From the organizer:
For more than a decade, the Young Bled Strategic Forum (Young BSF) has been bringing together young leaders aged between 18 and 35 years from all over the world to engage in lively discussions and develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing global issues. It has become a unique meeting place for a diverse array of young leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, thinkers and social activists, offering them a platform to share their visions, exchange ideas and connect. The Young BSF is organized back to back with the activities of the Bled Strategic Forum - BSF (a forum organized on a yearly basis connecting decision makers, members of academia, think tank representatives, members of civil society, private sector representatives and other stakeholders). Although the Young BSF conference has addressed different topics of discussion throughout the years, the leading vision of the Young BSF remains the same: to connect eager, motivated young individuals and active
citizens coming from different fields of expertise and offer them a cooperative, creative, and motivated environment for discussions and networking.
What is Young BSF?
• Forum organized on a yearly basis (that connects young individuals and their ideas)
• Platform (that engages young participants, before and after the Young BSF in the form of thematic
discussions, activities, round table discussions)
• Inseparable and interwoven part of the Bled Strategic Forum (giving young participants the
opportunity to network, discuss their ideas with decision-makers, representatives of international
organizations, media, representatives of Accademia, members of the private sector and other
• Driver of change
• Crossroad (opportunity where new ideas may be formed)
• Unique format (that recognises the talents and potential of youth and gives them a chance to make
their voices heard)
• Bridge between civil society and decision-makers (connected in partnership)
How does Young BSF bring its vision to life?
• Cross border cooperation (through the engagement of an international network of individuals)
• Cross-sectoral cooperation (through the involvement of individuals of different background,
education and fields of work/study)
• Mutual learning and networking
• Sharing of experience, ideas and knowledge
• Search for innovative ideas as an answer to global challenges (in the scope of active and engaging
• Inclusion of youth as equal partners in the discussion
• Youth empowerment
How are the Bled Strategic Forum and Young Bled Strategic Forum connected?
The Bled Strategic Forum represents an innovative format of international conferences, that has in its tradition of sixteen years become one of the most important international forums in central and south-east Europe. The Bled Strategic Forum represents a bridge of cross-border and cross-sector cooperation, enabled through the participation of decision-makers, representatives of the academic sphere, representatives of the private sector, youth organizations and young leaders, representatives of civil society, international organizations and other organizations, who participate in discussions, round tables and networking opportunities organized at Bled, Slovenia. The Young Bled Strategic Forum represents an integral part of the conference and BSF platform, which focuses on the empowerment of youth, their representation and partnership with decision-makers, enables opportunities for education and vocational training. Young BSF is organized parallel with the Bled Strategic Forum, with interwoven program activities. The Young BSF participants are actively involved in both events, initially as participants in the Young BSF and afterwards as active participants and guest speakers within the BSF.
Young Bled Strategic Forum 2023
Young BSF will continue to implement activities and events, that enable cross-border, cross-sector cooperation of young leaders and will enable an open space for the exchange of best practices without discrimination (based on gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality...). Young leaders will cooperate within a three-day event of panel
discussions, interactive opportunities for cooperation, exchange of best practices (with peers, decision-makers, private sector representatives, members of academia, entrepreneurs, international organizations and non-governmental organizations) in order to jointly develop solutions for some of the most pressing challenges for their generation and our societies. The program of the event will be prepared in cooperation with professional organizations, experts, institutional partners and sponsors.
Open call for the Young BSF
Age: Accepting applicants aged 18 to 35 years.
Field of the profession: Accepting all students and young Accademia representatives, young employed professionals, NGO representatives and civil society members (active citizens on the local, national and international level), young members of public administration and governmental institutions, members of international organizations, social entrepreneurs, representatives of the private sector and commerce and all other inspiring young future leaders.
Geographical scope: The region, EU and globally (with accommodation and sustenance during the Young BSF and BSF for all selected participants, and travel grants discussed on each participant separately to allow equal opportunities for participation depending on available resources).
Inclusivity: Young BSF supports diversity and condemns discrimination on the basis of any feature, striving towards inclusivity and equal opportunities, regardless of gender, nationality, ethnicity or other backgrounds.
Bled, Slovenia, 25-28 August 2023
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Centre for European Perspective