St Gallen Symposium Essay Competition

Published: 19 November 2018

Calling postgraduate students! Submit your thoughts on the theme "Capital for Purpose" for the chance to attend the prestigious St Gallen Symposium.

Are you a leader of tomorrow? Share your vision of the future with world leaders at the 49th St Gallen Symposium.

Submit your entry for the St Gallen Wings of Excellence Award by 1 February 2019 for the chance to enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland and secure your place at the world's leading forum for intergenerational debate.

2019 speakers include Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company and Nina dos Santos, Europe Editor, CNN International, among many others!

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Essay question

Is it as good as it gets? - What approach would you suggest to change the current purpose of capital?

Political volatility, environmental issues, precarious labour markets, technological monopolies, managerial and investment short-termism are only a few challenges we face. The time has come to counter excessive short-termism and start doing business as unusual. Think about the status quo and its implications. What would be an idea to change it?

Your essay should be bold, unconvential and thought-provoking. It must be written in English and be no more than 2,100 words.

About you

You must be:

  • Enrolled in a postgraduate programme
  • Born in 1989 or later

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First published: 19 November 2018