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The Melton Fellowhip: Where you become the change

How can I change the world from where I stand?
At least since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, it’s become common understanding that the issues we are facing today are complex by nature, and global in its effects. There are 7.7 billion people who share this planet. Just think of the impact all these people could have if they worked together, from climate action to eradication of poverty: It would be huge!

As promising as this may seem, unless we take more ownership of our role in a global society and learn to mobilize communities around the world, effects will be sporadic at best and keep us from creating the impact we need to achieve these goals.   The big question remains: How can each and every […]

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New Fellows Orientation 2019: Recap and Rewind

From 15-20 March 2019 in Berlin, Germany, we convened our newest batch of Melton Fellows for the New Fellows’ Orientation (NFO) - a five day workshop focussed around intercultural exposure and development, harnessing inner and outer skills, social innovation and design thinking impactful projects and earmarking actionable ‘Commitments to Action’ around the Sustainable Development Goals. Led by experienced trainers, and seven project partners, this year’s event marked an effectual and authentic highlight on our Fellows’ journey to becoming global problem solvers.

An Experiential Learning Lab for Global Problem Solvers  The New Fellow Orientation (NFO) 2019 kick-started with a welcome dinner and some ice breaker activities. New Fellows played some get-to-know each other games, exchanged gifts from their respective countries and our Senior Fellow trainers even hosted a game night on the arrival day! Here’s a peek […]

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Fighting the good fight

Welcome to the story of a relentless fighter.

This story has originally been published on the blog "Storytelling for Change" by Melton Fellow Ashitha Nayak.

Re-posted with permission from Ashitha Nayak: Fighting the good fight published on NOVEMBER 29, 2018. Welcome. Welcome to the story of a relentless fighter. I met Cynthia Muhonja a little more than a year ago in Ghana, West Africa. My first memory of her is a slim girl walking into a conference room in a […]

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#USAgcc2018: A partnership ‘Outside The Lines’

When we envisioned a Global Citizenship Conference 2018 different from any we’ve hosted in the past, little did we know how far-reaching and impactful it would be. This year, we organized our annual Global Citizenship Conference (GCC) in collaboration with Net Impact.
Here's a quick recap of the week that was...

(written by Senior Fellow Ashitha Nayak)

With the Global Citizenship Conference 2018 (USAgcc2018), we’ve taken our approach to “collaborate across boundaries” to greater heights through an exciting partnership with Net Impact at the 2018 Net Impact Conference (NI18) in Phoenix! How? By tying our conference (22-29 October) to the Net Impact Conference (25-27 October) in Phoenix, Arizona (USA). USAgcc2018 Kick-Off! 22nd […]

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The #CoLab489: A Global Citizenship Road to Action

20 participants from 11 countries joined the call to action and participated in the Global Solvers Co-Lab: 489 UN-limited, held from 22 - 27 September 2018 in Aubervilliers (France). Co-organized by the Melton Foundation and the Ernst-Abbe-Stiftung, the #CoLab489 created space for emerging leaders from across sectors and geographies to learn, collaborate, and co-create meaningful solutions to advance sustainable development.

Here is a day-to-day account of what happened, narrated by the participants themselves ...

Day 1: Saturday, September 22nd The #CoLab489 kicked off on Saturday the 22nd of September with an opening evening session.This session allowed for the participants to gently get introduced to each other through a serious of name games, icebreakers and team building activities such as ‘Where in the World’ where participants were challenged to create a […]

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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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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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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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