Our debates matter.

We live in times where healthy debates driven by tomorrow's generation are needed more than ever.

600 Leaders of Today will join 200 Leaders of Tomorrow to debate on «The Clash of Generations» from 8–9 May 2014 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.


Competition Questions

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.

Essay Competition

Find out more about the symposium's global student competition and apply.

Topic: «Proudly Small»

«Proudly Small» focuses on the importance of smaller units in politics, the economy and the society.