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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


 

 


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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Nurturing the New Creator - Report now online
Nurturing the New Creator - Report now online
Salzburg Global Seminar staff 
The report from the June 2015 workshop Nurturing the New Creator - hosted by Salzburg Global Seminar and the Athens-based collective cultureFWD - is now available online to read, download and share. cultureFWD is an independent cultural network founded by the five Young Cultural Innovators from Athens who participated in the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in October 2014. Forty-eight participants from a broad spectrum of cultural organizations and creative enterprises in Greece, the United States and the United Kingdom gathered at the BIOS center for art and cross media in Athens for the intensive gathering. The interactive, education Athens workshop represents part of the greater plan of cultureFWD to help reinforce the role of culture and the arts in society and the economy in Athens. Applying the successful Salzburg Global model in the regional context, cultureFWD aims to break new ground for the culture and creative industries of Greece, by forming  a regional hub that highlights the value of the arts, promotes the work of local creatives and connects them to a global community of cultural innovators.   Salzburg Global Program Director for Culture and the Arts, Susanna Seidl-Fox said: “Given the dramatic course of events in Greece since the June 23  workshop, we hope that the Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum can help by providing capacity building and networking opportunities to even more young cultural innovators in Athens, whose creativity will be critical for driving innovation and sustainable development in their communities in the future.”
Download the report as a PDF
For more information on the Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum, please visit: yci.SalzburgGlobal.org  For more information on the workshop, please visit: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/fellow52  The event was made possible thanks to the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Fulbright Greece and BIOS.
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Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators
Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators
Louise Hallman 
Young innovators in the culture and arts sector are providing some of the most imaginative new impulses for social improvement and sustainable economic 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. Inspired by this imaginative and vibrant field of progress, Salzburg Global Seminar has launched a ten-year program for Young Cultural Innovators (YCIs) from around the world, with a view to strengthening the cultural sector worldwide and to expanding the possibilities for innovation and social change through the power and creativity of the arts. Salzburg Global Seminar’s Session 538 in October 2014 brought together 45 young cultural innovators aged between 25-35 years from across the world.  As well as providing ideas, entrepreneurial skills, and networks required to support their organizations, causes and communities, this session is part of a major commitment by Salzburg Global to seed self-sustaining communities of YCIs in “culture hubs” around the world. Supported by local Fellows within the Salzburg Global Network, activities in these hubs will aim not only to foster a more vibrant and dynamic cultural sector, but also to enable cultural innovation to drive positive social and economic development agendas in the communities and institutions involved in the program. Download the report here You can read the report from the session below:
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Bolstering the “Orange Economy”
Bolstering the “Orange Economy”
Jonathan Elbaz and Louise Hallman 
For many Salzburg Global Fellows, their Salzburg connections last long after they leave Schloss Leopoldskron—as recently shown by Salzburg Global Fellows who convened in Greece. Co-organized by one Fellow and inspired by a publication by another, the day-long conference “The Creative Economy: An Infinite Opportunity for Growth” held at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on October 18 brought together artists, policymakers, journalists and entrepreneurs – including seven Salzburg Global Fellows. The conference, partly organized by Salzburg Global Fellow, art historian Elena Mavromichali with Elpis Philanthropy Advisors, sought to spark international dialogue centered around a common focus: Greece, still greatly suffering following the 2008 global financial crisis, needs alternative solutions – such as in the “orange economy” – to repair its economic woes.  The term “orange economy” was coined by Salzburg Global Fellow Felipe Buitrago in his influential book from 2013 The Orange Economy and Infinite Opportunity to describe the sector of an economy driven by creative talent and creative industries.  Buitrago’s book focuses on the creative economy in Latin America, but the core concepts can be extended to other regions in the world, such as Greece. Mavromichali believes that bolstering creativity is a huge step in the right direction towards easing Greece’s economic plight, and points to the success of the Greek translation of Buitrago’s book as proof that people are supportive of his ideas.  “Creative people in Greece see how this publication really addresses them,” Mavromichali said in an interview with Salzburg Global Seminar. “Young people and entrepreneurs need this information and this process of thinking in order to support their creativity and build for future projects…We have great support from professionals and artists who need the change, who need to discover the power of creative economy.” In addition to the orange economy, the conference also examined legal technology, creative entrepreneurship, and in a lecture delivered by another Salzburg Global Fellow, Lyne Sneige, Director Cultural Affairs and Programs at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, the role of arts in conflict situations.  Many of the ideas presented at the conference had germinated over discussions during Salzburg sessions. Buitrago and Mavromichali most recently attended the planning meeting for the Young Cultural Innovators program in 2013. They credit the organization as helping spark global collaboration around growing creative economies.  “The networking you can create is amazing,” Mavromichali said. “But also I think it’s the environment. What makes it really unique is that you’re leaving your everyday routine, and coming into this wonderful place like a friend meeting another friend. Simple interactions create the most brilliant things.”  The Salzburg Global Fellows who contributed to the conference include Kathleen Soriano, Fiona Kearney, Norman Palmer who all attended the session Achieving the Freer Circulation of Cultural Artifacts in 2008; Felipe Buitrago, Elena Mavromichali and Lyne Sneige who attended Promoting the Next Generation of Cultural Entrepreneurs 2013; and Lord Chris Smith, who attended the session Cultural Institutions in Transition: Making the Case for Culture in 2003.
You can read more about the conference, the publication and the speakers here: www.creativeconomyingreece.com  
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Phloeun Prim: "Focusing on the young cultural innovators is creating the hope"
Phloeun Prim: "Focusing on the young cultural innovators is creating the hope"
Jonathan Elbaz 
Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the Cambodian genocide, where millions were slaughtered—including 90 percent of the country's artists and intellectuals—by perpetrators of the Khmer Rouge government. Inspired by his experiences at Salzburg Global sessions, Phloeun Prim plans to gather leaders from post-conflict and post-genocide nations to convene in Cambodia to discuss genocides of the past and present, and to discuss preventative measures for the future. In a new interview, Prim talks about the Cambodian genocide, his experience at the Schloss, and the value in launching the Young Cultural Innovators forum—Salzburg Global's 10-year initiative to support and nurture young leaders in the arts and culture sectors. To Prim, YCI means investing in the future and "creating the hope." Watch the full interview below. Prim was also recently featured in the new Salzburg Global Chronicle as one of "15 Faces for the Future."
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Re-envisioning Salzburg Global Seminar
Re-envisioning Salzburg Global Seminar
Salzburg Global Seminar 
Salzburg Global Seminar proudly presents its new periodical, The Salzburg Global Chronicle. Replacing the traditional annual President’s Report, the new publication “chronicles” Salzburg Global’s programs at Schloss Leopoldskron and around the world, including profiles on both “up-and-coming” leaders and high profile Salzburg Global Fellows, and features on the impact Salzburg Global Seminar, its programs, staff and Fellows have in the world beyond the Schloss.

