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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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G20 in Hangzhou: A local global citizen’s perspective

Shuning Lu, a junior Fellow from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, reflects on the presence of the G20 in her city.

In the past few days, Hangzhou has held an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies, and people usually call it G20. The themes of this year’s G20 are “Innovative”, “Invigorated”, “Interconnected” and “Inclusive”, which are closely connected to our 2016 Global Citizenship Conference.  From a local perspective, the […]

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Senior Fellow “godparents” give back to younger generation

The strength of the Melton Foundation network lies not just in the ideas and perspectives emerging from diverse cultures and disciplines, but also in the ability to motivate and assist each other. To further boost this support structure, the MF has a mentoring program called the MF Godparents. Through this program, every Junior Fellow joining the foundation is teamed up with a Senior Fellow “Godparent” to make the best out of their fellowship. Senior Fellow and Godparent Pooja Veerappa shares her experience:

“I’m a God-mommy!” I joined the foundation in 2011, when the MF Godparenting skipped a generation, so I missed having a Godparent. Fortunately for me, BMS still practiced junior fellow mentoring, giving me two wonderful mentors. When you are new in a foundation like the MF, you’re joining the continuation of an ongoing mission and […]

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The freedom to dream: Gender equality dialogues

I have always believed that I have a strong sense of justice, and that makes me strive to identify the various forms inequality takes around me. But I see gender inequality the most. I see it everywhere...

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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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Melton Foundation at Nexus Global Youth Summit

A delegation of fellows joined changemakers from around the world and explored collaborations in impact philanthropy.

The Melton Foundation was invited to participate in the Nexus Global Youth Summit at the U.N Headquarters in New York, from 20th-22nd July. Junior Fellows Ashitha Nayak and Beryl Nana Ama Akuffo-Kwapong and Senior Fellows Victor Valenzuela and Gaurav Visvanathan  joined the Executive Director Winthrop Carty in representing the MF at the summit. Nexus is a global movement […]

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Report: The power of leadership networks

Based on the Impact Networks Roundtable in New York last June, the report is a resource for those looking to grow and expand the impact of their networks.

On June 22 in New York, the Melton Foundation held one in a series of roundtables on the power of leadership networks. Today we are releasing the Impact Networks Summary Report based on that roundtable. We hope the report can serve as a resource for other networks looking to grow, expand, raise support, learn, and thrive in the […]

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We are all humans – so we have the same rights!

Welcoming people who have already lost their safety and freedom is the only right thing to do, says Melton Fellow Leo Schwarz.

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Can you guess where this quote comes from? It’s in  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 3), which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The declaration also states that no one can be excluded from that rule – no matter their […]

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FSU Jena conference recap: Creating a more inclusive society

Us vs. the others? Why do we actually think in such categories? Who defines who is ‘us’ or ‘the others’?

  Such questions were raised during the conference hosted by the Melton Foundation at Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena, Germany on  June 17 and 18. With the conference, FSU Melton Fellows created a space for diverse communities to meet, to get to know each other and to exchange stories. But what does it take to break this type of […]

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