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Apr 29 - May 03, 2019

Bridging Worlds: How Can We Use Business and Economic Development Strategies to Support Better Health?

Session 616
Where a person stands in the labor market – such as whether they have a job that pays enough to live on – is key to their financial security and wellbeing. And that person’s wellbeing throughout their life is also crucial to employers, businesses and the economy as a whole. Inclusive economic growth has the potential to be mutually beneficial to business, economic development and health. Yet, joined-up strategies between businesses and health and economic policymakers are lacking. Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy data can provide a barometer into overall population health and the disparities that exist between different groups. There are entrenched health inequalities between and within countries that are unacceptable. As an example, across the UK in 2014 to 2016, the gap in healthy life expectancy (HLE) at birth between local areas with highest and lowest average HLE was 18.4 years for females and 15.6 years for males[1]. It can be argued that health inequalities (and other socio-economic inequalities) represent a failure of government to maximize the social and economic potential of its population. The health of a population has a complex, multi-directional relationship with other social and economic outcomes. It is widely accepted that income, access to education and work have an impact on health outcomes and that there is a social gradient in health (the lower a person’s social position, the worse his or her health). There is a growing recognition that the proceeds of economic growth should be shared more equally across the population, i.e. that growth should be more inclusive. Such a strategy has the potential to be mutually beneficial to business and economic development sectors but also health. For example, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) virtuous cycle of inclusive growth[2] describes a self-reinforcing cycle in which rising economic output and social inclusion are mutually supportive. The WEF also argues there is no inherent trade-off in economic policymaking between the promotion of social inclusion and that of long-term economic growth and competitiveness. Through this program, we want to explore the role that business should have as the driver of the economy in creating more inclusive economies and the extent to which the role of business in improving health should go beyond the individual employment relationship and move to systems-level thinking as envisaged by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are also interested in the role of statutory authorities and the role that policies and legislative and fiscal frameworks have in supporting more inclusive economies. A further line of inquiry will examine the future demographic, social and economic trends that are changing the world of work and the ways in which the population will interact with businesses as consumers. There has been high profile policy discussion on the role of automation, the gig economy and universal basic income. However, more could be done to fully understand the impact that these trends will have on our health and in turn, what that might mean for society (particularly for deprived populations), the economy and individual businesses. Now is the time to use the coming changes to shape policies to promote inclusivity and improve health. At the heart of the program is the desire to create opportunities for dialogue across distinct sectors. The SDGs provide a framework for cross-sector action and the translation of benefits from one sector to another. PROGRAM FORMAT This highly-interactive program, held at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar, will prioritize opportunities for cross-border sharing and learning.  The program will commence at 3.30pm on Monday, April 29, 2019 with an introductory session and a welcome dinner. The formal sessions will finish by the end of the day on Thursday, May 2. There will be an optional gala dinner and accommodation will be provided on the Thursday evening for those departing on the Friday.  Participants will focus on building new insights and aggregating perspectives and experiences from relevant sectors, areas of expertise and regions. Working groups, each with a thematic and/or country focus, will prepare recommendations for action by different target audiences.  PARTICIPANT PROFILE For this program, Salzburg Global Seminar seeks to bring together cross-sector and cross-generational change-makers to tackle complex challenges and bridge the worlds of business, health and economic development. Participants of this program will form an international group of country teams drawn from diverse sectors – policymakers, business representatives, academics and representatives from civil society – to explore the intersection between economic development and health. KEY QUESTIONS Over the course of the four-day program, participants will address the following questions:What role do businesses play in promoting inclusive economies within the communities in which they are based? To what extent is this role health enhancing? What policies, legislative and fiscal frameworks have been effective in promoting more inclusive economies? Who should be responsible for closing regional gaps in opportunity? How can local areas best take advantage of emerging employment opportunities as a route to more inclusive economies?  What will demographic, consumer and technological trends mean for the way we work? What in turn will this mean for our health (i.e. how will trends affecting the future of work in turn affect our health)? How can we best use these changing trends to design in health enhancing policies? How can we ensure that policies support individuals to flourish at different stages of the life course? And how can we plan for emerging trends that will change the way in which young people today might experience the world of work as they age?  How do we ensure that adoption of changing and new jobs roles (and the loss of existing roles) due to technological change improve health and do not exacerbate existing health inequalities? What can be done to address these risks and what can be done to support areas already experiencing disadvantage?  How are different countries seeking to achieve alignment across sectors with reference to the SDGs? What policies or programs are the most effective? What does this mean for organizations or sectors doing this in practice? What capabilities do we need to build in the system to make the most of the systemic interconnected approach that the SDGs encourage?OUTCOMES AND IMPACT This program will seek to:Facilitate dialogue and continued cross-border learning across a diverse range of sectors including those with a responsibility for the public’s health, economic development, poverty reduction and business. Identify best practice in order promote better strategic alignment between initiatives designed to promote inclusive growth and initiatives designed to promote better health and reduce health inequalities. Develop a Salzburg Statement and other policy recommendations in relation to the future of work and its impact on health.
Sep 05 - Sep 10, 2019

