At the Melton Foundation, we are all about joining forces with the global community and connecting with local impact leaders to bring about a collective effort in our mission to see the best Global Citizenship practices come to life around the world! In order to do this, we host multiple engagements throughout our annual calendar in diverse formats, panels, and audiences!
Apart from our cross-hub and international events, we also curate hub-specific events tailored for each of our six Global Citizenship hubs. With health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic and its after-effects, 2020 saw many of our events migrating to online platforms and we aim for sustainable hybrid interactions, a mix of in-person and virtual events, for the future!
We closely associate with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and our events serve as a platform for changemakers from diverse sections of geographies to join forces and advance towards achieving the goals together. The SDGs provide us a framework and serve as guideposts to center our engagements around as we uphold Global Citizenship in spirit and action!
Scroll down to traverse through our global and local hub events, both in-person and virtual ones!
An intercultural and multi-domain environment provides the ideal conditions for innovative, sustainable ideas to take root! From marathon events to roundtable conversations with experts, we aim to reach and associate with change agents and organizations far and wide! Below are some of the recent major highlights handpicked from our repertoire of global events in 2021:
Global Citizenship embodies the spirit of an individual to be an agent of change by tapping into the collective capacity of humankind to solve local problems with a global mindset. Our virtual week of action from 17-25 April embraced the spirit of Global Citizenship!
The Global Citizenship Virtual Ideathon is a marathon event where SDG activists, Global Citizenship advocates and young changemakers team up to emerge with prototypes and coherent frameworks for definitive problem statements after brainstorming, innovating and ideating for 2-3 days!
The SDG Innovation Challenge is a virtual ideathon for motivated young people to develop practical solution ideas for challenges faced in their local communities at the grassroots level. Interdisciplinary teams work together to design ideas encircling our focus SDGs!
Our podcasts revolve around hot topics and intercultural dialogues that encourage listeners to reflect and take positive action! Listen to our stream today and browse through our episodes!
We have six Global Citizenship hubs – Bengaluru (India), Temuco (Chile), Accra (Ghana), New Orleans (USA), Jena (Germany), and Hangzhou (China). Each hub witnesses an array of events each year, be it local marathon contests, region-specific innovation challenges, or workshops! Here are some of the recent major engagements at our hubs:
Our climate innovation digital marathons, shortly called 'Climathons', are initiatives that seek to guide practical ideas for local climate solutions. Inspired by EIT Climate KIC, and joined by more than 150 cities around the world, our Climathons address climate change at the grassroots, with participants producing novel solutions to the climate crisis!
Virtual Townhalls are online spaces conducive for an open and authentic discourse around leading topics that merit our attention and reflection. By convening experts, young change agents, and Global Citizenship practitioners from around the world, cross-cultural and cross-domain interactions are facilitated opening the casket of social innovation!
The Melton Foundation is spearheading the creation of virtual cultural showcases, our most recent tryst being the Unity in Diversity Open Mic! Our showcases converge together with artists, patrons, and enthusiasts to keep the flame of cultural diversity alive and increase cross-boundary collaboration through art, music, storytelling, poetry, and more!
Our annual Global Citizenship Conference provides tools and resources to promote global citizenship as a way to work together to solve today's challenges around the world.
The Global Solvers Co-Lab is the space where sectors, cultures, identities, and know-how converge into something “greater than the sum of its parts”. Focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and leveraging the power of global citizenship, the Co-Lab convenes emerging SDG advocates to learn, share, and catalyze tangible solutions for sustained impact together.
The Deep Dive is one of the Melton Foundation's signature programs. Fellows “dive in” to specific local contexts to help tackle a local community’s problem through their expertise and knowledge. At the same time, Deep Dives give Fellows true in-depth insight into that community, as well as an experiential understanding of the local manifestations of a global problem.
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