DEED's Merrick attends Salzburg Global Seminar

The Salzburg-Global Seminar was a tremendous opportunity to hear new perspectives on one of the critical global questions, aging societies. The diversity of perspectives, both in culture and discipline, produced engaging conversations on how to ameliorate complex problems related to shifting demographics. As one of the younger attendees, it was great to learn from my accomplished peers, and, as one of the few public sector employees, it gave me new insights into how nonprofits view the policy process. Finally, the intellect and enthusiasm of other attendees was invigorating. I left the conference refreshed and excited to apply what I learned to my work in Minnesota. I'm so grateful to HHH and the McKnight Foundation for the generous fellowship!

Weston T. Merrick, Economic Analyst
Department of Employment and Economic Development
332 Minnesota St.,
Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101

 The Salzburg Global Seminar convenes imaginative thinkers from different cultures and
institutions, organizes problem-focused initiatives, supports leadership development and engages opinion-makers through active communication networks, all in partnership with leading institutions from around the world and across different sectors of society. Sessions average about five days.
The Seminar welcomes applications to its annual programs which bring together approximately 60 distinguished international participants including emerging leaders, known as "Fellows" from government, business, academia, and nongovernmental organizations. The sessions are cross-sectoral and cross-cultural in approach, with the objective of broadening and deepening perspectives to promote informed action and far-sighted decision making among key professionals worldwide. Particular emphasis is placed on generating cutting-edge ideas and on developing proposals for action.

The International Fellows and Scholar office is accepting applications for a limited number of full or partial scholarships to attend sessions that are available based on certain eligibility criteria. Please visit the Seminar’s website at for additional information about the sessions.

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