WEF to push for yet more global corporate control and exploitation, celebrating the founding of a communist state!

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Tse’s place on the Global Shapers Foundation Board appears to have come at the expense of another Chinese participant.

The Foundation Board presentation on page 32 of the pdf of the Global Shapers Annual Report 2019-20 also includes the name of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, the massive Chinese multinational technology and e-commerce business.

But he is not listed on the online version currently available.

Ma Yun, as he is really called, is one of the wealthiest people in China. His net worth, according to Forbes, is $58.4 billion.

There is currently a lot of fevered speculation about Ma’s whereabouts.

gs jack maThe International Business Times said on January 4 2021: “Ma, who ranked 25 in Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, reportedly disappeared after he criticized global financial regulators and called for economic reform in a speech at a conference in Shanghai in late October.

“What Ma said wasn’t well-received by Chinese authorities, who reportedly suspended a $37 billion IPO of his fintech firm Ant Group Co”.

Although Ma is a member of the Chinese Communist Party, media reports say that the Chinese government’s moves against Ma and his companies include “an antitrust investigation into Alibaba”.

Sooner or later, even the greatest of empires will crumble into dust.

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The next report in this series looks at some key Global Shapers Community hubs.

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Shapers of slavery: the plan

“What we are watching is a change in control and an engineering of new control systems. So think of this as a coup d’état”.

So says Catherine Austin Fitts in an excellent recent video interview about what lies behind the Covid-19 agenda. It was removed by YouTube after 2.7 million views but at the time of writing was still available on vimeo.

The global ruling elite are trying to install “economic totalitarianism”, she warns, a new way of ordering the world based on technocracy, transhumanism and complete control over every aspect of our lives.

She declares: “I would describe this as a slavery system”.

Klaus Schwab2When Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum initially announced his plan for a Great Reset, a New Normal or Fourth Industrial Revolution “unlike anything humankind has experienced before”, few of us understood quite what he had in mind.

In recent months this has been changing, with more and more people doing research and realising the alarming truth about what is currently being foisted on us.

The system’s gatekeepers have being doing their best to dismiss this awareness as mere “conspiracy theories”. Schwab’s views are just the words of one elderly German man, they argue, with a limited capacity for influencing the way the whole world is actually run.

But, in fact, Schwab’s Great Reset is not just rhetoric: he and his corporate accomplices have been busy, for many years, building up a massive networks of collaborators to spring their heist.

One of these is the Global Shapers Community, set up by Schwab in 2011, registered in Geneva, Switzerland, and based at the World Economic Forum offices.

It describes itself on its website as “a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change”, representing “the power of youth in action”.

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The site explains that the organisation involves nearly 10,000 “Shapers” and 3,000 “Alumni”, organised in more than 400 hubs across 150 countries.

“Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change”.

The “story” that the WEF tells us (to use its own term) is that the Global Shapers scheme is about “building a movement”.

It declares: “We believe in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change.

“This generation has inherited enormous global challenges, but has the ability to confront the status quo and offer youth-led solutions for change”.

A “story” indeed. The Global Shapers are centrally run, from WEF HQ, and their “solutions” are far from “youth-led”.

As its 2019-2020 annual report makes clear, the project’s aim is to “mobilize” people to “influence policy and drive action”.

It is a sophisticated attempt to use a phoney worldwide “movement” to push human society into a direction which will profit a tiny group of business sharks.

GS annual report coverIt is the negation of democracy, because the future they have in mind for us, their nightmarish system of slavery, is obviously not one which most people desire.

They can only get away with it by pulling the wool over our eyes, by dressing it up as an attempt to “fight Covid” or “save the planet” or increase “inclusivity”.

This deception at the heart of the Global Shapers scheme means that it can accurately be described as a conspiracy – a conspiracy by a self-interested elite launched against the vast majority of humankind.

Because the WEF’s “movement” is a sham, and is intended purely to advance the views and interests of the WEF and its backers, not just any young person is allowed to play a “central” role in the kind of “lasting change” the WEF has in mind.

A careful filtering and screening process has been set up to ensure that only the right kind of young person, aged between 18 and 27, is allowed into the “movement”.

The Brussels Global Shapers specify that they are looking for those who are “exceptional in their potential” and who have “the desire to create impact”.

The London Global Shapers explain: “Each application is assessed by at least four Shapers, based on a broad range of criteria and the mean score is taken”.

The listed criteria are “impact motivation”, “commitment & community mindset”, “achievement” (“we’re looking for candidates who have established a track record of leadership and demonstrated impact in their field, or who are firmly on a leadership trajectory”) and “leadership potential”.

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Would-be recruits are warned that they are expected to make an effort for the Shaping cause: “We require a minimum of 1–2 hours per week of time for the hub, additional commitment in terms of attending local and regional events, and active leadership and/or participation in hub projects.

“Every year we struggle with more amazing applicants than available spaces and it’s important that every hub member contributes to our community”.

