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
Anwar Akhtar is a Fellow who participated in various Sessions including as a faculty member of the 2014 Salzburg Global Media Academy and as a facilitator of both sessions of the Young Cultural Innovators Forum - Session 538 and Session 554. Akhtar’s latest project is a film entitled ‘Karachi – A City of Children’. The film depicts Karachi, a city that holds 20 million people with thousands of children living on its streets. It explores how child exploitation is part of metropolis’s economic sector from refuse collection to industry. The film interviews the people of Azad Foundation, whom have been working since 1998 to provide welfare for the street children in Karachi. The film was made by Karachi University School of Visual Arts as part of the Pakistan Calling film project from The Samosa in partnership with the RSA. For more information about the issues of child welfare work in Karachi, please visit: Azad Foundation and KVTC You can watch the full film below. Bharat Doshi is a Fellow of Session 550 | Corporate Governance in the Global Economy: The Changing Role of Directors and Session 384 | Asian Economies: Regional and Global Relationships. He also hosted the Fellowship event India’s Role in a Globalized World: New Priorities and Expanded Horizons. Doshi has been appointed as Director at the Reserve Bank of India. Mahindra Group chairman, Anand Mahindra said: “Bharat has been an integral part of the Mahindra growth story and a solid pillar of the Group for over 40 years." You can read the full article here. Another Fellow from Session 550, Christian Mikosch, together with colleagues at international law firm Wolf Theiss commented on the consequences of the Panama Papers, while also stressing the importance to not forget about the "forgotten" tax havens within the United States and the related implications for trans-atlantic trade relations. You can read the full article (in German) here. Khaled El Hagar, Fellow of Session 403 | From Page to Screen: Adapting Literature to Film, has released his new film Sins of the Flesh. The film examines revenge, passion and the misuse of power and concerns five people who live on a desert farm during the Egyptian revolution. A French review of the movie by Le Monde can be read here. Eun-Kyoung Kwon is a Fellow from Session 556 | International Responses to Crimes Against Humanity: The Challenge of North Korea and the manager of the International team at the International Coalition to Stop Crime against Humanity in North Korea (ICNK). ICNK has produced a motion graphics video that provides an easy summary of the Commission of Inquiry report. It shows the fundamental human rights violations the North Korean regime (DPRK) has committed, according to the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Right Council. The video specifically tackles the issue of freedom of thought and expression. Kwon claims that the next motion graphics ICNK plans on producing confronts the matter of Freedom of Religion in North Korea. You can watch the first CIO Report video about freedom of thought and expression below. Pam Veinotte and Daniel Raven-Ellison, Fellows of Session 557 | Parks for the Planet Forum: Nature, Health and a New Urban Generation, are to be featured as guest speakers at the Urban Biosphere Initiative webinar (URBIS Dialogue) on May 12th from 16:00 to 17:15 CEST. URBIS Dialouge 12 is produced by IUCN and ICLEI and will be on the topic of connecting cities and their natural area regional networks of green spaces. Lead speaker, Chantal van Ham, EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions in the IUCN EU Representative Office in Brussels, will guide the discussion on investing in nature within and beyond urban boundaries that can offer a valuable economic return for cities as well as looking into the potential of unconventional partnerships and innovative ways to connect cities and urban dwellers to natural landscapes that can provide significant benefits in their day to day lives. You can register for the webinar at the link here. Sara Watson, a Fellow from Session 542 Early Childhood Development and Education, is the Global director of ReadyNation, a business membership organization that advocates for investments in children and youth in order to improve the economy and workforce. ReadyNation is co-sponsoring the First Early Education Action Congress, hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on June 6 and 7, in Paris. Watson is also moderating a panel at the congress on the topic ‘Building Unexpected Advocates for Early Childhood.’ Watson claims that “This is an exciting opportunity to explore not just what early childhood services should be, but how to build the public and political will to give all children access.” For more information about the congress visit the Ensemble for Education Program website here. As well as this, ReadyNation’s first international newsletter on global business actions on early childhood is now available. To subscribe, please click this link.
The 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
To find out when Salzburg Global's staff might be in your city and to host a Fellowship gathering, please contact
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.
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.
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