50th St. Gallen Symposium "Freedom Revisited": 7–8 May 2020


Call to action

Let’s tackle the challenges of digitalisation – to reap the fruit of its opportunities

The digital age presents vast opportunities, but also entails significant risks — to the people, to societies, to our planet. We invite you to join us in our initiative to tackle the most pressing challenges of the digital revolution.

If we fail to understand the simple principles of digitalisation, we will never tackle its complex challenges.

Therefore, we pledge to work on these seven challenges for the next St. Gallen Symposium in 2019. Join us!

> Security: the threat of data and privacy breaches

We address the inherent fear of losing power over our own data.

> Environment: the impact of the digital revolution on nature

We make sure, digitalisation does not hurt planet earth.

> Health: the negative effect of digitalisation on human behavior and lifestyle

We tackle the issue of negative psychological and physical phenomena related to a digital lifestyle.

> Employment: the substitution of workforce by machines

We engage in making sure, no-one is left behind.

> Structural issues: the struggle for net neutrality

We work to make the internet a place for all to use equally.

> Gender issues: the implications of tech as a man’s world

We strive for gender equality in the digital sector in particular, and elsewhere.

> Education: digital literacy

We ensure technology is used to learn and teach, not hurt.

What happens next?

During the next twelve months, we will discuss, initiate and support projects tackling these issues. And we will present the results as part of the 49th St. Gallen Symposium. Join our conversation in the coming years and contribute to our digital symposium throughout the year

We will, we do, we always have: 48 years of impact-driven dialogue.

The St. Gallen Symposium, for almost half a century, has been an arena to approach relevant issues for the sustainability of societies. Since 1969, the St. Gallen Symposium stands for a unique intergenerational dialogue based on an integrative approach. Selected young leaders of tomorrow meet with today’s leaders in business, science , civil society and politics to discuss topics of eminent relevance.

By challenging the status quo and engaging current leaders into a constructive dialogue, we not only identify the challenges of tomorrow, we offer new perspectives. As alumni from these five attest, the St. Gallen Symposium opens new diverse horizons from which all participants as well as societies at large benefit.


Future Symposia

You're invited to join us for future symposia taking place annually in May. Have a look at the upcoming dates and contact us if you are interested to join.


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