Salzburg Global and AADF Host Change-Making and Civic Innovation Workshop

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Jan 21, 2019
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Salzburg Global and AADF Host Change-Making and Civic Innovation Workshop

Salzburg Global Fellows take part in one-day workshop in Tirana, Albania Participants of Salzburg Global and the Albanian-American Development Foundation's one-day workshop (Photo: Patrick Shannon)

A follow-up activity to the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators has helped deepen connections among cultural leaders in Tirana, Albania.

In March 2018, Salzburg Global and the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF), the sponsor of the Tirana YCI Hub, hosted an intensive one-day workshop for Tirana YCIs and other cultural actors from the region.

Participants looked at community-based change-making and civic innovation, primarily within the context of cultural heritage work in Albania.

Peter Jenkinson and Shelagh Wright facilitated the workshop. Together they helped participants explore how to move from “Me to We,” a concept inspired by Muhammad Ali’s famous poem.  

In addition to this concept, participants reflected on mechanisms which promote innovative approaches for the development of contemporary cultural activities and creative forms of entrepreneurship.

Susanna Seidl-Fox, program director for culture and the arts at Salzburg Global, said, “This workshop in Tirana served as an opportunity for Salzburg Global and the YCIs supported by the Albanian-American Development Foundation to discuss community-based engagement in the arts and strategies for unlocking the potential of cultural heritage with cultural heritage specialists from across Albania.  

“The meeting was intensive and served to deepen connections among the Tirana YCIs who had attended the Salzburg YCI Forum in past years. In addition, cultural heritage professionals were introduced to the YCIs and their innovative ways of thinking, which will no doubt also spur innovation and new thinking in the cultural heritage sector in Albania.”

The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators empowers rising talents in the creative sector to drive social, economic and urban change. Launched in 2014, it is building a global network of 500 competitively-selected change-makers in “Hub” communities who design collaborative projects, build skills, gain mentors, and connect to upcoming innovators in their cities and countries.

The AADF is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to facilitate the development of a sustainable private sector economy and a democratic society in Albania and to contribute to stability in Southeastern Europe.

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Video recorded, produced and edited by Patrick Shannon, a member of the YCI Canada Hub