Application for the St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition 2020 is now open. There is a call for a reflection on the value of freedom for the way we live, do business, and organize politically in the years ahead. While some call for a defense of established freedoms, others call for a recalibration of our concept of freedom, or the balance we strike between freedom and other values, such as equality, sustainability, and security. Where do you stand in this debate? Choose one of the following positions as you develop your essay:
In defense of freedom: Choose an area in the realm of business, economics, politics, or civil society where current concepts of freedom are under pressure and where they need to be defended. Describe the problem and offer a concrete and practical proposition of how established concepts of freedom should and can be defended. Describe its impact for the future.
In defense of recalibrating freedom: Choose an area in the realms of business, economics, politics or civil society where current concepts of freedom are unsuitable for the challenges we face and where they need to be recalibrated. Describe the problem and offer a concrete and practical proposition of how established concepts of freedom should and can be recalibrated. Describe its impact for the future.
- Prize money of CHF 20,000split amongst winners.
- Flights or train tickets and shuttle service from and to the airport are provided.
- All Leaders of Tomorrow also receive a free ticket for the public transport in St. Gallen during the week of the symposium.
- Meet 300 of the world’s brightest young minds.
- Present and debate your ideas with 600 senior leaders.
- Be inspired by some of the world’s most impressive speakers.
- Gain a unique and new perspective on this year’s topic.
- Become a member of a unique global community and celebrate our 50thanniversary with them.
- If the jury selects your essay in the top 100, you qualify as a Leader of Tomorrow.
To be eligible for a St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition, an applicant must:
- Enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university
- Born in 1990 or later
- The maximum amount of words is 2,100 (excluding bibliography or graph descriptions and the like).
- Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file.
- Individuality Individual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be 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. All contributions will be tested for plagiarism.
- Must send their essay in either doc, Docx or pdf format. The document must allow to copy the text easily (no document protections).
Eligible Regions: Open For All.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Official Link: https://www.symposium.org/competition