The foggy morning after the Springboard Sessions saw all the conference participants gather at 7AM for a fun and intense Afrorobics workout session. Following a morning impulse to keep us thinking about the importance of keeping track of our work and impact, participants split up into groups to proceed to the first sessions of the day.
Our graduating Junior Fellows proceeded to a rather emotional orientation workshop - where they reflected on their journey as Global Citizens so far and prepared for the journey ahead as Senior Fellows of the life-long Melton Foundation network. Oscar Garcia from Dillard University (New Orleans, USA) remarked “The fellowship has been a journey of self-discovery for most of us. When it is now time to step out into the real world and make a life for ourselves, we will always have the lessons we learned here.”
At the Homestay Reflection happening just next door at the same time, Junior Fellows reflected their experiences of staying with local families prior to the Global Citizenship Conference.
In the meantime, Senior Fellows, collaborating partners and conference guests joined our partners from the Creative Action Institute for a Creative Mentoring Workshop. The workshop saw the participants find innovative solutions to different obstacles that arise on the path to change-making.
As the attendees proceeded to lunch, it was time to get the first ever #GhanaGCC2017 Roundtable started. In collaboration with Oxfam Ghana, we set out to explore strategies that facilitate collaborative leadership across boundaries and unpack tools that drive change in society. The roundtable convened four practical experts from exemplary organizations to share their story and some tricks of the trade. Facilitated by the very Evans Mensah, panelists deliberated on practical approaches that drive societal change, elaborated on good practices and lessons learned from their work and engaged participants in deep discussion in order to identify hurdles and enablers to collaboration leadership across boundaries.
While the Roundtable discussed collaborative leadership, Junior Fellows next door discussed the various impacts and discoveries they had made over the course of the year in their project teams. The Project Team Reflection, led by Senior Fellow Karen Veloso, saw the Junior Fellows talk about successes and failures in their respective project teams, ways to improve collaboration across boundaries, and so on. Here are some snippets of the Project Team Reflection.
Soon after, we got ready for the Global Citizenship Showcase. The activity is an event where grass roots projects from around the world share their story, their work and their impacts. We saw projects such as ‘Empowered Communities’ who help communities turn sustainable in rural New Longoro (Ghana), to ‘Project Narratives’ who produce documentaries on personal experiences from conflict regions. They also shared their documentary teaser on the India-Pakistan seventy years of conflict story, which moved many to think of the importance of international peace and co-operation. Here are some pictures of the showcase.
The day came to an end with a lovely Ghanaian meal and a ‘Meet and Greet’ for the hands-on projects coming up the next morning! Continue the journey here...
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