Moving Measurement into Action: Redesigning a Global Framework for Measuring Patient Safety

Session 622
Measurement is fundamental to advancing improvement, though unlike other aspects of health care, metrics for safety are not always evidence-based. There are critical measurement gaps in key settings, such as ambulatory care, and the current measurement methodology fails to detect all instances of errors, harms and “never events.” As part of the Health and Health Care Innovation series, the program will utilize a comprehensive view of harm to develop collection strategies, and ensure the effectiveness of measures for safety, error, and harm. The program will focus on cross-continuum measures supporting the safety of patients and healthcare workers that can be applied across high, medium, and low-income countries. Over the last 15 years, measurement has become routine in many areas of health care. However, unlike with other aspects of quality, metrics for safety are not always evidence-based. There are critical measurement gaps in key emerging settings, such as ambulatory care and the use of low-value care. The current measurement methodology, which often relies on retrospective surveillance via claims data or chart reviews, fails to detect all instances of errors, harms and “never events.” Poorly devised or under-utilized metrics carry the potential for unintended negative consequences. For example, one particularly common measure – “total adverse events” – may be too heterogeneous to provide meaningful data for improvement, yet it is often used as a primary metric for assessing patient safety. Current measures predominantly focus on inpatient safety rather than safety across the entire continuum and are retrospective and reactive, not allowing for the identification and measurement of risks and hazards before an adverse event occurs. They may also fail to adequately represent what is meaningful to patients (e.g. emotional harm). The safety field needs to develop a set of meaningful measures that accurately assess the safety of patient care and focus improvements on care across the continuum. At this program, we will utilize a comprehensive view of harm to inform the creation of a framework to guide the development of more effective measures and collection strategies, and to ensure validity of effective measures for safety, error, and harm. We will focus on cross-continuum measures that support the safety of patients and the healthcare workforce with the ultimate aim of developing design principles and a framework of actionable areas of measurement focused on learning and improvement that can be applied in high, medium, and low-income countries. KEY QUESTIONSChallenges of measurement: What are the unintended consequences and limitations of current measurement practices? How do these vary around the globe? What are the potential unintended consequences of a new framework for measurement, and how might they be mitigated? The role of proactive and reactive measurement: What are the benefits of proactive data and reactive data? How can each type of measure be used to understand and address both harm and risk? How and when should each type of measure be used, and how can these measures be most useful to systems, clinicians, and patients? The role of patients: What is the role of patients in measurement? What role can and should patient-reported measures play in measuring harm and system safety? The role of novel methods of data collection: How do organizations and countries around the globe collect data (e.g. electronic health records and or patient-reported measures) for measuring safety and/or harm? How can new technologies, big data, artificial intelligence, or other innovations be best developed and implemented to promote improved measurement for learning? Measuring across the continuum of care: What types of measures matter in settings outside of hospitals, such as ambulatory practices, community-based and home health, nursing homes, etc.? How does collection and analysis of data vary across these environments, and how can a potential framework reduce these challenges? National and international action to advance measurement: What are countries doing around the world? What national or international protocols are in place or necessary to develop and validate measures? How can a framework influence developers and processes around the globe? What policies and incentives currently exist, and which could or should be considered?PARTICIPANT PROFILE This program will bring together around 50 participants, including global healthcare leaders, researchers and design thinkers, patients, providers, and experts in measurement, quality improvement, operations, and informatics from measurement and patient safety-focused organizations around the globe. PROGRAM FORMAT This program will be highly participatory, with a strong focus on synthesizing experience from different settings. The program will combine presentations and panel discussions with group conversations and participant-led group work to develop an actionable, cross-continuum framework for safety measurement. EXPECTED OUTCOME AND IMPACT This program will seek to create:A consensus paper outlining a framework focused on re-establishing system measurement of safety and harm for learning, improvement, and accountability; Principles for evaluating the effectiveness of existing measures and the development of new measures for system safety; Recommendations for implementing the framework and selecting valuable measures for health care providers and systems; and An ongoing collaboration among participants and their institutions, including policymakers, to implement the framework and improve tools and guidelines for measurement.
Jul 16 - Aug 02, 2019

