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Dec 02 - Dec 05, 2019

Toward a More Inclusive and Diverse Global Philanthropy: Strategies to Address Social, Economic and Historic Inequality

Session 639
Wealth – in the hands of individuals, philanthropic institutions, and investors – has reached new heights. At the same time, growing inequality, which in part has created these new levels of wealth, is destabilizing many societies. How can philanthropies improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion practices internally, while working externally through grantmaking and partnerships to address growing social, economic, and historic inequality?  A growing body of research suggests that “increasing diversity of teams leads to more and better innovation and improved financial performance.” There is a growing movement in some parts of the world to focus on developing strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), but there is yet to be a broader conversation in the global philanthropic sector on how foundations, social investors, impact investors, and grassroots organizations are addressing these issues in their talent development, investments, program design, and grantmaking practices. PROGRAM GOALS This program seeks to:Facilitate dialogue and collaboration between foundations and social investors in different regions working to advance internal and external DEI strategies and enhance their ability to address rising social, economic, and historic inequalities; Explore how philanthropic approaches that address inequality in different regions help increase diversity and inclusion; Exchange experiences and ideas from across regions and philanthropic sectors to support diversity in talent management, investment, and partnerships; Expand the network of influencers across systems, geographies, and generations to generate impactful alliances and enable philanthropic organizations to better address inequality in different social and historic contexts. PROGRAM FORMAT The residential program will be in the retreat-like setting of Schloss Leopoldskron, which facilitates trust, networking, and in-depth conversations. The highly interactive program is structured around a mix of thought-provoking presentations, curated conversations, informal interactions, knowledge exchange, and practical group work and innovation prototyping.   The process seeks to combine theory, policy, and practice across sectoral and geographic silos, opening up new perspectives and intensive learning opportunities. Participants will work in focus groups, allowing for intense explorations of specific aspects of the general themes before returning to the plenary to refine conclusions. KEY QUESTIONSIn what ways do philanthropic organizations address different kinds of social, economic, and historic inequalities? In places where there is not any (or not enough) discussion about addressing inequality, what would it take from foundations and other organizations to take the lead with NGOs and partners to begin the conversation?  How can the inequality conversation be linked to the needs already being addressed by philanthropies around poverty, unemployment, education, and social and environmental justice?  How can philanthropists help change the root legal and cultural structures that have led to societal and economic inequalities? What can be learned from organizations that directly work on the ground on inequality and inclusion issues?       What are the best ways to create and implement DEI strategies, and achieve goals in this area?  How can inequality be addressed by philanthropists through challenging cultural and societal norms that consciously weaken standards of fairness, tolerance, and inclusion?  PARTICIPANT PROFILE This program will bring together a globally-representative group of 25 participants including:Senior staff of foundations and social investment vehicles;  Professionals involved in human reasource functions and talent management; and  Individuals invested in DEI practices.  
Dec 14 - Dec 19, 2019

Halting the Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Identifying Decisive Interventions in Complex Systems

Session 642
Overweight and obesity affect over 2 billion people worldwide, causing at least 2.8 million deaths annually.  An estimate of the economic cost is 2.8% of global GDP.  Since the 1970s the prevalence of excess weight has more than tripled across populations around the world to 13 %, but among children the proportion has reached 18% (over 30% in the United States).  There is variation in this but projections continue to show an upward trend in most countries, with  persistent and deep disparities and profound consequences for physical and mental health.  Given the complexities involved in this phenomenon, what can be done about it?  Over the past decade, our collective understanding of the systems, forces, and conditions that impact childhood obesity has evolved. Increasingly, initiatives in this area have focused on policy and environmental changes. In many parts of the world, we have moved forward as we have shifted national conversations and public discourse away from just personal responsibility to an understanding that it is also the systems and policies that shape our ability to live well and access opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. There is increasing recognition that the systems and policies that drive obesity in childhood are the same systems that broadly impact the health and well-being of children and families.  What this means is that we are unlikely to solve the childhood obesity crisis unless we are widening our lens to think about broad changes, such as policies that better support families. Until we address the broader determinants of obesity and barriers to its treatment in low income and minority populations, the current disparities in the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases will persist and may even increase. The epidemic of childhood obesity is deeply intertwined with related challenges around food access, income inequality, a fragile safety net, inadequate public transportation, and the scarcity of affordable housing. One of the most pressing challenges for preventing and controlling the global epidemic is to ensure that the public health interventions that are being deployed are reaching and benefitting the most socially disadvantaged populations. This Salzburg Global program will highlight how global innovations and ideas in the childhood obesity prevention space could help optimize health outcomes for children everywhere. Building on Salzburg Global’s long-standing series on health systems transformation, including last year’s seminar on creating healthy environments and shared value for children, and on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s approach to a Culture of Health, this program will enable participants from across the world to review strategies and consider adaption in different contexts to enable all children to grow up at a healthy weight.
Mar 05 - Mar 09, 2020

Building Peace, Stability and Regional Cooperation in Asia

Session 645
Peace is key to ensuring Asia's sustained development and prosperity as the world's most populous region grows in global geopolitical and economic importance. But despite the region’s rich experience in mediating peace and reconciliation, the learning exchange between regional, local and community-driven initiatives has so far been low. Launching in 2020, the Asia Peace Innovators Forum aims to shape long-term peace, stability, and regional cooperation in Asia by building a network of mid-career professionals working in different sectors and countries to exchange knowledge, community-driven approaches, and best practices. PROGRAM FORMATEach of the two 2020 programs will bring together the a cohort of 30 Peace Innovators for a four-day workshop held at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar. A third workshop will be held in 2021. Participants in the Forum (Fellows) will exchange experience and innovation relevant to geopolitics, historical legacies, demographics and migration, climate change, and natural resource management. Fellows will devise plans to seed new projects to advance peace and mitigate conflicts in the countries in which they work. Knowledge and best practices will be further disseminated through social media, journalistic articles in local, regional and global media, and reports. An online platform will keep Fellows across all three cohorts connected; The 60 most promising and most actively engaged Fellows from the three cohorts will be selected to take part in one of two further programs to be held in Asia. These programs will consist of both practical workshops and, where feasible, field visits to pilots projects being led by Fellows.