Youth Leadership and Intergenerational Dialogues

The Youth Leadership and Intergenerational Dialogues Impact Hub aims to foster systems transformation by empowering young leaders and mobilising intergenerational action for systems change. The 50 Percent is the flagship initiative of the hub, an international network of young people who believe that every young person, regardless of their economic, social, or cultural situation, has the capacity to make a positive impact on the future.

A New Generational Contract

The St. Gallen Symposium and The Club of Rome have united to launch a joint initiative for a New Generational Contract. Guided by seven key principles, based on global surveys, hundreds of student essays, and dialogues, the platform engages diverse actors and launches impactful projects to enable cross-generational leadership and learning.

The aim is to foster more long-term thinking and regenerative strategies across business and policymaking.


Youth Talks

The Higher Education for Good (HE4G) Foundation and The Club of Rome are collaborating to build upon data gathered through the Youth Talks  consultation results where over 45,000 young participants from 212 countries, shared their opinions and contributed nearly a million ideas.

The aim is to unearth the profound aspirations of young people, to amplify this unfiltered, unique set of voices of youth from across the globe and to build concrete action proposals to transform our society. A joint working group is exploring the potential of the rich information collected and working on drafting concrete proposals to guide in the transformation of higher education.

Intergenerational skill-sharing sessions

Intergenerational exchange is key to empowering young people and enabling a dynamic exchange of wisdom, values and skills. The 50 Percent runs intergenerational workshops that provide opportunities for young people to have substantial conversations with experts on a range of topics including: sustainable finance, restoring healthy politics and innovation to change the future. 

Global Youth Engagement – Listening Sessions

Listening sessions are conducted by The 50 Percent as a format for youth to grapple with complex topics on systems transformation – to get their insights, concerns, fears, and hopes about the topics within their context.  

These insights are shared with policymakers and corporate partners at local, regional, national and international levels. To date, The 50 Percent has hosted 48 listening sessions with over 390 people and has collected 467 quotes from young people.  

Sharing stories

The 50 Percent quarterly digital magazine and corresponding mentorship program is an international platform for young people across the world to share their stories through art and writing while developing their skills to confidently communicate about local and global issues.

The goal is to empower young people and amplify voices that are often overlooked, by creating an inclusive and diverse community of storytellers.  18 storytelling fellows have completed two 10-week courses. Through the cumulative support of 47 young editors and writers, the online blog and magazine has garnered 90 pieces and features representing 36 countries.

Youth Resilience Hub

The 50 Percent, the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Friendship, Slum Dwellers International and Manuia  have launched the Youth Resilience Hub 

The hub aims to nurture young leaders to radically strengthen climate resilience in the places they live and encourage them with personal development support and transformative leadership skills. Importantly, it provides a platform for knowledge exchange with, and between, young people from the most vulnerable communities and climate-impacted regions globally.  

For more information contact:

Matias LaraCo-director of The 50 PercentE:
Nolita Thina MvuneloEmerging New Civilisations & Youth Leadership Programme ManagerE:

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