The Cost of Disbelief: Fracturing Societies and the Erosion of Trust

SAC 13
Platform technologies are designed to divide communities by ideology. Politicians take advantage of this information architecture to position people against one another. The result is a fracturing of belief, where truths have splintered and trust has eroded. Our digital media environments are at the center of this fracturing. Our social and civic cohesion is at risk. The Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change will respond to this challenge by bringing together emerging media makers and storytellers to create speculative futures focused on media infrastructures that can renew trust, re-imagine community engagement, and inspire new norms for participation in daily life.   Societies are struggling to find common truths from which they can organize. Social networks and media platforms have become the central organization mechanisms for information and communication in communities around the world. While such technologies have provided broad spaces for information consumption, dialog and expression, it’s well documented that they have actively contributed to the fracturing of social cohesion. Through algorithms that divide users based on values, beliefs and ideologies, and through prioritization that which is shareable-sensational, spectacular, and polarizing content-these platforms have contributed greatly to the erosion of 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. The resulting breakdown in political and civic norms is what we call “The Cost of Disbelief.” This summer, 75 emerging media makers, journalists and storytellers will gather at Salzburg Global Seminar to explore the relationship between media environments, truths, and the fracturing of our societies. Students will work with faculty and practitioners to better understand the ways in which media systems have contributed to this approach, and work to design responses that experiment with media that can combat disbelief. Through presentations, workshops, and student-led project work, participants in the Media Academy will learn skills in media design and create multimedia projects that focus on rebuilding community norms based on trust, civility, and meaningful engagement. These projects will reflect a global vision – one that transcends borders, connects cultures and bridges divides. KEY QUESTIONS The 2019 Salzburg Academy will examine the following:What is the relationship between media platforms and trust? How are norms of truth and facts impacted by social networks? What are the repercussions of algorithms for media and news institutions? What types of journalism and storytelling can combat disbelief and distrust? What media systems and structures are needed to reinstate norms of trust, truth, and social cohesion?PARTICIPANT PROFILE The 2019 Media Academy will gather 75 emerging media practitioners – journalists, filmmakers, activists, storytellers, and advocates – alongside 25 faculty and 20 visiting scholars, that 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 presentations and discussions on a range of media-related topics; immersive workshops on game design mobile storytelling, guerilla filmmaking, immersive design, and community engagement; and 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 and a film club. EXPECTED OUTCOMES AND IMPACTThis year’s Media Academy will seek to develop the following: A multimedia publication that responds to the theme of the program. A network of emerging media leaders that collaborate on projects and initiatives around the world. A consortium of institutions working on building dynamic pedagogy and processes for their teaching and/or applied work. New collaborative research projects launched by faculty and practitioners on media and social change.
Jun 23 - Jun 25, 2019

