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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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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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Narratives: Stories from India and Pakistan

The month of April has led three members of the Melton Foundation’s Project Narratives team, Marleen Haupt, Nickhil Sharma, and Julian Klauke, to India to conduct interviews for our second documentary, this time focussing on the influences of the India-Pakistan conflict on people’s lives.

After roughly 6 months of contacting potential collaborators and organizing interviews with our partner organizations, we were ready to meet a diverse set of people on both sides of the border. In Delhi, our travels were very rewarding and through our partners Aaghaz-E-Dosti we met an amazing array of peace activists, artists, historians, educators, students […]

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Melton Fellow Eva Junge Helps Reduce Use of Plastic Through Card Games!

Climate Change, natural catastrophes, species extinction and climate refugees are happening right now on planet earth. Especially in industrialized countries, people have access to any kind of information relevant for these phenomena, but often enough choose to stay away from these topics. Here, she shares about her project in her own words.

Environmental psychology has a lot to say about the reasons why humanity is failing to address these problems. For five years, I have been a very active part of the “Initiative psychology in ecology” in Germany, and when it was time to write my bachelors thesis in 2015, I chose to investigate means to engage […]

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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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Inspiration from Two “100 Acts” Mentors!

Senior Fellows Javiera Francisca Muñoz Mardones and Andree Ashley Tarvin-Pyles served as mentors during this year #100Acts Program, helping other Fellows design and implement small Acts of Global Citizenship to make a tangible difference on an issue that Fellows’ communities are facing. What started at our 2016 Global Citizenship Conference in Chile sparked a number of inspiring initiatives around the globe . We asked Javiera and Andree to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned.

One of Javiera’s chief wishes is to encourage others to seek inspiration in the acts that the Fellows did. She feels that it would be interesting to see what would happen if different Acts of Global Citizenship were taken up and recreated with a different community, or in another world region.   Javiera had participated […]

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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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