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 It is again the time for essay competition for St. Gallen Wings of Excellence Award. This is such an excellent opportunity for people who are now enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate program (master level or higher) in any field of study at a regular university anywhere in the world.  You also need to be born in 1989 or later, i.e.younger than 30 years of age. This year’s essay question is:

“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? Develop projects or actions you would trust in to bring new and expanded purposes to capital and aim for a long-term positive impact. In your essay you should consider how the use of capital (financial, human, social,…) can solve complex challenges and address substantial changes, be it by individuals, civil society, businesses or governments. Your idea must inspire leaders worldwide to take on responsibility and put it into practice. Be bold and develop a truly impactful concept to win our prestigious award.”

 Criteria include:

  • Form: Essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. bibliography & footnotes)
  • Language: English
  • Anonymity: Your name must not be mentioned anywhere in the contribution file
  • Individuality: Individual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author’s own.
  • Citation: All sources must be cited and referred to the respective part in the essay. All contributions will be tested for plagiarism.
  • Deadline: 1 February 2019, 11:59 p.m. last time zone (UTC-12)

If you are selected as top 100, you will have an opportunity to participate in St. Gallen Symposium scheduled for May, 2019 as Leaders of Tomorrow. St. Gallen Symposium is such an excellent opportunity for leaders of tomorrow to participate in debate and other discussions with leaders of today.  It is one of my most favorite symposiums, as it is planned, organized and operated by students.   I served as a member of the final jury of this competition for few years before.  Before then, I participated in the Symposium several times as topic leader.  For more information, go to this site.  For the general information about the Symposium, check this site.

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