The Economist has launched the Open Future initiative to restate the case for the values of classical liberalism—that is, political, economic, and social freedom—to address the challenges of the 21st century. This exploration of ideas may involve critics as well as supporters and should engage a young audience in particular. As part of the initiative The Economist is holding fiveessay contests based on the five Open Future themes (Borders, Ideas, Markets, Society, and Progress). Each contest is open to people between the ages of 16 and 25. Only one submission is allowed per theme (although entrants may submit essays on more than one theme). The essays should answer the theme-related question by taking a stance and making a case based on argument and facts. The best essays will be selected based on the quality of their arguments, not the extent to which they align with the views of The Economist. Although the essays should reflect the qualities of good writing, the judges will make allowances for those for whom English is not their native language. The best essay in each category will be published on The Economist’s Open Future website, and the winners will be invited to attend one of the three Open Future Festival events to be held simultaneously in Hong Kong, London, and New York on September 15, 2018. The Economist will pay for airfare and accommodation; if the winner is under 18, The Economist will also pay for a guardian to accompany the winner.
The Open Meadows Foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 for projects that promote gender, racial, and economic justice, and are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. The projects should reflect the diversity of the community in both its leadership and its organization, and promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
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