Assessing the Power of Public Voice in the United States

Interdisciplinary group dissects and critiques how media drives the US cultural agenda. More than 40 people convened online last month to discuss how culture, society, and media coexist with democracy in the United States (US). The town hall-style meeting took place as part of Salzburg Global Seminar’s latest American Studies program, The President, The Press and … Continue reading Assessing the Power of Public Voice in the United States

Unleashing Virtual Creative Collaboration at The Sonophilia Foundation: What Can a Nonprofit Teach Us About Virtual Creative Collaboration

Does creativity suffer in our virtual world, or could working virtually actually lead to more collaborative environments, better ideation and heightened interaction?  Over the last 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust people and organisations headfirst into remote working life. For many, this has led to work overload, frustration, and even an overwhelming sense of … Continue reading Unleashing Virtual Creative Collaboration at The Sonophilia Foundation: What Can a Nonprofit Teach Us About Virtual Creative Collaboration

Vann Newkirk: The US “Loves” Democracy – But Many Norms Are Not Legally Enshrined

American journalist reflects on how the USA's founding drives its current environment and continued racial injustice As a teenager, Vann Newkirk moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1999. That same year, Hurricane Floyd hit with a sledgehammer-like force, putting much of the East Coast state – commonly referred to as Hurricane Alley – underwater. … Continue reading Vann Newkirk: The US “Loves” Democracy – But Many Norms Are Not Legally Enshrined

Improvisation is creativity at its peak.

To make mistakes, take chances, trust in one’s creative ability, and do something completely unplanned. This is what makes life worth living – its unpredictability. For Hannah Merseal, the recipient of the first-ever Sonophilia Foundation Summer Scholarship for Outstanding Young Scientists in Creativity Research, the study of improvisation, particularly in musical composition, is the heart and soul … Continue reading Improvisation is creativity at its peak.

Deconstructing American History and Simulating the Media’s Role

American Studies academics and practitioners examine the connection between media and democracy with relation to US history and society. The American people’s voice seems to have become synonymous with democracy. But is it really? Salzburg Global Seminar explored the relationship between mediated storytelling, public opinion, and majoritarian will in the opening of its 2021 American Studies … Continue reading Deconstructing American History and Simulating the Media’s Role

Creativity is a dynamic state, not just a static trait, which can and should be leveraged.

Ask questions. Be curious. A thirst for knowledge goes hand in hand with human creative intelligence. Adam Green, president of the Society for Neuroscience of Creativity (SfNC) and Director of the Laboratory for Relational Cognition at Georgetown University, has always been interested in philosophy of mind, as well as the inner physical workings of the … Continue reading Creativity is a dynamic state, not just a static trait, which can and should be leveraged.

We track activity & communication between brain regions when people think creatively.

From where do creative ideas stem? How does the brain piece together information in new ways to solve problems? What brain regions and networks are involved in our ability to come up with new ideas? In the Sonophilia Foundation's goal to answer such perplexing questions and make the study of creativity a tangible science, our … Continue reading We track activity & communication between brain regions when people think creatively.

Real solutions can only be found with creative minds.

Sometimes, it’s the opportunities that jump out at us unexpectedly that tend to have the most impact on our lifelong paths. Stefan Beckers, the chief program engineer at Ford Motor Company, has been with the internationally well-known automotive business for 26 years in different capacities. From manufacturing to management to logistics to programs, his professional … Continue reading Real solutions can only be found with creative minds.