AADF – Salzburg Global Seminar Workshop in Tirana

If I were asked what one of the most amazing experiences of my life was, I would quickly reply with my time at the Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) in Austria.

I’m the autumn of 2017, myself and 49 other Young Cultural Innovators from around the world were all brought together to attend a 5-day intensive social innovation intensive at the Schloss Leopoldskron. It was a brilliant experience which lit a fire in my belly to push even harder to create positive social change in the world.

Fast forward 5 months, I’m in Tirana, Albania at the invitation of my friend Kibela (whom I had met at Salzburg), and she tells me that Peter, Shelagh, and Susanne from the SGS were coming to town and hosting a social innovation workshop in partnership with the Albanian-American Development Foundation… I could not believe it.

The night before, several of us alumni and organizers from the SGS got together for drinks and could not believe that all of us from around the world are all together in Albania!

The following day was filled with shaking conversation and a brilliant workshop (no surprise) hosted by Peter and Shelagh. We ended our day with rekindled passion in our personal missions, and several bottles of wine at T√ęduktu, overall an amazing success.

You can learn more about the Salzburg Global Seminar at their website.


Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

The Salzburg Global Seminar’s forum for Young Cultural Innovators was hands down one of the most amazing experiences that I have had the privilege to be a part of.

The SGS has been around for 70 years, bringing some of the brightest minds in the world together to change the world through culture, creativity, and innovative thinking. This year they brought together 50 of the top Young Cultural Innovators from around the world for 5 days to learn from powerful change makers, discuss challenges and ideas, and grow strong relationships with others from around the world to help us all in our journeys of creating positive social change.

The week was exhausting, but so powerful, and lit an even bigger fire in my belly.

iPhone shots of us galavanting across Salzburg

Last day portraits