Salzburg Global Seminar is an international non-profit organization with a mission to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. Our vision is to shape a better world by forging breakthrough collaborations to bridge divides.

Salzburg Global designs multi-year programs to accelerate human, urban and conflict transformation and help organizations and change-makers achieve results at scale. We convene outstanding people across generations and sectors, aiming to catalyze transformative impact and long-term engagement through alliances, networks and projects on the ground.

Our work is sustained through strategic partnerships, earned income and philanthropic support.

For most of the Cold War, the Salzburg Seminar (as it was by then known) was one of the few fora where large numbers of people from both sides of the Iron Curtain could meet and openly discuss issues of common concern. Since then, it has continued to expand both the thematic and geographic reach of its program. As issues of global concern rose up the agenda, increasing numbers of participants began to come from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Far East.

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What started as a post-war project for TransAtlantic bridge-building through discussion of American studies has now been transformed into a distinguished global forum, which has welcomed more than 30,000 Fellows from nearly 170 countries. In 2007, this transformation was reflected in the organization’s change of name to “Salzburg Global Seminar” under current President Stephen L. Salyer.

Since its beginnings, Salzburg Global has positioned itself at the forefront of many pressing discussions – such as Race and Minorities (1958), AIDS:Confronting an Epidemic (1988), Is Europe Losing its Way? (1994), and VoicesAgainstExtremism:Media Responses to Global Populism (2017) – and influences policy and practice in organizations across the world.

Our secluded and inspiring home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg , Austria – built in 1736 by the Archbishop of Salzburg, restored by the Salzburg Festival’s co-founder Max Reinhardt, used by Hollywood for sets in The Sound of Music, and now an award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust, openness and creativity.

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