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Salzburg Global Fellow Nigel Osborne presented with the British Composer Award for Inspiration
Salzburg Global Fellow Nigel Osborne presented with the British Composer Award for Inspiration
Tomas De La Rosa 
Salzburg Global Fellow Nigel Osborne MBE has been presented with the British Composer Award for Inspiration in association with the Music Publishers Association. The award is given annually as part of the British Composer Awards, in recognition of those who have provided "innovation in new music and influence and inspirational careers." A London-based composer, Osborne has pioneered methods of using music and the creative arts to support children affected by conflict. His approach was developed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, and has since been implemented throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, India, and Syria. He has attended Salzburg Global Seminar on two occasions; in 2014 for Session 532 - Conflict Transformation through Culture: Peace-Building and the Arts, and in 2015 for Session 547 -  The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation? Osborne is currently working with Lebanese non-profit organization SAWA For Development & Aid as a fieldworker assisting with their program for refugees in Lebanon and Syria. Crispin Hunt, Chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, said: “The composers honored this evening are testament to the UK’s thriving and vibrant new music community. Their creations challenge the status quo, push boundaries, celebrate our rich and diverse history, inspire and innovate at every turn. They demonstrate the positive impact of music on all our lives and it is an honor for BASCA to celebrate their achievements this evening.” On Osborne’s remarkable achievement, Salzburg Global Vice President and Chief Program Officer Clare Shine, said “This award is so richly deserved. Nigel combines huge creative talent with personal courage and determination to serve the most vulnerable people across the globe. His therapeutic work with music has broken new ground in violent and post-conflict settings. We congratulate Nigel warmly and look forward to continuing to work together on conflict transformation through culture”.  The premiere performance of Osborne's new opera, entitled Naciketa, with text by Ariel Dorfman, is due to take place at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in the coming year. The work will be supported by Opera Circus, Bournemouth University's Animation and Computer Sciences Departments, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Lighthouse Arts Centre Poole, and the Southbank Centre.
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Salzburg Global President Meets Up with Former Salzburg Global Interns in Seoul
Salzburg Global President Meets Up with Former Salzburg Global Interns in Seoul
Salzburg Global Seminar 
Salzburg Global Seminar President Stephen Salyer caught up with five former Salzburg Global interns during his latest business trip to South Korea. Earlier this week, Salyer met with Sungtae Park (Summer 2017), Yae Jung Joo (Fall 2014), Yeji Park (Fall 2016), Hyesu Yoon (Summer 2017), and Ha Ram Hwang (Summer 2016) for drinks in Seoul. Each of them were selected to intern at Salzburg Global after they applied for the Korea Foundation Salzburg Global Seminar Internship Program. This program was first established in 2014 and has enabled many young Korean leaders to come to Schloss Leopoldskron, deepen their knowledge and broaden their networks and future employment horizons. Working alongside other interns from all over the world, KF-Salzburg Global interns have helped conduct institutional research, write program briefs, prepare program materials, locate relevant resources, and generally assist Salzburg Global’s full-time program staff.
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Salzburg Global Seminar mourns the loss of distinguished friend and Fellow Surin Pitsuwan
Salzburg Global Seminar mourns the loss of distinguished friend and Fellow Surin Pitsuwan
Tomás De La Rosa 
Surin Pitsuwan, multi-time Salzburg Global Fellow, has passed away in Bangkok following a heart attack at the age of 68 – just three weeks after he co-chaired a new program at Schloss Leopoldskron. A champion of Asia’s role in the global community, Pitsuwan was committed to sharing the lessons – and challenges – of Asia with the rest of the world. He leaves behind an invaluable legacy at international and regional level, and deeply impressed everyone who met him at Salzburg Global Seminar. Born at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, in 1949, Pitsuwan dedicated his life to stability and sustainability in the Asian region. Graduating from Claremont College in California in political science in 1972, and earning a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University, he attributed his success to the help others gave him and dedicated himself to work for those who were less fortunate than him. Known for his commitment to democracy and regional identity, Pitsuwan entered politics in 1986 after being elected as a MP for his hometown, a seat he successfully defended for several terms. He went on to serve as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand from 1997 to 2001. Between 2008 and 2012, he served as Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a period that saw a significant improvement in the regional organization’s involvement in global affairs. A participant in multiple Salzburg Global programs, Pitsuwan first became involved in 2013 at our special session on People, Peace and Planet in 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, held in Kyoto, Japan. He remained in close and regular contact with Salzburg Global as a speaker at four other sessions. During his participation in the 2016 session on Leadership for Regional Cooperation in Asia for the 21st Century, Pitsuwan reflected on his time as ASEAN Secretary-General, saying, “Asian leadership needs to be transformative, trans-generational