Vision 2050 – BRICS People 2050 – How BRICS Would Change the World by 2050
Essay Contest


  • Offer a new agenda of a just and equal global development by 2050 reflecting the vision of the world majority.


  • 1. Present a vision of the future which would be better than the present for the whole of humanity
  • 2. Set milestones which would show that this future is achieved
  • 3. Offer long-term measures to achieve this future
Philosophical essay, 1800-2000 words
BRICS national citizens aged from 18 to 45
Competition Jury
Representatives of the BRICS national universities, with an academic degree, representatives of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
Selection Criteria
  • Fresh ideas, which go beyond existing banalities and simplistic generalizations
  • Clear argument and reasoning
  • Logical consistency
  • Awareness of existing philosophical and social debate


(the contest is held in two rounds)

Round 1

April 2 – contest launch

May 1 – essay submission deadline

May 22 – qualifying round results announced

The qualifying stage results in selecting 10 best essays for the Round 2

Round 2


May 31 – winners announced

The contest winners receive a certificate and an invitation to the BRICS Civil Forum:

1st place – participation in the BRICS Civil Forum (air transfer and accommodation is provided)

2nd place – participation in the BRICS Civil Forum (accommodation is provided)

3rd place – participation in the BRICS Civil Forum (accommodation is provided)

Contest Jury


  • Felix Azhimov, Professor, Doctor of Philosophy, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, HSE University

Jury Members

    • Nikita Anisimov, columnist of the special projects department, Izvestia Multimedia Information Center LLC
    • Elena Topolieva-Soldunova, Director of the ANO Social Information Agency, Chairman of the Commission for the Development of the Non-Profit Sector and Support of Socially Oriented NPOs at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, laureate of the Russian Federation State Prize for outstanding achievements in human rights activities, co-chair of the Russian NGO Group on BRICS and G20, co-chair of the BRICS Civil Forum
    • Olga Golyshenkova, President of the Association of Citizens and Organizations for the Promotion of Corporate Education Development
    • Alexander Pastukhov, General Director of JSC Russian Technical Society
    • Irina Kostetskaya, Head of the Secretariat of the BRICS Civil Forum
    • Pavlov Alexander, Doctor of Philosophy, Head of the School of Philosophy and Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the Higher School of Economics
    • Andrey Iserov, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor of the School of Historical Sciences, Faculty of Humanities