Past Program

Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2014

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Session Summary

Young innovators in the culture and arts sector are providing some of the most imaginative new impulses for social improvement and sustainable economic development around the world today. They change the way we see and interact with each other. Young artists, creative entrepreneurs and cultural leaders demonstrate the creative vision, talent, and energy that our societies so desperately need to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) is a ten-year project launched by Salzburg Global Seminar to engage fifty of the world's most dynamic young cultural innovators every year. The Forum helps young cultural innovators between the ages of 25 - 35 to develop the vision, entrepreneurial skills, and global networks needed to advance their organizations, their causes and their communities. It straddles the visual and performing arts, literature, and cultural heritage, as well as food, fashion, architecture, and design.

The YCI Forum represents a major commitment by Salzburg Global Seminar to connect cultural entrepreneurs in specifically targeted communities and cities around the world, focusing initially on ten hub centers. Supported by our local Fellows within the Salzburg Global Network, activities in these country hubs foster a more vibrant and dynamic cultural sector, and enable cultural innovation to drive positive social and economic development agendas in the communities and institutions involved in the program.

Session 538 "Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators" took place from October 18 - 23, 2014. 


Speakers and Facilitators

Anwar Akhtar
Director, The Samosa Media Project, Pakistan
André Akutsa
Director, NORiA, Marseille, France
Jonathan Alexander
Founder, New Citizenship Project, London, United Kingdom
Marcos Amadeo
CEO & Founder, StarUp Global, Argentina
Sam Conniff
Chairman, Livity, London, United Kingdom
Amina Dickerson
President, Dickerson Global Advisors, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Edna Dos Santos Duisenberg
Former Chief, Creative Economy Programme United Nations Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
Uffe Elbaek
Member of the Danish Parliament; Former Danish Minister of Culture; Founder & Political Spokesperson, "The Alternative"; Founder & Special Advisor, "The KaosPilots" "Senior Troublemaker and Solution Finder", Copenhagen, Denmark
Didi Hopkins
Founder & Director, Skirting the Boards; Visiting Faculty, Cranfield School of Management, International Center for Program Management; Senior Trainer, National Theater, London, United Kingdom
Peter Jenkinson
Cultural Broker, London, UK
Claire Power
Visual Arts Producer and Cultural Consultant, Brussels, Belgium
Phloeun Prim
Executive Director, Cambodia Living Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Simon Rein
Program Manager, Google Cultural Institute, London, United Kingdom
Jonathan Robinson
Founder, ImpactHub, London, United Kingdom
Brian Rothschild
Co-Founder/Executive Director, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, New York, New York, United States
Lyne Sneige
Director Arts and Culture Program, Middle East Institute, Washington, DC
Charles Tims
Associate, Demos; Independent Researcher on Creativity, Communication and Public Spaces, London, United Kingdom
Fiddian Warman
Director and Co-Founder, SODA, London, United Kingdom
Shelagh Wright
Director, ThreeJohnsandShelagh and Mission Models Money; Associate, Demos; London, UK
Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto
Director, Center for Arts and Culture, NLI Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan


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Session Photos

View full set on Flickr


FM4 Interview with YCI Fellow Ashley Nijland