Leveraging Global Citizenship at the interface of Technology, Sustainability and Social Innovation
The future needs passionate, intelligent and confident young leaders willing to challenge the status quo and reach out for a better tomorrow. Our 28th annual Global Citizenship Conference tapped into the collective intelligence of young change makers from around the world, at the intersection of Sustainability, Technology, and Social Innovation.
The focus of the conference lay in close correlation to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of universal goals that address today’s urgent environmental, political and economic challenges and aim to sustainably improve the lives and future prospects of all people sharing this planet. At the week-long conference, The Melton Foundation and its partners uncovered new sustainable, technological and social innovations, always with an eye on what global perspectives can add to local solutions.
The GCC might have come to an end, but our learnings are fresh as ever! As they endearingly say in the culturally abundant and warm streets of India, Namaste and welcome to the relay of the #IndiaGCC2019! Watch the highlights below!
Melton Fellows around the globe work in remote project teams, facilitated by the HPI School of Design Thinking, to deliberate on pressing global issues and act on them locally. At our annual GCC, these remote project teams unearth their potential!
All the action from our day on-ground! Melton Fellows and India GCC 2019 participants visit prime project centers in Bangalore, and get their hands dirty as we uncover Sustainability, Technology and Social Innovation at the grassroots!
Global Citizens discover exciting opportunities to learn about and experience some glorious aspects of Indian culture as part of our 'Intercultural Capsulas' such as Yoga, Kho-kho and Rangoli! A holistic intercultural experience!
At the India GCC 2019, the Melton Foundation partnered with Civic Dinners, a community engagement platform bringing together individuals from different backgrounds onto one Dinner Table. We organized our first Networking Dinner – A Civic Dinner around Sustainable Action, where we broke bread to make an impact!Find impactful conversation over food here!
The Global Citizenship Conference 2019 was made better, thanks to the incredible support of our partners and collaborators:
Meet BMS College of Engineering
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Official Media PartnerRead Bio
Meet HPI School of Design Thinking
Meet Amani Institute
Meet Idex Accelerator
Meet Hasiru Dala
Meet Startups Club
Meet Global Concerns
Meet Indian Music Experience
Meet Civic Dinners
Meet Bridge 47
Meet Project DEFY
Meet The Global Sunrise Project
Meet Akshar Yoga
Meet Stories of Change
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The BMS College of Engineering is an autonomous engineering college in Basavangudi, Bangalore, India. The college, started in 1946 by BM Sreenivasiah, was one of the first private sector initiatives in technical education in India and is run by the BMS Educational Trust today. It is located in the Basavanagudi area on Bull Temple Road, opposite to the famous Bull Temple.
A part of our trusted partner universities, we are happy to be co-organizing the GCC with the BMS College of Engineering.
Official Media Partner
The Your Story team’s passion for entrepreneurship and its resounding global resonance is only matched by the zeal to bring their peers onto a single platform for a free-flowing exchange of ideas and visions. They bring you stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers, funding analyses, resource pieces and a glimpse of emerging trends from impact creating ecosystems. YourStory has published close to 60,000 stories of entrepreneurs and change-makers and helped more than 50,000 entrepreneurs access networking and funding opportunities.
We are thrilled to have Your Story as our official media partner for the GCC 2019.
Together with the d.school in Stanford, the HPI School of Design Thinking at Potsdam University in Germany has taken a pioneering role in the development and dissemination of Design Thinking. The focus of the HPI School of Design Thinking lies in the teaching method, the cooperation with project partners and the research and further development of Design Thinking. Today, they are a central anchor point and source of inspiration for the establishment and design of all other international innovation schools.
HPI School of Design Thinking has been a cherished curriculum partner since 2015.
Responding to the widely perceived gap between higher education and the employment marketplace, Amani Institute is preparing a new generation of talent for the social impact sector. Launched in Kenya in 2013, they also work in Brazil and most recently India in 2017, based in Bangalore. Amani’s flagship program is a 9-month Social Innovation Management course which brings together a diverse cohort of future leaders to take their professional skills to the next level, build a global network, and understand how to create change while exploring a city with a thriving innovation culture. Equivalent to a 2-year traditional master’s degree, over 440 professionals from 60 countries have participated in the program to-date. Amani’s unique approach has been featured in a range of publications, from Forbes and Fast Company to the Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Indian Development Review.
IDEX Accelerator is a US based non-profit that was incubated under impact investing firm, Gray Matters Capital, in 2010 with the objective of developing the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world! IDEX Fellows undergo an immersive social enterprise professional development program with 6 months of full-time field placement in India based on the Fellow’s focus area, coupled with leadership and business development training. IDEX Fellows work in areas including health, education, gender, energy, livelihood, environment, impact investing etc. Currently, IDEX alumni come from all corners of the globe.
CSTEP (Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy) is one of India’s fastest growing think tanks, aiming to inform policy through scientific evidence. CSTEP’s young and dynamic research teamwork in critical areas, such as energy, climate and environment, urban planning, and air pollution; and are currently involved in cutting edge research that incorporates Artificial Intelligence for development. With their research, CSTEP aims to enable the building of an inclusive and sustainable world with their research. Striving to be the foremost institution for policy analysis in India, they leverage the power of technology through socially relevant and innovative ideas, to both understand and solve current and future developmental issues.