and transnational – it’s collective,” as he envisioned “a stronger, more effective, more confident and more unified East Asia.” Most recently, his mission for a green and sustainable Asia became a driving force of Salzburg Global’s new multi-year series The Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation, which he helped launch in November 2017. During his keynote speech on A Clean and Green Asia, Pitsuwan said, “Asia is supposed to be living close to nature. That’s the wisdom of Buddha; that’s the wisdom of the Hindus; that’s the wisdom of Confucius: be close to nature, live with nature, go along with nature, and conform with nature.” Pitsuwan attributed sharing his knowledge and helping break down barriers as the inspiration behind his work, saying, “You don’t live for yourself and by yourself alone, the worth and the meaning of your existence depends on your human network. Human networking can make you a good man or woman in the context of society, through it you can influence positive change in the lives, and the quality of such, of the people around you.” “The value, and the meaning, of your own existence depends on your contribution, collaboration, and cooperation to make the life of others better. If my experience, inspirations, and knowledge are needed to help anybody, I would be willing to travel far and wide in order to share them. The passion to share with others is what has driven me, the satisfaction to know that I can be helpful and valuable to other people,” he added. Motivated by the help he received in the past, Pitsuwan said, “You need to share what you have received from those who are good to you […] Ultimately, widening the circle of goodwill, to help others, to create opportunities, and support younger generations, is what we all should do as it is a major part of our humanity.” Clare Shine, Salzburg Global Vice President and Chief Program Office said of Pitsuwan, “For such a prominent leader, Surin was a rare mix of intellect, enthusiasm and generosity, especially with rising younger talents. He often quoted W.B.Yeats’ famous line from The Second Coming: 'The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity,' urging people to join forces for a better world. Surin was a wonderful friend to me personally and to Salzburg Global Seminar. We will dearly miss his unique blend of conviction and passionate intensity.”   He leaves his wife Alisa, three sons, and many friends across the world.
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Minneapolis YCIs Organize a Skills Sharing Workshop to Address Housing Issues in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Minneapolis YCIs Organize a Skills Sharing Workshop to Address Housing Issues in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Mirva Villa 
Passionate to bring about discussion on the issues related to land use in the city of Minneapolis, Salzburg Global Fellows Chaun Webster and Carla Schleicher set about creating a workshop bringing together local communities. A group of 30 participants from multi-racial and indigenous working class communities came together to develop skills, share knowledge, and produce creative strategies to address the local challenges in housing by creating alternative economic models.North Minneapolis, Webster and Schleicher explain, is a densely-populated historically black neighborhood that has faced decades of divestment. More recently, however, there have been sharp increases in housing costs while wages remain stagnant. This has led to an “extreme number” of evictions. Notably, the rising number of evictions is hitting the low-income neighborhoods in Minneapolis the hardest, with many families either being displaced from their homes or having to spend too much of their income on housing expenses, by the federal standard.Both Webster and Schleicher attended the third meeting of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in 2016, where Webster together with New Orleans YCI Imani Jacqueline Brown facilitated a breakout session to encourage the YCI fellows to think about development in the context of their own backgrounds. Titled “Development Without Displacement,” the breakout session encouraged discussion around how working class communities could be empowered creatively to engage with land use issues affecting them. The discussion was framed by the work of American Studies scholar, Bench Ansfield, on development as an extension of colonial logic.Building on the themes of the breakout session, Webster and Schleicher created a day-long workshop titled ‘Development Without Displacement: Skill Building & Knowledge Share,” held in May 2017. The project was made possible thanks to YCI project funds provided to Salzburg Global Seminar by the McKnight Foundation. Nia Umoja, from a grassroots neighborhood collective called Cooperative Community of New West Jackson, came to lead the session, which saw the participants develop their views on cooperation through discussion and group exercises.A report about this project, authored by Webster and Schleicher said, “These exercises were points of tension and conversation as we thought through the rapid growth Minneapolis is facing and the extreme number of evictions that North Minneapolis has undergone that coincides with the lack of affordability and stagnant wages.”The intense five-hour workshop allowed the group to think about next steps for Minneapolis, with the discussion ranging from just causes for eviction laws to banking accountability and electoral strategy for the municipal elections in November 2017. The report continued: “The feedback that we got was that the space was rich with vision and was an important connecting point. The convening also functioned to do some important work in deepening the relationship between West Jackson and North Minneapolis and we are in the process of envisioning a Mississippi River Connection Network that would enable continued knowledge and skills sharing to take place.”For more information about the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, please click here.
