The Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna

In Memory of the Victims of the Stein Penitentiary Massacre by Ramesch Daha (2018)

Vienna: The City of Fine Arts.  When viewing exhibitions at three of Vienna’s most renowned museums – The Academy of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art and the Albertina – it’s likely you are viewing an artwork acquired for that museum by the Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna.  Since 1980, this unique charitable organization has existed solely to purchase celebrated artworks of the past, commission highly valuable new artworks of today and donate all acquisitions to enrich and enlarge the collections of those three museums. Sylvia Eisenburger-Kunz is the art connoisseur and manager behind this incredible 40+-year operation and she joins us, together with artist Ramesch Daha o give us an exclusive look at the newest artworks to call Vienna home.

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Music & More in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A view from Amphitheater of the Church, Trebinje (Photo credit: Tatjana Rankovich)

South-Eastern Europe is one of the few remaining areas of Europe yet to be inundated by commercial tourism, but it probably won’t be that way for much longer.  One city in particular – Trebinje – is sure to start figuring into everybody’s travel plans.  Tatjana Rankovich, a New York-based pianist, discovered Trebinje when she was looking for the right place to organize an international summer music festival.  To find that place, she flew to Belgrade and, with her piano technician friend who recommended Trebinje as a possible location, drove by car across the mountains and valleys of the Balkan Peninsula, documenting her trip with her camera.  When she arrived at Trebinje, well, her photo tells the rest of the story.  Since 2018, the city of 30,000 residents has welcomed Tatjana, the international faculty, students and families of the Music & More Summerfest as musical diplomats and the Summerfest has become a celebrated part of the city’s cultural life.  Let’s get to know this incredible city and its high esteem for the Summerfest: performances can be heard throughout the valley from a stage that overlooks the entire city.  Come welcome Tatjana, composer Ionel Petroi, pianist and her student Knox Oakey, Simo Radic, Historian at the Museum of Trebinje and Dr. Jelena Putre, a public diplomacy professional, to our show and let’s get to know Music & More in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

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Amelie Kreiter: Who needs Intercultural Business Training? 

US President Barack Obama toasts a glass of beer to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Professor Joachim Sauer, in Krun, Germany,, June, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In many parts of our world, everyone wears jeans, sends the same emojis 🙂 and spends way too much time staring at smartphones; today, globalization makes it seem that the world is coalescing around a single cultural perspective and that those who don’t share that perspective simply haven’t caught up. Yet a “prost” in Munich is still distinguishable from a “toast” in the City of London. And if those honest celebrations of companionship are still that different among European capitals, imagine how different such rituals are in Dakar or Manaus! As tourists, we can marvel at such cultural distinctions and laugh at the misunderstandings that come from making jokes with people who don’t get them. But it’s a different game when you are dispatched to foreign lands as corporate ambassadors: intercultural training becomes key to interacting successfully with your foreign counterparts. That’s why Amelie Kreiter is called on to prepare businessmen and women for their upcoming assignments. Amelie, a specialist in intercultural business, speaks six (6) languages and gained her insight into spoken and unspoken cultural differences as an employee of the global airline Lufthansa. During her Master’s in Intercultural Studies, she connected her international experience with key theoretical concepts of managing a global workforce, which led her to her calling as intercultural trainer and consultant. Come welcome Amelie to our show and see for yourself how intercultural training is the difference between “contract” or “no contract” in today’s global business world!

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The Psychological Safety Playbook: Lead More Powerfully by Being More Human

In the late 1990s, a sticker provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (acronym OSHA) could be read on the backs of cars in the United States. The sticker confronted its reader with propositional logic: “If you don’t know what OSHA means, you’re in trouble.”  Today you may hear less about physical workplace safety (and see fewer OSHA stickers) and more about safety of another kind: psychological safety. According to the management consulting behemoth McKinsey, psychological safety is a workplace climate in which “employees feel comfortable asking for help, sharing suggestions informally, or challenging the status quo without fear of negative social consequences.”  Are you still thinking about that OSHA sticker and getting in trouble because you’ve never heard of psychological safety? Lucky for us, Dr. Karolin Helbig and Minette Norman just co-authored a practical step-by-step playbook to help you implement psychological safety in your workplace and are coming on our show to do a live workshop with us!

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The Infinite City: Utopian Dreams on the Streets of London

The Ideal City (unattributed: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino)

Are cities filthy, dangerous places; the cesspools of immorality, where the rich trample on the dreams of the poor, where the poor steal whatever they can from the rich and animals and nature are wantonly desecrated?   Or, are cities the hallowed ground on which the divine promise of humanity slowly reveals itself; where communities based on ties of shared spirit, not of shared blood, work hand-in-hand to guarantee that the life of every citizen is lived to the fullest, to serve as proof that humans were wisely charged with inheriting the earth?  Author and economist Niall Kishtainy takes us on a wild ride through the utopian dreams and nightmares of the most influential thinkers to call London home.  And keep in mind that “no man is an island”: as Niall reminds us in The Infinite City, his forthcoming powerhouse publication: “today we live in anti-utopian times, but utopian dreaming is essential to a vibrant society that is truly conscious of its own desires; without it we fall back on unexamined utopias, often those dictated by the powerful.”  Come welcome Niall to our show and let’s become friends with the greatest citizens in modern history.   

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