With memories fresh from the previous day, the cultural night, the newly formed project teams and some ambitious pledges in the 100 Acts session, conference participants met for one final morning impulse session on the 19th of August,2017 - what would be the last day of a remarkable week. The morning saw two important internal meetings of the Melton Foundation - the Fellows’ business meeting and the Melton Foundation lab, to discuss organizational changes, learning goals and strategic improvements to further achieve our mission.
What came later was the most engaging part of the day. On the last day, all attendees together formally met to reflect on the week that had just passed. With a brief review of the collective conference experience and a first attempt to answering the overarching questions of the GCC, this session offered stepping stones for participants’ continued engagement and action following the GCC. In the session, participants voiced their various takes on their role as global citizen in a world that is in flux.
What is the role of a global citizen in a world that is in flux?
Some key answers we picked up from the reflection session included:
- Being resilient through change
- Understanding failure as a part of the process
- Developing a sense of ownership and responsibility
- Nurturing critical curiosity and self-education
- Being brave and keeping faith
- Questioning personal biases
- Knowing shared problems and applying similar solutions
- Being reflective and respectful
The room was filled with a sense of purpose and tremendous emotion as this reflection session was coming to a close. The words that had just been exchanged, words like resilience, courage, curiosity, kindness - all of which make a global citizen in the truest sense, were ringing in our heads long after they had been spoken.
The 2017 Global Citizenship Conference has been a transformative and educative experience, as though seeing through a looking glass onto a world that has so much room for betterment and togetherness. Understanding our role in a constantly changing world, we dispersed with a resolve to turn that change into a positive one. The call for a paradigm shift has indeed never been more clearer.