Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Economist’s Open Future Youth Essay Competition 2019


THE ECONOMIST’s Open Future initiative was begun last year to make the case for political, economic and social freedoms at a time when these values are under assault. They want this exploration of ideas to involve their critics as well as their supporters. As part of the initiative they are holding an essay contest.

The essay question is:

What fundamental economic and political change, if any, is needed for an effective response to climate change?
For decades the world has been aware that human activity is heating up the planet to dangerous levels, with potentially calamitous consequences. Despite efforts by government, business and individuals to curtail the trend, carbon emissions are still rising. Perhaps new thinking is needed, since previous attempts to deal with the problem have failed. So what might be done?

Prizes The prize for the winner will be an invitation to one of The Economist’s Open Future events to be held on October 5, 2019 and at venues in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago. This will include an economy-class flight for the winner, if required to get to the relevant event, and hotel accommodation for at least two nights. The Economist will determine in its sole discretion which Open Future event location to award to the winner.


  • Open to persons between the ages of 16 and 25 inclusive, except for employees of The Economist or its affiliated companies and professional advisors, their immediate families, and anyone professionally connected with the Competition;
  • If you are under the age of 18 or are classed as a minor wherever you reside, you must obtain written parental or guardian consent to enter and to claim your prize. The Economist may ask the winner to provide proof of age and/or parental consent;
  • In entering the Competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Economist may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition;
  • Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries via third parties and automated entries are not permitted;
  • No purchase is necessary;
  • Entries not submitted in accordance with these terms and all other rules and directions given by The Economist, or entries that are incomplete or illegible (as determined in our sole discretion) will not be eligible.
  • Essays should be no longer than 1,000 words.

How to Apply:

Entries must be submitted as plaintext in the body of an email addressed to, with the subject line: “Open Future essay competition”. Note: File attachments are not allowed and will not be opened.

31 July 2019