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Salzburg Global Chronicle


Re-Envisioning Salzburg Global Seminar

Since 1947, our mission has been to challenge current and future leaders to tackle issues of global concern. Today, we use a “triple lens” to find the most powerful solutions that are simultaneously imaginative, sustainable and just.

President’s Report 2012 – 2013

Letter from the President

Salzburg Global Seminar is a modest, globally connected institution with outsized influence. The following pages illustrate how this is accomplished. Questions about our impact are best answered by the people who contribute to and benefit from our programs, and by examples of how our strategic sessions shift the terms of debate and lead to actions that create change at scale.

Those we serve include leaders of all ages and institutions of all sizes – communities and coalitions from local to global scale. What we provide for them is precious – undisturbed time and a safe place to think differently about what they do and how they do it; the means to connect and collaborate across borders, sectors and cultures; insights and tools useful in making change and for realizing bold dreams.

Our story began in one of those moments when destruction led to opportunity – the immediate post-WWII period when three young men dreamt of a “Marshall Plan for the Mind” and organized Salzburg Seminar Number One. Their founding vision – of an architecture supporting peace in Europe and beyond – built on their belief that progress is possible only through the courage and resourcefulness of individuals.

Much has changed in the world since 1947. Every year, our own institutional focus evolves, our partnership network grows and our impact deepens. Salzburg Global’s founding vision, however, remains the same. We hope these pages bring our story to life, and will inspire your interest and support.

A distinct history, a Universal Message

For three days, at a palace once home to the local Nazi party leader, experts from across the globe considered the value of Holocaust education in a global context as a means to prevent future genocides. They proved the Holocaust is more than just a European or Jewish experience.

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Growing rights yet persistent persecution

Increased rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are moving up the global agenda. In some countries equality is increasing, yet elsewhere persecution continues. At the first Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, a truly global conversation was started on how to advance LGBT rights the world over.

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Creating the next generation of Media Change Makers

Every summer, students of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change come from diverse regions, bringing their already extensive experience to Salzburg and returning to their home countries further empowered to be change agents now and in the future.

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An unlikely constellation of partners

Historically Black Colleges and Universities and members of the Appalachian College Association serve very different student populations. But this did not stop them from coming together to transform their schools into sites of global citizenship through the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative.

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Architecture of Impact

Our programs seek to create lasting impact. How? Through strategic convening and the help of selected partners and remarkable people.

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15 Faces for the Future

Every year Salzburg Global brings emerging leaders to Schloss Leopoldskron. We present our most expectional young Fellows.

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Power of Partnership

Our programs would not happen without our partners. But what do our partners get from working with us?

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