Some preparatory information


Hello everyone

We are all getting more and more excited to welcoming you to the Swiss Talent Forum next week.

The Coach Team has met last Sunday on site to prepare a very exciting and challenging program for you. Have a look at the view we had! (Picture by our coach Tania Menzi, thank you so much).

Here are a few things that we have been asked by participants by mail, and we are happy to answer them here for everyone:

1 – how do I prepare?

We do not want you to prepare. An innovation and thinking process like the one we have prepared for you requires that you come as openminded as possible. Do not feel obliged to prepare specially.

2 – dress code?

There is no official dress code. Come as you always dress. If that’s super casual, then that is you, if you like to dress up for any occasion, that’s fine, too! The most important thing for us is that you feel at ease and comfortable and that you can work without impediments.

3 – what do I need to bring?

In principle everything is here for you, you just need your personal items. If you want to bring your own laptop that’s maybe a good idea, but each work group also has their own mac in the group, so it’s not absolutely necessary. There is wifi on site of course.

On the last evening (Sunday) you will work and dine at the hotel in a casual atmosphere. We thought that it might be fun if participants who have a special talent (music, acting, slam poetry, you name it) can share this talent with the other participants over the evening. So if you want to do a little show and need your Ukulele, by all means bring it along!

See you next week!

Nadja (Head Coach)





The project briefing

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During the Forum, you will be developing ideas around the topic of «Smart Growth and Consumption». This briefing gives you the context of the main topic, the reason we are dealing with it and the goals of the forum. The briefing will be your guide, your reference for the whole process.

1. The Background
The STF is a politically independent think-tank for young adults who are committed to the global and long-term challenges of our time.

At the Swiss Talent Forum, young people get together with experts and high-profile personalities from business, science, society and politics to discuss potential solutions to the issues tabled for discussion. Speeches from personalities such as for example Kofi Annan, Dr. Bertrand Piccard, Philipp M. Hildebrandt will raise major thought-provoking issues to initiate discussions.

The overall topic of the first STF, which was held in January 2009, was “The Energy Challenge”. The theme selected for the second Swiss Talent Forum in September 2011, was “The Future of Health”. In 2014, we discussed the topic “BRAVE NEW WORK – THE FUTURE OF WORK”.

IN 2015, we will tackle the topic «Smart Growth & Consumption»

2. The General Objective
The Swiss Talent Forum brings together talented and motivated young people from all of Europe. The goal of the conference is for you to generate novel and thought provoking ideas around the topic «Smart Growth and Consumption».

All initiatives that will be presented at the end of the forum should have the potential to redefine the realm of «Growth and Consumption» as future participants in this realm.

Apart from understanding and redefining how growth and consumption will look like in the future for yourselves, it is also a goal to create thought provoking suggestions, ideas or scenarios for the key players in the world of economy, science, politics and society at large.

3. The Objective of the Forum
You will, in groups of six to eight participants, work on a topic based on an aspect of «Growth and Consumption». With the support of a personal coach you will create one idea that will be presented in a 15 minute presentation on the last day of the forum. The objective of this idea is to redefine the future of growth and consumption for you, your fellow participants and society at large.

You will go through a structured yet also open process, using a proven innovation process called “the idea machine”.

The stages of the process will be

  • Dream & Discover
  • Define
  • Design & Do
  • Develop
  • Deliver

In addition, you will summarise your activities throughout the journey in order to share it with the other groups.

4. The Topics
There are ten topics available for your selection. Each topic will be tackled by one group, with shared moments between groups.

Each group will work on one main topic and create at least one final idea (it’s possible to present more than one solution) on the last day of the Forum.

Each group will get inspirations for their topic through Keynote speeches, short speeches, informal and formal exchanges with other groups and by following the structured innovation process.

You can find the 10 topics in this video. You will be asked in due course to choose your three favorite topics and to let us know which ones they are.

5. The Results and their Criteria

Each group will present one idea on the last day of the Forum.

The format of the final presentation is free. The Coach and Head Coach will be happy share potential presentation ideas, techniques and formats with you.

The time budget is a maximum of 15 minutes.

In addition to the final presentation, each group will create a blogpost after each innovation step in order to share vital information with the other teams.

Your final idea should fit the following criteria:

  • You believe it is relevant
  • You believe it will help shape the way we consume in the future
  • You think it is relevant to society at large
  • You really LIKE the idea