Festival aim, audience and timing

1. What’s the purpose?

Our aim is to give young people a bigger voice in shaping new economic thinking - and help them with future work prospects. Covid-19 has revealed major flaws in our current models also made it tougher for young peope to explore purposeful career options.With opportunities to meet prospective employers and  a competition to drive diversity our festival  responds to both issues.   

2. Who is it for?

If you are 25 years old or younger, enjoy meeting new people, discussing new ideas and want to find a purposeful career in these changing times – this competition is for you. Register now.  If you’re over 25, enjoy using your expertise to help develop new ideas, expand leadership, communication skills and energise your own thinking with fresh views, you could join as a mentor. Have a look what the role involvesYou can also be involved as Sponsor or Partner – to introduce you to talented, creative young people and build wider relationships. If you are, please contact us. 

3. When is it happening?

It will launch on 27 July and run through August into October. Most of the events will be in August and early September with the final presentation of proposals at the beginning of October.

4. Will all timezones be covered?

Yes, we have sessions in the morning BST which cover the evening as far as ahead as New Zealand and sessions in the afternoon BST when it is morning in California.

Why should I devote my precious time to this festival?

5. How will I benefit as a young participant?

Taking part in our festival can bring participants huge benefits:

  • Improve your ability to change the system and create a better future
  • Demonstrate your talents to future potential employers
  • Connect and collaborate with other interesting and active young people from around the world
  • Be heard by world-renowned experts interested to hear your views and ideas
  • ... and highly influential if you develop the most outstanding proposal as you will get expert support to turn your proposal into a widely promoted article and public report.


6. How much will it cost me?

It is totally free.

7. Are there any age limits for entrants?

Anyone can participate who is 25 or under if you feel up to it. There are no limits as to how young you can be. (All ages are welcome to join the speaker events.)

8. How do I register to be a participant?

Go to the registration page for further information and immediately be able to:  

  • Join a private LinkedIn group to communicate and network with other participants.
  • Get a FREE quarterly subscription to The Mint, packed with material to inspire you.
9. Are there any qualifications needed to enter a proposal?

You do not need any qualifications.

10. What do mentors get from the experience?

Reward from helping young people - who are facing particular issues with limited work opportunites and will really appreciate your assistance.

Passing on your expertise to young people - have the satisfaction of young people learn from the expertise you have gained in your career.

Building relationships - build relationships with a diverse mix of partners, sponsors and experts who share your desire to build back better.

11. How do partners and sponsors benefit from being involved?

Meet talented young people and raise awareness - without face to face channels in place, our festival is an excellent way for you to connect with the next generation of leaders and thinkers. You can give presentations to share understanding about your organisation. You can also have multiple conversations on a virtual exhibition ‘table’ badged with your logo, and use a ‘whiteboard’ to share videos, images, text or links.

Build your own expertise and create wider relationships - you’ll have the chance to learn as well create relationships with a diverse mix of partners and experts who are leading thinkers about how to build back better.

Connect your identity with a positive future - your involvement will make a lasting difference supporting young people seeking to create careers with purpose in these very challenging times.

How will the festival work?

12. What is the overall approach?

Participants can enjoy a unique virtual experience with an amazing digital platform we’re using (called Remo). We will provide briefings, facilitated discussions and speakers to provoke and inspire proposal development. An added bonus is you can nominate a speaker, and if your choice is selected  you get to ask the first question on the ‘stage’ with them. You can also discuss and test your ideas with our expert mentors. The overall timelimes are: 

  • Launch on 27 July
  • Initial ideas can be honed and developed until the entries closing date of 31 August
  • Standout ideas will be selected in two sifts - with initial presentations on 17 September
  • Following further development in September, finalist presentations and a public vote will take place in October
13. What is Remo?

Remo is the interactive events platform we are using. Our festival is unique, however, with a bespoke design by a young award winning architectural graduate. The platform give you complete flexibility to join in discussions, meet business leaders and experts you want to connect with, moving from one group to another – just like a real festival!

