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Melton Foundation

By The Melton Foundation
A leading proponent of global citizenship practice worldwide, the Melton Foundation looks back at over 25 years of shaping young minds through experiential learning, skill development, and intercultural exposure.

Through our fellowship and collaborative programs, we promote and enable global citizenship as a way for individuals and organizations to work together across boundaries of place and identity to solve challenges in an interconnected world.

And as part of many initiatives to do so, we also record and publish InterCultural Podcasts from around the world! Enjoy!
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Inspiring Peace in Cameroon
This podcast anchored by Ashesi University Melton Fellows Daphne Chebesi and Claris Nadini, takes one through a journey of history. It begins with revealing the history of Cameroon and how it is affecting the country now, goes ahead to explore the decisions made that has put the country in the position that it is now, reveals how all these have affected the education system in some parts of the country and finalizes with details on what Daphne is doing with Inspire for Peace to try and send a peace message with the hope that it will reach to whoever it needs to and bring back the Cameroon she is personally dreaming of. 
20:12
June 10, 2021
Global Citizenship through a new lens
In this episode of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast, Melton Foundation's Executive Director Steffen Bethmann is joined by Daniel Perell, United Nations Representative at Baha'i International Community. Catch the guests discussing the many facets of Global Citizenship and its role in bringing the world together in modern times.
46:00
May 27, 2021
Why HBCUs still matter
HBCUs have historical significance in America, and they continue to produce successful Black intellectuals. Listen to the history of HBCUs and how one HBCU, Dillard University, is creating a space for students of color to thrive.  In this episode of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast, Melton Fellow Kennedy is joined by Dr. Roland N. Bullard, Jr.'s Dillard University's (New Orleans, LA) Vice President for Student Success. Catch the guests discussing the relevance of HBCUs in modern times.  Featured in the podcast:  Dr. Roland N. Bullard, Jr. is a higher education and student advocate who serves at Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) as Vice President for Student Success. In this role, Bullard has oversight for campus police, career and professional development, conduct, counseling, disability services, Greek life, health services, religious life, student engagement and leadership, TRIO programs, and university housing. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Orleans in the M.Ed.- Higher Education program and teaches undergraduate FYS (First-Year Seminar) courses in the University College at Dillard. Kennedy is currently a second-year Psychology/Pre-Med major at Dillard University.  In addition to being a part of the 2020 batch of Melton Fellows, Kennedy is involved in a myriad of programs on and off campus which detail her commitment to service. As her new Melton Fellow project, Kennedy created and operates Book'd: a virtual book club for BIPOC girls that promotes critical and reflective thinking, equips young women with leadership skills, and promotes empowerment. After college, Kennedy plans to attend medical school with aspirations of becoming a surgeon.
20:12
April 8, 2021
Mental Health for Milennials
In this episode of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast, Melton Fellow Harshinee is joined by the co-founders of one of India's leading mental health online forums, Mental Health Talks India. Catch the guests discussing lived experiences, dos and don'ts, and more when it comes to mental health for young people of today!  We encourage listeners to employ takeaways discussed in their daily lives, and further social impact on an individual and community level. More episodes of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast coming soon!
48:44
February 17, 2021
The Future of Africa's Education and Leadership
Welcome to a new episode of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast!  "We have reviewed the past and present characteristics of education and leadership in Africa. In the wake of a pandemic that has rocked economies globally, this discussion between Melton Fellow Kwabena Ankrah and Patrick Awuah Jr., Founder and President of Ashesi University, Ghana, analyzes the future of Africa’s Education and Leadership and give prompts that will lead to learning and healing from our past and present ashes to forge a glorious continent in coming years."  Happy Listening! 
