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*The project is partly financed by Triglav Group – a Young BSF Strategic Partner.

Young Bled Strategic Forum (Young BSF)

The Young BSF is a platform for young leaders to exchange ideas on the global challenges and opportunities before us. Every year, Young BSF attracts aspiring young politicians, activists, diplomats and academics from Slovenia and abroad. Engaging in interactive discussions, they develop arguments and ideas through creative approaches that take into account diverse views. This dynamic and creative group of young leaders generates innovative solutions, looks for answers and formulates proposals on how to cope with the challenges that generations and societies alike are facing.


In the past, the Young BSF traditionally held debates, which were upgraded each year, including workshops, business breakfasts and several networking activities.

Nevertheless, we have not changed the two main objectives of Young BSF:

  • Bring the most prominent young leaders from abroad to Slovenia and set up a creative atmosphere for discussion, a place to learn more about innovation, creative scientific achievements and issues in international relations. Young leaders are welcomed to an environment created for networking, building partnerships and exploring new ideas, and presented with new opportunities for cooperation with Slovenia.
  • Broaden the horizons of young Slovenian leaders and help them establish links with potential partners abroad. The events that form part of the Young BSF give young Slovenian entrepreneurs, politicians, creative professionals, and scientists a chance to be heard, establish promising links and discuss important global issues.


Young BSF Case Study Competition

Six teams of young leaders from around the world will take part in a competition to find strategic solutions for a Sustainable Intersection in Ljubljana (ZERO-WASTE shop, café and bed & breakfast). The teams will receive the case on Wednesday, 31 August, via e-mail. They will have until Sunday, 4 September, to examine and analyse the company and produce strategic reports for the management. The challenger round of presentations will be held on Sunday, 4 September. The winning team will receive the main prize, and their solution will be presented to business people, ministers, and other participants on Tuesday, 6 September, at the Business BSF.

Young BSF |2 September – 5 September

The Young BSF starts on Friday, 2 September, and ends on Monday, 5 September. The main topic – Generation of Global Citizens – will provide participants at the Young BSF with considerable flexibility in discussions with guests. The participants will have the opportunity to present their ideas creatively, address different opinions and seek solutions to the problems discussed. And for that reason, the traditional panel format will be avoided. This year, panellists will be invited to motivate debates and challenge the participants’ views and opinions. The debates will be led by moderators and all participants will have an opportunity to present their own views. We will also encourage different field activities and networking opportunities outside the conference halls.

The topics will cover:


Smart cities for global citizens are places where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses. It means smarter urban transport networks, upgraded water supply and waste disposal facilities, etc. It also encompasses a more interactive and responsive city administration, safer public spaces and meeting the needs of an ageing population. The characteristics of smart cities are a smart economy, smart mobility, smart environment, smart people, smart living and smart governance, with which it is possible to assess improvement in cities.


In the current situation, in which the entire region is dealing with a refugee and migrant crisis, we too often forget that migration as such has been a part of daily life for a very long time. People have moved to find better business opportunities, better educational options and for economic and social reasons. Even the brain drain could be positively exploited, but how can governments turn this into a competitive advantage? How can citizens who live abroad be integrated in the home country and help it to develop its competitive advantages? Young, educated and well-informed people are critical observers of political culture in a country, so their opinions are often important indicators of the legitimacy of the political institutions which shape the future in which we will live.


Current demographic trends show that the global population is rapidly ageing, which influences social, economic, cultural and political life. Because of this, the need for intergenerational cooperation is greater than ever. It is important to improve intergenerational solidarity, which can be achieved through the reciprocal exchange of experience between generations, by including the elderly in active socio-economic aspects of life. Intergenerational cooperation is becoming a conscious decision and, in a society that is ageing, also a social necessity. The skills and abilities of the elderly are very important parts of human and social capital. The active use of these capabilities to strengthen the social status of the elderly is important in order to also ease the burden on the younger generation and vice versa.

To download 2016 Young BSF Programme click here.

To download 2016 Young BSF Information Pack click here.

Young BSF Institutional Partners



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