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Salzburg Global Fellow Bright Simons Awarded 2017 Tällberg Global Leadership Prize
Salzburg Global Fellow Bright Simons Awarded 2017 Tällberg Global Leadership Prize
Tomás De la Rosa 
Salzburg Global Fellow Bright Simons has been named as one of four winners of the 2017 Tällberg Global Leadership Prize. The award, also known as the Jan Eliasson Prize, is given annually by the Tällberg Foundation to outstanding leaders regardless of country and discipline, whose work is applicable at a global scale, innovative, courageous and rooted in universal values. Simons, president of mPedigree Network, is a Ghana-based technology innovator, development activist, and social entrepreneur. He attended Salzburg Global Seminar in 2011 for Session 481 - Health and Healthcare Series III, Innovating for Value in Health Care Delivery: Better Cross-Border Learning, Smarter Adaptation and Adoption. With mPedigree Network, Simons pioneered a system that enables consumers to instantly authenticate the safety of pharmaceuticals at the point of purchase by sending a free text message via their cell phone. Simons thinks of himself as part innovator, part entrepreneur and mPedigree as part IT enterprise, part social activist organization. Following his Salzburg experience and the global connections it afforded, Simons and mPedigree have since expanded their focus from Africa to Asia. The three other winners of the 2017 Tällberg Global Leadership Prize are Instituto Elos co-founder Rodrigo Rubido Alonso, International Refugee Assistance Project co-founder Rebecca Heller, and Fiorenzo Omenetto, who is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University. Alan Stoga, chairman of the Tällberg Foundation, said, "These four amazing leaders are global in their reach, tireless in their efforts, innovative in their approaches, and operate in concert with universal values. They prove that great leaders are rising to the challenges of our times. Our goal in honoring them is not only to draw attention to their work, but also to provoke a conversation about the kinds of leaders needed today.” All four winners will take part in a public discussion at Columbia University on November 28 as part of the Foundation’s Global Leaders Forum. They will be honored at the Paley Center for Media on November 29. WATCH: Salzburg Global Fellow Profile - Bright Simons
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Young Cultural Innovator Includes Max Reinhardt Mirror in Art Installation
The Coming to See exhibition is taking place at the Salzburger Kunstverein until November 26 (Picture: Annelies Senfter)
Young Cultural Innovator Includes Max Reinhardt Mirror in Art Installation
Salzburg Global Seminar 
Salzburg Global Fellow Annelies Senfter included a mirror that once belonged to Max Reinhardt in her first art installation. The antique, recently acquired by Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron and Salzburg Global Seminar, was loaned to Senfter to be used in her Coming to See exhibition, which took place at the Salzburger Kunstverein between October 13 and November 26. The installation included a collection of acorns from Schloss Leopoldskron, which were spread out in the Kabinett space. Completing the display was a photo of another antique mirror once owned by Reinhardt. Senfter, a visual artist who lives and works in Salzburg, attended the third meeting of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators last year. Describing Senfter’s work, the Salzburger Kunstverein said, “Annelies Senfter’s work is situated between photography, research, and poetic investigation, and investigating notions of memory and trauma. Her work resonates with an urge to uncover repressed subjects without stirring up negative sentiments. “Thus this exhibition brings together these few elements, including the artist’s photographic work, to take a glance back 100 years and weigh upon not only the time caught between that moment and ours but also to weigh upon the immediacy of our collective present. Surviving through all that time is art, the great and pure mirror upon which we as a people may gaze. And if we choose not to gaze at this reflection, the reflection is still produced for others to see, nonetheless.” Speaking to Salzburg Global, Senfter said, “This project belongs to another bigger project I started in 2014. I did a lot of research on sites in Salzburg the Nazis took away during World War Two, such as parks and gardens. I started with Schloss Leopoldskron. “I started collecting leaves from elder trees, trees which were planted before World War Two happened – like all the trees here at Schloss Leopoldskron. I collected the leaves and then made a botanical collection…. I combined it with the story of the building.” These stories and leaves appeared in Senfter’s Asking the Trees project, which also included leaves collected from Villa Zweig and Villa Trapp. While continuing with this project, Senfter received an invitation from the Salzburger Kunstverein to put on an exhibition. She said, “I thought, ‘Okay, if the name of this exhibition (room) is Kabinett, maybe I should do something with a mirror. I did photographs of mirrors here because to Max Reinhardt, of course, mirrors were important. He was a theater man. Mirrors