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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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Learn, Implement, Experiment – That is the motto engineers live by!

A trip to China for the ASES Zhejiang Summit 2017 was a dream-come-true for someone like me who is bitten by the travel bug, enthusiastic about different cultures and passionate about entrepreneurship.

written by Ranjini Roa HS Participating in the Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society Summit (ASES) 2017 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China  was a very holistic experience. It served as a platform to meet people who are very passionate about entrepreneurship; it was platter filled with a diverse set of ideas seasoned with quirkiness and creativity. Who would have […]

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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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Empowering Young People – Impressions from #9CYMM

The 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting brought together established and emerging leaders from around the globe to share good practices, forge new partnerships and agree shared priorities for resourcing youth development. Two Melton Fellows joined the high-level summit and are eager to share their story!

written by Sanchita Vishwa The 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting (9CYMM), took place in Kampala, Uganda from 31st July – 4th August 2017. Under the theme ‘Resourcing and Financing Youth Development: Empowering Young People’, the event focused on unfolding critical resources and building blocks necessary to achieve tangible results for young people. I had the incredible […]

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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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Melton Fellows in Action: ASES Summit

ASES: Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society held its annual meeting in Hangzhou,China from the 5th June to the 11th June, 2017. Here, Melton Fellow Ranjini Rao HS reflects on her experience attending ASES as a Melton grantee.

I am extremely privileged to have received the Melton Foundation grant opportunity to attend this conference and experience the booming entrepreneurial environment in China.It served as a great platform to meet student entrepreneurs and established angel investors to educators from all over the world.Various seminars on topics ranging from Big Data, to AI. Technological talks […]

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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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