2022 Global Solutions Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards

Deadline: January 5, 2022.

Global Solutions are delighted to announce that applications for the first ever Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards have now opened! With the awards they want to recognize young changemakers and their innovative projects and initiatives and invite ten finalists to come to Berlin to attend the Global Solutions Summit (March 28/29) and present their projects in front of a jury of experts and a global audience. 

Over the last four decades, they have been witnessing significant economic growth in most parts of the world. At the same time, we are seeing a rise in inequality, an exacerbating climate crisis and a rising sense of disempowerment. This trend can be described as the decoupling of economic prosperity from social prosperity and environmental sustainability. The Global Solutions Initiative aims to address this trend by generating proposals to better align economic and political activities with environmental sustainability and social prosperity. With the Young Global Changers Recoupling Awards we want to recognize and reward projects and initiatives by young people from around the world which embody this recoupling-approach.


  1. Young entrepreneurs or innovators who have started or are involved in a leading role in a social enterprise that aims at aligning economic activity with environmental sustainability and social prosperity.
  2. Young business leaders aiming at changing “business as usual” from the inside (“intrapreneurs”).
  3. Young non-profit actors, community organizers, advocacy leaders, campaigners, or implementers of social, economic, or environmental change on a local, regional or even on the global level.
  • The project, business or initiative that you apply with needs to aim at recoupling, i.e. a better alignment of economic or political activities with social well-being and environmental sustainability.
  • The applicant should have a leading position in the project/initiative they are applying with. (e.g. founder, co-founder, project-lead, initiator or a similar role.)
  • The applicant needs to be between the ages of 18 and 35.
  • Applicants need to be willing and motivated to become active members of a global network which aims at bringing about lasting global change.


All eligible applicants will…

  • Become members of the extended YGC network
  • Receive invitations to GSI events, workshops, contribute to on-going discussions and more.


  • Become a 2022 Yong Global Changer
  • Present your project on the Global Solutions website
  • Connect with cangemakers & experts
  • Receive invitations to events and collaborative projects

10 Finalists

  • Receive scholarship to participate in the Global Solutions Summit 2022!
  • Present your project in front of a jury and international audience
  • Exclusive networking opportunities

The three winners will receive…

  • 1. Prize: 5.000 €
  • 2. Prize: 2.000 €
  • 3. Prize: 1.000 €


They are offering a full scholarship* for the 10 finalists of the Young Global Changers Recoupling Award 2022.  The scholarship includes the following:

  • Travel expenses to and from Berlin**
  • Accommodation for the time of the Global Solutions Summit (three nights, March 27-30, 2022)***
  • Free admission to the Global Solutions Summit 2022
  • Networking opportunities with great minds from academia, business, politics & civil society 
  • Access to an exclusive global network of like-minded Young Global Changers
  • Possibilities for further engagement


Step 1:
Complete the online application form and include all relevant information about your change project. There are no costs associated with the application. For a successful submission the following information and material will need to be provided:

  • Personal information (name, email address, place of residence, date and place of birth)
  • Project information (name of the project, project description, connection to recoupling)
  • Upload of th following documents: 1. CV, 2. project description, 3. short video (max. 5 min)

Step 2:
The selection and evaluation of the projects will be done by a jury. Of all projects submitted, the best will compete in the semi-finals and will be presented on our website, 10  will be selected for the finals. After the semi-finals, all finalists will receive additional information about the next steps.

Step 3:
The 10 finalists will get the opportunity to present their projects in front of a live jury of experts and a global audience at the Global Solutions Summit 2022 on March 28/29 in Berlin. The pitch can be held digitally or on-site. (It will not be a disadvantage if one of the finalists is not able to attend the summit in Berlin in person.)


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