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Young innovators in the culture and arts sector are providing some of the most imaginative new impulses for social improvement and sustainable development around the world today. They change the way we see and interact with each other. Young artists, creative entrepreneurs and  cultural leaders demonstrate  the  creative  vision,  talent, and  energy  that  our  societies  so  desperately  need  to  meet  the challenges of the 21st century.

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a ten-year project launched by Salzburg Global Seminar in 2014 to engage fifty of the world's most dynamic young creative changemakers every year.

The young cultural innovators join the annual Forum in Salzburg from “YCI hubs” in six regions of the world to help them develop the dynamic vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, their causes and their communities. The YCI Forum represents a major commitment by Salzburg Global Seminar to fostering creative innovation and entrepreneurship worldwide with the intention of building a more vibrant and resilient arts sector and of advancing sustainable economic development, positive social change agendas, and urban transformation worldwide. 

Upcoming Session in 2017:

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV
October 14 to 19, 2017

Peter Jenkinson and Shelagh Wright
in conversation about the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators


 

 


Nicolas Garcia Mayor - Innovative Ways to Help Refugees
Nicholas Garcia Mayor talks innovative approaches to the Refugee Crisis at our Young Cultural Innovators Forum II
Nicolas Garcia Mayor - Innovative Ways to Help Refugees
Patrick Wilson 
Nicolas Garcia Mayor has spoken to Salzburg Global Seminar in our Faces of Leadership video project filmed during our Young Cultural Innovators Forum II. Mayor is an industrial designer from Argentina and founder and director of ar estudio, a design and new product development company, and president of Fundación ar, dedicated to promote and support innovative ideas that will help improve the quality of life of people. He also created the Cmax System, an innovative disaster relief shelter for humanitarian aid. During the YCI Forum in 2015, Fellows were asked to offer some thoughts on their own personal ideas and projects. The following is a list of some of their submissions to the question: Who are you and what are you passionate about? In the video Mayor talks about Fundación ar's work in creating innovation for humanity and what the Cmax System can do to to aid the refugee crisis around the world. You can see more of our Young Cultural Innovators here.
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Salzburg Around the World - Cambodia
Susanna Seidl-Fox, Program Director of Culture and the Arts in a session at ANCER 2016
Salzburg Around the World - Cambodia
Patrick Wilson 
Susanna Seidl-Fox, Salzburg Global Program Director of Culture and the Arts traveled to Cambodia in January to attend the third conference of the Asia-Pacific Network for Cultural Education & Research (ANCER). ANCER was originally conceived as an organization dedicated to preserving Cambodia’s traditional art forms but has now evolved into creating a vibrant, dynamic and sustainable art sectors throughout the country. The three-day event featured keynotes and sessions related to networking and on the tools and platforms that can support the research and practice in arts and cultural management and cultural policy fields in the Asia-Pacific region. Workshops were also included to stimulate career choices and networking such as careers in arts management. The theme of this year’s conference was “Vitality & Viability: Arts Ecosystems in Asia”  The event was organized by one of the partners of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, Cambodia Living Arts. The organization aims to facilitate the transformation of Cambodia through the arts and work in collaboration with others to create an environment where Cambodian arts empower and transform individuals and communities. ANCER 2016 marked the formal launch of the Greater Mekong Subregion Hub for Cultural Changemakers, an initiative in partnership with Salzburg Global Seminar based in Phnom Penh that seeks to connect young cultural leaders from around the region. This partnership is part of Salzburg Global’s continued transboundary collaboration with organizations and events on a global scale. In 2014, Salzburg Global Seminar launched a 10-year program to make a global network of 500 Young Cultural Innovators. These would be people using arts, culture and creativity for social improvement and sustainable economic development. This network will be built up via 10 regional hubs and connected through an annual Forum in Salzburg, Austria. There are existing hubs in Athens, Baltimore, Seoul, South Africa and Tokyo. Cambodian Living Arts is leading the development of a hub from Phnom Penh. Seidl-Fox praised the event and discussed what she and Salzburg Global have taken back from the experience. “It was inspiring to participate in the ANCER conference on Arts Ecosystems in Asia and connect with a dynamic network of cultural researchers and practitioners focusing on the Asia Pacific Region.” She said. “We received some extremely helpful feedback and advice on the Greater Mekong Delta Young Cultural Innovators Hub that we are developing in partnership with Cambodia Living Arts.”