And why should any young person want to be part of the Global Shapers?

“As Shapers, we have the unique opportunity to launch and participate in projects with support from the community and WEF.

“Aside from projects, the extraordinary convening power of both WEF and our own members allows us access to organise and attend events with world-class speakers and other participants.

“Moreover, membership of the hub provides access to engage with the broader World Economic Forum community, including the opportunity to apply to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos and other major events”.

The Global Shapers like to use the word “impact” a lot, even in their recruitment material.

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They probably think they are being very clever, because some of the young people they are trying to attract, as well as the general public, will imagine that “impact” just means something about making a big difference to the world.

But, in fact, it is a blatant reference to social impact investment, one of the most insidious elements of the Great Reset agenda, in which people are reduced to the status of “human capital” for financial parasites.

Alison McDowell explains this rather well in this 10-minute illustrated video.

The Global Shapers even have a section of their website called Impact, presenting, under thematic headings, various projects from their hubs.

Gs logoFor a flavour of their thinking, let’s dip into one of these sub-sections, entitled ‘Shaping My City’s Future‘.

Note that the future for the Global Shapers can only be about cities, not small towns or villages or rural living.

This sterile metropolitan outlook is reflected in their logo, in which their world “community” is represented by a range of slightly-differently shaped office blocks.

No room for trees or animals or real people in the future they want…

The brave new tomorrow envisaged in these 55 Shaper projects is one of “inclusive entrepreneurship“, “storytelling“, and “smart mobility“, in which life will be focused on building “smart energy grids, e-governance devices, 3D printing to tackle homelessness” and on “tackling the digital gap” by working “to connect populations without internet access“.

There will be “digital tourism” for which it is hoped to “connect infrastructure electronically through an IoT network“, “smart road infrastructure“, “smart buildings“, “IoT technologies” and “responsible trash management” via “a mobile-app solution that gamifies the trash management of each citizen“.

And who could fail to look forward to the prospect of authorities being able to “use human emotional recognition technology by mapping the facial expressions of citizens during their interaction with a governmental service“?

All of this, of course, forms part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as described at some length by Klaus Schwab in his various books.

It is hardly surprising that it is mentioned so often by the phoney “community” he and his colleagues have manufactured.

Indeed, one of the Global Shapers’ official partners is cloud computing business Salesforce, headed by billionaire Marc Benioff, owner of Time magazine and inaugural chair of the WEF’s Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

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Nevertheless, the sheer relentless insistence with which the term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is pumped out in report after report in the ‘Shaping My City’s Future’ section is still quite astonishing!

The onset of the fourth industrial revolution presents opportunities for innovative solutions“.

Companies and institutions must be able to anticipate the changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adapt quickly, and cities and communities must be able to do the same“.

The key to thriving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be to lead the transformations it entails. This will require two elements of agile leadership: awareness of disruptive technologies and strategies to make the most of them“.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings a lot of changes, opportunities and challenges that impact a vision of the cities and societies of the future“.

4IRjThe Fourth Industrial Revolution will have fundamental implications on how humans interact and how we define work“.

Prepare for 4IR technologies and the future of work“.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), driven by artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, will transform everyone’s lives“.

The new narrative that respects opportunities and risks of the 4th Industrial Revolution“.

Scales up efforts in creating more innovative business environment and helps young people to seize opportunities of the 4IR for employment and entrepreneurship“.

Nurture communities that are skilled in proficiencies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution“.

A defining trait of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is the speed of change“.

Just in case you were in any doubt as to what the Fourth Industrial Revolution involves, the Global Shapers provide a handy description in a corner of their website dedicated to that very theme.

Some may find their wording rather chilling: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way people live, work and relate to one another. The speed, breadth and depth of this revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organizations create value and even what it means to be human”.

Even what it means to be human…

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The next report in this series focuses on the Global Shapers leadership.

Main image: Detail from Sheep, Shepherds, and a Goat by Jordan Henderson.

MORE READING:

Shapers of slavery: the leadership

Shapers of slavery: the empire

Shapers of slavery: the virus

Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset

Great Reset page of resources

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Enemies of the modern world: a triptych of novellas

As the benevolent forces of Progress whisk us towards a better and more secure tomorrow, there are always those in society who insist on dragging their heels.

They turn up their noses at global smart governance, they insist on the value of a reality that is not virtual, they cling to outmoded notions of “naturalness”, community, truth and freedom.

By spreading misinformation, voicing malicious opinion and breaching public safety norms they endanger both lives and economic sustainability.

In this triptych of novellas, Paul Cudenec introduces us to some of these sinister anti-social misfits. We find ourselves in chillingly close proximity to conspiracy theorists, denialists, technophobes and extremists – in short, to sworn enemies of the modern world.

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Enemies of the Modern World by Paul Cudenec (2021, ISBN 9782957576807) is available to buy online and, in the spirit of non-commercialism, is also available as a free pdf.