Opportunity for Youth
Deadline: 1 February 2015, 11:59 p.m. last time zone
Age Requirement: Born in 1985 or later
Education Requirement: Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university.
Country: This is the global youth competition so every young people around the globe can participate in it.
1. EUR 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
2. Receive a Swiss luxury watch with personal winners’ engraving
3. Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided to participate in The St. Gallen Symposium, Switzerland.
4. Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
5. Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
6. Share your thoughts and visions with the global elite
7. Join the debate with 600 top global decision makers
8. Become member of a truly unique and strong global community
9. Broad media coverage of your winning contribution
You can create professional and thought-provoking work which could be an ESSAY, A VIDEO or A MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATION.
Essay should be of maximum 2100 words and Video or Presentation should be of maximum 15 minutes. Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file. No group work is accepted, individual participation is only accepted.
Be unconventional, bold and constructive to convince the jury.
Question 1 – What is the next small BIG thing?
Think about unconventional ideas, undiscovered trends or peripheral signals that may turn into ground-breaking changes for societies. Present one idea which is not on the radar of current leaders yet but will change the game in business, politics or civil society – the best ones will be put to the test by the global audience of the St. Gallen Symposium.
Question 2 – Collaborative Small State Initiative
Although small states lead the global rankings in international benchmark studies on competitiveness, innovation and wealth, they are often politically marginalised. Explore a common agenda for small and prosperous countries and identify one joint project that would increase the relevance of small states on the global stage. Go beyond politics and diplomacy by also including economic and civil players.
Question 3 – Elites: small but superior groups rule the world – at what price?
Human history shows that the world has been ruled by tiny but superior groups of people. It is the elites who have been controlling societies and the allocation of resources. Given the rise of inequality, a devastating level of famine that still exists, ubiquitous corrupt systems of government, limited access to education for the underprivileged, to name just a few of the world’s greatest problems, elites are challenged to redefine their roles and agenda settings. Share your thoughts on how elites are supposed to emerge and transform in the 21st century.
Make sure you can provide the following documents:
1. Copy of passport or other identification (in English for non-Roman languages)
2. Confirmation of matriculation / enrolment from your university which proves your enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2015
3. Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself.