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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
As part of her New Fellows Training, Ranjini Rao HS was looking to interview someone who has a strong story, experience and opinion that they could share with us. She found an inspiring lady who works in the field of animal welfare ...
Meet Charlie, a 13 year old dog whose altruistic, patient and diplomatic interaction with autistic children served as an inspiration to the eponymous organization CARE, which finds its roots from CUPA (Compassion Unlimited plus Action), another animal welfare organization. I had heard about CARE and had visited the organization before, had few of my friends […]
Safi Sana, Swahili for "very clean", won the 2016 New Business Challenge, a unique business case competition where Dutch and Ghanaian students and starters work together in mixed teams on solutions for companies. Ashesi Melton Fellow Kwabena Ankrah, a member of the winning Safi Sana team, reports on the project and what makes it special:
Safi Sana, a Dutch company which has established a franchise in Ghana, has 3 main pillars: Sanitation, Energy and Agriculture. In very simple terms, Safi Sana kills two birds with one stone by taking organic waste from urban slums, then converts this waste into renewable energy for cooking and electricity. They also make use of the […]
Transforming negative emotions into positive actions: a reflection piece!
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Beryl Nana Ama Akuffo-Kwapong, a Junior Fellow from Ashesi University, attended the annual conference of the Millenium Campus Network, a nonprofit geared toward training and supporting the next generation of leaders in global development. Here's her report:
I was eager to be part of a network of students from all over the world who share a similar interest in tackling the sustainable development goals, so I enthusiastically applied to attend the Millenium Campus Network conference at Howard University, Washington D.C. Through the facilitation of Dr. Chambliss, the Task Team leader of the Melton Foundation […]
Shuning Lu, a junior Fellow from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, reflects on the presence of the G20 in her city.
In the past few days, Hangzhou has held an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies, and people usually call it G20. The themes of this year’s G20 are “Innovative”, “Invigorated”, “Interconnected” and “Inclusive”, which are closely connected to our 2016 Global Citizenship Conference. From a local perspective, the […]
The strength of the Melton Foundation network lies not just in the ideas and perspectives emerging from diverse cultures and disciplines, but also in the ability to motivate and assist each other. To further boost this support structure, the MF has a mentoring program called the MF Godparents. Through this program, every Junior Fellow joining the foundation is teamed up with a Senior Fellow “Godparent” to make the best out of their fellowship. Senior Fellow and Godparent Pooja Veerappa shares her experience:
“I’m a God-mommy!” I joined the foundation in 2011, when the MF Godparenting skipped a generation, so I missed having a Godparent. Fortunately for me, BMS still practiced junior fellow mentoring, giving me two wonderful mentors. When you are new in a foundation like the MF, you’re joining the continuation of an ongoing mission and […]
I have always believed that I have a strong sense of justice, and that makes me strive to identify the various forms inequality takes around me. But I see gender inequality the most. I see it everywhere...
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