The month of April has led three members of the Melton Foundation’s Project Narratives team, Marleen Haupt, Nickhil Sharma, and Julian Klauke, to India to conduct interviews for our second documentary, this time focussing on the influences of the India-Pakistan conflict on people’s lives.
After roughly 6 months of contacting potential collaborators and organizing interviews with our partner organizations, we were ready to meet a diverse set of people on both sides of the border. In Delhi, our travels were very rewarding and through our partners Aaghaz-E-Dosti we met an amazing array of peace activists, artists, historians, educators, students […]
Climate Change, natural catastrophes, species extinction and climate refugees are happening right now on planet earth. Especially in industrialized countries, people have access to any kind of information relevant for these phenomena, but often enough choose to stay away from these topics. Here, she shares about her project in her own words.
Environmental psychology has a lot to say about the reasons why humanity is failing to address these problems. For five years, I have been a very active part of the “Initiative psychology in ecology” in Germany, and when it was time to write my bachelors thesis in 2015, I chose to investigate means to engage […]
We are thrilled to announce a new guide to inclusive recycling in low and middle income countries from one of our institutional partners, MIT’s D-Lab, featuring Melton Fellow Karla Araya Castro!
Check out Karla’s work here! For the past two years, Melton Fellows and staff have joined MIT D-Lab’s Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) for their annual Co-Design Summit. Karla was a participant in Zambia in 2016. Through this and other collaborations, the Melton Foundation and D-Lab are collaborating across boundaries to forge new solutions to today’s global […]
Senior Fellows Javiera Francisca Muñoz Mardones and Andree Ashley Tarvin-Pyles served as mentors during this year #100Acts Program, helping other Fellows design and implement small Acts of Global Citizenship to make a tangible difference on an issue that Fellows’ communities are facing. What started at our 2016 Global Citizenship Conference in Chile sparked a number of inspiring initiatives around the globe . We asked Javiera and Andree to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned.
One of Javiera’s chief wishes is to encourage others to seek inspiration in the acts that the Fellows did. She feels that it would be interesting to see what would happen if different Acts of Global Citizenship were taken up and recreated with a different community, or in another world region. Javiera had participated […]
Each January, the latest "batch" of new Melton fellows gathers for a New Fellows Orientation, a time for training in global citizenship, bonding, and creating lifelong memories.
This year, the New Fellow Orientation (NFO) took place in Berlin, Germany. Our new fellows were joined by senior fellows and partner organizations for five days of fun, learning new skills like design thinking, workshops on topics such as cross-cultural communication, and of course…food! As the new fellows reflected on their experiences at the #NFO2017, […]
Melton Fellows Karla Araya and Pedro Poblete, along with Yefen Wang (a designer based in the Netherlands), have been included in +Acumen's 2016 yearbook for their participation in one of Acumen’s online courses! Pedro was the team lead and Karla was a collaborator in creating a Storytelling Cafe dedicated to promoting social entrepreneurship.
Below are some reflections from Pedro and Karla about their experience. You can read the whole +Acumen’s 2016 yearbook here. Congratulations to Pedro and Karla! Pedro: Over 100,000 people took their courses last year, so being selected as a ‘success story’ is somewhat mind blowing for me. We did this course out of curiosity, without […]
Daniel Vera, a Melton Fellow from Chile, shares insights and impacts from his experience at the Practical Impact Alliance's "Co-Design Summit 2017”, which is an event organized by MIT’s D-Lab. He, together with Melton Fellow Karla Araya, represented the Melton Foundation at the summit.
I recently returned from a one-week, immersive, hands-on design experience focused on learning the co-creative design process, but most importantly it addresses local challenges and promotes an innovative ecosystem in the community. This year, the community chosen was Naboye, part of the Kafue district of Zambia. The summit gathered a very diverse set of participants to achieve […]
As part of her New Fellows Training, Ranjini Rao HS was looking to interview someone who has a strong story, experience and opinion that they could share with us. She found an inspiring lady who works in the field of animal welfare ...
Meet Charlie, a 13 year old dog whose altruistic, patient and diplomatic interaction with autistic children served as an inspiration to the eponymous organization CARE, which finds its roots from CUPA (Compassion Unlimited plus Action), another animal welfare organization. I had heard about CARE and had visited the organization before, had few of my friends […]
Safi Sana, Swahili for "very clean", won the 2016 New Business Challenge, a unique business case competition where Dutch and Ghanaian students and starters work together in mixed teams on solutions for companies. Ashesi Melton Fellow Kwabena Ankrah, a member of the winning Safi Sana team, reports on the project and what makes it special:
Safi Sana, a Dutch company which has established a franchise in Ghana, has 3 main pillars: Sanitation, Energy and Agriculture. In very simple terms, Safi Sana kills two birds with one stone by taking organic waste from urban slums, then converts this waste into renewable energy for cooking and electricity. They also make use of the […]
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