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St. Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition (CHF 20,000 in Prize money)

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Deadline: 1 February 2023

Participate now in the Global Essay Competition to earn the right to attend the St. Gallen Symposium, the world’s most prestigious forum for intergenerational discourse, as a Leader of Tomorrow. The St. Gallen Symposium encourages intergenerational conversation to enhance mutual understanding and teamwork.

The St. Gallen Symposium, which was established in 1969, is the most established and current forum for intergenerational conversation. Similarly, they hope to encourage present decision-makers to lead with the next generation in mind by bringing leaders of today and tomorrow together to discuss important issues of our day.

Benefits

  • Prize money of CHF 20,000 distributed to the three winners.
  • Meet 300 of the most brilliant young minds in society.
  • 600 top leaders will hear your presentation and discussion.
  • Witness some of the most outstanding speakers in the world and be inspired. Learn a fresh, new viewpoint on the year’s theme.
  • Additionally, join a distinctive international community. Join us in taking part in the symposium.
Topic Question

The St. Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition this year’s theme is “A New Generational Contract,” and they are inviting students from all around the world to share their thoughts on either of the following two questions:

A) What’s the best legacy your generation has inherited from those before you? And how can we preserve it?

  • Choose and briefly describe a major accomplishment which has only become possible through the efforts of older and previous generations.
  • This can be from the realm of political governance, economic development, social norms and ethics, education, health, technology, ecology, arts or any other area you deem relevant. Of particular interest are ideas, institutions, technologies or norms which you believe are challenged by current developments.
  • Describe how current developments challenge this major achievement by older and previous generations and offer a concrete and actionable idea of how it can be preserved for your generation as well as future ones.

B) What’s the worst legacy your generation has inherited from those before you? And how can we replace it?

  • Choose and briefly describe a major problematic legacy which has been passed on from older and previous generations to yours.
  • This can be from political governance, economic development, social norms and ethics, education health, technology, ecology, arts or any other area you deem relevant. Of particular interest are ideas, institutions, technologies or norms at the core of how our world currently works.
  • Describe a concrete and actionable idea of how we can get rid off this problematic legacy left by older and previous generations and more so what should replace it.
Entry requirements

They anticipate an essay that is polished, original, and thought-provoking. On the competition question, be audacious, unconventional, as well as distinctive.

  • Form: Essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. abstract, bibliography, and footnotes)
  • Language: English
  • Deadline: 1 February 2023, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)
  • Anonymity: Your name, e-mail address, university, or any identifying details must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file.
  • Individuality: Individual work expected, no group work allowed. Essay written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author’s own.
  • Citation: All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay. Further all contributions will be tested for plagiarism.
  • Template: Download Template for the Global Essay Competition

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