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Urgency, Trust and Complexity - Key Concerns for Public Service
Urgency, Trust and Complexity - Key Concerns for Public Service
Salzburg Global Seminar 
Rapid global transformations place governments under intense pressure to perform to ever-higher expectations at a time of shrinking public budgets. Populations are aging, countries are urbanizing, and technology is transforming the future of work. Many citizens have lost trust in the ability of public officials to cope – let alone to excel – under these changing dynamics and constant media scrutiny. How can governments transform their culture and operations to address such challenges and disruptions? What radical changes lie ahead for the design, delivery and funding of core public services? What is the role of government in helping to change mindsets and prepare citizens for the “new normal”? It was these questions and more that a high-level group of politicians, civil servants, and private sector experts came together in Salzburg to answer at the sixth meeting of the Public Sector Strategy Round Table. The report from this session - In the Spotlight: How Can the Public Sector Excel Under Changing Dynamics? - is now available to read, download and share.  The report addresses three key concerns raised by the participants: Urgency The dramatic pace of change and the growing number of disruptive influences are creating a situation wherein governments need to be prepared for challenges they do not yet understand or even know will exist. Three particular areas of unknowns with which governments are grappling are future-proofing societies for changes to jobs and skills; harnessing advances in technology to deliver public services more effectively; and increasing tax revenues from new forms of economic activity. Trust Levels of trust in government institutions and elected officials have dropped to unprecedented lows, restricting the public sector’s ability to innovate and take risks with new approaches. A shrinking tax base, combined with rising expectations from citizens and the need to balance demands for greater transparency with effective communication techniques are putting on a strain on states’ ability to uphold their end of the social contract. Complexity Finally, the public sector must employ a complex array of responses and strategies to cope with this environment, whether through adapting internal structures, undertaking large-scale efficiency reviews, establishing new external partnerships or experimenting with new policy intervention approaches.  Interviews The report also includes several interview features, offering participants' insights on private sector innovation and risk-taking in the public sector, e-governance in Estonia, peace-building priorities in Colombia, and the need to "humanize" governments. All these interviews and more can also all be read on the session page. Looking ahead The intensive two-day session concluded with an agreement to transform the Round Table into a more formalized Public Sector Strategy Network. The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, Salzburg Global Seminar, apolitical, and other partners are now taking the next steps to develop the terms of reference for the Network. You can read more about the plans for this new Network in the report.  Inquiries about how to become a member of this new Public Sector Strategy Network should be directed to Salzburg Global Program Director, Charles E. Ehrlich: cehrlich[at]SalzburgGlobal.org
Read the report online. Download the Report as a PDF. Order a print copy: press[at]SalzburgGlobal.org Salzburg Global Seminar convened the sixth meeting of the Public Sector Strategy Round Table – “In the Spotlight: How Can the Public Sector Excel Under Changing Dynamics?” - in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court and apolitical, and with the support of Chatham House. More information on the session can be found here.
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Report now online - Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills
Report now online - Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills
Salzburg Global Seminar staff 
The report of the Salzburg Global session Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills is now available to read, download and share. The 2016 session of the multi-year series Education for Tomorrow’s World brought together forty education leaders and other stakeholders from around the world to explore the challenges and benefits of fostering SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), including how this will affect the development of academic skills and more general testing of learners’ abilities. The session was held in partnership with ETS.  Emerging evidence in education, psychology, neuroscience, and economics suggests that SEL skills can also be measured and developed to help improve academic achievement, reduce negative behaviors, and enrich interpersonal relationships. Cultivating SEL skills through a more systematic approach could therefore have long-term benefits for learners, schools and colleges, and workplaces. Policymakers, educators, innovators and researchers benefited from structured exchanges to identify the state of the evidence, policy challenges and viable solutions for measuring and enhancing SEL skills. Participants approached this topic in session-wide discussions and smaller breakout groups to consider how best to strengthen social and emotional skills through education policy, curricular development, assessment, and whole school policies. This report presents key points of discussion, debate and learning from the Salzburg session, as well as final recommendations summarized in the session Fellows' co-created Salzburg Statement on Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills.
Download the report as a PDF The Salzburg Global session Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills, which is part of the multi-year Education for Tomorrow's World. This session was held in partnership with ETS (Educational Testing Service). More information on the session can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/566
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Report now online - Global Challenges, Regional Responses: How Can We Avoid Fragmentation in the Financial System?
Report now online - Global Challenges, Regional Responses: How Can We Avoid Fragmentation in the Financial System?
Aceel Kibbi 
The report of the Salzburg Global session Global Challenges, Regional Responses: How Can We Avoid Fragmentation in the Financial System? is now available to read, download and share. The 2017 session of the Salzburg Global Forum on Finance in a Changing World brought together  57 financial leaders from 19 countries across different sectors and regions to discuss emerging risks to the financial system and potential solutions; to review obstacles to global coordination and cooperation in the light of increasing fragmentation; to assess progress in implementing the regulatory reform agenda against the backdrop of ongoing realignment in the global economy; and to outline priority steps to strengthen the global financial system. The report, written by Silke Finken, Professor at the International School of Management in Munich, Germany, provides an executive summary of the discussions from the intensive two-day program. Also included is a list of all participants in attendance, the opening speech of the Session Co-Chair Ranjit Ajit Singh, Executive Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia, and the remarks of Jerome Powell, Member of the Board of Governors, US Federal Reserve System.   
