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Young Cultural Innovators present their passions

Third year cohort of YCIs share their passions in video series at the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Young Cultural Innovators present their passions at the Third Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Young Cultural Innovators present their passions at the third Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Chris Hamill-Stewart | 28.02.2017

Who are you and what are you passionate about? This was the question put to the Young Cultural Innovators (YCIs) of the third annual Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.

The video responses to this question were produced as part of a communication workshop hosted by Natasha Cica, Director of Kapacity.org. In the dialogue-based workshop, YCIs worked in larger and break out groups to co-create the conversation, share perspectives and ultimately built capacity to “own their own voices.” The workshop challenged and supported the group to experiment with different communication styles and methods, with the ultimate goal of delivering a powerful presentation in their videos.

You can watch the videos of the YCIs who have chosen to make their video public in the list below, on both Facebook and YouTube.

Dong-Hee Cho, founder of the Well Done Project and creator of an inexpensive educational math book for children in Africa, on her own work, how education can bring us closer together and the Salzburg Global Seminar.

Natasha Cica, director of Kapacity.org, talks about her experience of facilitating a communications work shop at Salzburg Global Seminar, and what she's most enjoyed about meeting this group of young innovators.

Sebastian Chuffer, filmmaker, director and CEO of Cineastas del Futuro (Future Filmmakers), discusses the importance of storytelling and its role in our personal and civil lives.

Yuki Uchida, co-representative of Re:public Inc, on why it's important for citizens to be involved with the design of their own spaces.

Shelley Danner, co-founder and program director of Challenge Detroit, discusses what she's enjoyed about attending a Salzburg Global Seminar session.

Netta Avineri, assistant professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and co-founder of the MIIS Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project, discusses her interests in storytelling, creative hubs, and moving forwards from the session.

Anouza Phothisane, co-founder of Loabangfai, the first Laos-based break dancing crew, discusses what he enjoyed about attending the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators and how he presents his work and country to many other creators.

Meryam Bouadjemi, filmmaker and storyteller, describes how her experience at Salzburg global Forum for Young Cultural innovators has helped her in an important time of her life.

Taulant Dibra, architect and founder of TD architecture Studio, on why he became an architect and his projects that he considers successful.

Joo Im Moon, senior researcher at the World Culture Open Arts & Culture Lab, shares her dream through quotes that inspire her.

Steven McMahon, choreographic and associate artistic director with Ballet Memphis, discusses how his experience at The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators has affected his personal growth.

Cadeatra Harvey, or C. Harvey, owner of Generation of Dreamers and Baltimore's Gifted, on empowering the youth in Baltimore through their own art and creativity.

Samuel Oliver, manager of executive affairs and capital projects for Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, on making his voice heard and his message understood.

Edwin Kemp Attrill, founder and artistic director of ActNow Theatre, discusses how artists, creatives and citizens are becoming a force for global change, and how cultural innovation is an integral part of the shift from hierarchies into networks.

Maria José Greloni, regional director of communication and online campaigns at Wingu, explains how her time at Salzburg Global Seminar has influenced her ideas for future projects, and made her realize the value of humor in creativity.

Chryssa Vlachopoulou, communication, press officer and events manager for BIOS, on her experience attending a Salzburg Global Seminar session and what she'll take away from it.

Rachel Knox, program associate for Innovate Memphis, discusses how Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural innovators has helped her realise she's not alone in her struggles and how she's enjoyed meeting such a diverse goroup of people through the program.

Carla Schleicher, artistic programs and project coordinator for West Broadway Business and Area Coalition, reads a message addressed to her from one of the people she has helped through her work.

Melvin Henley, creative industries strategist, implementer and advocate, discusses his own work in Detroit, and how things are looking up for the city.

Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, writer and curator of Post Vidai, on her own work and how art can be used to build bridges between fractured parts of society.

Despina Gerasimidou, creator of Future Libraries, on how the traditional idea of libraries is fading out and being replaced by modern and exciting new centers of experience and learning.

Annelies Senfter, visual artist and photographer, on developing her projects in an abstract way and trusting in herself.

Alphonse Smith, talks about his own path to where he is now, and how he is working in New Orleans to build on the rich culture that already exists there, and making it more accessible to all residents.

Yuki Oka, explains his motivations for doing the work he does, and how this has driven him to try to help others.

Joana Stefanova, cultural manager and part of the One Foundation for Culture and Arts, on love.

Maia Asshaq, author, publisher and co-founder of the Detroit Art Book fair and DittoDitto Books, on creating an online companion piece to her already existing work.

