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100 Acts of Global Citizenship

How can committed yet busy citizens of the world take action on an issue they are passionate about?

100ActsPlain_Horiz100 Acts is a program that helps you design and do a small and achievable act in order to bring Global Citizenship to life in your community, workplace – or anywhere you choose.

With this program, committed people – like you – will get an intensive overview of a global issue along with a pathway to solving it and the framework for them to map their action on that issue.

The result? Infinite possibilities – all in one day.

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Explore dozens of our community's completed acts of global citizenship, or share an acts of global citizenship yourself!

Why are we doing this?

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world” - Howard Zinn

As an organization devoted to making global citizenship tangible, we firmly believe in that statement. But we also know that most people, though they have the will to take action, often lack the path and the time. This is why we’ve come up with a bold way to help busy but committed people take action – in small ways and perhaps even big ones.

#100Acts – the possibilities are truly infinite.

What's an act of Global Citizenship?

It’s simple: an action taken locally, on an issue that has global relevance, with that global context in mind. Acts of global citizenship can vary greatly in scope, impact, timeframe and effort. The examples on the right of this page are all acts of global citizenship – on a small, doable scale. They’re:

  • Simple acts that any one person can do to address a social issue.
  • Acts done with or in a community that you already know. So no, you won’t have to save children in a foreign land.
  • Acts can be executed in two hours, two days, or even two months. It’s up to you.
  • Acts can use any methodology or format – from starting a conversation with friends and family to making and distributing an online zine. You decide.
  • Acts create tangible impact, no matter how small – whether it’s your brother becoming more gender sensitive or your company changing its policy on sustainability.

We’ve developed these parameters based on our definition of global citizenship as:

  • Awareness of how our actions have effects not only in our own communities, but in other communities around the globe.
  • Taking responsibility for the world’s problems, and because of this responsibility,
  • Acting to forge solutions to these problems in both local and global contexts.

How Does It Work?

The 100 Acts Program is a three-day segment of the Melton Foundation’s annual Global Citizenship Conference. It includes:

  • Our signature Springboard Sessions – inspiring personal talks by leading global citizens
  • Workshops that give you knowledge of specific global issues, like street harassment, along with concrete skills and tools to address these issues
  • Brainstorming sessions that help you design and map out your act of global citizenship, that you can do in two hours, two days or even two months!

Join us!

Not able to attend the Global Citizenship Conference, but would like to find out how you can join?