To find out when Salzburg Global's staff might be in your city and to host a Fellowship gathering, please contact Salzburg Global Fellowship Manager, Jan Heinecke.
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Report now online - Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators
Report now online - Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators
Salzburg Global Staff 
The report from the second annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators is now available online to read, download and share. The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) is an annual series that supports emerging young artists and cultural actors who are using innovative practices to catalyze urban transformation in their communities.  Growing out of the early Young Cultural Leaders Forum, this was the second year of the YCI Forum, bringing 61 participants to Salzburg from 18 countries. These Young Cultural Innovators represented a broad spectrum of the arts and culture scenes in their cities from photography to food, heritage to design. This year's cohort came from nine YCI Hubs in cities around the world, including Athens, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Phnom Penh, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Seoul, and Tokyo. Following the program in Salzburg, which incorporated plenary keynote sessions as well as the skills-building and problem-solving working groups, the YCI Fellows are now encouraged to return to their "hubs" to connect with their 2014 peers and remain engaged with this year's cohort in a growing local and global network. Download the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators II report (PDF) (low-res)

More information on the 2015 program can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/554 More information on the ten-year YCI Forum can be found here: yci.salzburgglobal.org Salzburg Global Seminar is grateful to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support of this session: Fondation Adelman pour l’Education, American Express, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Buenos Aires Ciudad, Cambodian Living Arts, the Edward T. Cone Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, the Elizabeth S. MacMillan Fellowship, the Mexican Business Council Fellowship Program, The Nippon Foundation, Red Bull Amaphiko, the Stichting De Verre Bergen, Adena and David Testa, the US Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the HDH Wills (1965) Charitable Trust.
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Salzburg Around the World - From South Africa to Singapore
Salzburg Around the World - From South Africa to Singapore
Heather Jaber 
The Salzburg Global Seminar team is more active than ever, connecting with Fellows and foundations around the world. Recently, our ambassadors were in South Africa, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Italy talking about culture, education,  youth, and bridging societal divides. Hot on heels of her trip to Cape Town, South Africa at the invitation of Red Bull's Amaphiko project last month, Clare Shine, Salzburg Global Vice President and Chief Program Officer, together with Andrew Ho, US Development Director is this week gearing up for the upcoming session Philanthropy in the Global Age, which will take place December 4-5 in Hong Kong. The session marks the inaugural convening of The Global Friends, a consortium of global philanthropists leading values-driven social innovation. Part of this broader Asian trip also has Shine and Ho in Japan, meeting with the Japan Foundation, the Nippon Foundation, and many of our Japan-based Fellows. Susanna Seidl-Fox, Program Director for Culture and the Arts, traveled to Florence, Italy to discuss the pressing need for Western societies and global Muslim communities to comprehend and communicate with each other. The Brademas Centre at NYU brought twenty artists, conveners, practitioners, and funders together from November 11-13 to identify the work that needs to be done to achieve this. The findings from the session Conflict Transformation through Culture were relevant here, and Seidl-Fox discussed Salzburg Global's culture and arts programs and the need to promote capacity-building in the MENA region.  “Most participants agreed that we need to harness the transformative power of the arts to bring about change and that we have to engage cross-sectorally in order to achieve progress,” she said. Seidl-Fox also travelled to Gwangju, Korea, where the discussion of culture continued at the Asia-Europe Foundation’s conference "Cities: Labs for Culture?" Seidl-Fox moderated a panel focusing on leadership in the cultural sector, particularly next generation leaders. The program director also met with creatives and cultural leaders in Seoul at the World Culture Open, a network which invites people to engage in intercultural exchange and collaboration. The Seoul visit also saw the gathering of Young Cultural Innovator (YCI) Fellows from the local hub. Six Fellows from the past two years joined Seidl-Fox and In Dong Cho, Vice-Mayor of Seoul and head of the Innovation Department and recent faculty member at YCI, for a traditional Korean dinner. During the YCI Forum this year, Stephen Salyer, Salzburg Global President and Chief Executive Officer, visited Singapore for another youth initiative. Salyer attended the first International Liberal Education Symposium on October 11 at the inauguration of the Yale-NUS College, a conference which encouraged dialogue about education in an increasingly interconnected world. 
To find out when Salzburg Global's staff might be in your city and to host a Fellowship gathering, please contact Salzburg Global Fellowship Manager, Jan Heinecke.
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Top 10 Books Young Cultural Innovators Are Reading Right Now
Recommended books from YCI fellows
Top 10 Books Young Cultural Innovators Are Reading Right Now
Heather Jaber and Ana Alania 

Soledad Brother by George Jackson — Rasheida Adrianus

  "Most of the books I am reading at the moment and have been reading are related to Black history and racism…I started reading this book because of the #Blacklivesmatter movement. I've been following this movement for a while, and talked about this with my mom, and she gave me the book. It's a very old edition, from the seventies. And it's really interesting to read George Jackson's perspective on racism towards Black men, because it is still very relevant today in the US. The things he touches on in his letters are still present in todays world, even though it has been so long ago."