Financial Services in the 2020s: Tectonic Shifts and New Landscapes

Session 621
The geopolitical landscape and the global economy are going through tectonic shifts with the pace of global growth becoming less vigorous and balanced. What are the new risks and opportunities? What impact will these changes have on a global financial system that is already being transformed by technology and digitalization? How can policymakers and financial institutions best respond? The Salzburg Global Finance Forum tackles issues critical to financial markets, their participants and global economic growth and stability. The Forum facilitates candid, in-depth analysis of strategic challenges and emerging risks by senior and rising leaders from financial services firms, supervisory and regulatory authorities, public policy leaders and professional service providers. The 2019 program will focus on key long-term trends and scenarios for financial services. With the changes in US trade policy and the disruption caused by a post-Brexit UK and Europe, Asia’s increasingly supportive stance toward open trade and financial flows and China’s announced expansion of its financial market opening have the potential to shift the center of gravity and alter the nature of the financial services industry over the course of the next decade. At the same time, global growth is slowing, markets are fragmenting, and politics are front and center. What are the major risks we need to understand and manage as they relate to economic growth and opportunity? What are the prospects for new and sustainable growth in the future? Sustainable finance is key to ensuring the long-term competitiveness of the global economy. Capital markets and the financial sector have a central role to play in reorienting and scaling up capital flows towards sustainable investments as well as in the management of financial risks stemming from climate change, environmental degradation, and social issues. Official sector and private-led initiatives (the European Commission’s Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth, and the FSB Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures, among others) have accelerated the awareness of climate-related financial risks and the importance of scaling up green financing. Now financial institutions together with investors, public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders need to advance appropriate coordination between legislative and market initiatives to change the current short-term behavior of financial markets into a long-term perspective that includes environmental and social considerations, consistent with the interests of investors. In addition to these megatrends, the continuing advancement of technology and digitalization of assets are changing access, speed, and participation in markets. The digital ecosystem is evolving with many unanswered questions with regard to the privacy landscape and data ownership. Regulations are proliferating in this space, with multiple industries affected. Regulators and supervisors have to monitor external risks and tipping points ever more closely while optimizing technologies and data analytics to keep in step with fast-moving markets. Cybersecurity will continue to be an important prerequisite for maintaining trust and stability among market participants, particularly given the potential for system-wide disruption caused by a cyber-attack. The rapid pace of innovation poses challenges to a regulatory framework that is national and is defined by legal entities rather than activities. In addition, a growing number of actors are not subject to traditional banking regulation. This raises questions about how effectively to conduct regulatory and supervisory activities. This challenge is becoming more acute as regulatory approaches to financial innovation diverge in the US, Europe, and Asia. Is this divergence potentially jeopardizing a concerted global response to any future financial crisis or is it a source of competitive advantage to be welcomed? Are the policies in this space consistent with other public policy objectives (e.g., regarding privacy or systemic risk)? KEY QUESTIONS Forum participants will address a set of critical questions, including: Geopolitical Shifts and Drivers of Global ChangeWhat are the opportunities and challenges of the changing economic and financial landscape, particularly with regard to China’s growing influence and market dynamics? What are the risks to growth? What are the distributional effects, i.e., who are the winners and losers? How is technology impacting China’s ability to compete across the globe? What is the impact of Brexit on financial markets and the Capital Market Union Project? Will the current slowdown be worsened by trade wars and protectionism?Long-Term Investments and Sustainable FinanceWhat are the impacts on sustained and inclusive growth of technological transformation/disruption? How can the financial industry work together with investors and other stakeholders to create an effective and efficient sustainable finance ecosystem and facilitate long-term investment?Technology, Digitalization and Regulation Is the hyper-connectivity of the digital era a force for good? How do we harness new technologies to help build an inclusive, transparent and accountable digital economy without accelerating inequality, polarization, and mistrust? Do financial institutions and their regulators have the right skillsets and are they focusing on the right things? How can we create a regulatory framework that takes into account changes to market structure, such as access, new players, level of competition, etc.? Do regulators have the appropriate mandate/ authority in this new digitized world? Can regulation evolve enough to allow for widespread use of tools like machine learning and AI? Is there an adequate framework in place to evaluate the cumulative impact of market changes on financial stability? What might cause the next financial crisis? Do we have enough foresight to coordinate prevention and response?International GovernanceWhat international governance is needed for the new technology era? What is the future of global financial institutions responsible for regulatory and policy matters? Are they still fit for purpose in this new world? Is Asia adequately represented on these policy bodies and if not, will it go its own way fragmenting the global concord?PARTICIPANT PROFILE The Salzburg Global Finance Forum brings together senior leaders and rising specialists as a community of peers. Participants will include senior and rising leaders from financial services firms (including commercial and investment banks, asset managers, private equity and pension funds, and fintech companies), supervisory and regulatory authorities, public policy leaders and professional service providers (including law firms and consultancies). SESSION FORMAT The intensive two-day session will include 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.  An executive summary report will be published within two weeks of the program.
Sep 20 - Sep 24, 2019

