October 31st and November 1st four Alumni (Jörn Lange, Chrys Taslis, Greg Tzavelopoulos and Dieter Langenecker) participated in this year’s ALPS (x) at the Hochkar, sharing their experiences with AIESEC both during their studies as well as Alumni, and informed about the relaunch of Mentoring for active Aiesecers by Alumni Alumni
(X) The Austrian Leadership Preparation Seminar – ALPS, is the largest conference in AIESEC in Austria and provides the participants with a space of growth where they can understand and assimilate their past experiences and empowers them to take their next steps in AIESEC – whichever they might be; through developing their leadership skills and helping them create a vision for their own path in AIESEC.
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, at Das Campus WU Wien with past-President Midge
Fear and Social Peace
Thursday, Nov. 10th, wonderful inspirational evening organised by Eva Westhauser
The meeting took place at the Europazentrum Wien, where our team of nine motivated old AIESECers (out of 4 generations) was discussing along the following questions:
“Unconditional Basic Income – Naive Illusion or Base for a Sustainable Future?”
Wednesday November 16th, Great profound presentation by Thomas Krisper
The Swiss referendum on June 5th 2016 drew the worldwide attention to this idea: Everybody should be guaranteed an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in order to be able to live modest but in dignity. You can also see it as a financially extended interpretation of the Human Rights declaration (Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”). Other aspects are: an answer to automation and increasing unemployment, a new definition of work, a possibility of activating the creativity and resources of all humans, and many more. The important part is: It is not just a new form of social welfare, but a total shift of paradigms: From a system of fear and competition to a system of institutionalized love and mutual empowerment, which is more efficient not only ethically but also economically!
The Swiss referendum on June 5th 2016 drew the worldwide attention to this idea: Everybody should be guaranteed an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) in order to be able to live modest but in dignity. It is not a new idea: Already in the 16th century philosophers developed similar ideas. In the 20th century many locally limited experiments were realized, most of them with positive results on welfare AND productivity! Nevertheless, time seemed not to be ready for such a revolutionary idea and the pilot projects were stopped. But now, as automation and digitization are replacing human workforce at tremendous speed, more and more politicians, economists and managers are promoting this idea.
You can also see UBI as a financially extended interpretation of the Human Rights declaration (Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”). Other aspects are: an answer to automation and increasing unemployment, a new definition of work, a possibility of activating the creativity and resources of all humans, and many more. The important part is: It is not just a new form of social welfare, but a total shift of paradigms: The introduction of a UBI can be the first step in a transition from an economic and social system of fear (competition on all levels, you have to be better, faster, more unscrupulous etc. than others in order to survive) to a system of institutionalized love and mutual empowerment (cooperation on all levels, every human being is considered valuable for the society and is therefore granted a basic income for his basic needs). Like that, everybody can develop his/her abilities best, work what s/he likes most, which is optimal from an ethical AND economic point of view.
Thanks to Johannes “Hansi” Schneeberger the meeting took place at the Europazentrum Wien, where our team of nine motivated old AIESECers (out of 4 generations) was discussing along the following questions:
What I am afraid of/what scares me?
What is social peace? (personal definition)
How can we achieve social peace?
The topic “fear“ was quickly discussed and evident (it was mainly (civil) war) but „social peace“ was not so easy and figuring out if we had already achieved social peace in Austria nearly a year ago (remember “Refugees welcome”- slogan 2015) or not lead to various thoughts concerning present status and different personal definitions about social peace (same values for all human beings, fairness/equity for everybody, right to work etc etc) and finally how we could improve it.
The longer we discussed more options and possible solutions got developed and we realized that we will not find a K.I.S.S. solution that suits all different needs (differencies in economic, cultural, educational background, between various groups in this country, => same values?!,)
Finally we decided to start with the first step forward – a small success story for everybody, which means getting into discussions with somebody outside of our bubble and trying to understand his/her feelings and worries; personal involvement in the social peace debate with a snow ball system- tactics – all of us will start and we will exchange our success stories at the next meeting in January.
NOW is the time to UNDERSTAND more, so we FEAR LESS“ (Marie Curie)!
Next meeting: January 25th 6:30 -8 p.m. (place to be confirmed), we hope to fill the place with more AIESEC generations!!
As mentioned during ALPS Gala night, we relaunch Mentoring as a leadership development tool. Here come the details
Mentoring is not new, neither in Learning and Development nor in AIESEC. As a core part of our leadership development initiatives, it has helped many of our leaders and alumni worldwide to succeed, therefore it’s time to give it a boost. It represents great potential for growth by transferring knowledge and collaborating between active members and alumni, or even alumni and alumni to develop each other. Through regular meetings and discussions the mentor supports and encourages the mentee to succeed at their role and responsibilities.
What advantages does an alumnus have as a mentor?
Acquisition of new people skills that can be used in the future in the professional field, for example in managing a team
Strengthening and consolidation of own leadership skills
Possibility to give back to organization and contribute to its ongoing success
How to begin?
Mentees: Approach direct your mentor or let us know what kind of mentor you’d like (describe areas of expertise, skills and method as detailed as possible) and we’ll connect you as soon as there is one
Mentors: Let us know you ‘d like to participate and state your areas of expertise, skills and method as detailed as possible) and we’ll connect you to the right mentee, providing you also tools to begin with.
Should you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS Mentoring as a word comes from the greek name Mentoras [Μέντορας], a teacher, who taught Telemachos, the son of Odysseus (King of Ithaka) for 20 years, in ancient Greece. Homer reports, that while Telemachos was learning from Mentor, he developed himself to an excellent young man who could take over his father’s kingdom.
Beautiful LIS event in Innsbruck -thanks a lot to the LC EB! Also meeting the alumni Rita, Katharina and Natalie; Rita will be building up an Alumni hub in Innsbruck, starting with quite an event in November – stay tuned!
After an interesting and insightful brainstorming evening regarding AAA’s purpose/mission, the 1st practical step:
„Refugees Welcome“ was the slogan in Austria a year ago ; since then a lot has changed and the atmosphere is nowadays completely different – fear of too many strangers in the country, weak economic data, a presidential election that so far has not been „done“ … The language itself has made a shift, it got much more offensive and this fact is not only affecting our society via the (social) media world – it even has the potential to influence long-term friendships and leads to fear of descend within the so called middle-class…
AIESEC Alumni Austria and AIESEC Austria want to focus on fear and social peace as peace was and is the indisputable and most important topic of AIESEC. And given the fact that clever and well educated heads and minds will always find a good and sustainable solution we invite you to participate and to ensure social peace and prevent a tense situation in this country.
Everybody who feels that she/he has “good ideas” please feel free to join us on Thursday November 10th (location Europazentrum Wien, Lassingleithnerplatz 2/3, 1020 Vienna) time frame: 18:15-19:45 – brainstorming (if we are more people in a „world cafe“ situation) – get ideas together –bring realistic ideas to life AND feel free to invite your AIESEC buddies/generation to that event.
It’s about the questions, “What is the mission of AAA? How can AIESEC (re-)define a both inspiring and practical mission, how can it be a thought-leader – and what and how can we contribute as Alumni?”
I’ve been talking to some people, only to realize that there are some initiatives already going on right now (and very often parallel). So following you may find links to the major projects taking place: