The Global Citizenship Virtual Ideathon 2021 was the biggest edition of our Ideathons yet, with more than 200 registrations, 63 participants, and 11 teams from 20+ countries around the world! Starting with a kick-off session on the 22nd of April, 2021, over the course of the next 72 hours, interdisciplinary teams were formed and guided by mentors to produce comprehensive solutions which solved some key global concerns society faces today!
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, The Melton Foundation hosted a TownHall dedicated to the cause of women empowerment and gender equality.
The cultural fabric of India is akin to a colorful mosaic of religions, languages, cultures, literary pieces, philosophies, and relics. The sheer diversity found in the country, interspersed with varying strands of thoughts, beliefs, and ways of life, is of gargantuan dimensions. The integration of different cultures over millennia has yielded a rich heritage, comprising a number of literary texts, architectural creations, and philosophical sects. Globalization, and therefore global citizenship, is a phenomenon which underlines the evolution of the Indian society and has worked its way into the mindset of the people for thousands of years, resulting in the interwoven societal setup existing today.
Since its inception, the Melton Foundation’s Grants Program has translated small ideas of social impact into functional local and global projects led by Melton Fellows. Over the last decade, these Global Citizenship initiatives which received funding and support through our grants program have touched hearts, minds, and lives everywhere. Read on to delve into the rich archive of projects accomplished by our global, intercultural community of Melton Fellows over the past ten years!
Hi There! My name is Vigneshwar Shankar and I am a Senior Fellow of the Melton Foundation from Bangalore, India. Way back when I joined the Foundation, we were both still in our teens. Looking back over the years, to me the Melton Foundation is that organization with which I have been associated for the longest period of time, completing one decade this year. In my early days as a Junior Fellow (JF), both the Foundation and I were still figuring out our purpose, vision, and calling. After all this while, we both certainly find a lot more clarity on our focus today, relative to 10 years ago. However, in some ways, there’s still more left to be defined as we move forward.
Have you ever wished to explore the world, beyond your neighborhood, beyond your city, or even beyond your country? Have you ever felt that you belong to the world, and want to work towards solving urgent issues like climate change, discrimination, and global warming to create a better planet for all? Do you condemn exclusionary practices, and feel that an inclusive, vibrant society is our way to a brighter future?
During the pandemic, poverty has increased all over the world. Every day there is more unemployment and the situation does not look favorable for the future, there are no more incomes and life becomes complicated. How to deal with poverty and scarcity of resources? What actions can be done to contribute during this context? Join us to delve into this topic with Héctor Mellado from the Innovapaís Foundation.
Melton Fellow Claris Nadini is running a fundraiser with the goal to renovate the community library in Mukuru Kwa Reuben, a community in Nairobi, Kenya. She aims for students to be able to access learning materials uninterrupted, and is advancing towards creating access to Quality Education (UN-SDG4) with the help of the Badili Zone Organisation, a non-profit organization based in Kenya that upholds education.
"Let's face it. India is obsessed with light skin. Racism is not a 'western' issue. Discrimination based on skin color is everyone's issue. Here's a story of what happens in the underbelly of our country, in our homes, in our schools, in our justice system. After a long hiatus, there’s a new read on my blog - I hope it angers you, makes you uncomfortable, and encourages you to share it in your networks. Happy Reading!" - shares Ashitha Nayak, Melton Fellow — Bangalore, India, in this Storytelling for Change interview outlining the imminent presence of racism and colorism in India and beyond.
As the emergent impacts of the coronavirus mount across our communities, Senior Melton Fellow May Garces, and team, are currently raising funds to support vulnerable families in Temuco and Santiago, Chile. Their COVID-19 Response Fund aims to provide immediate resources to the vulnerable population in Chile. We ask that you join hands in this endeavor and make a donation today! :)