The Changing Role of the Media in American Life and Culture: Emerging Trends

SSASA 17
The USA has never had so many sources with which to inform itself and the world. But while the options of how to consume news are broadening, consumers’ views are narrowing. The rise of 24-hour TV news channels, hyper-partisan advertising and social media is widening cultural, political and social divides in the United States. At the 2019 SSASA symposium, academics and practitioners will explore how the news media has developed an increased political role. In addition to its traditional communications goal of informing and shaping domestic and worldwide understanding, and alongside the three traditional branches of government – the executive, legislature and judiciary – the media has become a more active and significant institutional political part of an increasingly polarized America. What does the future hold? No longer constrained to city morning papers, top-of-the-hour updates or evening newscasts, Americans now have more choice in when, how and where they access their news. In addition to the traditional newspapers, radio stations and TV channels, mobile apps, podcasts, blogs, online video channels, social media networks also capture conventional audiences. The producers and publishers of this news are just as varied, from global conglomerates to independent bloggers and malicious bots.  Education, geography, race, political leanings and age have all long influenced how Americans access and consume their news. Aided by algorithms, social media platforms show content tailored to their users’ existing political views, homogeneous communities and specific demographics.  Social media has also made it easier to publish and share content from news producers at all levels of professionalism and purposes, whether delivering objective reporting, serving niche audiences, advancing political viewpoints, or sowing deliberate discord. Many readers, however, lack the media literacy necessary to discern what news is “real” and what is “fake,” preferring instead to consume and share news that supports rather than opposes their view of “the truth.” Trust in both news outlets and social media platforms is waning. Although freedom of the press is enshrined in the First Amendment, the US is sliding down the World Press Freedom Rankings – a slide that pre-dates but is accelerated by the current administration and its declaration of the media as the “enemy of the people.” With today’s global access to news online, anyone can now read, watch and listen to America’s coverage of itself as well as that produced by their own countries’ and others’ correspondents. But shrinking revenues have reduced both the spread of national and foreign correspondents and the depth of local and international news coverage. Despite diversity initiatives and some gender advances, cultural issues remain a challenge for the media.    Many of these issues are not uniquely American, but how the USA responds to these challenges will have wide-ranging implications for media markets around the world and how they in turn positively or adversely affect their own countries. KEY QUESTIONSHow has the American media landscape and the world’s news consumption habits changed in America and abroad in past decades? What have been the main drivers of these changes?  What appears to be the motive and purpose of those who are producing and publishing the news?  Why do many Americans appear to have lost trust in the news media an how can the industry regain trust and remain objective in an age of “alternative facts”? How is the American media landscape influencing other countries’ media markets and the image of America abroad and how, in turn, is America being influenced by its image in the world How can the American media fulfill its communication and emerging political role as an institution of American democracy and how are the executive, legislature and judiciary likely to react to this new political involvement? What does the future look like for the US media, its consumers and its role in American culture and democracy?PROGRAM FORMAT The intensive four-day session will include thematic presentations and panel-led discussions by distinguished speakers and participants, as well as small in-depth discussion groups to maximize cross-sector interaction with everyone present. The highly interactive session takes place at Schloss Leopoldskron, the historic home of Salzburg Global Seminar. PARTICIPANT PROFILE Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) symposia are intended to connect scholars and professional leaders from around the world to build collaborative networks for research and debate. The 2019 meeting – the 17th SSASA symposium – will bring together approximately 45 participants from more than 25 countries. Speakers and participants will include individuals with expertise in the current American media landscape, as well as academics teaching about the United States in universities around the world.
May 30 - Jun 04, 2019

Partnerships for Urban Wellbeing and Resilience: Harnessing Nature and Protected Areas for the Sustainable Development Goals

