2014 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: "Imagining a Better Future"

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July 22, 2014

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its sixth annual International Essay Contest, open to teachers and students anywhere in the world.

As part of Carnegie Council's Ethics for a Connected World project, we are asking thought leaders a series of questions about the greatest ethical challenges facing the planet. One of the questions is: What should happen this century? See some of their answers here

But the project would not be complete without input from students and teachers like you. What do you think?

ESSAY TOPIC: What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place? 


  • Style: Op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers)
  • Length: 1,000 to 1,500 words
  • Format: Word document, or email. English language entries only.
  • Limit: One entry per person.

This competition is open to teachers and students of all nationalities. 

All teachers, at whatever level, are eligible. 

All students, from high school students through graduate students, are eligible. Non-students are automatically disqualified. 

Collaborative essays between students and teachers are welcome.

Previous winners and honorable mentions are not eligible.


1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website: www.globalethicsnetwork.org.

2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #betterfuturecontest.

3. Please include the following:

* Your full name.

* The name of your school.

* Indicate whether you are a teacher or a student, and at what level (high school, undergraduate, postgraduate).



1st prize: $250 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd prize:
 $150 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd prize:
 $75 Amazon Gift Certificate

All winners also receive a copy of Ethics & International Affairs: A Reader.

Any questions? Please contact Jenna Zhang.

For the the winning essays from 2013, click here.

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Comment by Untung Waluyo on May 7, 2015 at 2:11am

Forget the deadline :( Essay

Untung Waluyo

Comment by ANKIT CHAKRABORTY on February 5, 2015 at 2:18pm

I too like others,wondering about the day of the announcements of the Results!

Comment by Ankita on January 10, 2015 at 2:57am

When will the results be posted for better future essay contest??

Comment by Anri Abuladze on January 7, 2015 at 3:44am

When Will the result be shown about ,,Better Future"? 

Comment by ACHIRI ARNOLD NJI on October 29, 2014 at 5:44pm

to change the world doesn't mean to stop wars or to give food to all sub-saharans. anyone can change the world...not being able to help everyone shouldn't be a reason not to help anyone...just anything that can make a person in despair smile is alot...

Comment by Onoriode Blessing on September 5, 2014 at 11:35am

what do you think?

Comment by Onoriode Blessing on September 5, 2014 at 11:34am

'We' can't make the world a better place to live but we can make th...

As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.

Small acts of kindness can go a long way in making the world a better place. Think about a time when someone did something unexpected for you that brightened your day. Weren’t you a nicer person for the rest of the day because of that?

Comment by Onoriode Blessing on September 3, 2014 at 12:19pm


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