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Jul 19 - Aug 05, 2020

Power, Protest and the Press: Social Movements and the Future of Civil Society

SAC 14
As media continue to fragment and social movements intensify around the world, democracies are at risk. Mainstream media, in a digital information landscape, now serve to divide publics as much as they inform them. As a result, the civic structures that once supported strong democracies now compromise and corrupt them. The 2020 Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change will respond to the crisis of democratic norms by asking aspiring journalists and storytellers to build media-based responses that support vibrant social movements. Working alongside civil society organizations, activists, and journalists, this global cohort of young people will put into place toolkits and workshops to support social movements with the specific aim to reform corrupt democratic systems. PROGRAM GOALSTransform how journalists and media cover and support social movements in support of robust democratic futures. Build new approaches to citizen participation in our media systems. Design facilitations and workshops that citizens can use to share experiences and meaningfully contribute to social movements. Build networks of journalists to respond to new norms of democracy and combat corruption and misused power across the world.PROGRAM OVERVIEW Social movements and protests are active across the globe. From Beirut and Iraq, to Barcelona, Santiago and Hong Kong, committed citizens are organizing to advocate for their civic rights, and access to an increasingly inequitable distribution of resources. These protests are but the latest in a rising tide of civic resistance to increasingly fragmented societies; the reality is that democracy itself is under threat. As socio-economic divides grow, and politicians exploit topics like immigration, climate change, and gender rights to further divide populations and reduce issues to dangerous simplicities, our ability to co-exist and navigate social boundaries becomes increasingly fraught. Media, both mainstream and alternative, continue to struggle to meaningfully cover emerging fractures. While our connective technologies provide broad spaces for information consumption, dialog and expression, it is well documented that they actively contribute to the fracturing of social cohesion. Through algorithms that divide users based on values, beliefs and ideologies, and through prioritization of content that is shareable – sensational, spectacular, and polarizing – these platforms have contributed greatly to the erosion of facts and belief. Communities now find information to justify their values, with little resistance. Journalism and news organizations either opt into this polarizing environment or face increasingly smaller audiences with less at stake. At the same time those that oversee our private and public institutions find more power to manipulate, sow discontent, and divide through such technologies. The resulting breakdown in political and civic norms is at the heart of the 2020 Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change – Power, Protest and the Press: Social Movements and the Future of Civil Society. This summer, 75 emerging media makers, journalists and storytellers will gather at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar, to explore the relationship between those in power, those in protest, and the press. Students will work alongside faculty and practitioners to better understand the ways in which media systems have contributed to the current climate of protest, and work to design responses that experiment with media to support social movements. Through seminars, workshops, and student-led project work, participants in the Salzburg Academy will learn skills in media design and create multimedia projects, which will focus on rebuilding community norms based on new possibilities for citizen participation that pushes against those in power who are corrupting democratic norms. These projects will reflect a global vision, one that transcends borders, bridges divides, and connects cultures. KEY QUESTIONSWhat is the relationship between Power, Protest, and the Press? How are the norms of truth and facts impacted by protest and social movements? What are the repercussions of protest on media institutions and democratic structures? What types of journalism can support meaningful civic futures? What media systems and structures are needed to reinstate the ideals of democracy?PARTICIPANT PROFILE The 2020 Salzburg Academy will gather 75 emerging media practitioners – journalists, filmmakers, activists, storytellers, and advocates – alongside 25 faculty and 20 visiting scholars, who span across media disciplines, fields, and industries. Participants come from over 20 countries on five continents, and represent top universities, global NGOs, development agencies, and community-focused organizations. PROGRAM FORMAT The Media Academy features plenary master seminars on a range of media-related topics and immersive workshops on game design, mobile storytelling, guerilla filmmaking, immersive design, and community engagement. Sessions on world building, cultural representation, and human interaction complement the program. Project-based work is conducted through student-led groups, where a human-centered design process is put forward. The Media Academy also features reading groups, a culture track, an industry track, and a film program.
Jun 21 - Jun 23, 2020

Finance for the Public Good: Meeting New Expectations in a Decade of Converging Risks

