Marshall Plan
for the Spirit

Quietly changing the world

Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

A collection of
historic hotels +
creative minds

Nobel Prize laureates, politicians, entrepreneurs, CEOs and students from around the world participating in the Salzburg Global Seminar think beyond the horizon and transform the future.

When former FBI director James Comey talks about strong leadership, issues of conscience and the heads of state of our time, IWF Director Kristalina Georgiewa describes climate change as one of the greatest risk factors for economic decline and humanitarian crises, and Anthony Kennedy, long-serving justice on the Supreme Court of the United States expounds upon strength, risk and irreversible decisions... When all these movers and shakers come to Salzburg for several days, set aside their mobile phones and refuse to accept speaking fees, you can be certain that’s when they are attending the Salzburg Global Seminar at Schloss Leopoldskron.

Behind Salzburg Global is an important, independent and not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring together established and future leaders from around the world. To assemble people with different worldviews at a discreet, inviting location in order to develop answers and solutions to the most pressing questions of our time, and ultimately to implement these in their home countries through targeted action.

Salzburg Global Seminar, Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg
Bibliothek im Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg

"We challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world."
Salzburg Global Seminar

[Translate to en:] Chinese Room im Hotel Schloss Leopoldkron in Salzburg

Salzburg Global was founded in the summer of 1947 by three Harvard students who were convinced that a “Marshall Plan for the spirit” was every bit as vital as that for economic reconstruction. This idealistic experiment after World War II and the idea of bringing together former enemies around a single table has now grown into an institution, a dynamic hub for future- and solution-oriented dialogue. More than 37,000 participants, known as “Fellows”, from 170 countries have attended the over 600 Salzburg Global Seminar events since 1947.