Salzburg Global Chronicle 2015

Taking Salzburg into the World

Taking Salzburg Into The World

For many Salzburg Global Fellows, their Salzburg connections last long after they leave Schloss Leopoldskron

[Clockwise from top left]: 
Andrew Harvey and Stella Flores; Anwar Akhtar; Elena Mavromichali; Fumiko Ishioka and Glenn Timmermans

Creative Economy in Greece

Felipe Buitrago, Elena Mavromichali

Co-organized by one Fellow and inspired by a publication by another, the day-long conference The Creative Economy: An Infinite Opportunity for Growth, held at the Acropolis Museum in Athens in October, brought together artists, policymakers, journalists, and entrepreneurs – including seven Salzburg Global Fellows.

In helping to organize the conference, Salzburg Global Fellow and art historian Elena Mavromichali sought to spark international dialogue centered on a common focus: Greece, still greatly suffering following the 2008 global financial crisis, needs alternative solutions – such as in the “orange economy” – to repair its economic woes. 

The term “orange economy” was coined by Salzburg Global Fellow Felipe Buitrago in his book The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity to describe the sector of an economy driven by creative talent and creative industries. Buitrago’s book focuses on the creative economy in Latin America, but the core concepts can be extended to other regions in the world, such as Greece. Mavromichali believes that bolstering creativity is a huge step in the right direction towards easing Greece’s economic plight, and points to the success of the Greek translation of Buitrago’s book as proof that people are supportive of his ideas. 

“Creative people in Greece see how this publication really addresses them,” says Mavromichali. “Young people and entrepreneurs need this information and this process of thinking in order to support their creativity and build for future projects… We have great support from professionals and artists who need the change, who need to discover the power of the creative economy.”

Many of the ideas presented at the conference germinated over discussions during sessions in Salzburg. Buitrago and Mavromichali credit Salzburg Global with helping spark global collaboration around growing creative economies. 

“The networking you can create is amazing,” Mavromichali said. “But also I think it’s the environment. What makes it really unique is that you’re leaving your everyday routine, and coming into this wonderful place like a friend meeting another friend. Simple interactions create the most brilliant things.”


Holocaust Education in Asia

Fumiko Ishioka, Glenn Timmermans

The Salzburg Initiative on Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention seeks to bring greater awareness of Holocaust education and remembrance programs in countries outside of Europe, North America, and Israel, such as those led by Asia-based Fellows Fumiko Ishioka and Glenn Timmermans

As the executive director of the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, Ishioka’s dedication to Holocaust studies led to her story being adapted for an award-winning children’s book and the documentary film, Hana’s Suitcase. Since participating in the 2014 session Holocaust and Genocide Education: Sharing Experience Across Borders, Ishioka has organized the very first official International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Tokyo and will be publishing a book on memorialization of the Holocaust in the world in 2015. “Much of what I will write is inspired by my experience at [Salzburg],” says Ishioka.

Two-time Fellow Timmermans is an associate professor at the University of Macau in China, where he was responsible for introducing the course “The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights” into the General Education Program. In addition to his involvement in the newly-established Holocaust and Tolerance Centre in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival in Macao, and events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hong Kong, Timmermans is involved in a Genocide Awareness Event in Hong Kong, to which he has invited Cambodian Fellow Khamboly Dy as a panel guest. Building on these connections made in Salzburg, Timmermans is now helping establish the Pan-Asian Holocaust and Genocide Education Network, which he says was “inspired and made possible by the time spent in Salzburg.” With funds from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the Pan-Asian Network aims to impact many countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Taiwan, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and India.


Activism in the UK and Pakistan

Anwar Akhtar

News on Pakistan frequently covers the Taliban, yet fundamental issues like economic marginalization, the treatment of women, child labor, and poor education are frequently overlooked. It is these issues that Anwar Akhtar has committed himself to highlighting through Pakistan Calling, an online project that shares films about pressing social issues and facilitates cooperation between people and organizations in Pakistan and the UK.

Pakistan Calling compiles films with a social message. Some films tell the stories of individuals like ambulance drivers and impoverished street children, while others explore larger ideas of multiculturalism, identity politics, and sustainable development. Most films are produced externally by NGOs or university students, and Pakistan Calling gathers their work in one location.

“What the films have shown is that there’s a large element of Pakistani society desperate to…improve their living environment, educate their kids, have a career, and a secure society and country,” says Akhtar, “By focusing on that, rather than the Taliban or religious violence, you might actually address the latter issues. The films in Pakistan Calling are all manifestos for peace.”

Akhtar credits Salzburg Global with widening his global connections: “As a British-based organization working on a [small] budget, we would not have had the budget to go to Washington and find [other documentary makers]. And yet we found them, on a 90-minute flight from London to Salzburg.”


Education in Europe, USA, and Australia

Margin Buster Award Winners

At the October program Students at the Margins and the Institutions that Serve Them: A Global Perspective, the Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania and Educational Testing Service sponsored $2500 micro grants for winners of the “Salzburg Margin Buster Awards.” The grants were awarded to projects proposed by Fellows to collaborate across international boundaries on projects focused on the marginalization of students from a variety of sectors of society and ways to promote their inclusion in and access to higher education. The winners were: 


In their project, Stella Flores at New York University in the USA and Andrew Harvey from La Trobe University in Australia aim to develop an international student equity admissions framework that will stimulate fresh thinking on how colleges and universities can most effectively provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged or marginalized people. They also aim to develop a taxonomy for institutions serving marginalized populations worldwide which will serve as a common reference point for more efficiently and effectively facilitating the generation and sharing of knowledge, research, and practices among these institutions.


Led by Salzburg Global Fellows Blazenka Divjak at University of Zagreb in Croatia and Fran Ferrier of the European Access Network, an international team spanning three countries, aims to develop a taxonomy for institutions serving underprivileged students in the form of rubrics with criteria, levels and explanations, based on literature and personal experience. The project leaders’ aim is to relate the type of institution, mission, strategy, funding, locally-defined minorities with access, retention issues, and the impact on society.