Aaron Davis, Ph.D candidate and expert on cities and their changing role in the 21st centuries, discusses involving citizens in design processes and why this is important in the first place.

Amanda Lovelee, visual artist and city artist for City of St Paul, on how important art can be for cities.

Kreshnik Merxhani, freelance architect known for his writings and artistic restoration projects, on why he has always wanted to be an artist and the work he does to restore more than just physical objects, but memories, relations and knowledge

Brian Gerardo, entrepreneur, dancer and co-founder of the Baltimore Dance Crews Project, discusses how his personal experiences have influenced him to set up his own after-school dance activities.

Nicolas Aziz, project coordinator for Converge, on the importance of new cultural experiences, bringing them to youth for their benefit and helping them to exceed what is expected of them.

Imani Jacqueline Brown, co-founder of Blights Out and director of programs at Antenna, discusses the crisis of capitalism we're experiencing right now, and especially its effects on arts and culture.

Lomorpich Rithy, independent filmmaker and founder of Plerng Kob (meaning campfire), on coming together to share stories, hear other peoples' stories and exercize the right to have your voice heard.

Mark Salvatus, contemporary artist exhibited in multiple exhibitions, on defining his life and creating meaning through art.

Victor Yankov, festival director of the Open Arts Foundation, on the role of culture in cities and societies.

Lauren Kennedy, executive director of the Urban Art Commission, on how her early exposure to art was influenced by her interactions with her father, and how her understanding of public art continues to grow and evolve.

Miku Kano, member of ISHINOMAKI 2.0, discusses her work in the post-tsunami town of Ishinomaki, and how they're creating the "most interesting town in the world" by fostering creativity.

Nafsika Papadopoulou, External Collaborator and Project Coordinator for Neon Organization, on the transitional stage Athens is going through, and how urban art and creativity may aid in this transition.

Wandisile Nqekotho, founder of 18 Gangster Museum, on how he's helping young people to stay away from gangsterism in South Africa.

Rebecca 'Bucky' Willis, project manager for Detroit Collaborative Design Center, discusses the concept of Design Superheroes and why they're important.

Sacramento Knoxx, multi-discipline performance artist, on the city that he's from.

Andrei Nikolai Pamintuan, producer and creative director of Pineapple Lab, on empowering creators and artists by providing them with a platform to share their experiences and stories.

Chheangly Yeng, co-founder of the Magic Library and Slap Paka Khmer (Khmer Collaborative Writers), discusses Cambodia's troubled past and how his work in telling stories to children can benefit those children and their futures.

Yu Nakamura, who runs 40creations, a group which preserves the recipes of octogenarians, on why she likes wrinkles, meeting a grandma and finding the right way to solve problems or change your situation.

Seda Röder, "the piano hacker," on the value of creativity, the 21st century as the century of creative thinking, and concentrating on the core of what makes us humans - creativity.

Adam Wiltgen, arts administrator, presenter and technical communicator, on using creativity to overcome community challenges.

Cameron Shaw, writer, editor and executive director of Pelican Bomb, discusses her work in empowering artists and providing a platform through which creators can critically examine issues in everyday life.

Siviwe Mbinda, founder of the Happy Feet Youth Project, on using dance to attract children to his project, and then positively influencing them through education.

Shawn Burnett, co-founder and executive director of Walks of Art, has a message for anyone who doesn't wake up with hope in their hearts.

Mirela Kocollari, director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism for the Municipality of Tirana, on being cautious of our limits, knowledge, and abilities in order to bring out the best in ourselves.

Michele Anderson, rural program director for Springboard for the Arts, on the importance of rural communities and making sure they are a part of the conversation in the future of our societies and creative thinking.

Bora Baboci, architect and visual artist, presents an image introduced to her during her time at Salzburg Global Seminar.

Steven Fox, writer, poet and actor from Memphis, Tennessee, discusses being accepted as a creative.


The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators III is part of a ten-year multi-year series, which is generously supported by: Albanian-American Development Foundation; America For Bulgaria Foundation; American Express; Arts South Australia; Asia-Europe Foundation; Cambodian Living Arts; Edward T. Cone Foundation; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Korea Foundation; the McKnight Foundation; Red Bull Amaphiko; The Kresge Foundation; Japan Foundation; Stavros Niarchos Foundation; Adena and David Testa; and the Yeltsin Center.

More information on the session can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/569

More information on the series can be found here: yci.salzburgglobal.org

Chris Hamill-Stewart