Andreas Salcher is widely regarded as a sharp critic of the Austrian educational system, ruthlessly pointing out its deficiencies. Over the years, he has launched a series of sustainable projects for improvements which demonstrate new approaches.
The vision behind “THE CURRICULUM PROJECT” Creating the Schools of Tomorrow” – is to invent the school of the future in cooperation with the world’s brightest minds with the goal to make it accessible to all children. Andreas Salcher strives to narrow the gap between what children are being taught in every day school and what they actually need in preparation for their future.
After a meeting with Sir Karl Popper in 1993, Andreas Salcher, together with Bernhard Görg, founded Austria’s first school for the highly gifted, the “Sir Karl Popper School”. He has served as its honorary Executive Vice-President ever since.
Having met with Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho in spring of 2003 in the French city of Tarbes, Andreas Salcher co-founded the “Waldzell Institute” with Gundula Schatz, which derives its name from the fictitious place Waldzell in Hermann Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead Game.
Some topics on his current list of lectures:
For over 25 years Andreas Salcher has been working as a business consultant in the area of human resources. His clients include companies such as AC Nielsen, Böhler-Uddeholm, McDonald’s, Hennes & Mauritz, Merck, OMV. His international network of artists and scientists enables him to offer a wide array of workshops and a variety of consulting fields to corporations and organizations:
“Whenever you put a good performer against a bad system, the system will always win.“Peter Drucker
Andreas Salcher’s books cover a wide spectrum about life such as the disregard of individuals’ talent, carelessness in dealing with others and negligence in the way we lead our own lives.
Andreas Salcher is considered one of Austria’s most widely read non-fiction authors with over 200,000 books sold.
True friends are those who see to it that we live longer, healthier and happier. They provide support when all else is crumbling around us. But how do we recognize them? And to what degree are we willing to reciprocate? This book is to be perceived as an invitation to reflect on our relationship with our friends and simultaneously learn more about ourselves.
The book intends to present „Science Faction“ rather than „Science Fiction“. From the perspective of Pope Francis and his successors, it delineates world history from today until 2035. In the next twenty years to come, mankind will struggle to reconcile science with spirituality. The challenges we have to deal with over the course of two decades include fundamentalism and the god dispute, artificial life, environmental disasters, and rebellions. Who will provide guidance in these times of massive change?
In his new book Andreas Salcher covers a wide range of life’s essential issues: from self-discovery to self-restraint to self-improvement.
Our schools keep getting more expensive–while deteriorating continuously. An ailing system destroys the pupils’ talents and leaves teachers dispirited. The parents are forced to serve as private tutors after school, megalomaniac members of the teachers’ union and timid politicians have been opposing any attempts to reform in the past 30 years. However, they would know very well how good schools work. Children are being robbed of their chances in life, in front of our very eyes. We cannot possibly continue to keep aloof from all this.
This is not a book about death; this is a book about life. About every single day, which lies before us. About our dreams and wishes, which we do not take the opportunity to fulfill. About our love for other people, which we often do not dare declare. About the love for ourselves, which in our lives often does not exist. About the opportunities life opens up to us, which we do not take out of fear or our failure to recognize them. About supposedly worthwhile goals, which make it clear in retrospect that on the way there we have overlooked something more important. About the twinkle in our eyes that gradually fades.
In this book Andreas Salcher draws a map of concealed injuries, asking: In what ways do people who are destroyed by their wounds differ from those who even grow with them? How can we prevent the fear of more injuries from suffocating our longing for love?
During the course of our lives we all become experts: The feeling of being left out, betrayal, humiliation, breach of trust, indifference. Everyone has already hurt someone. Everyone has already been hurt. A thoughtless word may destroy a childhood. A minor carelessness may result in gangrene in the other’s soul. Sometimes, we also hurt ourselves by denying our origins and our own needs due to lack of courage or false pride.
The book draws on the insights of some of the world’s leading experts on learning and schools.
Some day, a child will look you in the eye. A child you know. He will point to what is happening today: Resources being depleted, aspirations vitiated, misery overlooked with callousness, personal gain maximized. Then you will be asked: Did you really not know at the time?
Dr. Andreas Salcher is a business consultant, best-selling author and critical pioneer on educational issues. In 1987 his political career began as the then youngest member of the Vienna City Council and State Parliament on which he served altogether 12 years. He is co-founder of the „Sir Karl Popper School“ for highly gifted children. In 2004 he launched the „Waldzell Meetings“ at Melk Abbey, whose list of speakers included seven Nobel laureates and the Dalai Lama. Since 2008 Andreas Salcher has been advocating the improvement of schools with his „CURRICULUM PROJECT”.
All his books published so far, all were #1 bestsellers. In the year 2009 Andreas Salcher was presented with two awards: The Austrian “Writer of the Year” and “Communicator of the Year”. All subsequent books have turned out to be #1 bestsellers, too.
With his first book, “The Talented Kid and his Enemies” Andreas Salcher triggered a wide ranging debate on how talent is valued in our society. His trenchant theses made headline news which triggered sustainable debates. His books deal with overtones. He wants to hear and amplify them so that they will be heard by others.