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The impetus to Innovate, Integrate, Collaborate

A platform for young change makers, Samagra 2017 challenged the student community of Bangalore, India to think outside the box, grow their global citizenship quotient, and use offbeat mediums to foster social change.

Organized by the Melton Foundation and BMS College of Engineering from November 4-5, Samagra 2017 provided tools, resources and the impetus to Innovate, Integrate and Collaborate at the intersection of Technology, Sustainability and Social Innovation and to explore novel ways of tackling today’s global challenges – starting in Bangalore. The conference featured Springboard Sessions with six […]

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Crossing Boundaries, Bridging Gaps – Insights from the CGI U Meeting 2017

Happening for the 10th time, the annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting took place in Boston from October 13-15, 2017. We crossed boundaries and bridged gaps as we discussed and developed innovative solutions to pressing global challenges with fellow young leaders from many different parts of the world.

written by Nana Ama Beryl Akuffo-Kwapong Along with Melton Fellow, Ashitha Nayak from Bangalore, I had the incredible opportunity to learn, share and engage with emerging young leaders from around the world. In much anticipation, we stacked our suitcases with our neatly ironed formal wear and neatly polished boots in readiness for this year’s annual Clinton Global […]

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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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Narratives: Stories from India and Pakistan, Part 2

Unable to obtain visas to Pakistan, Melton Fellows set in motion a plan to gather interviews of Pakistanis to compliment interviews of Indians, as the Narratives team explores stories of Partition. Here is Project Team member Julian Klauke in his own words:

(Read Part 1 here) “We concluded that, if we, personally, can’t reach the Pakistanis in their country, we will either have to personally meet Pakistanis outside their country or have to find someone who could meet Pakistanis in their own country. “Thankfully, the Citizens Archive of Pakistan immediately agreed to the idea of conducting interviews […]

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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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