Hasiru Dala is a social impact organization that focuses on securing justice for waste-pickers through interventions co-created with the waste-pickers, in the areas of identity rights, access to family education, healthcare, housing & pension, skill development, market, and employment access, and multi-tier policy advocacy. They aim to integrate waste-pickers and other informal waste workers into the changing landscape of the solid waste management system. Hasiru Dala works towards ensuring that its members receive continuous access to livelihood security and social protection measures provided by the state and other relevant institutions. Its interventions also include extending educational opportunities for the children of waste-pickers.
Startups Club is an open, inclusive and collaborative community for entrepreneurs. A community led company that engages in incubation, acceleration and investments, Startups Club brings together members from across the world who, support one another while furthering their own goals. They have brought together entrepreneurs from more than 100 cities in India through their platform as well as various events and activities that span the length and breadth of India.
Global Concerns India is a registered, not-for-profit, community-based organization working to create equitable communities, with special reference to women, youth and children; focusing on education, leadership, skill development, and the environment. They work to address domestic and gender-based violence, against human trafficking and citizen participation in local governance. GCI believes people must be collectivized to synchronize, initiate, advocate and enable; ideas, strategy, and actions to work together to ensure human justice and dignity.
Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) is a voluntary, grassroots people’s movement that started in October 2016 to stop the VIP steel flyover and promote mass public transport as the alternative to address two of Bengaluru’s biggest problems: traffic and pollution. CfB believes in ground action to make public opinion heard. To overcome inadequate planning and implementation and insufficient participation in urban planning, CfB promotes more active involvement of the public as well as consulting and leveraging the vast professional and living experience of the city’s citizenry. An inclusive, volunteer run movement, CfB is open to anyone who shares their vision of a better Bengaluru and who may have the inclination and time to contribute to campaigns and activities.
The Indian Music Experience (IME) is Bangalore’s latest cultural hub. Located in JP Nagar, South Bangalore, IME is India’s only interactive music museum. It features a Sound Garden with 10 playable musical sculptures, Exhibit Galleries with musical instruments, storyboards, touchscreens, mini-theatres, and audio-video kiosks and a Learning Centre with regular classes and workshops. With themes ranging from the legends of Bollywood to folk music from around the country, to classical maestros and contemporary bands, the IME aims to increase the understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Indian music.
egomonk is an impact publisher bringing organizations closer to the communities they want to serve and the leaders they wish to influence. Their integrated communications approach marries insight, context, and experience to deliver asymmetric outcomes. egomonk is driven by the goal to positively impact a billion human lives by 2030 and use the Sustainable Development Goals as a guiding framework for progress.
Civic Dinners is a community engagement platform designed to make it easy and fun for companies, cities and nonprofits to design and scale community conversations. They believe in the power of breaking bread to help bring diverse voices to the table and find common ground and inspire collective action. By having a structured format with three big questions, equal time to share and one voice at a time, they help cities create a brave space for having conversations that matter.
Join the conversation to join the movement!
Bridge 47 mobilizes civil society all around the world to do their part for global justice and sustainable development with the help of transformative education. They offer opportunities for mutual exchange and learning, build partnerships and break new ground for practicing Global Citizenship Education. Through myriad partners and members, Bridge 47 is highly involved at international level and co-operates closely with the UN and global civil society networks. Building on the principle of lifelong learning and recognizing the importance of non-formal and informal education, Bridge 47 strives to contribute to a transformative change in society through a holistic understanding of education.
Project DEFY creates schools without teachers across the world. Project DEFY believes that education has to be brought back into the hands of people by giving people the power of choice. It runs on two basic tenets, humans are inherently curious and information is available freely over the internet and creates ‘Nooks’ that are physical spaces that run on the learners curiosity and peer collaboration.
The Global Sunrise Project, is a youth-led social enterprise which creates positive impact media. It was founded at the age of 14 by Gen-Z filmmaker, photographer & social entrepreneur Kasha Sequoia Slavner. Its primary goal is to inspire, motivate and civically engage a global audience. It was founded based on the need for an alternative narrative in media which reflects the resilience, passion, and hope of those triumphantly overcoming adversity and working on solutions toward the Sustainable Development Goals. The organizations’ first feature-length documentary has screened internationally at 60+ festivals and won 28 awards to date, including the Ron Kovic Peace Prize and the Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award. The Global Sunrise Project uses its storytelling platform to conduct educational outreach, screenings and workshops to empower students to make a positive impact in their local or global community.
Ycenter is a global design enterprise with offices in USA, Kenya and India, which helps build sustainable communities and businesses around the world. Through their experiential learning programs, they have engaged close to 5000 participants in 59 universities and 9 innovation centers in 10 countries in the last 4 years. They have produced and mentored more than 45 startups and community projects through their 130+ completed Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking and Social Innovation programs.
On a mission to (re)design education systems to solve real world problems, the Ycenter team furthermore developed an AI-powered digital learning platform that can be used by universities, non-profits as well as corporate organizations that are looking to offer their communities with hands-on learning opportunities for Creative Problem Solving and Entrepreneurial Thinking.
Akshar Yoga, the brainchild of Grand Master Akshar is a philanthropic effort to reconnect all humanity through the divine art form of Yoga.
With a national and international network of over 5 million people, we are happy to have tutors from Akshar Yoga help our #IndiaGCC2019 participants explore the benefits of Yoga and Meditation.