The St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland invites applications for the 2020 Global Essay Competiton for undergraduate and graduate students worldwide.
The St. Gallen Symposium connects three generations of leaders. Every community contributes with its own characteristics and the common understanding of fostering dialogue across generations for future impact on current challenges.
Essay Question : “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 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 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 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.
Worth of Award
- Join the debate with 600 top global leaders and decision makers
- Share your thoughts, ideas and visions with the global elite
- Expenses for travel, board and lodging covered, travel service provided
- Meet 200 of the world’s brightest young minds
- CHF 20,000 prize money shared by the three winners
- Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
- Broad media coverage
- Become member of a truly unique and strong global community
They expect a professional, creative and thought-provoking essay. Be bold, unconventional, and distinctive on the competition question.
To be eligible, you must fulfil all of the following criteria:
- 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
Make sure you can provide the following documents:
- Copy of passport or other identification (in English for non-Roman languages)
- Confirmation of matriculation/enrollment from your university which proves your enrollment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of the deadline
- Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself
How to Apply
You can Register now and apply via the link provided below
Deadline: February 1, 2020.