The day began with a session called ‘Connecting the Dots’, where all conference participants were encouraged to draw conclusions from insights, reflect on their role as global citizens in a world that is in flux and awaken the potential to lead and take action - locally and globally. We identifying stakeholders in local communities, reflected about the privilege we hold - or not, and discussed how the insights gathered over the past week can be turned into impact on a glocal level. And that’s when we moved further to the highlight of the day - the 100 Acts Workshop.
To provide some context, 100 Acts of Global Citizenship is a program designed by the Melton Foundation to help global citizens design and do an individual act to tackle pressing global issues in small yet meaningful ways locally. The workshop at the GCC provided a pathway to tackle an issue we feel passionate about using our unique skill sets in order to bring global citizenship to live in and with a local community we are connected to.
We began with an activity to enable participants identify themselves the best way they could and helped discover skills, insecurities and strengths. From discussing areas of discrimination to identifying our unique powers, the activity was and ideal way to begin the journey towards designing simple yet meaningful Acts of Global Citizenship.
Then, participants came together in small groups based on the issue, community and skill set they have identified to explore creative possibilities how different issues could be tackled in different communities putting different skill-set to work. Experienced mentors were nearby to support us during this fun and insightful brainstorming exercise.
Many discussions, reflections, ideations, feedback loops later, we all had our individual Acts of Global Citizenship planned out and the time had come to pitch it to the group. Everyone shared the name of the act, the underlying issue, the community it would engage and the impact it aims to have - and alas: over 50 inspiring Acts of Global Citizenship will be implemented between now and the end of the year. Participants announced 100 Acts such as engaging their communities in discussions about Modern slavery, mental health, sustainability and equality. Some even pledged to take workshops or conduct activities within their peer groups and families.
Just like every journey starts with a first step, we went from coming up with a simple, individual Act of Global Citizenship and moved forward to designing and forming the Project Teams that Junior and Senior Fellows would be working in the year to come. A fun and interactive activity help connect Fellows based on their shared passion for particular issues, and in small groups we collected ideas about how to tackle the respective issue collaboratively in different locations around the globe. At the end of the session, each project team shared their vision and how they hoped to achieve their goal within the coming one year.
The day ended on lots of potential and plans. With a mindset to soon put their plans into execution, participants dispersed for a wholesome Ghanaian dinner, anticipating the next day, which would be the last of the #GhanaGCC2017.