Minneapolis educator Virden participant in Salzburg Global Seminar project Parks for the Planet"

Participating in 2017 through the Humphrey School's International Fellows and Scholars Program, Jacob Virden of Minneapolis was awarded a fellowship to attend a session at the Salzburg Global Seminar through a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Jacob Virden is a writer, performance artist and popular educator focused on the intersections of race, class, culture and ecology. He is an organizer with Hope Community’s Parks and Power Campaign. Mr. Virden has worked as a facilitator with Sustainable Progress Engaging Active Citizens
(S.P.E.A.C.), and facilitates trainings on racial justice and European American resistance to white supremacy.


The Child in the City was the third session of the Parks for the Planet Forum, a platform for transformative leadership and action launched by Salzburg Global Seminar with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It took forward outcomes from the Forum’s inaugural 2015 session on Nature, Health and a New Urban Generation. Participants have taken an imaginative approach, looking through the eyes of young children, to develop new collaborations that can benefit individuals, families and long-term social, economic and environmental resilience.

The mission of Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947. Our multi-year programs aim to bridge divides, transform systems and expand collaborations.

Salzburg Global convenes outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action, and to connect local innovators with global resources. We foster lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change.

Over 36,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries have come together through our work, with many rising to senior leadership positions. Our historic home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – now also an award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust and openness.
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