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Melton Fellows at the World Bicycle Forum

Francisco Andaur and Constanza Manosalva attended the WBF in Santiago, Chile, and delivered headlights to cyclists in their hometown of Temuco while promoting cycling as a sustainable travel alternative in the twenty-first century. Here's their story!

Pancho y Coni, what is the WBF5? The World Bicycle Forum is a global citizen event, the most important event about cycling in the world. Its organization is run by citizens in favor of cycling and sustainable transport in the host country, through approximately 40 organizations and more than 160 independent volunteers.     When […]

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Melton Fellow Karla Araya’s Project on Inclusive Recycling!

We are thrilled to announce a new guide to inclusive recycling in low and middle income countries from one of our institutional partners, MIT’s D-Lab, featuring Melton Fellow Karla Araya Castro!

Check out Karla’s work here! For the past two years, Melton Fellows and staff have joined MIT D-Lab’s Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) for their annual Co-Design Summit. Karla was a participant in Zambia in 2016. Through this and other collaborations, the Melton Foundation and D-Lab are collaborating across boundaries to forge new solutions to today’s global […]

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Mussels and Equality: A Chilean village’s specialties

How four sisters empowered women and changed their community.

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Co-Designing in the Amazon: A travel & work journal

Diego was selected to participate at IDDS Amazon, a two-week permaculture-themed summit that brought together 40 participants from all over the world to co-create innovative solutions with local community members of fishing and farming communities along the river banks of the Amazon River in northern Brazil. This is his journal from that trip.

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A global citizen’s journey: Dreaming of solar energy for all

In November of 2011, I was returning from class in Calcutta, India. I remember stopping at a tiny shop and buying a few things to eat. Right below the shop, I noticed some smoke coming out and when I bent down I noticed a lady, barely crouching, cooking food over a wood fired stove and coughing profusely because of the toxic fumes that she was inhaling.

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Tackling food waste through social entrepreneurship in the UK

Dillard University Junior Fellows Olu Joaquim and Aaliyah Cummings and Ashesi Fellow Beryl Nana Akuffo-Kwapong were selected for a two-week Changemaker Exchange Program at the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom.  The program focuses on Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development, and their participation was sponsored through the Melton Foundation’s Action Grant. Here is the report:

The Changemaker Exchange Program enabled Melton Fellows to gain more knowledge about social entrepreneurship through conceptual learning. They volunteered at Elsie’s Cafe, a social enterprise in Northampton that operates a food project with a major goal of food waste reduction, while operating a “Pay As You Feel” business model. The University of Northampton is the first […]

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Melton Fellow co-creates permaculture solutions in Amazon

Chilean Melton Fellow Diego Nicolas was selected to participate at IDDS Amazon, a two-week permaculture-themed summit that brought together 40 participants from all over the world and with different backgrounds to co-create innovative solutions with local community members of fishing and farming communities along the river banks of the Amazon River in northern Brazil. Here's his report:

Today, we burnt a bonfire in the warm, 27-degree night. There was heavy rain, all was flooded, but we kept dancing to traditional Brazilian music and making rounds with Capoeira. The group is amazing, from all over the world, and because the theme was permaculture and the idea is to co-create, here I could understand […]

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The Divest-Invest Pledge: Practicing What We Preach

Our Executive Director Winthrop Carty reflects on our decision to take the Divest Invest pledge, joining 140 other foundations and charities collectively representing more than $12 billion in assets who have committed to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.

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The Climate Card Challenge: An Experiment

Getting people to act on what they know about climate change

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Learning to Talk Trash in New Longoro

MF Executive Director Winthrop Carty explains what he learned about co-design when working together with a community in Ghana to solve their trash problem.

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