Highlights include:

15 Faces for the Future  

Salzburg Global Seminar’s mission is to challenge current and future leaders to tackle problems of global concern. To this end, Salzburg Global brings young, emerging leaders to Schloss Leopoldskron, not only for our Academies programs, but for every Salzburg Global session. Nearly 500 of our 1844 Fellows who attended sessions between 2011 and 2013 were under the age of 40, in addition to the more than 800 Academies participants. Below are just 15 of our remarkable young Fellows.

The Power of Partnership 

Salzburg Global Seminar’s programs would not happen without our partners. Partners provide not only the intellectual capital and input to drive the session forward but often the much needed financial capital necessary to bring Fellows and faculty to Salzburg. But what do partners get out of working with Salzburg Global?

A Distinct History, a Universal Message  

For three days, at a palace once home to the local Nazi party leader, experts from across the globe considered the value of Holocaust education in a global context at a symposium hosted by Salzburg Global and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. They proved the Holocaust is more than just a European or Jewish experience.

Strength in Diversity 

LGBT rights are moving up the international agenda, and while progress is being made, at the same time some countries are passing increasingly regressive laws. In June 2013, Salzburg Global convened its first ever Salzburg Global LGBT Forum addressing LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps, starting a truly global conversation.

An Unlikely Constellation of Partners  

Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the Appalachian College Association, member institutions of which serve predominantly white students, do not seem like the most obvious of partners. But this did not stop them from coming together to transform their schools into sites of global citizenship through the Salzburg Global Seminar-led, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Mellon Fellow Community Initiative.

Media Change Makers

Since helping to launch the program in 2007, Salzburg Global President Stephen L. Salyer has taken a hands-on role in the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change: helping to devise the program, delivering lectures and mentoring students. This year, he met with student representatives from each region represented at the eighth annual program to find out how the Academy is helping shape them. The Chronicle is available online at chronicle2013.salzburgglobal.org and to download as a PDF and in our ISSUU Library    Download the Salzburg Global Chronicle as a PDF Print copies are available at Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron and all upcoming Salzburg Global Seminar events and programs.
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