40th St. Gallen Symposium

I have been selected to be one of the speakers for the 40th St. Gallen Symposium in Swizerland from May 6-7, 2010.  The best way I have come to describe the event is that it’s the “Davos for Entrepreneurs”.  From Japan, other (confirmed) participants include Dr. Yoko Ishikura and Hiroshi Mikitani.  I’m excited since the event will bring several hundred entrepreneurs, leaders, top managers, politicians, academics and decision-makers together from around the world to “stimulate thought and action for the sustained success of companies and societies in a globalised world.”

Anyway, the overall symposium theme is “Entrepreneurs – Agents of Change” and I will be speaking on the topic of “Entrepreneurial enviornment” and more specifically, how the world of politics and entrepreneurism intersect. 

“Each entrepreneurial activity takes place under conditions set by society and the political system. The world of politics and the world of the entrepreneur are not separate entities; depending on the prevailing economic and political circumstances, to a greater or lesser degree they merge. The political reactions to the economic crisis show how precarious this relationship can be. That being said, entrepreneurs must always be critical about the desire of politics for authoritative controls. This session will thus take a critical look at the economic and sociopolitical impact of political concepts designed to handle crises.”

In my last attempt at crowdsourcing comments from my social network, I received over 130 comments, advice and ideas.  I would like to take this opportunity again and solicit input from both my SNS and blog network.  I look forward to your feedback.

Posted by whsaito

  1. Sylvia Nedeltchev March 25th, 2010 at 05:09 PM

    I am a student attending the Symposium. I am interested in hearing what speakers have to say about online vs offline entrepreneurial environments. I am also interested to hear more about the ease, or lack thereof, for cross-functional vs uni-functional entrepreneurial partnerships.

    Especially how academic systems and capital markets have an effect on both the above topics.


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