33:06
January 20, 2021
For a world without Gender Violence
In this episode of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast, Melton Fellow Lindiwe is joined by Oxfam in Ghana's Gender Justice Advisor Keita Rose-Tahiru. Catch us discussing Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the implications of Gender-Based Violence on young girls and women, some of the DO’s and Don'ts for civilians when dealing with a person who has fallen victim to Gender-Based Violence, and more.  We encourage listeners to employ takeaways discussed in their daily lives, and further social impact on an individual and community level. More episodes of the 'Global Citizenship in Practice' podcast coming soon!
23:31
November 25, 2020
Health, Local governance, and Social Innovation in South Chile
Welcome to a new Spanish episode of Global Citizenship in Practice:  La crisis atmosférica en Temuco, Chile, enreda causas económicas, obstáculos sociales, y consecuencias para nuestra salud que la vuelven un problema complejo de zanjar. Durante esta #Climathon, tres expertas chilenas se reúnen a discutir este desafío bajo tres aristas principales: Salud, política local, e innovación social. La polución al sur de Chile se ha vuelto crítica en los últimos años, y solo una comprensión transversal del problema y la acción colaborativa crearán el cambio que nuestras -y futuras- generaciones necesitan para volver a respirar. The air pollution crisis in Temuco, Chile, tangles economic causes, social obstacles, and consequences in our health; making it a difficult problem to sort out. In this podcast episode from our #ClimathonTemuco panel session, three Chilean experts gather at the table, to discuss this problem under three main factors: health, local governance, and social innovation. Pollution in South Chile has become critical in the last few years, and we know only a transversal comprehension of the problem and collaborative action can create the change our -and future- generations need, to breathe again. Topics discussed in the podcast:  How does a pollution crisis affect our health? How does pollution behave in urban areas? Causes and origins of particulate matter in South Chile. Decontamination plans for Temuco and Padre Las Casas communes in La Araucanía Region. Firewood: Exploring the Chilean home-heating system. Less money, fewer options: What is "energy poverty"? What is the "district energy" system innovation - and how can it help? Challenges of the air pollution crisis in Temuco.  Podcast Guests:  Belén Rodríguez is Internist at Hernán Henríquez Aravena Hospital in Temuco, and Senior Fellow in the Melton Foundation. | She covered the pollution crisis and its consequences in the human body, as well as pollution-related diseases and the projection of such situations for future generations. Paula Castillo is Ministerial Secretary of Environment for the La Araucanía region. | She explained about how our local governments are tackling the pollution crisis in the region, the challenges ahead, and future prototypes and measures to address them. Gustavo Ciudad is Director at the UFRO (Universidad de La Frontera) Environmental Institute. | He spoke about the concept of "energy poverty", socioeconomic barriers to sustainable societies, and environmental responsibility for citizens. Happy Listening! 
01:20:16
October 3, 2020
A Woman's Life: Expectation versus Reality
Melton Fellows Shravani from India and Bakiye from Germany share: "Our podcast majorly surrounds the topic of a woman's life: expectation versus reality. We talk about certain expectations that are imposed upon a woman's life which are treated as roles or responsibilities that hinder their personal growth and career growth. We hope to take a call of action by promoting ways in which women are supported and respected without discrimination with respect to their choices." Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
18:25
October 3, 2020
Sustainability and a global Pandemic: How can we live 'Green' during COVID-19?
In our latest intercultural podcast, Melton Fellows Palak Agarwal from India, and Tang Yiying from China, talk about both the positive as well as negative impacts on the environment due to the COVID 19 pandemic in both China and India.  They also discuss a few new and exciting ways people are tackling the pandemic while being environmentally conscious.  Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
16:10
September 10, 2020
Do you have a healthy relationship with your 'Mentor'?
Our latest podcast is about mentorship and how it is important for young students today. Melton Fellows Amari and Abigail from the Dillard and Ashesi campuses have an interactive dialogue about mentorship and how it has enriched their lives and professional development. They aim to move more kids pursuing higher education to evaluate or establish healthy professional relationships to ensure success in their careers. Hot topics, intercultural dialogue, current affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! 