Session 654
Slowing growth, rising inequality and debt, low interest rates and monetary policy limits create a radically different operating environment for financial services, compounded by climate and demographic change and geopolitical tensions. These systemic risks will have a profound impact on, and be impacted by, the financial sector’s ability to deliver local and global expectations fairly and effectively.  The Salzburg Global Finance Forum tackles issues critical to financial markets and global economic growth and stability. Its 2020 program will convene the world’s leading bankers, policymakers and regulators to identify options and best practices for a sustainable financial architecture that ensures the sector operates for the global public good to finance sustainable development and innovation, and meet fast-changing needs of the public, shareholders and the economy.  The financial services sector needs to adjust to urgent imperatives of fairness, inclusion and sustainability while also recognizing its own new characteristics – accelerating dynamics of technology and interconnectedness, changing market structures, and competitive disruption, including the entrance of technology companies. The 2020s mark a pivotal decade to redefine the role of finance as a global public good, recognizing that these cumulative pressures will require policy reforms and radical institutional and technological innovations. The 10th annual program of the Salzburg Global Finance Forum will explore evolving and new dimensions of finance, from data and technology to climate change and sustainability, aging societies, declining growth, and protectionism. It will foster dialogue between industry, innovators and policymakers on redrawing public-private boundaries in policymaking and launching strategies to fulfill new societal imperatives for fair and resilient financial systems.  PARTICIPANT PROFILE Meeting as a community of peers, the Salzburg Global Finance Forum brings together senior leaders, rising specialists and disruptive innovators from:Financial services firms wrestling with technology-driven transformations, changing market structures, and a new competitive landscape marked by the growth of technology companies, as well as changing expectations about the role of financial services in society and the trust placed it in by consumers.  Regulators and policymakers trying to find the right balance between increased systemic safety and the imperatives of financing growth and innovation, all while facing a shift toward greater regionalization and protectionism. Consultancy and law firms serving as advisors to all parties in understanding the practical implications of different regulatory approaches in different jurisdictions, and who can benefit from interact with both practitioners and regulators to explore new strategies to finance growth and fairness in a radically changing world.KEY QUESTIONS Participants will address policy priorities, key obstacles, and practical implementation pathways, focusing on the following questions:What do the public and businesses expect from financial services now and what and on which conditions can financial services deliver?  Is the new competitive environment going to deliver the social goods in established and emerging economies?  Is the distribution of risks and rewards between different players balanced fairly? How can the industry become a vehicle for sustainable and inclusive growth?  What else is needed to strengthen the public good aspects of finance? What is the future role of standards and regulations?  Is there enough resilience in financial services in this evolving environment?  What kind of institutional innovations and reforms are needed?PROGRAM FORMAT The intensive two-day session included panel-led discussions, in-depth working groups, and an Oxford-style evening debate. This highly-interactive session takes place in a retreat-like setting of Schloss Leopoldskron, which facilitates trust, networking, and in-depth conversations. Small group discussions allow intense explorations of specific aspects of the general themes before returning to the plenary to refine conclusions.  PROGRAM GOALSFacilitate discussion about the evolving role of finance in society Discuss how the financial industry can deliver its role as a public good while balancing different needs and demands Explore specific areas of policy actions and frameworks for public-private sector collaborationAn executive summary report will be published within two weeks of the program.
May 17 - May 22, 2020

