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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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Stop the Pity

Global Advocate Program Manager of Mama Hope, Katie Hale, talks about questioning the single story narrative of poverty that emphasizes differences and scarcity.

The second pre-GCC activity of this season kicked off with an online session led by Katie Hale. Katie began by giving us an overview of the Mama Hope network. Mama Hope emphasizes providing individuals with resources to live healthy and happy lives. As Katie explained, we got to see that Mama Hope aims to build a […]

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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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Defying the Standard Narrative About Africa

As Melton Fellows are preparing for the Global Citizenship Conference, Millicent Adjei of Ashesi University talked about the deficit ideology and how we can defy the standard narrative about Africa.

The first pre-GCC activity of this season included an online session led by Millicent Adjei. The Melton Share started with gaining clarity about how the experiences of an individual or a particular community can easily become the narrative for a whole continent, which has 54 beautiful and culturally rich and diverse countries. Millicent pointed out […]

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