Session 620
By 2050, over 75% of the world’s population will live in towns and cities. The equitable and sustainable design of urban environments will be fundamental in determining the state of the planet and the health of societies that we bequeath to future generations.  The way we live, and our quality of life, are directly shaped by our environment. Design and investment for cities have far-reaching implications for billions. Today’s decisions on housing, technology, transport, and access to green space affect people’s health and well-being, the dynamics of communities and economies, and cities’ capacity to address the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All cities are intertwined with broader landscapes and seascapes. Many depend on protected areas and natural habitats for essential ecosystem services, including water supply and protection against natural disasters. Parks, protected areas, and green and blue infrastructure in and around urban areas provide major nature-based solutions for public health, climate change, and urban resilience, and can become cost-effective multipliers to achieve the SDGs. Investors, sovereign wealth funds, real estate companies and the insurance and reinsurance industries will play a pivotal role in determining the level of priority given to health, nature and sustainability in urban development worldwide. Extraordinary potential could be unlocked by bringing key stakeholders from these sectors together with leaders in urban health, conservation, and new movements promoting more inclusive visions for cities of the future.   Since 2015, the Parks for the Planet Forum has forged a unique network committed to transformative leadership and action for health, nature and cities. The 2019 program will catalyze cross-sector understanding, shared agendas, and financial innovation for this purpose. It aims to encourage policies, investments and partnerships to mainstream nature-rich areas, access to green space and healthy building design in and around cities as a critical contribution to human and planetary health. Target Audience and Collaboration The program will bring together a group of 50 participants, combining thought leaders, innovators and policymakers from different regions and sectors with investors, real estate companies and portfolio managers. It will help foster meaningful and ongoing relationships between stakeholders with different perceptions of urban health and well-being, and the role that nature can play in delivering multiple benefits for urban populations.  Participants will be drawn from the public, private and civil society sectors and include policy makers, conservationists, real estate developers, green building experts, investors, entrepreneurs, architects, engineers, designers, artists, media and academics. Session Format The residential program will take place in the retreat-like setting of Schloss Leopoldskron, which facilitates trust, networking and in-depth conversations. The highly interactive program will be structured around a mix of thought-provoking presentations, curated conversations, informal interactions, knowledge exchange, practical group work and innovation prototyping.   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 intense explorations of specific aspects of the general themes before returning to the plenary to refine conclusions. Key QuestionsWhich cities are shaping national responses to the Sustainable Development Goals and how are they achieving this? What new kinds of partnership are needed or are emerging to raise awareness of the role that parks and protected areas play in ensuring the health and well-being of urban populations? What is the current base line for ‘urban-green’ finance and investment, what is it overall urban investment and what are the challenges to wider take-up? What should the institutional investor community be prioritizing in terms of health and well-being? Where is the financial and investment leadership in healthier building design and better city planning coming from? What concrete opportunities are there to amplify new approaches for the finance / investment sectors that can complement conservation-focused global meetings?Outcomes and Impact / Program GoalsTo develop understanding, awareness and shared agendas around the crucial role and benefits of nature for urban communities and encourage policies, investments and partnerships to mainstream nature-rich areas, access to green space and healthy building design in and around cities as a critical component of urban health and resilience. To raise awareness and develop shared understanding across different sectors of the ways in which parks, protected areas and other nature-rich spaces in and around cities can provide major nature-based solutions to challenges of public health, climate change, and urban resilience. To create a set of Salzburg Principles / or Salzburg Statement that could guide future engagement for those working on the social and economic determinants of health from a built environment or parks perspective Share learning from the program through dynamic reporting (blogs, newsletters, a substantive report) with a broad, international group of stakeholders, and with the help of a media partner Ultimately to contribute to the development of a set of evidence-based arguments through atypical coalitions that will promote major cross-sectoral change in policies, practice and financial closer alignment across a range of other conferences and convening opportunities to allow for the development of new thinking in this space throughout 2019.Multi-Year Series The Parks for the Planet Forum is a ten-year collaboration to reconnect people and nature in a urbanized world. Launched in 2015, it aims to improve human and societal well-being by expanding access to nature-rich urban spaces, increasing investments in urban conservation, and creating dynamic partnerships between people, cities, and protected area systems.
Dec 08 - Dec 13, 2019

Education and Workforce Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants

Session 630
At 68.5 million, the global number of forcibly displaced people is at its highest since the end of the Second World War. Over half of all refugees are children and they face massive educational disadvantages. Their lack of access to education hinders not only their own wellbeing and future prospects, but also the future of both their own and host countries. Building on recent Education for Tomorrow’s World programs on language policy and social and emotional learning, this program will bring together experts, policymakers and practitioners from a wide range of organizations, sectors and countries to develop policy and financing solutions that can create better education outcomes and life chances for both refugees and displaced people and their host communities. 
Apr 07 - Apr 09, 2019

