There's Still Time to Enter Carnegie Council's International Student/Teacher Essay Contest, "Imagining a Better Future"

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Carnegie Council's international student/teacher essay contest "Imagining a Better Future" is open to teachers at all levels and students high school through graduate levels and the deadline is January 5, 2015.

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

"What would you like to see happen during this century to make the world a better place?" That's the question for Carnegie Council's sixth annual student/teacher essay contest. The sky's the limit! Deadline: January 5, 2015.

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 the Council's Ethics for a Connected World project, the Council is 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:

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."

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914 and based in New York City, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world. For more information, go to

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