1. Entrepreneurship in an Unequal World
||The world is changing faster than ever, and over the past decade an unprecedented growth in entrepreneurship has developed globally. Entrepreneurship, defined as the creation of new and valuable products and companies without regard to resources, has led to the creation of notable companies such as Alibaba, TOMS Shoes, and many others. As these companies attempt to strike a balance between gaining profits and providing social good, a new, crucial question arises: To what degree do companies that strive to be both socially good and profitable fail in accomplishing one or the other. This committee will analyze what it takes to build a socially aware company in a world of increasing inequality.
||2. The Refugee Crisis
||According to the United Nations, there are an estimated 65 million refugees currently displaced around the world. There are more refugees in 2017 than after World War 2 or at any point in record history. Our committee will look at the economic implications of conflict, forced migration, and specifically, the market impact of refugee integration on the host country labor market. Students will engage in simulations that take into account perspectives from all sides of this issue, including domestic workers, political leaders, international NGOs, and the refugees themselves. Our committee will teach delegates an exciting mix of economics, international human rights law, and history.
|3. Health Equity: Right, Privilege, or Obligation?
||The focus of this Committee is health care insecurity. We will begin by analyzing the insurance and healthcare systems in China and the US. We will examine how different systems contribute to or attenuate economic imbalances, health outcomes, and levels of violence, education, and happiness. We will also brainstorm ideas and actions that might alleviate the adverse consequences faced by those of lower socioeconomic status, specifically by investigating why specific parts of the world have especially good or poor health outcomes. Lastly, we will explore the manners in which residents attempt to escape their health care or insurance systems.
||4. Journalism and the Media
||The world of journalism has changed drastically within the last several decades. With the advent of television, the Internet, and social media, the lens through which all of us view the world has become increasingly reliant upon modern tools and ideas. Journalism has been forced to keep up, but for an art so rooted in tradition, the transition has been riddled with challenges. During the conference, we will seek answers to the pressing questions that face the world of journalism today. In a world of free information, how does journalism stand its ground as a source of truth? How can journalism filter cultural and societal biases in order to facilitate a more cohesive global community? We will take a hands-on approach to uncovering answers to these questions and simultaneously provide real-time coverage of the conference itself. All this and much more will be explored in this committee Journalism and the Media.
|5. Global Food Scarcity
||As the world’s population rapidly expands, this growth exerts new and unparalleled demands on global food supplies. Food scarcity provides the potential for malnutrition, starvation, and conflicts over limited resources. In this committee, delegates face the complex challenge of combatting hunger and ensuring food security while promoting environmental sustainability, health, and economic development. Committee members will engage with real-world examples facing policymakers, and must contend with the various interests at hand as they seek innovative and effective approaches to achieving food security.
||6. Automation and Artificial Intelligence
||Human workers are feeling the pinch as machines learn new tricks. In a 2016 report, the White House predicted that automation and artificial intelligence technology will lead to millions of lost jobs. At the same time, this technology promises productivity increases that will fuel economic growth. Technology breakthroughs have also historically created jobs, sometimes by launching entire new industries.
But is this time different? Are machines getting so intelligent and powerful that only a shrinking number of workers will remain relevant? Join us as we discuss the changes that we are about to see and the policies that are called for in the age of automation.
|7. The Global Population
||From 1940 to 2010, the median age worldwide skyrocketed from 28 to 40 years old. By 2050, this figure is expected to be 44 years old. The social, political and economic implications this trend has for nations worldwide, especially those with generous social welfare programs, is of deep concern. Many nations, especially several in Europe (i.e. Denmark) and eastern Asia (i.e. Japan) are already seeing problems arise due to their ever increasingly aging populations. This committee will examine several case studies to analyze some of the ways the issue is being redressed in order to develop a better understanding of what possible tools are available for countries who may not already be facing this issue now, but who soon enough, may find themselves with this problem.
||8. Economic Development vs. Environmental Protection
||Does economic development always come at the cost of environmental degradation? Economic theory argues that as nations transform from agrarian to industrial, growth is typically accompanied by rising environmental concerns. Indonesia provides but one case study of this tradeoff. In Indonesia, palm oil is king. Found in nearly 50% of all household products, palm oil is demanded worldwide, and palm oil plantations bring employment and development to rural communities. However, creating such plantations requires massive deforestation. How can developing nations like Indonesia, balance economic gain and environmental protection?
|9. International Relations
||International Relations and Economics have long been closely interconnected in the globalized economic environment. Simply, the international arena does not allow countries to ignore their geopolitical interests when they make economic decisions and vice versa.
This committee will provide delegates with theoretical frameworks as a lens to fuel their arguments. By examining several case studies, we will analyze the importance of economics as an instrument in international relations as well as how international relations influence the economic decision-making. Subsequently, we will apply this acquired knowledge through simulations, where country-teams will practice the formulation and implementation of strategy by navigating political, economic, and diplomatic challenges. Simulations will focus on the interactions between countries (for example, interactions between the United States, China, and Russia over the coming decade).
|10. The Tech Industry
||Facebook’s, and in truth all of Silicon Valley’s unofficial motto is “move fast and break things”. The tech industry has done both in spades. In less than 20 years, technology companies driven by an unprecedented influx of venture capital have upended the global economy. Tech companies now make up four of the top five largest public companies. Silicon Valley has changed the language of investment, from words like fundamentals and revenue to ideas like unicorns and hockey-stick growth. This committee will look at what the role of the tech industry will be in the next 20 years. Can it continue its seemingly-limitless growth, or will venture capital and technology come crashing back to earth? How will former lean and scrappy startups adapt to their new role as corporate behemoths, just like those they claimed to disrupt? What will happen to all those whose way of life has been disrupted, never to return?
|11. Mock Trial Court: Insurance disputes
||The Chinese Mock Court of this year would focus on a lawsuit brought on an insurance contract. Nowadays, insurance plays an indispensable role in everyone’s life, which enables people to spread risks. Given insurance contracts’ specificity comparing with other kind of civil contracts, special attention should be paid to insurance. Regards to the practical aspect, the Mock Court would be a proper way to introduce the trial modes in the United States and China. Base on their standpoints, each delegate starts a debate according to the court’s rules, at the same time digging the dispute focus thoroughly, sensing the charm of Mock Court.
||12. ASDAN Business Simulation（National Annual Finals）
||Under the simulated business environment, companies are given different challenges to solve. Top 3 teams from different region simulations come together striving for the best performing company. The one who earns the most eventually is the winner team over the year!
|13. ASDAN Business Simulation （Global Tournament）
||This Business Simulation is tailored to the students who want to gain the basic understandings of business and trade. Compared to the senior version, our elementary business simulation aims to help the aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow grasp a better logistical and strategic understanding of how to run a business instead of the detailed tactics of business competition. Our future business leaders would create and make decisions on every aspect of their business from their company culture to their production needs. ASDAN always believes that “how” we learn is as important as “what” we learn and having fun is as important as learning. Without much training, this business simulation encourages you to proactively get involved in running the business and enjoy the pleasure during the learning process.