Eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students are hereby invited to participate in the St. Gallen Symposium Global Essay Competition 2020 for a chance to win the St. Gallen's Wings Of Excellence Awards, and qualify for participation as a Leader of Tomorrow in the world's premier opportunity for intergenerational debates.
The essay competition question reads:
"Freedom Revisited: Which aspects of freedom need to be defended, or recalibrated, to meet the challenges of our time?
Domestically and on the international stage, values of individual, economic, and political freedom are subject to a critical inquiry or outright attack. Diverse phenomena such as populism, global power shifts, climate change, the digital revolution, and global migration 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 defence 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?"
The participants are required to choose one of the following positions as they develop their essay:
In defence 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 defence 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.
The St. Gallen Symposium is the world’s leading initiative for intergenerational debates on economic, political and social developments. The symposium takes place annually in May at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. Since its beginning in 1969, the St. Gallen Symposium has grown to today’s most relevant debates between generations with a clear focus on management, politics and civil society. Look back on the past symposium with our highlights.... read more
Successful applicants will:
The following criteria must be met:
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