The Way We Live: Nature, Health and Cities of the Future

Session 653
Most people now live in cities and this trend is set to continue and accelerate. Most cities are neither good for their populations nor for the planet. Most cities have a fundamentally parasitic relationship with their surrounding ecosystems and nine out of the ten top causes of death are either indirectly or directly caused by poor urban design or planning. The 2020 program of the Parks for the Planet Forum will bring together an international, intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of experts, activists and changemakers. They will develop new solutions and thinking about the critical role nature can play in shaping better outcomes for urban populations and the different role that cities need to play in order to protect and preserve nature and the environment within and around them.   PROGRAM OVERVIEW The places and ways in which we live are increasingly curtailing opportunities for living healthy lives on a healthy planet. This is impacting individuals as much as the whole planet and is unsustainable. In many cases a key part of the problem stems from the ways in which cities and the people who live within them have become detached from nature. This has all manner of physical and mental health challenges for urban populations and environmental challenges for nature in cities and the natural world that surrounds cities. One Health is the idea that the health of people is fundamentally connected to the health of animals and the environment. It is becoming increasingly important to think about the health of the entire ecosystems in which we live. This can be applied to the neighborhood, the city or the whole planet, the health of one part impacting on the health of the whole. Most people already live in cities and changes in urban ecosystems will be essential to improve the quality and length of urban lives, as much as for the health of the planet. We are living in a time with the potential for amazing change, and there are great opportunities to adjust how we live in order to prevent human and planetary catastrophe. The focus provided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as new intergenerational leadership around climate activism creates an unprecedented opportunity to create new ways of urban living. Human health is unquestionably affected by the environment in which we live, whether through air pollution, access to outdoor space, the chemicals in consumer products or mental health issues, caused or accentuated, for many people by the nature of modern urban life. This timely program will focus on how we can nurture nature compatible, nature aligned cities and all of the benefits that will accrue from these changes. PROGRAM GOALSImprove the "one health" of both urban environment and the people who live in them by seeding new and innovative new approaches through international and crossborder exchange and the transmission of best practice. Contribute to the development of a new set of urban-nature metrics that will be presented at the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress and other major convenings throughout 2020 and beyond. Generate a multiplier effect by workshopping new ideas that will be further discussed in other fora or refining ideas already discussed in other for a that are brought to Salzburg. Create the basis for ongoing networking and collaborations among participants and the institutions they represent. Develop innovative advocacy and action plans for designed and agreed by participants for them to take forward as appropriate at local and regional levels.KEY QUESTIONSHow can urban and building design promote better health? Which cities are innovating and leading conservation efforts? How can health or education systems benefit from a greater alignment with nature? What are the key drivers for health-promoting equitable development? What role do data, culture, policies, enlightened leaders, organized civic actors each play? What would a set of urban-nature metrics consist of? Where is the financial and investment leadership in healthier building design and better city planning coming from? How can we make the case that investing in nature-based solutions is a sound investment and that nature is a critical component of economic competitivenessPARTICIPANT PROFILE The Parks for the Planet Forum seeks to bring together cross-sector and cross generational change-makers from around the world to tackle complex challenges. This program will bring together a group of 50 participants, drawn from the public, private and civil society sectors and include policymakers, conservationists, real estate developers, green building experts, investors, entrepreneurs, architects, engineers, designers, artists, media and academics. Some of the participants will themselves be conveners of similarly themed events and the Parks for the Planet Forum is proud to be part of an emerging ecosystem of linked events that are working together to develop new ideas. PROGRAM FORMAT This highly interactive five-day program will be structured around a mix of thought-provoking presentations, curated conversations, informal interactions, knowledge exchange, and practical group work. The process seeks to combine theory, policy and practice across sectoral silos, opening up new perspectives and intensive learning opportunities. Participants will also work intensively in focus groups, allowing for in-depth group work on key issues. The program will take place in a retreat-like setting of Schloss Leopoldskron, which facilitates trust, networking and in-depth conversations. Small group discussions allow intense explorations of specific aspects of the general themes before returning to the plenary to refine conclusions.
Mar 29 - Mar 31, 2020

Finding Common Ground on Law Enforcement, Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare

