5Colours1World is an intercultural organization whose focus is on youth empowerment and active media training. The training projects and workshops we facilitate are centered around cultural diversity, interreligious dialogue, civic journalism, media literacy, gender equality, active nonviolence and peacebuilding, poverty eradication, racism, xenophobia, Fairtrade and environmental sustainability.
We also consult and cooperate with local, national and international NGOs who work in these areas of interest and specialization in addition to Nobel Peace Prize winners (Adolfo Perez Esquivel & Mairead Corrigan Maguire) and other individuals such as Dr. Jane Goodall and Werner Lampert, pioneer of organic farming in Austria, who work creatively and nonviolently to generate positive initiatives for active social and environmental change. To date, Gregory and Stuart have cooperated and worked with The International Fellowship of Reconciliation (I.F.O.R), The Jane Goodall Institute, The Erste Foundation, WienXtra, The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), The Wi’am Center, KonfliktKultur and the The Council of Europe’s Pestalozzi Program.
Stuart’s career began within the UK TV industry at Sky Television and then as a freelance location sound mixer for various international television programmes and short films. This followed the completion of a Bachelor degree in Professional Media: Video from the University of Gloucestershire. A diverse and multi-skilled expansion into camera operating, video editing and other graphical post production techniques and a move to Vienna led to Stuart volunteering as mixed media expert, coordinator and a trainer of I.F.O.R Austria’s Global Education English Project Weeks. Stuart also produces and directs commercial video projects for young, innovative start-up companies in central Europe and is currently the co-producer / Co-director / D.O.P / Editor and founding member of Peace is The Way film´s.
Gregory Kennedy-Salemi studied computer science and international relations at a private university in Chicago while simultaneously working as a computer systems manager at MTI Technology. Gregory represented his university at the United Nations in Geneva after which he began his tenure in 2003 as a volunteer global education coordinator, trainer and mixed media specialist for I.F.O.R Austria. During this time, Gregory was invited to speak at the United Nations on the importance of Global Education. Gregory also worked as a technical consultant and web developer at I.F.O.R’s International Secretariat in Holland. He also produces and directs commercial video projects for young, innovative start-up companies in central Europe.
"My mother and grandmother marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and Planted Seeds of non-violent activism in my heart and soul.
The mediums of film and media are tools that have a good potential to plant seeds of truth and reap seeds of compassion. It is through the mediums of film and video that I have chosen to take action, to express myself, to learn and to grow continually. I am a founding member, co-producer and co-directing of Peace is The Way film´s, which is a series of feature length films connected to the theme of Non-Violent Superheroes. We are currently working with and producing films about Thich Nhat Hanh, the Plum Village community, Dr. Jane Goodall, Activist Artist Charles White, Professor Edmund Gordon and W.E.B. Dubois and it is a huge honor and joy." Gregory
To date Gregory & Stuart have worked with over 4,500 youth, trainers and educators on numerous Global Education, Training, Film and Media Literacy projects.
Gina Denise Salemi
Gina Denise Salemi has extensive experience as a professional model, television, film actress, associate producer and executive assistant. Gina is a media expert who studied child psychology at the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. Gina currently works in television production for ABC as an Executive Assistant on the televison show Extreme Makeover: Home Addition, which is a show dedicated to highlighting families who are doing positive work on behalf of society and then renovating their home.
Jennifer Adams joined the team as a project coordinator, strategist and fundraiser, attended the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and most recently worked for the OSCE's Gender Section specialising in the area of women's economic empowerment and gender-based violence.
Katharina Kohlmayr joined the team as project planner, fundraiser, translator and budding filmmaker. She studied International Development at the University of Vienna.
Iulia is currently working with 5colours1world in Vienna, Austria as a fundraising and communications officer. Prior to coming to Vienna, Iulia worked for the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania, as Junior Trainer and Project Manager. Her academic background includes International Relations, Security Studies and Business Development. During her work she has been involved in different peacebuilding projects in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Sierra Leone and delivered trainings in Germany, Austria and the UK on active nonviolence, social inclusion and conflict transformation.
Elisabeth Czerniak, an overachieving high-school student, joined the team as a volunteer and budding filmmaker, and has worked with Gregory and Stuart as an assistant camera operator and editor.
Olivia Punz, our other amazing and overachieving high-school student, joined the team as a volunteer and budding filmmaker and has worked with Gregory and Stuart as a fundraiser, media assistant and actress.