The years 2017-21 were rife with challenges, new opportunities, and unforeseen adversity with a global pandemic! When the Covid-19 pandemic struck at the turn of a new decade, the Melton Foundation, like many other organizations, had to evolve overnight. By envisioning a virtual future for Global Citizenship, it shifted its activities to the online world and connected with individuals remotely in massive numbers. Before the pandemic, it continued its conferences with renewed thrust.
The year 2016 marked 25 years of the Melton Foundation's existence and was a milestone in its evolution as a community of global citizens. The years 2012-16 witnessed Global Citizenship Conferences, workshops, TEDx seminars and much more. With a new generation of enthusiastic individuals who brought with them their innovations in the field of social change, the Melton Foundation continued its march of propagating global citizenship across boundaries.
With the inception of social media, wider avenues for networking, and reaching out to newer audiences, the Melton Foundation started the process of scripting its journey into the second decade of the millennium. Incorporating major innovations along the way and continuing to uphold initiatives that furthered its vision, the years 2007-2011 were defined by enthusiasm and action!
As the Melton Foundation transitioned into the first decade of the millennium, it initiated Senior Fellow Orientations and International Travel Groups. Notably, it opened up to organizations and external speakers and guests, setting in motion the formation of partnerships that last up to this day!
As the Melton Foundation entered a new era, it continued to grow, incorporating into its fold Social Service Projects, New Melton Fellow Orientations, and our first Alumni Meet while strengthening the practice of Symposiums, cultural presentations, and cross-boundary collaborations!
Before the over 500 fellows around the world, the dozen international events, and the impactful collaborations and projects connecting across continents, the Melton Foundation started little. With only eight students -four in Germany, four in the United States-, the Foundation took the first steps towards what would turn into decades of impactful collaboration and cross-cultural learning programs that would benefit thousands of students around the globe.
The Melton Foundation is a leading proponent of Global Citizenship practice, promoting and enabling global citizenship as a way for individuals and organizations to work together across boundaries of place and identity to address global challenges. As such, the foundation runs a fellowship and various collaborative programs to empower young people to become ethical leaders with a strong dedication towards sustainable development and (intercultural) collaborations. While globally active, the Melton Foundation has strong roots in the USA, Chile, Ghana, Germany, India, and China.
The Global Storytelling Festival 2021 was a celebration of the power of storytelling as a vehicle for creating sustainable impact. Through a storytelling workshop, a mini-story contest, and a showcase, we brought together the brightest storytellers from around the world, bridging inherent cultural gaps!
The following article has been penned by our co-founder, Patricia Smith who is actively involved in the global fora in the areas of conflict resolution. This article talks about the profound sense of our collective conscience which forces us to act towards alleviating the plight of our fellow human beings trapped in the crisis, crafted eloquently as ‘another world of care’.
In fulfillment of the NGO Major Group’s Cluster for Global Citizenship mission to raise awareness and action around the understanding that humanity now represents one interdependent, richly diverse global community, we invited those interested to witness impulse speakers, experts, and Global Citizenship practitioners articulating some of the new realities emerging from our current challenges.