—The AIG Legatum Prize, which challenges the world’s brightest young minds to generate new ideas to some of the toughest policy questions, was presented
last Thursday night to Irish student Kyle Moore for his proposal of a pan-EU ‘caring credits’ system.
Now in its fourth year, this prestigious award challenged entrants with devising solutions to the huge demographic challenges of ageing societies, to ensure that older people can lead more prosperous lives. This intergenerational challenge was acknowledged by the Chancellor this week as he unveiled a ‘budget for the next generation’, with a range of policies to encourage saving among people under 40.
A distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Jeremy Cliffe, Bagehot columnist at The Economist, questioned the five shortlisted finalists in a “Dragons’ Den”- style format in front of a packed room of business leaders, academics, think tankers and students.
Kyle Moore, a student at the National University of Ireland, Galway walked away with the £3,000 prize and the 2016 trophy with his innovative proposal for a reciprocal “caring credits” system within the EU. His idea, which is published in full, along with the other finalists’ entries by the Legatum Institute, proposes:
- Participants would earn credits through caring for the elderly, which they could ‘cash in’ later in life in any EU member state, either to fund their own care or that of family members. He cited an existing Japanese scheme as a good example for Europe to follow.
- Other original proposals included an equity release scheme to unlock funds for retirement living, and a ‘Care First’ scheme along the model of TeachFirst, to encourage more of the brightest graduates into the eldercare sector.
Sian Hansen, Executive Director, the Legatum Institute said:
“In a week where the Chancellor announced a ‘budget for the next generation’, it seems appropriate for the winner of the 2016 AIG Legatum Prize to have come up with a policy that financially incentivises younger people for caring for the elderly.”
Adam Winslow, Chief Executive Officer of AIG Life Limited added:
“It was genuinely inspirational to witness the range of different solutions proposed by these young thinkers to the very real problem of ensuring that an ageing society is a prosperous one. Kyle is a worthy winner, but there were many great ideas presented to the judges. We need to engage the brightest minds of all generations to find a solution to the demographic challenge that brings continued prosperity.”
Notes to Editors
- The aim of the AIG Legatum Prize is to give younger people across the world a voice, and to bring together the best and brightest young thinkers to address issues of relevance to public policy that are inadequately addressed and understood in existing research.
- The competition was open to all individuals, 35 years or younger. The Legatum Institute encourages submissions from a range of disciplines from economics, history, political science, business, philosophy and beyond. Entrants were asked to submit a 2,000 word essay.
- The 2015/16 judges are Jeremy Cliffe, Bagehot columnist at The Economist; Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, broadcaster, journalist and Chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO); Julia Manning, founder and Chief Executive of 2020health; Rudi Westendorp, Professor of Old-Age Medicine at the University of Copenhagen; and Adam Winslow, Chief Executive Officer of AIG Life Limited.
- The question posed this year was ‘how can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?’
For more information please contact Nick Faith at the Legatum Institute on +44 (0) 7960 996 233 or Nicola Ratchford, Head of External Communications EMEA, at AIG +44 (0) 203 217 1789.
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