In grades 4 and 5, competitors can participate in the global issues problem solving team and individual divisions. Competitors are given a description of a scene set in the future that contains highly-relevant potential issues, such as energy of the future, processed foods, propaganda, or natural disasters. Under the guidance of a coach, competitors use the FPS six-step model to explore challenges and propose action plans to complex societal problems.
Teams complete two practice problems and one qualifying problem throughout the school year. Trained evaluators score student work and return it with feedback including suggestions for improvement. The top scoring teams on the qualifying problem are invited to affiliate FPS bowls held each spring. The winners of each respective affiliate FPS bowl advance to the FPSP International Conference in June.
Sample Topic: PHILANTHROCAPITALISM
Philanthrocapitalism is a form of philanthropy in which entrepreneurial ideas, practices, and wealth are used to tackle global challenges. As the divide between rich and poor increases around the world, the number of billionaires is growing. Some of the planet’s wealthiest people have become philanthrocapitalists, pledging to invest time, energy, skills, ideas, and large amounts of money towards worthy causes. This may have a positive impact on the people, groups, and causes that are chosen for support, but there are questions about this form of philanthropy.
Will the efforts of philanthrocapitalists actually lead to deep, sustainable results? How will their causes be chosen? Do individual philanthrocapitalists have the expertise to address the world’s most significant problems? Will this model of philanthropy present conflicts of interest as it influences the priorities, donations, or behaviors of average people? Does philanthrocapitalism transfer the power and responsibility of social change away from governments and charitable organizations to an elite few? How might philanthrocapitalism benefit or harm the generations of the future?