17:22
September 9, 2020
Urbanization: Effect on People and the Environment
Melton Fellows Mariana Paetzolt and Lajeanne Shelton bring up a much-needed conversation about industrialization, city life, and why cities need to develop sustainability strategies.  Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
18:48
September 9, 2020
Bridging the gap in Mental Health Care
What is at the crux of Mental Health Care? How do we prepare and mitigate risks associated with mental distress? What is emotional well-being? How can we destigmatize 'mental illness' and encourage those who need help to proactively seek it? How easy or difficult is it to help a loved one in distress?  Who better to answer these questions than a premiere organization working on Mental Health care and awareness in the metropolitan city of Bangalore, India? Joining us on this episode of 'Global Citizenship in Practice' is the enigmatic Mr. Manoj Chandran, Founding member, and CEO of the White Swan Foundation, a Bangalore-based non-profit organization that offers knowledge-led solutions in the area of mental health.  They provide persons with mental illness, caregivers, and communities with well-researched information that helps make informed decisions on how to deal with mental health issues. Their mission, “To deliver knowledge services for mental health and wellbeing”, resonates with us deeply, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them in our small endeavors towards promoting UN - SDG 3, Good Health and WellBeing.  Happy Listening!
21:48
August 4, 2020
COVID-19 Quarantine: How do we deal with Poverty and Resource Scarcity?
During the pandemic, poverty has increased across Chile and the world. Every day there is more unemployment and the situation does not look favorable for the future, there are no more incomes and life becomes complicated. How to deal with poverty and scarcity of resources? What actions can be done to contribute during this context?  Join us on this episode of 'Global Citizenship in Practice' to delve into this topic with Héctor Mellado from the Innovapaís Foundation!  
57:15
August 2, 2020
COVID-19 in World Media: 'News' in the times of a Pandemic
Melton fellows Arun and Friederike from India and Germany, host our latest intercultural podcast, where they talk about the different news consumption styles and how news was presented globally during the Covid-19 pandemic. Listen on for some insights about CoronaVirus tracking apps and lastly, some good news from India and Germany! :) Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
13:00
August 1, 2020
COVID-19 and Education - How do we go from here?
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected our primary and secondary education? Tune in to this interactive and interesting podcast by Melton Fellows Trish from Ghana, and Constanza from Chile, as they discuss the impact of the pandemic, and the steps that have been taken as improvisation by their respective countries.  Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
16:31
July 28, 2020
A Ruptured Cultural Identity: How Africans and African Americans Struggle To See Eye-to-Eye
Our recent podcast with Melton Fellows Kennedy Musgrave from the USA, and Tobias Woode from Ghana, "A Ruptured Cultural Identity: How Africans and African Americans Struggle To See Eye-to-Eye", discusses the cultural divide between our two cultures. Through discussing how the different forms of racism have affected institutions such as the Justice System, the Education System, and Religion, we understand that the similarities in our cultures and their roots may overshadow the differences. It is our hope that this conversation adds or contributes to bridging the gap between Africans and African Americans. Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
19:55
July 4, 2020
Do Cultures and Traditions slow Africa's development?
Our latest podcast talks about 'Cultures and traditions that slow the growth and development of African societies - a Two-country perspective'.  Melton Fellows Claris and Clara bring you a podcast pertaining to the cultures and traditions that slow general progress and development in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The aim is to highlight how certain practices can hinder a community's progress if left unchecked.  Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
18:48
July 4, 2020
Global Citizenship and Cultural Identity
In our recent Intercultural Peer Mentoring Podcast, we have Anirudh Bathija from India, and his mentor May Garces, from Chile, sharing their perspectives about Global citizenship and what it means in terms of incremental progress, understanding what it's like to remove yourself from your cultural identity to be a global citizen, May speaks about what it means to her to be a mentor, the Sustainable Development Goals they are each passionate about, a small game of 'this or that', and more! Listen on for fun advice, enjoy a budding intercultural friendship, and keep coming back for more! Happy listening!