Session 648
Technological innovation is fundamentally disrupting society, commercial sectors, and traditional spheres of governance. While these changes provide ample and exciting opportunities, they also create new fields and grey areas that have unmoored policy, law, and regulation. Can diverse stakeholders find common ground that will open incentives for wider cooperation on specific norms and best practices? The 2020 program of the Salzburg Global Law and Technology Forum will bring together high-level representatives from technology, business, law, policy, academia, and civil society to address recent cybersecurity challenges, consider a broad, holistic approach to global cybersecurity, and reexamine options to establish practical, clear, enforceable behavioral norms to reduce threats. Forthcoming recommendations will be concrete, practical, and implementable. Program Overview Pressure is growing in many countries to regulate technology companies more strictly, particularly when they act in legal grey areas, to strengthen individual access to data, data portability, and open source codes. Regulators will need to coordinate across borders to address asymmetries, to consider these trends in an integrated way, and to find more internationally-workable balances between privacy and security, taking into account ethical frameworks from different societies. Differences in cultural norms make consensus in the cyber realm particularly difficult, and have exacerbated the lack of international norms for cybersecurity, particularly regarding the actions of nation states. More laws and standard operating procedures do exist regarding cybercrime, including the widely-adopted Budapest Convention. Although countries may have divergent national security interests, law enforcement does engage in cross-border coordination, sharing, and data transfer to help address cybercrime and cybersecurity threats. The existence of norms in this area can be leveraged to drive progress, cooperation, and trust among countries more broadly. The Tallinn Manual provides non-binding rules and principles, but leaves many legal questions unanswered or addressed in an ambiguous way and therefore open to many possible interpretations particularly considering the pace of change. Information and communication technologies (ICT) and, perhaps more importantly, the data conveyed across world-wide ICT systems are growing in importance to global and regional economies, national and local governments, as well as citizen and business activities. Devices from bedroom light switches to the electric grid, from private automobiles to entire logistics systems are functional only because of the secure flow of data across networks not bound by national borders. An ever-deepening expansion of in the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and big data analytics threatens a crisis in trust and security that places a new urgency on revisiting the idea of international guidelines on behavioral norms for cybersecurity. To meet these challenges, the approach must be multilateral, with the establishment of new norms through engagement with adversarial as well as allied governments – as well as leaders from transnational corporations, representatives of civil society and those from high-profile networked group of actors working to defend cyberspace. Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith, has proposed creating a “Digital Geneva Convention.” Two industry-led initiatives – the Microsoft-led Cybersecurity Tech Accord and the Siemens-led Charter of Trust – have garnered the support of numerous companies. In December 2018, over 60 national governments signed on to a high-level Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. The Call has been supported by hundreds of companies and civil society organizations. KEY QUESTIONS The program will address questions designed to allow participants in positions of agency to advance a transparent, multi-stakeholder process to develop an implementable multilateral framework, as well as provisions for behavioral norms for both state and non-state actors. These questions will include:What is the best vehicle to obtain participation from the broadest range of actors? How can a particular norm be enforced (e.g., concrete examples from other fields, state practice, other new initiatives and useful analogies)? Is regulation always the best approach? What are alternative solutions? How can we ensure compliance? Should there be rewards for compliance? How can we overcome obstacles such as secrecy and competition?PROGRAM FORMAT The highly-interactive discussion-based program will take place in both plenary and breakout sessions. Participants from radically different legal perspectives, technological settings, and cultural backgrounds, will come together on equal terms to learn and reflect across divides, focusing on barriers and synergies. Strict adherence to the Chatham House Rule ensures a completely open and free exchange. PROGRAM GOALS The Salzburg Global Law and Technology Forum is creating a high-level cross-sectoral leadership network, connecting technology, business, law, policy, academia, and civil society. It will equip judges, regulators, policymakers, and the legal profession to understand new technology; and help align law and ethics with technological progress. The Forum seeks to achieve two concrete goals:Facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue across sectors within an atmosphere of trust, to share perspectives and insights on critical challenges and emerging trends; and Enhance opportunities for cross-border regulatory frameworks, accords, and protocols, to clarify applicable rules and avoid conflicts of law or legal gaps.PARTICIPANT PROFILE The program will bring together a small (40-50 people) intergenerational group of peers, representing multiple sectors and countries, to enable participants to foster meaningful and ongoing relationships with stakeholders who may have different perceptions of technology and its role in the world. It will include leaders from:Technology companies, including multinational giants (Microsoft, FAANG), telecoms companies, and device manufacturers; Law firms operating across jurisdictions; Jurists, regulators, and policy-makers and their clerks or senior advisors; Thought leaders from academia or think tanks, and emerging talent from law schools; Civil society activists representing a variety of viewpoints (for example on freedom of speech or digital privacy); and New players and up and coming disruptors, including those not yet with a global footprint.Consistent with Salzburg Global Seminar’s track record, and given the current under-representation of women in leadership roles in the technology sector, the program will ensure high diversity and inclusion among participants.  
Oct 08 - Oct 10, 2020

Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum

Session 655
The Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum enables critical thinking on the changing roles and responsibilities of directors across jurisdictions and cultures. Launched in 2015, its annual meeting explores how corporations can pursue both profit and public good in a fast-moving global environment, taking account of growing risks, disruptions, regulation, public scrutiny and consumer pressure. Bringing together an international and intergenerational cohort of company directors, lawyers, policymakers, academics, and representatives of key civil society interest groups, the Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum will explore how directors can identify both the challenges and opportunities of disruptive risk, achieve resilience, and navigate an increasingly complicated landscape.  
Oct 20 - Oct 25, 2020

