Melton Foundation

Melton Foundation

A leading proponent of global citizenship practice worldwide, the Melton Foundation looks back at over 30 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.

The Melton Foundation is also an active part of a larger community aiming to develop and promote the understanding of global citizenship as an overarching framework for thought and action. In this context, the Melton Foundation has developed this Whitepaper.

The content and deliberations have their main basis in a focused discussion on the concept of global citizenship at a practitioner roundtable initiated by the Melton Foundation and the global intelligence platform egomonk. The roundtable took place in Bangalore, India, in the aftermath of the Melton Foundation’s Global Citizenship Conference. The conversation was recorded, transcribed, and developed into this Whitepaper. No quotes are attributed to a specific person. The discussion’s essence has been integrated into a more comprehensive narrative about the concept of global citizenship and its applicability subsequently.

In consonance with the Melton Foundation’s spirit to create meaningful collaborations and impact of powerful actions, the Whitepaper aims to contribute to the global and local discussion. We do not claim to touch on every aspect of global citizenship with the profound depth it might deserve but highlight aspects that the practitioners found intriguing and worth debating. The deliberations advance the discussion on global citizenship as an overarching concept that cherishes diversity and includes a strong sense of responsibility for just, fair and sustainable societies that collaborate for mutual benefit. A visual summary of the discussion can be found at the end of the document.

Global Citizenship and Universal Values

Journal Article

Global citizenship is a concept which intertwines our identity with the interconnected, interdependent world of today. It seeks to transcend geographical limitations and expand the definition of our personalities.