are important to create certain atmospheres.” Ahead of the exhibition, Senfter returned to Schloss Leopoldskron to view Reinhardt’s mirrors in the Venetian Room and his former office. It was during this visit she was offered the chance to use one of Reinhardt’s former mirrors that had been recently acquired from the hotel. The mirror is an original piece, crafted by a Berlin carpenter around the beginning of the 20th century. It previously hung at the palace nearly one hundred years ago. Carved out of coniferous, the mirror is silver- and gold-plated. Senfter said, “I’m really thankful that the Schloss was so supportive with the mirror because I know that they just bought it this summer, and I’m taking it away for six weeks. I really appreciate that, and I’m thankful for it.” Fellows from the fourth meeting of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators surprised Senfter by coming to the exhibition’s opening. Having attended the Forum in 2016, Senfter described the experience as “breathtaking” and something which had helped her with her projects. She said, “Very often I’ve heard of things we were talking about, like being brave, going forward, going to places you’ve never been before, doing something new – something you don’t know if it will out or not. “Take the risk that if something is not working out, you will survive. If you never try, you will never know. This was very, very helpful if you’re working in the arts because it’s always something new. You never know what’s going to happen or you never know if it will work out. You can just say, ‘Okay, if I’m lucky, it will work out. If not, okay. This is what it is. I will do the next thing.’”  WATCH: Annelies Senfter speaking in 2016 on developing projects in an intuitive way Annelies Senfter took part in The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in 2016. The list of our partners for this session and further information can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/569
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Salzburg Global Fellow Jerome Powell nominated to chair US Federal Reserve
Jerome Powell speaking at the Salzburg Global Forum on Finance in Changing World in June
Salzburg Global Fellow Jerome Powell nominated to chair US Federal Reserve
Salzburg Global Seminar 
Salzburg Global Fellow Jerome Powell has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next Chair of the US Federal Reserve. Powell, who has served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors since 2012, was announced as a nominee during an afternoon ceremony in the Rose Garden yesterday. In a statement, the White House said, "Today, President Donald J. Trump nominated Jerome H. Powell of Maryland to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years beginning February 3, 2018. "As a member of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors since May 2012, Mr. Powell has demonstrated steady leadership, sound judgment, and policy expertise. Mr. Powell will bring to the Federal Reserve a unique background of Government service and business experience." His appointment to the position is subject to Senate confirmation. Analysts and media alike will now be examining his recent public remarks for indications on what sort of Chair he will be if confirmed. Powell attended this year's Salzburg Global Forum on Finance in a Changing World - Global Challenges, Regional Responses: How Can We Avoid Fragmentation in the Financial System? During this session, Powell gave a speech on five key areas of focus for regulatory reform and the need to be vigilant against new risks that may develop. On regulation, he said, “We have substantially increased the capital, liquidity, and other prudential requirements for large banking firms. These measures are not free. Higher capital requirements increase bank costs, and at least some of those costs will be passed along to bank customers and shareholders. But in the longer term, stronger prudential requirements for large banking firms will produce more sustainable credit availability and economic growth.” Powell joins Randal K. Quarles as another Salzburg Global Fellow to have been nominated by President Trump for a federal position this year. In July, Quarles was nominated to serve as the Federal Reserve's vice chairman for supervision. Last month he won confirmation by a 65-32 vote in the Senate. If Powell is confirmed, he will be the second Salzburg Global Fellow to have chaired the Federal Reserve. Former chair Paul Volcker has led three sessions at Salzburg Global, including Session 492 - Financial Regulation: Bridging Global Differences - in 2012. Powell currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors alongside Lael Brainard, who spoke at the fifth annual Salzburg Global Forum on Finance in a Changing World - The Future of Financial Intermediation: Banking, Securities Markets, or Something New? - in 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Powell was a visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, where he focused on federal and state fiscal issues. Between 1997 and 2005, he was a partner at The Carlyle Group. He also served as an assistant secretary and as undersecretary of the Treasury under President George H. W. Bush.
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