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hq_ps-38_th_ws-010.jpgp1000547.JPG I am in St. Gallen, attending the 38th St.Gallen Symposium. This Symposium is organized by the International Students Committee, an independent student initiative at the University of St. Gallen. Some hundreds of business leaders, academics and politicians gather together every year in May to discuss key global issues.
  The special feature of this Symposium is the dialogue between the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow, as some 200 students are invited from all over the world from among those who submitting essays.
  This year’s topic is “Global Capitalism and Local Values”, which is very appropriate and timely. I was invited to moderate one of the work sessions and was delighted to do so, as I heard many good things about last year’s Symposium from Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa who attended the Symposium last year.
   From 8:00 a.m. in the morning, we had several keynote sessions, each followed by a Question and Answer period. The topics ranged from the current financial turmoil to politics, the role of business communities and the environment. 
   My role was to moderate one of twelve work sessions (held in parallel) with some 35 participants who registered for my work session. The topic I chose after some discussion with the organizing committee was “Knowledge for Innovation – Key to Link Global to Local?”  I handled the session very interactively, asking questions to the participants and encouraging dialogue and debate among them.  It was a lot of fun and I felt I learned a lot from the experience. 
  The best part of the Symposium is that the whole thing is planned, organized and operated by the students at the
University of St. Gallen. It is so inspiring to see so many students in their early 20s working in such a dedicated way to make the Symposium a success.  

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