Storytelling for Change by Melton Fellows.
In October 2020, the Melton Foundation organized a Mental Well-being Workshop for members of the network. Hosted by Senior Melton Fellow Dr. Vernice Richards, a Ph.D. holder in Sports Psychology and Performance Psychology Consultant, the workshop explored a topic deeply resonant with the current background of the COVID-19 pandemic - ‘Uncertainty’. As emphasized at the very beginning of the event, the objective of the workshop was to make one feel uncomfortable, get out of one’s comfort zone, and ask and answer some serious questions.
Todays' goal- and performance oriented society leaves often little room to look after our mental health and well-being. Mariana Paetzolt, Melton Fellow from Jena (GER), makes a case to change that dynamic and shares up-lifting news about how Melton Fellows in Jena are contributing to making a difference.
(article language: German)
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.
"It is incredible that COVID-19 had to bring the entire world to a standstill for people to realize that certain things need to be changed." Chebesi Daphne, a Global Citizen, and Melton Fellow from Cameroon, sheds light on the devastating and pivotal need for a socio-economic shift in her Central-African country.
"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.
Through our collaborative programs, we promote and enable global citizenship as a way for individuals and organizations to work together across boundaries of place and identity to solve challenges in an interconnected world. And as part of many initiatives to do so, we also record and publish InterCultural Podcasts from around the world! Happy Listening!
Some of the world’s leading brands such as Google and Samsung have incorporated the design thinking approach and design thinking is being taught at some of the top universities in the world. It has found a place in most of the economic sectors and many firms have found new revenue streams through this very concept. But, at its core, what is Design Thinking? And why is it so popular? Join us as we demystify Design Thinking with Mana Taheri from the HPI School of Design Thinking.
The Melton Foundation looks back at over 25 years of shaping young minds through experiential learning, skill development, and intercultural exposure. In a first-of-its-kind Annual Impact Report, we uncover our methodologies, strategy, and secrets on what it takes to bring Global Citizenship to life across world demographies and regions. Join us as we walk you through all of the collaborative action, thought and ethical leadership initiatives, and transformative experiences that shaped our year.
Written by Melton Fellow Li Jiale (Cashion)
“Once a graduate student at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, came to us and said that he used to be a student of the elementary school, where we did our teaching program. He has now has made his way out of that village into a much bigger world and the Melton Foundation played a part in his journey."