14. What are the main technical requirements?

You can use a laptop, desktop or iphone to join, but not a tablet.  A laptop or browser will probaly work best for you. You can use any internet browser except linux which is not supported. See this Remo Guide for Attendees_26.06.20 for getting the most out of the experience.

15. What does the programme of events include?

We have a range of different sessions:

  • Challenge Briefings to give you the tools and techniques to help you develop proposals for the competition
  • Explore workshops to co-create and refine proposals
  • Provocations by invited speakers to challenge your thinking and open your mind to new ideas
  • Career briefings and discussions to support you develop purposeful careers
  • Presentations for selected participants to present their proposals
  • Speakers chosen by participants giving talks
  • Connect sessions with partners and others
16. What do the different sessions involve?

Sessions can either be: 

  • Presentations in a webinar format followed by Q&As, where you can ask questions and vote on which questions are most important; or
  • Workshops where you can discuss issues on your virtual 'table' in structured sesssions.
17. Who are the speakers?

We have invited a number of speakers to give provocations. We are also inviting you to help choose speakers for later in the festival.

18. How long is each session?

Each session is about 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute break before the next session. There are generally three such sessions in two blocks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first block is aimed at the Eastern Hemisphere time zones and the 2nd at Western Hemisphere time zones.

19. What happens if I am late for a session?

You can join sessions any time you like. We will also make recordings available of all presentations.

20. Can I join the festival after it has started?

Yes, you can join it anytime you like. We will provide welcome sessions at the start of every week for those who registered in the previous week.

Competition entries and assessment

21. What are you looking for in entries?

We are looking for proposals which:

  • Demonstrate original practical thinking about the economy drawing on diverse perspectives from academia and experience – we all live in economies after all…
  • Respond to changes in the socio, political and economic context post pandemic…
  • Address issues - ecological crisis, social fragmentation and/or economic dysfunction….
  • Are communicated well - in an engaging and creative way.

For example, you need to go beyond proposing a ‘Green New Deal’ and be more specific, focusing on more particular issues or sectors. Better proposals would be expected to draw from a range of different views to create new compelling and practical propositions.

22. How can entries be presented?

Proposals need to be entered by individuals or teams on our proposal submission page – these then will be assessed by mentors and partners.

This page allows you to include:

  • A short summary (240 characters)
  • A description (3,000 characters max.)
  • An image
  • A video (no longer than 150 seconds)

Your challenge is to use this format to convey your ideas in a compelling manner. These proposals will be on a public platform so you can get feedback from around the world.

23. How will entries be judged?

All entries will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate original practical thinking about the economy drawing on diverse perspectives from academia and experience – we all live in economies after all…
  • Respond to changes in the socio, political and economic context post pandemic…
  • Address issues - ecological crisis, social fragmentation and/or economic dysfunction….
  • Are communicated well - in an engaging and creative way.


24. What is the selection process?
  • Mentors and partners will initially assess entries and select the better ones to be presented on the 17th September. 
  • Following these presentations, a selection of these proposals will be put through to the final round.
  • At this point, participants will then have an opportunity to refine their proposals based on the feedback they have received before submitting them to the final panel involving high profile policy experts.
  • The final panel will select the finalists to make presentations to the panel and following that a public vote will decide the best proposal.

Updates, follow-up and feedback

25. How will I know what's going on?

We willl be communicating regular updates across all key social media channels, email and online newsletters. 

26. Will content be available after the festival is over?

We are finalising how recordings of events may be shared after the festival. 

27. Will there be a festival next year?

We'd love to believe this could become an ongoing  annual event, and will decided once we have assessed this first one. 

28. How can I give feedback?

You can use this form to make comments or ask any questions. In addition, there will be survey at the end of the events. We may also ,  ask you to share your views for brief video clips to use in our updates as we go through the festival.