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An enemy is a person whose story you haven’t heard

With an alternative approach that focuses on personal, conflict-related stories, 'Project Narratives' remind us of the humanity of the people affected, thus shifting the public focus from political questions of blame and differences to the shared human experience. This is how Melton Fellows help create a powerful common ground for lasting peace.

Project Narratives is based on the simple belief that most people would not normally desire to harm or kill another human being. This circumstance can result only from a severe de-humanization of one’s “enemies”. It is in fact this de-humanizing effect that in many cases responsible for all manners of human conflict: from personal strife to […]

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Design Thinking the Future

Six Melton Fellows joined the d.confestival from 14-16 September 2017 in Potsdam, Germany. Here are some of the highlights, brought to you by our delegates.

In September 2017, six Melton Fellows joined 900 participants from more than 40 countries for the d.confestival at HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, Germany. In 26 panels and presentations, 32 workshops, and many other activities, they engaged in discussions about the future of work, mobility, and learning to developed novel concepts for the […]

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#GhanaGCC2017: What Did We Learn?

Last month, we gathered in Ghana to help answer one big question: What is the role of a Global Citizen in a world that is in flux? Here is what we learned!

Some key answers we picked up from a reflection session with Melton Fellows at the conclusion of our 2017 Global Citizenship Conference included: Being resilient through change Understanding failure as a part of the process Developing a sense of ownership and responsibility Nurturing critical curiosity and self-education Being brave and keeping faith Questioning personal biases […]

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Global Citizenship Conference 2017 — Part 2

We believe that Global Citizenship comes to fruition when put in action. So we took the conference out into the field! Over two days, conference participants, together with our local project partners, joined hearts, hands and minds to tackle pressing challenges that local communities in Berekuso (Ghana) are facing.

Working in small teams, conference participants and project partners become learners and solvers alike. Support by top notch mentors, they pooled resources, capacities and experiences to generate possible solutions for the identified challenge. Here is an insider’s view into the activities of the hands-on GCC projects: EduCare: Educare is a project initiated by Ashesi Fellow (Hudson Lakunse) […]

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Global Citizenship Conference 2017 – Opening Days

Looking for inspiration in your path toward global citizenship? You need look no further than our Global Citizenship Conference in Ghana this year!

Feel like you have challenges to overcome? Try a diagnosis of cerebral palsy at age 1. Farida Bedwei, one of our Springboard Speakers, never let that stand in her way, as she became one of the most influential women in financial technology in Africa. As Farida put it, “while there are some parts of us […]

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New Fellows Unite, Collaborate, Design, and Learn!

Each January, the latest "batch" of new Melton fellows gathers for a New Fellows Orientation, a time for training in global citizenship, bonding, and creating lifelong memories.

This year, the New Fellow Orientation (NFO) took place in Berlin, Germany. Our new fellows were joined by senior fellows and partner organizations for five days of fun, learning new skills like design thinking, workshops on topics such as cross-cultural communication, and of course…food! As the new fellows reflected on their experiences at the #NFO2017, […]

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Melton Fellows Selected for Acumen Yearbook!

Melton Fellows Karla Araya and Pedro Poblete, along with Yefen Wang (a designer based in the Netherlands), have been included in +Acumen's 2016 yearbook for their participation in one of Acumen’s online courses! Pedro was the team lead and Karla was a collaborator in creating a Storytelling Cafe dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship.

Below are some reflections from Pedro and Karla about their experience. You can read the whole +Acumen’s 2016 yearbook here. Congratulations to Pedro and Karla! Pedro: Over 100,000 people took their courses last year, so being selected as a ‘success story’ is somewhat mind blowing for me. We did this course out of curiosity, without […]

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Co-Designing in Zambia : A Fellow Reflects

Daniel Vera, a Melton Fellow from Chile, shares insights and impacts from his experience at the Practical Impact Alliance's "Co-Design Summit 2017”, which is an event organized by MIT’s D-Lab. He, together with Melton Fellow Karla Araya, represented the Melton Foundation at the summit. 

I recently returned from a one-week, immersive, hands-on design experience focused on learning the co-creative design process, but most importantly it addresses local challenges and promotes an innovative ecosystem in the community. This year, the community chosen was Naboye, part of the Kafue district of Zambia. The summit gathered a very diverse set of participants to achieve […]

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Passion, peace, & the dance in between.

Transforming negative emotions into positive actions: a reflection piece!

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2016 Global Citizenship Conference Recap: What a Week!

The 2016 GCC at Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile celebrated the Melton Foundation's 25th anniversary. Here are some of the week's highlights:

Springboard Sessions Nearly 400 guests filled the UFRO auditorium for the Springboard Sessions, the conference’s signature event. The all-female lineup enthralled the audience with their very different life stories and the lessons they’ve learned in their work for social change. While Zahra Al-Harazi, Canadian Ambassador for UNICEF, called on the audience to embrace their “otherness” in […]

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