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Putting Global Citizenship into Practice

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!

Many challenges such as poverty, climate change, or systemic discrimination seem too overwhelming for individuals to make a difference. However, it is often the little things that create ripple effects that can bring great progress. Taking a global mindset when dealing with problems allows for new perspectives and ideas on how to approach a challenge. Bringing diverse perspectives together triggers innovation.

The real strength of Global Citizenship lies in the fact that it ties together nationalities, cultures, and personalities in the pursuit of the common good whilst keeping its distinctive traits intact. Much potential lies in taking a collaborative approach in dealing with the challenges we face.

When we begin to practice Global Citizenship, be it in our home, neighborhood, city, or region, the magic starts to unfold!

Global Citizenship at a glance!

Over the course of a week, we curated a host of virtual activities ranging from panel discussions, TownHalls, an Ideation Marathon, and local grassroots initiatives!

In a series of carefully curated activities, we explored the practical dimension of Global Citizenship! Through dynamic and interactive sessions, we worked collectively to solve today’s challenges. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, we pursued opportunities to make a difference.

  • The pulse on global issues – delves into practitioners’ discussions on cutting-edge topics
  • The richness of different cultures, enhancing knowledge of the world, and networking with a diverse crowd
  • Exploring root causes of systemic inequalities and discrimination and deliberating on how to overcome them
  • Connecting skills and networks with peers from around the world as part of the Global Citizenship virtual ideation marathon
  • … and more!

Curious about the sessions that made the Week what it was and our takeaways from it?
The full event schedule is available here
– a 7-day long ride of Global Citizenship action!

Global Citizenship Week 2021 - Highlights

Our most sought-after, unique, and open-to-all sessions of the Global Citizenship Week 2021!

Confronting Discrimination
A Townhall on 17 April at 3 PM GMT

2020 witnessed many people and organizations declaring themselves as allies for the cause to condemn racism and other forms of discrimination.

In an attempt to confront discrimination in all forms, we inaugurated our Virtual Global Citizenship Week 2021 with an Anti-Discrimination Townhall.

Inspirational educators, trainers, and activists in the exploration of how individuals and organizations can successfully fight discrimination together!

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Putting Global Citizenship into Practice
A Townhall on 22 April at 1 PM GMT

Global Citizenship is a concept which intertwines our identity with the interconnected, interdependent world of today.

Together with experienced Global Citizenship practitioners and advocates from diverse fields, we explored ways to elevate the concept from the realm of theory to the realm of action!

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Global Citizenship Week 2021 - Full Schedule

Take a walk down the memory lane! A week of celebrating Global Citizenship, intercultural diversity, and sustainable development: from TownHalls, workshops, ideathons to cultural showcases - we've covered it all!

Take a look at our full schedule below or and a copy of the full event schedule here

Global Citizenship Virtual Ideathon

In a 72-hour virtual Ideation marathon, participants from around the world worked together in interdisciplinary teams to develop creative, practical ideas for initiatives that contributed to solving pressing issues while promoting a global mindset.

Find out what it takes to be part of the solution and soldier on for grassroots action!

This pristine opportunity of being part of a diverse, global team of participants, panelists, mentors, amateurs, and experts, all working round the clock in a hackathon-like environment to frame fresh, innovative, and comprehensive solution ideas that implemented Global Citizenship in action and spirit was indeed a unique sight to behold! Uncover the details of Ideathon 2021!

Partners and Speakers

Meet our host of panelists, workshop presenters, partners, and speakers for the virtual Global Citizenship Week 2021!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Virtual Global Citizenship Week?

The Global Citizenship Week is a 7-day long celebration of Global Citizenship comprising of TownHalls, Ideation Marathons, Panel discussions, intercultural showcases, and much more! It is a convention of global citizenship advocates, experts, practitioners, and passionate youth from around the world, and also the perfect opportunity to take your first step towards experiencing collaborations across boundaries first-hand!

How do I participate? 

The Global Citizenship Week is a melange of sessions and interactions. You can choose to participate in one or more sessions.  Register for each of them individually. For more information, refer to the Schedule for Global Citizenship Week above! 

When is the Global Citizenship Week 2021 scheduled for?

From the 17th to the 25th of April 2021. For a more detailed insight into the daily schedule and timeline, refer to the Schedule section. 

Why should I participate?

The Global Citizenship Week provides you a unique opportunity to be a part of a week-long convention where you stand to:

  1. Learn: Listen, discuss and get new paradigms on pressing local and global issues to prepare your mindset for a multidimensional approach
  2. Get exposure: Our speakers, presenters, mentors, and panelists, are Global Citizenship advocates, experts, and practitioners who have the key insights and understandings needed to forward Global Citizenship today
  3. Network: Expand your horizon as you interact, collaborate, and brainstorm with like-minded peers from around the world
  4. Showcase your skills and talents! 

What is the difference between internal and open sessions during the Global Citizenship Week?

Open sessions are open to all members of the community. Our aim is to engage with anyone keen on practicing Global Citizenship and seeing it in action! Anyone looking to take their first step towards becoming a Global Citizen, curious about how to effect change in their local sphere, a social impact leader, and/or anybody who is already a Global Citizenship practitioner is invited to participate in our open sessions!

Internal sessions are reserved for the members of the Melton Foundation. These involve discussions on internal organizational working, team building activities for our Melton Fellows from our different local hubs, and so on!

Do I need to pay any fee to participate?

There is no participation fee for any of the sessions scheduled. We firmly believe in increasing accessibility of resources to people from all socio-economic backgrounds, and stand for inclusivity, diversity, and equity. 

If you relate to our organization’s vision and mission and would like to lend a hand, you can support us by making a small donation at meltonfoundation.org/donate

How can I contribute to the week with my insights on Global Citizenship and personal experiences?

You can participate in multiple activities and engage with open platforms to share, showcase and put your knowledge into practice. Since the theme is “Putting Global Citizenship into Practice”, the week gives you a platform to learn, formulate and implement your ideas on the ground. We believe every individual has unique insights and skills to offer no matter how simple their ideas/actions are!

How can I join and engage with The Melton Foundation apart from the Global Citizenship Week?

You can engage with us through the following routes :

  1. Join the community: Apply for our Fellowships and become a Melton Fellow! Watch out for our recruitment cycles we initiate each year!
  2. Partner: We are always open to new partnerships and collaborations with diverse organizations. Our partnerships allow us to reach wider audiences and amplify our impact together! Join us today! 
  3. Get involved with us: Find multiple opportunities and entry points into the Melton Foundation, visit here to learn more.