YES! Process 2015

The YES! – Young Economic Summit step by step: this is how we reach our goals.


Groups, composed of students and teacher(s), that are interested in participating in the YES! – Young Economic Summit may apply either as an active school or as an observer school. The applicants will be picked according to the motivation of the group, the school’s profile and its location. After screening the applications we get in touch with each interested school. This year, there are 15 spots for active schools available plus additional spots for observer schools.

Find out more about the active schools and the topics of the YES!.


The kick-off is the first official get together with all active schools. It provides guidance and more insight into the project and its objectives. The active schools meet the YES!-Team and partners, as well as the other participating students. Highlight of the kick-off is the presentation of the available topics to choose from. After the kick-off meeting, the selection period begins and the active schools can choose their favorite topic to work on.

This year’s kick-off took place on April 21, 2015 in Kiel, Germany.

Get impressions of this year’s kick-off at our Flickr photo stream.

Choice of Topics

After the kick-off, the active schools decide on which topic they want to work. Each school can work on one topic, and each topic can only be selected twice. The assignment of topics follws the “first-come-first-served” principle.

Find out more about the available topics of the Global Economic Symposium the participating schools can choose from. The choice of topics of the active schools can be found here.

Project Work

After each active school decided on a topic, the working period begins. The students and teachers get support from the YES!-Team in various fields. The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics teaches information literacy and methods of Science 2.0. It supports the students by getting the latest and most relevant literature in the according fields.Researchers from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, organizer of the Global Economic Symposium, provide insights into the topics and discuss the current state of research with the students. They help and support the students to develop new and creative solutions for economical, ecological, and societal challenges.


Part of the YES! is telling others about the project and the group’s efforts. Since the best idea is worthless if the word is not spread. Each active school is supposed to name at least two bloggers that are responsible for introducing the group members, talking about their motivation to participate and their reasons to work on this specific topic. They also report about the group’s activities throughout the whole project period. The bloggers learn how to successfully use social media and thereby generating an audience to get their well-deserved attention. The YES!-Team supports them and provides a platform for their activities.

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A very important cornerstone on the way to the YES! 2015 is the rehearsal in September. All participants come together to present their solution proposals in English for the first time and practice for the big event. The students will get feedback and input from the YES!-Team and the researchers from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, regarding their presentation skills and the content of the presentation. This ensures an optimal preparation for the YES! 2015.

Final Preparations

The last weeks before the conference shall be used to incorporate final changes and bring the presentation to perfection. The students can prepare for the panel discussion with leading decision-makers from business, academia, politics, and civil society. Here again, the YES!-Team is always available and supports the active schools where help is needed.

YES! 2015

At a two-day conference on October 12 and 13, 2015 in Kiel, Germany, the active schools present their solution proposals in English. All participants of the YES! 2015 discuss current economical, ecological, and societal issues on equal footing in order to find new, creative, and implementable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges to create a world the youth of today wants to live in tomorrow.

Global Economic Symposium 2015

On October 12 to 14, 2015 the Global Economic Symposium (GES), which is organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in collaboration with the ZBW, will take place in Kiel, Germany. Participants of the YES! will get the chance to listen to solution proposals of leading decision-makers of today and to discuss solutions for challenges the world faces today and tomorrow. The YES!-Ambassadors are the voice of the next gerneration at the GES.

Best Solutions

After the YES! 2015 and the GES, it is time to vote for the best solutions. Each participant, either from an active school or an observer school, of the YES! 2015 is invited to choose his or her most favoured solution. The solutions with the highest number of votes will be summarized in the YES!-Petition.


The YES!-Petition contains the most favoured solutions of the YES! 2015. Each participant and friend of the YES! is asked to sign the petition to give it more weight and to help bring the new and creative ideas of the next generation on their way.


Each school, teacher, student , and volunteer being part of the YES! 2015 will get a certificate for participating. Furthermore, the best solutions and the best work on media relation will be pointed out and additionally awarded.

Handing over the YES! Petition

After signing the YES!-Petition it will be handed over by representatives of the YES! 2015 to organisations and institutions with the power to initiate the change the YES!-Community wishes to see in the world.