Introducing a New, Open Initiative

Every new decade invites bold change for long-term benefit. Today’s converging crises provide a unique opportunity to reimagine systems, values and leadership. How can we act smarter and faster for more creative, just and sustainable societies? In a world that lacks public trust and shared positive narratives, the stakes are rising along with inequity and planetary risks.

Designs on the Future is a new, open initiative inspired by Salzburg Global’s radical roots and the unrivalled diversity of our Fellowship. Unique “conversations with a twist” will feature leaders and disrupters from different geographies, generations and sectors. The initiative will focus on emergent challenges and breakthroughs to spark ideas, make sense of complexity, and inform our programs, networks and impact far into the future. 

The inaugural debate in our Designs on the Future initiative featured a healthcheck on the state of our democracies led by a candid conversation between Stacey Abrams, US political leader and voting rights activist, and Will Dobson, co-editor of the Journal of Democracy.