Fellows Around the World Meet to Celebrate Salzburg Global Day

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Jul 16, 2018
by Oscar Tollast
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Fellows Around the World Meet to Celebrate Salzburg Global Day

Fellows join together both online and offline to celebrate Salzburg Global to reflect on their experiences and expand collaborations Participants from this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change join in the fun on their first day in Salzburg

Salzburg Global Fellows from all over the world came together on Sunday to celebrate Salzburg Global Day.

Building on last year's inaugural celebration, Fellows from different programs stretching across many years met up at organized events in Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa.

This took place as other Fellows joined in the fun online, sharing photos and memories of their experiences using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Salzburg Global Day takes place on July 15 each year, the anniversary of the beginning of the Salzburg Seminar in American Civilization in 1947. At this program, scholars and advanced students convened at Schloss Leopoldskron for six weeks of study.

The Seminar – what would later become Salzburg Global Seminar - made it possible for present and future leaders of European thought and education to study with Americans a well-defined subject of common interest. The Seminar offered a program of learning and reflection for young leaders who sought to build a united Europe.

On Sunday, events took place in Abuja, Nigeria; Athens, Greece; Bengaluru, India; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Cairo, Egypt; Cape Town, South Africa; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Paris, France.

Informal gatherings are also due to take place this evening (Monday, July 16) in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, and in Washington, D.C., the United States. Before all of these events, organizers were given e-kits which included posters, photo props, a link to Salzburg Global's 70th-anniversary video, and a flyer.

Sakuntala Narasimhan, a Fellow of Sustainable Rural Community Development and Who Will Control the Food System?, helped organize the event in Bengaluru, India. It was hosted by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and featured a talk by Nirupama Menon Rao, who served as India’s foreign secretary between 2009 and 2011 and was a former ambassador for India to the US. Rao spoke about sensitizing youth to the needs and priorities of the country to ensure progress and development in real terms.

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, Trinnawat Suwanprik, a Fellow of The Asia We Want: Building Community Through Regional Cooperation I - A Clean and Green Asia and Nature and Childhood: From Research and Activism to Policies for Global Change, hosted a meeting featuring representatives from Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai's Chamber of Commerce to enhance co-creation, the sharing of best practices and new ideas. Attendees discussed how to increase awareness to change the culture of the people with regards to waste utilization and urban transportation.

On Sunday morning, Mark Sparvell, from Microsoft Education, hosted a TweetMeet which prompted other Salzburg Global Fellows to think about the programs they attended, the importance of expanding collaboration, their memories of Salzburg Global, and how their experience changed their lives.

This year's Salzburg Global Day also coincided with the start of the 12th program of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. In his welcoming remarks, Stephen L. Salyer, president and chief executive officer of Salzburg Global Seminar, told participants it was a "special day" for the organization and hoped participants would join in future celebrations and add to the memories.

While this year's Salzburg Global Day may be over, Fellows are encouraged to continue sharing their memories on social media using the hashtags #ShareWithSGS and #SalzburgGlobalDay.

Posts are being amalgamated into one social media feed, which can be seen here. To make your post visible to other Salzburg Global Fellows, please make your posts public rather than sharing only with your friends.

Listed below are some of the events which have taken place so far: