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St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Essay Competition Award 2015

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  • Eligibility: College Students
  • Benefits: EUR 20,000

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Seize your opportunity. 

Take part in the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award to qualify for participation as a «Leader of Tomorrow» in the world’s premier opportunity for intergenerational debates: The St. Gallen Symposium. 

  • Join the debate with 600 top global decision makers
  • Share your thoughts 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
  • Small and intimate gatherings with world leaders, exclusively for the Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Become member of a truly unique and strong global community
  • EUR 20,000.– prize money shared by the three winners
  • Receive a Swiss luxury watch with personal winners' engraving
  • Broad media coverage of your winning contribution

Qualify with a great contribution.

For next year's competition, answer one of the three competition questions from your own unique perspective on the topic «Proudly Small» to prove yourself as a true Leader of Tomorrow. We expect professional and thought-provoking work which could be an essay, a video or a multimedia presentation. Be unconventional, bold and constructive to convince the jury. The following criteria must be met:
 

 Form

 Essay (max. 2100 words), Video or Presentation (max. 15 minutes)

 Language

 English

 Deadline

1 February 2015, 11:59 p.m. last time zone

 Anonymity

 Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file

 Individuality

 Individual work expected, no group work allowed

 

CONTACT DETAILS

St. Gallen Symposium Dufourstrasse 83 P.O. Box 1045 9001 St. Gallen Switzerland Email: award@symposium.org

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Check your eligibility and prepare documents.

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 1985 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 / enrolment from your university which proves your enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate level programme as of 1 February 2015
  • Your contribution file with no indication of your name in the file name, the file metadata or the file itself.

Impress the Jury.

All contributions will be evaluated according to specific criteria by an independent jurycomposed of professors, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and politicians. The authors of the best 100 contributions will be invited to join the next St. Gallen Symposium, while the three best are bestowed with the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award.

Choose a question.

Your contribution for the competition must treat one of the following questions.

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.

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