Download the report as a PDF The Salzburg Global session Global Challenges, Regional Responses: How Can We Avoid Fragmentation in the Financial System? is part of Salzburg Global’s long-running Salzburg Global Forum on Finance in a Changing World. More information can be found here: SalzburgGlobal.org/go/580
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Report now online – Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellow Event
Report now online – Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellow Event
Aceel Kibbi 
The report of the Salzburg Global session Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellow Event is now available online to read, download and share. In its first major regional meeting, the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) that was held on April 27 to 29 in Detroit, Michigan brought together 16 fellows from the YCI city hubs in Memphis, Detroit and New Orleans. For two days, fellows explored urban transformation, creative placemaking and storytelling in intensive discussions, workshops and peer-to-peer learning. The YCI forum is a ten-year project that aims to foster creative innovation and entrepreneurship with the intention of advancing economic and urban development worldwide, while supporting innovators in gaining leverage on important social issues within their local communities. Generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, the session recognized the importance of language and emphasis in communicating multi-faceted projects, defining challenges addressed by one’s work, and articulating what one hopes to gain for an exchange with a funder or policymaker.
Download as a PDF (lo-res) The Salzburg Global session Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators: Regional Fellows Event is part of Salzburg Global’s long-running Culture and the Arts series. More information on the session can be found here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/577 
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Report now online - The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal
Report now online - The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal
Aceel Kibbi 
The report of the Salzburg Global session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal is now available online to read, download and share. The 2017 session, which is part of Salzburg Global Seminar’s long-running series on Culture, Arts and Society, was held from February 7 to 12. Hailing from 21 countries, the 49 Fellows included creative entrepreneurs, artists, politicians, law enforcement officials, environmentalists, social scientists, media analysts, and cultural and community leaders. The session tackled the polarizing challenges that art and the cultural sector face. Participants were invited to explore creative ways in which they can inspire and strengthen their communities and societies at large to courageously respond to sources of violence and disruption. Fellows concluded the session by highlighting the importance of the involvement of arts organizations and artists in multi-sectoral discussions and policy developments in order to find solutions for global challenges that plague our world today. The session report, written by rapporteur Margaux Portron, summarizes the topics discussed and the several themes that were examined, including refugees, migration and integration; indigenous communities; climate resilience; urban upheaval; social injustice; post-conflict settings, reconciliation and renewal; and cultural heritage and resilience.
Download as a PDF (lo-res) The Salzburg Global session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal is part of Salzburg Global’s long-running Culture and the Arts series. More information on the session can be found here: http://www.salzburgglobal.org/go/573
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Salzburg Global Chronicle 2017 - President's Report - report now online
Salzburg Global Chronicle 2017 - President's Report - report now online
Salzburg Global Seminar 
The 2017 70th Anniversary edition of the Salzburg Global Chronicle - President's Report - is now available online to read, download, and share. This year's report is a special edition, chronicling the seven decades of Salzburg Global Seminar through four distinct eras. It also includes an opening letter from Salzburg Global President Stephen Salyer and a farewell message from the Chair of Salzburg Global's Board of Directors Heather Sturt Haaga, who is stepping down at the end of June. Introducing the publication, Salyer says, "The following pages offer examples of thoughtful, committed and courageous citizens – thinkers, innovators, organizers – who have leveraged their experience and relationships gained at Schloss Leopoldskron to make the world a better place. In this 70th Anniversary year, we salute the power of their ideas, the strength of their resolve and the impact of their lives." The report begins with a focus on the inspiration behind the organization that was then known as the Salzburg Seminar in American Civilization. It then continues to examine several periods of time in Salzburg Global's history: 1948-1961, 1962-1989, 1990-2004, and 2005 onward. For each era, the report highlights a number of Salzburg Global Fellows who attended the Seminar during these years: the Founders, the Risers, the Globalizers, and the Innovators.  In keeping with the anniversary theme, readers can also enjoy a timeline depicting Salzburg Global's 70 years of change-making. This is accompanied by a list detailing every session that has taken place since 1947. Click here to download a PDF of the 2017 President's Report View the anniversary edition of the 2017 President's Report on Issuu
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Report now online - The Many Faces of LGBT Inclusion
Report now online - The Many Faces of LGBT Inclusion
Louise Hallman 
The report from our fifth session of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, The Many Faces of LGBT Inclusion is now available online to download, read and share. The report was produced following the 2016 session held in Chiang Rai, Thailand - the Forum's first session to be held outside of Europe. The session was held in Asia in an effort to amplify Asian voices often overlooked in the global LGBT discourse. Speaking at the session, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum founder and chair, Klaus Mueller, said: “If Asian societies do not advance on LGBT rights, the global LGBT community will not move forward.” He added: “The Forum is aware of the strong Western discourse in LGBT human rights, and the under-representation of Asian voices within that global discourse.” The 2016 session of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum was held in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Being LGBTI in Asia program, a regional program supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The session was also supported by Austrian Development Cooperation, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Michael Huffington, and the foreign offices of Sweden, Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Forum this year brought together 58 Fellows and staff representing 33 countries, bringing the Forum's representation to 65 countries. The report covers all five days of the Chiang Rai program, as well as giving an overview of the previous years' sessions, detailing the work under-taken since the end of the October 2016 session, and offering insights to how the Forum will continue in the years to come. The 2016 program had four interrelated themes. The topic of Family encouraged participants to talk about the challenges LGBT communities face regarding family rights, social acceptance, and how family is perceived, defined and lived across our different identities. Continuing the dialogue started in the previous year’s session, Storytelling conversations helped writers, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and policymakers to exchange ideas and expertise on the work they produce, the messages they share, and the audiences they hope to reach. Strengthening International Connections is a key theme of the Forum, and one goal is to deepen the relationship between LGBT human rights groups and foreign embassies, governments, and international organizations which provide logistical, financial and network support to LGBT human rights groups. Transgender Asian Perspectives were discussed with particular attention given to the ongoing legal and social changes affecting transgender populations in Asia.  Download the report as a PDF (lo-res)
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