Cultural Innovation and Collaboration: A Global Creative Platform

Session 656
Many cities and regions around the world are facing radical environmental, social, political, and economic transformation, confronting challenges such as climate change, social injustice, the need for educational reform, and growing economic disparities. Addressing these challenges takes action at all levels and in collaboration across multiple different sectors. Recognizing that some of the most imaginative solutions at the local and community levels are found in the arts and culture sector, where young cultural innovators are helping to drive change, Salzburg Global Seminar launched the Young Cultural Innovators Forum in 2014 to connect and empower a critical mass of talented change-makers across the world to shape a more creative, just and sustainable world.  
May 26 - May 30, 2020

Harnessing the Power of AI for Human and Planetary Health

Session 647
OVERVIEW Artificial intelligence (AI) offers significant opportunities to improve human and planetary health. Yet as applications of AI continue to grow in some fields, its uptake has been slower when it comes to addressing social challenges such as improving health and healthcare, enabling broader social inclusion, and making urban spaces both more livable for residents and sustainable for the planet. As the power and reach of AI increases how can society maximize the potential gains for people and environment?  Launching in 2020, the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network will connect and empower a critical mass of outstanding change-makers in two of Asia’s largest democracies – India and Japan – to develop ideas for new innovations and applications of AI to products, processes, policymaking, organizational practices, and financing across three interconnected fields: health systems; accessibility, mobility and inclusion; and living & livable cities. Application deadline: January 15, 2020 (16:00 CET)   KEY QUESTIONSIn healthcare, AI is being developed to help provide health advice and conduct diagnostics for those without access to healthcare; it is assisting doctors, nurses, and administrators to work more efficiently and allow greater numbers to receive quality care; and it is aiding predictions of the impact of both pandemic outbreaks and new cures and medicines. How can the potential of AI be harnessed to make healthcare more accessible, treatment more affordable, and diagnoses more accurate? As AI allows for ever-greater degrees of personalization, what are the AI solutions that can address individuals’ physical and cognitive challenges? How can AI open new means of communication and personalized learning methods to develop new skills for employment and support inclusion? As our cities grow and change, how should AI aid city planners and policymakers to make sense of growing collections of data, prioritize demands on resources, and even predict problems before they arise? How can AI contribute to transforming carbon-heavy systems (such as transport, housing, heating, etc.) to make cities more livable, and urban life more sustainable?PROGRAM FORMAT In 2020, the program will bring together 30 mid-career participants from India and Japan to catalyze and scale up joint collaborations inspired by AI across three thematic areas: health systems; accessibility, mobility and inclusion; and living & livable cities. Each cohort’s technology focus will be addressed by a bilateral pair of workshops held in Japan and India, and Network Fellows will be encouraged to participate in both. This continuity is intended to strengthen Fellows’ knowledge of the contexts in which other Fellows are working, deepen relationships between members of the Network, and encourage longer-term follow up on ideas born in the workshops. The program will be fully residential with an emphasis on participant-led content, peer-to-peer support, and expanding collaboration. Participants of the program will receive economy class travel to the program venue, accommodation (double occupancy room), and meals during the program. Magome, a post town in Japan’s Kiso valley, will host the first meeting of the 2020 program. Magome has been chosen as a location due to its semi-remote location, strong cultural heritage, and beautiful scenery, creating an experience akin to Salzburg Global Seminar’s home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, and allowing us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust and openness. The program venue extends along the historically preserved post road, which was previously a major route connecting Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period.  PARTICIPANT PROFILE Each cohort of the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network will: Be gender-balanced; Consist of mid-career professionals with the aspiration and potential to lead positive transformation in society; Include a diverse, cross-sectoral mix of perspectives from professions such as: Research and Development: academic and corporate researchers, private and government research financers, design specialists (products, places, policies); Implementation and Commercialization: technology specialists, public and private sector practitioners, business strategists, financial innovators, entrepreneurs, civil servants; Expansion and Scaling-up: national and municipal-level policymakers, community organizers and NGO leaders, journalists, thought-leaders, educators and innovators.