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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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SexEd4All … or Sex Education For All

This project is the result of deep friendship and a passion to work towards solving a pressing issue.

What happens when a group diverse group of committed citizens of the world come together and some are passionate about sex education, others about participatory design and others about coding? SexEd4All: a team of Melton Fellows from Chile, Germany and India that develops a culturally sensitive platform for young people to learn and exchange around […]

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Turning great ideas into tangible solutions together

Global citizenship is about working together, across divides, to turn great ideas into tangible solutions that benefit local communities across the world. Here are some of our experience about collaborative actions to develop shared solutions.

Coming from different parts of the world and being passionate about the same issue brings people together. That said, it takes quite a bit of effort to really tackle issue beyond discussing it. Among many other things, it entails finding common ground that allows you to implement meaningful action and effectively contribute to the solution […]

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African Youth Are Making Their Voices Heard!

Melton Fellow Kwabena Ankrah represented the Melton Foundation as a panelist at the African Youth SDGs Summit 2017. He talked on how young people today can be prepared with relevant skills to fit into the job market with a focus on the importance of Global Citizenship.

“The African Youth SDG Summit granted me an amazing opportunity to learn and connect with some of the brightest minds on the African continent and beyond. The event also gave me a huge platform to contribute to the intellectual discourse on sustainable development through global citizenship in a world in flux,” says Melton Fellow Kwabena […]

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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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