49th St. Gallen Symposium "Capital for Purpose": 8–10 May 2019



What it is all about

A team of international journalists, photographers and illustrators covered the 48th St. Gallen Symposium. They have interviewed Leaders of Today and Tomorrow about #beyondwork, written in-depth articles and captured the spirit of the event. Their stories appear in a print magazine that has been distributed exclusively to all the participants, and online – on this website.

JET SET – Some business leaders and creative minds have to constantly travel for work. How does this change the meaning of home and family life?

HYPERLOOP – Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop, shines a light on the power of innovative business structures fit for the Internet age.

Can robots produce art like a human being?

Four portraits made with an actual brush, and actual paint. Three were painted by humans, one by a robot. Would you spot which one?

how can journalists compete with robots?

The evolution of social media networks is posing a serious challenge to the news, with the circulation rates of many print newspapers declining. In today’s ever-changing world, newsrooms face a whole new challenge as the production of some news stories has in fact been handed over to robots. We spoke with three experts about whether journalists should view AI as a threat or an opportunity.

Robots versus immigrants

Right-wing populists in Western countries incite strong feelings against foreigners. In one commonly discussed scenario, the tasks that migrants fulfil today might be taken over by smart technology, eliminating the need for migration. Can solidarity within society be ensured?

Will Digital Divide in Automation Age Change the World's Economic Map?

High unemployment and illiteracy rates and low access to the internet contribute to a digital divide between Africa and the rest of the world. Will the introduction of automated technologies into Western industries make the situation more complicated in the near future?

Could Social Democrats revive their fortunes by offering solutions to turmoil caused by the third industrial revolution? German Social Democrat Sigmar Gabriel claims that automation should benefit employees, not just employers, and offers a concrete plan for an employment account.

The biomedical sphere is making leaps and bounds in diagnosis and treatment thanks to data analytics and AI. But what does this mean for the role of the human physician?

The economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin popularised the idea of the end of work. However, he says he is neither a prophet nor a pop star.

An Interview with Denis McDonough

Denis McDonough used to go on night walks with Barack Obama as his former Chief of Staff. He criticizes what is going on in the White House these days.

There’s no business like family business

Family enterprises are the most common form of business entity in the world. But new forms of companies like startups are challenging their status quo. 

Preparing For Uncertainty - Education in a post-labour age

Anyone aware of the predicted impact of artificial intelligence has been told at some point that humans will need to develop “soft skills” to stay relevant. Creativity, high-level thinking, and empathy are all things that would be hard to get out of a robot. So how can we adapt education to stay relevant, not only as workers, but also as responsible citizens?