TOM-LAB

Leaders of Tomorrow develop out-of-the box ideas.

The Tomorrow-Laboratory (TOM-LAB) is a working space for selected Leaders of Tomorrow of the St. Gallen Symposium involving key knowledge holders and executives, brought together in an inspiring setting. Its goal is to generate cutting-edge ideas, highlight specific issues and outline strategic options for decision makers from business, politics and society.

Through its unique set up TOM-LAB is designed to boost out-of-the-box thinking and foster collaboration across disciplines in order to generate and test ideas and ultimately define options and lay the foundation for further action. This leverages both the community of our Leaders of Tomorrow as well as the very core of the St. Gallen Symposium – the constructive and forward-thinking intergenerational debate.

TOM-LAB 2017 – disruptive student ideas. 

The notion of disruption captures today’s innovation zeitgeist. Nowadays, it seems everyone claims to be a disruptor – particularly young people with an entrepreneurial mindset. In 2016 and 2017, we asked thousands of students worldwide to come up with a disruptive idea to tackle a challenge of greater magnitude. Around 1,000 students submitted an idea, 100 made it to St. Gallen, and the three very best ones got awarded. Part of the winning prize was to continue working on their disruptive ideas with top-notch scientists of MIT Media Lab in Boston. In collaboration with the Laboratory for Social Machines, the three students have taken their concepts to the next level and now seek support for the next big leap. Explore their ideas, connect with them and support them in their meaningful endeavours. 

TOM-LAB 2016 – alternatives to economic growth.

We see widespread scepticism among the next generation of Leaders of Tomorrow about the concept of economic growth. The paradigm of economic growth that has conquered the world over the last decades is increasingly being challenged. TOM-LAB 2016 catches the best ideas and concepts of the St. Gallen Symposium community on alternatives to economic growth that were debated at the 46th St. Gallen Symposium. The project was conducted by the six finalists of the St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award 2016 in collaboration with the Center for International Development at Harvard University.

Excecutive Summary 47 KB PDF
Position Paper 221 KB PDF

TOM-LAB 2015 – the citizen of the future.

TOM-LAB 2015 was dedicated to the citizen of the future. Modern life has put a challenge on the old idea of the citizen as an ambitious individual with a sense for the common good. Not only has it become difficult to separate the private from the public sphere, but also to reconcile the demands of the working life with the expectations on people to commit to any form of public service. Six members of the Leaders of Tomorrow community sat together for a week and came up with two ideas, one focusing on rewarding citizens in a different way, the other on making failures part of our everyday experience. Please read and send us your comments on the two ideas that you can read about in the boxes on the side.

Report TOM-LAB 2015 358 KB PDF
Draft concept "Failure"-pedia 208 KB PDF
Draft concept Citizen Score 122 KB PDF

TOM-LAB 2014 – the free movement of talents.

TOM-LAB 2014 has found a continuation at the St. Gallen Symposium in 2015 with Robert Torvelainen and Sam Johnson presenting an idea that has been developed over the last twelve months. You can see their presentation here: