Salzburg Global Chronicle 2018


Marking our 70th Anniversary

Speaking at Salzburg Global Seminar’s 40th anniversary celebration in 1987, Clemens Heller, one of our three founders, said: “What we did was not done with the intention of creating an institution. If it has survived as an institution, that is due to other people, not us.” In Salzburg Global’s 70th anniversary year, the organization paid tribute to these “other people” — the current and future leaders shaping a better world and our staff who support them. 

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Chronicling Our History

Margaret Mead, anthropologist and our first co-chair, said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” To highlight the successes of Salzburg Global and our Fellows, we produced a short film capturing Fellows’ memories and life-changing moments at Schloss Leopoldskron. And last year’s edition of the Salzburg Global Chronicle focused on “70 Years of Change-making and Bridging Divides,” accompanied by a dedicated anniversary website:

Celebrating Courage

Salzburg Global Seminar’s 70th anniversary theme of “courage” played a significant role at the June Board of Directors Weekend. Thuli Madonsela, human rights lawyer and former Public Protector of South Africa, opened the program by delivering the inaugural Salzburg Lecture, entitled Beyond Just Us: Crossing the Rubicon of Hope through Justice-Centered Leadership. A distinguished group of “courageous” international guests from different walks of life led the weekend’s discussions on “Speaking Truth to Power,” “Courage and Culture” and “Courage for the Long Haul.” 

Returning “Home” To Schloss Leopoldskron

Recognizing our staff’s long commitment, all current and former employees were invited to a “homecoming” at Schloss Leopoldskron in April. The 120 international and local guests included former vice presidents to past interns, reaching as far back as the 1960s. The gala dinner — catered by an external company so all staff could be free to enjoy the event — made use of every state room. A party in the Bierstube rounded off the night’s festivities. 

Throughout the year, we also welcomed relatives of Clemens Heller, Richard “Dick” Campbell, Jr. and Max Reinhardt to explore and rediscover Schloss Leopoldskron. 

Embracing Community Spirit

A special luncheon was held at Schloss Leopoldskron in July to pay tribute to Salzburg and its residents for the continued support we have received throughout our history. Local guests attended a reception before being served lunch in the Marble Hall, serenaded by the Salzburger Landestheater’s children’s choir with a selection of songs from The Sound of Music. Salzburg Global President Stephen L. Salyer reaffirmed how proud the organization is to be a part of the Salzburg community. 

Sharing Memories

On July 15, marking 70 years since the first day of the first program in 1947, Fellows were invited to take part in the first-ever Salzburg Global Day. More than 600 Fellows from throughout the ages shared memories, anecdotes, photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #ShareWithSGS, giving first-hand accounts of how Salzburg Global has had a positive impact on their lives and work.