Privacy, Security, and Ethics in an Asymmetric World

Session 635
As technological innovation accelerates, new fields and grey areas raise unprecedented challenges for policy, law, and regulatory systems. Companies and users are global but regional approaches differ, creating legal uncertainty around conflict of laws, lack of territoriality, and imposition of extra-territorial jurisdiction. Perceptions of power asymmetry – between large technology companies, small emergent ones, governments, and citizens – contribute to a widespread erosion of trust, undermining the extraordinary potential of new technologies for public good. The policy and legal implications of new technologies and data applications are difficult to ascertain when still emerging, but even harder to address after technologies have matured and become embedded in social and economic infrastructure.  Regulation depends on top-down control and enforcement capacity, the antithesis of the bottom-up disruptive model pushed by innovators.  Agnostic as to its own use, technology can be used for criminal purposes, to obscure criminal activity, or to investigate and combat crime.  Legal technology (“lawtech”) can make the entire legal system more effective.  However, lawyers and rule-makers may lack skills or the understanding of technology, the extent of its advance, or its future potential.  This requires not only more interaction among stakeholders, but also a focus on actions designed to equip the legal sector with the necessary skills.  In many cases, firms themselves are left to make the rules on ethics and take decisions for their own platforms either through legal requirement or in the absence of guidance. Legal concerns arise constantly and in multiple cultural and political contexts regarding the balance of privacy and security and of law enforcement and human rights, as well as on how data is held or used by private actors versus by governmental institutions, and with cyber security at the forefront.  Artificial intelligence and the internet of things are increasingly becoming integrated in every facet of our lives.  Algorithms need to be transparent to promote trust and ensure validity, but opaque to ensure security.  Notions of privacy itself have evolved in the digital era, and may even cease to exist.  Current events show that a better-informed citizenry can drive demand for greater transparency and accountability, yet no common ethical framework nor apportionment of responsibilities exists, leaving policy-makers to respond to the latest headline. Societies and economies stand to gain if leading stakeholders in law, technology, and civil society are able to come together to harness the innovation of cutting-edge companies and developers, foster cross-border collaboration, and enhance flexibility and pragmatism in law and policy-making to ultimately improve global governance.  Advances can directly support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions), and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). GOALS OF THE FORUM The Salzburg Global Law and Technology Forum will create 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 better understand and anticipate the legal implications of new technologies, and help align law and ethics with technological progress. The Forum seeks to achieve two concrete goals: 1. Facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue across sectors within an atmosphere of trust, to share perspectives and insights on critical challenges and emerging trends. 2. Enhance opportunities for cross-border regulatory frameworks, accords,and protocols, to clarify applicable rules and avoid conflicts of law or legal gaps. INAUGURAL MEETING The inaugural meeting of the Salzburg Global Law and Technology Forum in 2019 will define initial priority issues and identify possibilities for new international norms and practical collaborations. It will address ways to ensure an ethical underpinning for technological development, consistent with the rule of law and global public good, seeking to balance needs and trade-offs around security, privacy, law enforcement, and human rights. Private firms, public institutions, and civil society representatives will have the opportunity to debate and clarify respective interests, roles, and responsibilities. Areas of activity to be discussed at the inaugural meeting and in concrete follow-up may include:ensuring an ethical underpinning for technological development, consistent with the rule of law and global public good, seeking in particular to balance needs for security and privacy, law enforcement and human rights, and responsibilities for private firms and public institutions to each other and to citizens; resolving specific priority issues and global challenges through a comprehensive and cross-sectoral process within conditions of mutual trust; exploring new ways lawtech might assist the legal profession to promote both efficient and effective justice; devising methods to equip rule-makers from judicial, legislative, and executive bodies with technological literacy, including both through facilitating continuing education or mainstreaming technical staff advising and supporting the rule-makers within institutional and legal processes; and developing leadership skills and competencies that help to unleash human potential to be able to lead technological change, exploiting existing capabilities and new opportunities.PROGRAM FORMAT The highly-interactive discussion-based program will take place in plenary and breakout sessions. Participants from radically different legal perspectives, technological settings, and cultural backgrounds, will sit together on equal terms to learn and reflect across divides. By focusing in great depth on barriers and synergies, they will explore new risks and opportunities. For example, because lawyers and rule-makers often lack full understanding of technology, the extent of its advance, or its future potential, more interaction among stakeholders (and demonstration of lawtech) can seek routes to equip the legal sector with the necessary skills while improving practical and ethical implications of public policies or decisions.Strict adherence to the Chatham House Rule ensures a completely open and free exchange. PARTICIPANT PROFILE The program will bring together a small 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 draw primarily 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 Forum will seek to ensure high diversity and inclusion among participants. PROGRAM AGENDA To download our draft agenda please click here
Mar 29 - Mar 31, 2019

Global Alliance for SEL Meeting (GASEL)

Session 640