44th St. Gallen Symposium The 44th St. Gallen Symposium will take place on the campus of the University of St.Gallen on May 8th and 9th, 2014. This year’s topic is “The Clash of Generations”. In this special reports, videos and texts from this year’s Symposium can be found. "Goodbye privacy, hello real freedom" (16 May 2014) Writer Robert J. Sawyer on data collection and privacy in the digital age, Edward Snowden's science fiction ancestor and the role of the author in the 21st century. Interview with Robert J. Sawyer (14 May 2014) Science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer on "The Clash of Generations". A video interview on the occasion of the 44th St. Gallen Symposium. Demise of the Social Contract (9 May 2014) Falling within the theme of “Clash of Generations”, a range of panellists discuss the deterioration of the pension system and the failure of the social contract when it comes to youth unemployment. Sole Rebel: Entrepreneur Bethlehem Alemu (9 May 2014) Bethlehem Alemu, founder and Managing Director of soleRebels, about fair trade footwear and being an entrepreneur in Ethiopia. A video interview on the occasion of the 44th St. Gallen Symposium. Millennials call for courage (9 May 2014) Young talents regard decision-makers as too obsessed with status. This was revealed by the Global Perspectives Barometer 2014. The winners of the Wings of Excellence essay competition discussed the results on the occasion of the 44th St. Gallen Symposium. Immortality comes to Symposium (9 May 2014) Challenging the pre-conceived notions that we have towards disease, lifespan and human life as we know it, the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Research Foundation brings his view of human expectation to the St. Gallen Symposium. “At war against our children” (8 May 2014) US economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff was one of the first speakers at this year’s Symposium. For him, the intergenerational conflict is not only a clash but an actual war. Conflicts in family businesses (7 May 2014) When the next generation takes over a family business, conflicts are very much on the cards. Parents focus on their accomplishments and past successes, children on their future opportunities. Thomas Zellweger on the productive clash of generations. Generation Y’s ideas (2 May 2014) On 8 May 2014, the 44th St. Gallen Symposium will confer the Wings of Excellence Award. The three winners will discuss youth unemployment, the intergenerational contract and decision-makers’ responsibilities with Al Jazeera presenter Riz Khan. St. Gallen Symposium for everyone (28 April 2014) The 44th St. Gallen Symposium invites the general public to attend discussions in the HSG Library on 8 and 9 May 2014. Speakers will be looking into the intergenerational conflict in East Africa and Europe. Selected discussions and lectures will be broadcast online. Fairness between young and old (25 April 2014) Solidarity between the generations fluctuates like the economic cycle. Today’s young people inherit money and crises. Fairness between the generations is in demand more than ever before, writes HSG sociologist Franz Schultheis. The clash of generations (17 April 2014) On Thursday, 8 May 2014, the 44th St. Gallen Symposium on the topic of “The Clash of Generations” will be opened on the HSG campus by Federal President Didier Burkhalter. Speakers will include Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of the Republic of Singapore.