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From Local to Global

To transform systems and shape long-term change on the critical issues of our time, Salzburg Global designs and implements multi-year program series that inspire new thinking and action, connecting both local and international innovators with global resources. HOUSING ISSUES. Young Cultural Innovators Chaun Webster and Carla Schleicher launched the “Development Without Displacement” inter-community workshop in Minneapolis, MN.

Engaging Local Communities

Supported by the Salzburg Global Young Cultural Innovators Forum, YCI Fellows are leading grassroots approaches to drive social, economic and urban change in their communities. Beginning in 2016, Salzburg Global began making small grants to help YCI Fellows implement follow-on projects in their city or regional “hubs.”

These projects have so far created an intercultural toolkit, a storytelling kiosk, a skill-sharing workshop on housing issues and an initiative using art to build healthier communities. 

Salzburg Global has recently launched a second round of micro-grant projects, assisting YCIs from Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans and across Canada to advance local innovation for more inclusive communities. Salzburg Global is actively fostering cross-border collaboration within and between city hubs, and we are excited to see the outcomes of these new projects.

Tackling the Tough Questions

Talking about death is hard to do, perhaps especially among doctors and health professionals whose training encourages them to do everything to delay it.

Recognizing this difficulty, Fellows of Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life challenged themselves and others to radically re-examine the way health systems and wider societies tackle the complexities of death. 
Looking beyond Salzburg, they launched a global social media campaign in the form of nine “Salzburg Questions,” one posed each month on Twitter. Strategically aligned with major international days and events to maximize visibility and awareness-raising, the campaign was accompanied by blog posts authored by Fellows and shared across numerous websites worldwide. 

Throughout 2017, people around the world debated sensitive questions for themselves, their loved ones and their communities. #allmylifeQs has now engaged more than 500 Twitter users, who posted over 3,500 tweets, garnering a total of 11 million impressions, amplifying new voices and reaching untapped audiences.

Driving Change Agendas

Fueled by a long-running partnership with ETS (Education Testing Service), Salzburg Global’s multi-year program series Education for Tomorrow’s World is drawing worldwide attention to social and emotional learning (SEL). 

Nurturing SEL skills is vital to improve children’s wellbeing and optimize their talents and future employability. Salzburg Global has scaled up regional sharing and testing of key findings to accelerate the spread of knowledge relevant to smart policy and practice.

Following Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills (December 2016), two Fellows, Carolina Flores and Elena Arias Ortiz, hosted an SEL workshop in Santiago, Chile, in November 2017. Salzburg Global then teamed up with the British Council and ETS to hold a Middle East, North Africa and Turkey workshop in Amman, Jordan, in February 2018. A third workshop for Mexico, USA and Canada took place in Princeton, USA in June 2018 and will be followed by a synthesis program in Salzburg in December. 

Sharing Ideas on the Global Stage

Sharing the findings and new insights generated in Salzburg is key to driving change agendas. 

Through the Parks for the Planet Forum, Salzburg Global Seminar is committed to advance innovative nature-based solutions to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life in an urbanizing world.

Presenting the Salzburg Statement on The Child in the City: Health, Parks and Play at the 15th World Public Health Congress in Melbourne, Australia, Salzburg Global Vice President Clare Shine shared key takeaways from the Forum on ways to reconnect people and nature and generate societal and economic benefits. Safe outdoor play and accessible green spaces help children to grow, discover and interact, yet natural spaces and biodiversity are being lost while diseases like diabetes, depression and cardiovascular ailments are on the rise. The high-level Congress panel explored how their institutions could better link health and environment and strengthen collaboration.