The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond — Kiron Neale

  "Though the book has a very evolutionary and anthropological outlook on humanity and our ancestors, the interaction between and across our histories presents a very nice illustration of how cultures and innovations of different forms have been engaged with."

Momo by Michael Ende — Paz Begue

"This is definitely a recommended book to read at any age, especially [now]. Time has always been a topic I've been interested in, and I recommend this delicious book for kids and adults, which builds awareness with fun and enjoyable stories and imagines about values, time, and our societies nowadays."

Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, & Power by Psyche Williams-Forson — Rebecca Chan

"I love reading about food and its links to culture throughout history, and so far this book has covered every thing from interviews with Chris Rock to Kara Walker's art."

High Price: Drugs, Neuroscience and Discovering Myself by Dr. Carl Hart — David Fakunle

  "I like this book because it looks intensely at the idea that drugs are not the cause of society's problems, but rather a symptom of it. Additionally I like the autobiographical nature, as it is a story of a man who did not let his circumstances define him, but rather used those circumstances as a platform to promote change and reform."

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson — Rachel Woodlee

"It is a fictionalized account of life in North Korea, and I absolutely loved it (and think some people who attended would find it interesting as well)."

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray — Saule Meirmanova

"It's a good reflection on modern consumer society in Kazakhstan. I found it interesting in terms of values forgotten in our society and a satire on modern relationships within our societies. The best lessons are coming from the past."

SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed by Martin Nowak — Thomas Layer-Wagner

"So far it is a really interesting read. Cooperation is such an important issue and this book gives some interesting insights from evolution and game theory."

El Manantial by Ayn Rand — Josefina Goni

  "It is a guide, a way of thinking about life. An example of that can do things constructively. I like to think we can live well, walking always straight, individual integrity and build a more egalitarian society."

After the Quake by Haruki Murakami — Shinji Sudo

"In order to consider the plight of my own heart, the way of the human consciousness, I have re-read it many times."

The Salzburg Global program is part of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. The list of our partners for Session 554 can be found here. For more information, please visit: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/554
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Young Cultural Innovators Leave With Big Plans For Future
Young Cultural Innovators Leave With Big Plans For Future
Louise Hallman and Heather Jaber 

The sixty artists, photographers, theatre producers, inventors, cultural entrepreneurs, doctoral students and city officials, traveled to Salzburg from cities including Athens, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Oxford, Phnom Penh, Rotterdam, Seoul and Tokyo, with a shared mission: expand cultural innovation and positive social change in their home cities and connect with cultural change-makers across the world.

Held at the historic palace of Schloss Leopoldskron, former home of theater impresario and Salzburg Festival founder Max Reinhardt, and led by an expert faculty, this was the second installment of the ten-year YCI Forum led by Salzburg Global Seminar.

The five-day session (October 17 to 22, 2015) combined theory and praxis through lectures, group discussions and skills workshops to help 50 of the world’s most dynamic young minds in the cultural sector develop the entrepreneurial, leadership, communication, problem-solving and technological skills, vision, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, their causes and their communities. A faculty of experts from Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Korea, Japan, the UK and the US led the program. Participants were also encouraged to showcase their own work and projects in a nightly open forum, and were given a tour of the city of Salzburg by local artists and cultural change-makers.

"Day one, session one, felt completely like I was in the right place, because that’s the thing about social impact or impact entrepreneurs…you’re meant have something larger than a bottom line governing your parameters of operation, and that was a big validation for me.”

-- Rowan Pybus, co-founder of Sunshine Cinema and
Greenpop and a founder and director of Makhulu Media

The Forum not only gathers participants annually in Salzburg, but also encourages Fellows to continue engagement throughout the year in their local city “hubs”. Since last year’s session, there have been hub-led events including a mini-YCI Forum in Athens on “Nurturing the New Creator,” a “Baltimore after Freddie Gray” salon, and a public artwork competition in Rotterdam. 

At this year’s Forum, plans for future hub-based projects included regular recurring cultural salons in Salzburg and Baltimore; participation in the Rotterdam “Viert De Stad” festival, marking 75 years since the rebuilding of the city post-WWII; a conference on conflict transformation through the arts in Cambodia; team- and skills-building classes in Athens, starting with a cooking class at the Museum of Greek Gastronomy; continued networking and planning for future events to tie in with the upcoming Summer Olympics and Rugby World Cup tournament in Japan; hosting Salzburg Global staff during upcoming trips to Cape Town and Seoul; and a “pay-it-forward” skills exchange program in Argentina.

“Our second annual Young Cultural Innovators Forum bought together another outstanding group of dynamic cultural change-makers from our growing YCI Hub network around the world,” said Susana Seidl-Fox, Salzburg Global Program Director for Culture and the Arts, “We look forward to connecting this year’s and last year’s Fellows both virtually and on the ground in their respective YCI city hubs, and we are more than ever committed to making the YCI Forum an ongoing vibrant focal point for international exchange, emerging leadership, urban transformation, and innovation in the cultural sector.”

“I want to take back what I learned from here — how to talk, how to communicate...and instead of looking at the small section that I’m in over in Baltimore — even the United States — but also looking at global issues and taking my work global…If I can do this in two years, what could I do for the rest of the world if I had the chance to?” 

-- Devin Allen, self-taught photographer whose photographs of
the 2015 Baltimore protests landed the cover of TIME Magazine

Margaret Mead, renowned anthropologist and chair of the first ever Salzburg Global Seminar session in 1947 once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Closing this year’s program, session facilitator Shelagh Wright echoed this sentiment saying: “Every time I leave here, I think maybe the world will be alright after all because it's in the hands of people like you!”

The YCI Forum grew from the 2012 program “The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders,” held in collaboration with the US-based National Arts Strategies. Salzburg Global Seminar has a long history in programs around culture and the arts. Founded in 1947 as the “Salzburg Seminar in American Studies”, the independent, non-profit organization has held more than 70 programs dedicated to the cultural sector, including theater and cinema, literature and libraries, museums and galleries, and cultural heritage.


The YCI Forum is held by Salzburg Global Seminar and was supported this year by The Edward T. Cone Foundation, the Fondation Adelman pour l’Education, the American Express Foundation, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Fulbright Greece, the Japan Foundation, the Korea Foundation, Elizabeth S. MacMillan Fellowship, the Mexican Business Council Fellowship Program, the Nippon Foundation, Red Bull Amaphiko, the Stichting De Verre Bergen, Adena and David Testa, the US Embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia and the HDH Wills (1965) Charitable Trust. More information on the session can be found here: yci.SalzburgGlobal.org

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Salzburg Global Welcomes Eclectic Group of Cultural Innovators
Participants of last year's YCI Forum built global networks and engaged in capacity-building workshops
Salzburg Global Welcomes Eclectic Group of Cultural Innovators
Heather Jaber 
On October 17, Salzburg Global Seminar welcomes one of its most diverse and vibrant groups of participants — 60 photographers, producers, inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, Ph.D students, and even a member of the Danish Parliament.  What threads this eclectic group together is a shared visions of cultural innovation and positive social change. The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a ten-year project by Salzburg Global Seminar which brings together dynamic young cultural innovators from around the world. This is the second instalment of the Forum, following its inaugural session in 2014. “Our second annual Young Cultural Innovators Forum brings together another outstanding cohort of dynamic cultural change makers from our growing YCI Hub network around the world,” said Susana Seidl-Fox, Salzburg Global Program Director for Culture and the Arts, “which includes the cities of Athens, Baltimore, Buenos Aires, Phnom Penh, Rotterdam, Salzburg, Seoul, and Tokyo. We are especially delighted to be welcoming participants from Cape Town as well this year.”  These artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural leaders come from 10 “culture hubs” in six regions of the world to foster global networks and engage with innovative ideas for social change. Over a period of five days, cultural innovators and expert facilitators will engage in collaborative sessions that deal with capacity-building. The participants will gather in mini-sessions and workshops to engage in problem-solving, presentations, and peer meetings. The workshops focus on skill-building in communication, entrepreneurialism, technology, and leadership. Other discussion topics include the creative transformations of cities and cross-sectoral synergies.  The forum not only gathers participants annually, but allows Fellows to continue engagement throughout the year. Since last year’s session, there has been a mini-YCI Forum in Athens and a “Baltimore after Freddie Gray” event. “We look forward to connecting this year’s and last year’s Fellows both virtually and on the ground in their respective YCI city hubs,” said Seidl-Fox, “and we are more than ever committed to making the YCI Forum an ongoing vibrant focal point for international exchange, emerging leadership, urban transformation, and innovation in the cultural sector.” Facilitators and speakers this year come from all over the world and have eclectic backgrounds to boot. They include directors, designers, officials, and cultural brokers, to name a few, and come from the UK, Australia, the US, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, Lebanon, South Korea, and Argentina. The Forum grew from the 2012 program The Salzburg Forum for Young Cultural Leaders, and aims to hold its third instalment from its ten-year program, The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III, in 2016. 
The Salzburg Global program is part of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. The list of our partners for Session 554 can be found here. For more information, please visit: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/554
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