37:08
July 4, 2020
Communications and the Community
In this episode of the Intercultural Peer Mentoring Podcast, we have Zhang Dou Dou from China, and her mentor Ashley Wilson, from the USA, sharing their perspectives about their biggest shared interest - communications, social impact, and the interconnected nature of storytelling and mass media. There's also a fun game, some lively banter, and a genuine mentor-mentee relationship for us to peek into! :) Listen on for fun advice, enjoy a budding intercultural friendship, and keep coming back for more! Happy listening!
15:31
May 24, 2020
What would you tell your 21 year old self?
In our first Intercultural Peer Mentoring Podcast, we have Lindiwe Mutungamiri from Zimbabwe, and her mentor Victor Valenzuela, from Chile, sharing their perspectives about their biggest shared interest - entrepreneurship, social impact, and Victor advises Lindiwe on navigating the world as Global Citizens in their own right. Lindiwe also asks her mentor a pertinent question - 'What would you tell your 21-year-old self? '  :)  Listen on for fun advice, enjoy a budding intercultural friendship, and keep coming back for more! Happy listening! 
11:42
May 24, 2020
Demystifying Design Thinking
What is Design Thinking, really? You may have heard the term, you also may have used the methodology, but have you ever wondered what 'Design Thinking' really is? How does it improve lives - in schools and professional environments and homes alike? Join us as we 'Demystify Design Thinking' with Mana Taheri, an accomplished Design Thinking educator, and coach from the world-renown HPI School of Design Thinking, in this podcast! :) Happy Listening! 
14:22
May 2, 2020
Innovation for the Differently Abled
Melton Fellows Sangeetha and Yunmei from India and China bring you a podcast around technological innovations for differently-abled citizens in India, biodiversity preservation in China, and more! Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
06:08
April 25, 2020
Extinction Rebellion Explained
Melton Fellows Hannah, Dou Dou and Harshinee from Germany, China, and India, bring you a podcast around the Extinction Rebellion initiative across Europe, ban on single-use plastic in India and it's implications and more insight on building a sustainable tomorrow! Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
11:58
April 25, 2020
Civil Unrest and Citizen Uprising
Melton Fellows Daphne and Paula bring you a podcast around civil unrest, protests, and citizen uprising in Chile and countries in the African subcontinent, including exclusive insight into the happenings at Cameroon and Temuco! Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
12:37
April 23, 2020
Socio-political climate and Gender (in)Equality in Germany and China
Melton Fellows Marten & Yixuan from Germany and China, discuss the socio-political climate in their countries, gender (in)equality in China, and more in this personal, and thought-provoking conversation between two individuals from very diverse cultures and different perspectives! Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
23:09
April 22, 2020
Social Entrepreneurship and Global Healthcare Systems
Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Melton Fellows Lindiwe & Pablo from Ghana and Chile, discuss their ideas of social entrepreneurship around mental health, Lindiwe's efforts in setting up a mental health based entrepreneurial venture, the health care system in Chile and more in this episode of the HotPod Podcast. Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
20:15
April 20, 2020
Daily life in China - CoronaVirus Pandemic
Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Melton Fellows Anirudh & Wang Xiuqi from India and China, discuss the on-going CoronaVirus global pandemic, it's implications on their daily lives, possible safety precautions and the impact of the COVD19 globally. Support the show (http://meltonfoundation.org/donate)
16:22
April 20, 2020
Social Innovation during Global Pandemics
Hot Topics, Intercultural Dialogue, Current Affairs, and friendly, thought-provoking conversation! Melton Fellows Archishman & Shijia from India and China primarily discussed two topics, the role of social startups and advancements in technology during the current COVID 19 situation and the second, Sun Yang, a star swimmer who was recently banned for eight years because he was painted as a drug cheat. Happy Listening! 
17:11
April 19, 2020