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Global and local has been an important issue for some time. Since I wrote a brief note entitled Act Globally, Think Locally for the Harvard Business Review (selected as one of the 20 breakthrough ideas for 2007) -See article here.2007.2HBRIshikura  Both the concept itself and how to go about realizing both global and local ideas without compromising have been on my mind. I am sure I am not the only person who is fascinated and intrigued by the subject but also quite puzzled with the many far-reaching implications triggered by this dilemma. In fact, this is the theme of the 38th St.Gallen Symposium scheduled for May, 2008. The St. Gallen Symposium is an initiative of the International Students’ Committee (ISC) at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. 
 The Symposium has a history of over 35 years and is sometimes compared to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos held in January. 

The unique feature of the St. Gallen Symposium is that it has been held as a student initiative and as a meeting place for dialogue between the decision-makers of today and tomorrow.

The theme of the upcoming St.Gallen Symposium is Global Capitalism Local Values. If you recall, this is very closely related to the subject of the breakout sessions at the Festival of Thinkers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in October.

I have heard about the St. Gallen Symposium and have found the student initiative aspect of it very exciting. (See my blog as to the involvement of students as staff at different conferences I attended recently, such as the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea and the Festival of Thinkers in United Arab Emirates).  The upcoming Symposium is even more attractive to me, as the theme is at the heart of my recent thinking and research.
As a part of the Symposium, students born in 1978 or later and enrolled at regular universities throughout the world whether undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate  — are offered the unique opportunity to take part in the Symposium in the form of a competition. The authors of the 200 best contributions will be invited to attend the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland and have direct interaction with 600 entrepreneurs, business executives, politicians and scientists from more than 60 countries. I would like to encourage anyone who qualifies to submit their visions and ideas concerning the theme, Global Capitalism – Local Values. Nothing will happen unless you try submitting something. See general information on St. Gallen Symposium and specifics about the competition.

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