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!
During the last weeks, the future of the association of AIESEC Alumni Austria balanced on a knife’s edge. Hence we halted the collection of this year’s membership fees. As the future of AAA is now secured, we will resume the collection of the fees in the coming weeks. Dear members, please look out for further communication in the coming weeks, if you haven’t paid yet.
As you already might be aware, our old database had been corrupted some years ago. Since then we were handling the operations of AAA via a fragmented system of IT applications. This is not sustainable as you might agree. During the last year we were screening different solutions and decided on CiviCRM as new database. CiviCRM is open source software and developed for non-profit organisations like us.
But as we, the EB, are not IT or CiviCRM specialists, we still have to meet the challenge. If you have experience in implementing a database like CiviCRM and to link it with our website, your help is very welcome. Please get in contact with me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Checking out possibilities for co-operations, sharing ideas and experiences, and enabling AIESECers a flawless transition to AAA when finishing their studies!
Ad Communication (Social Media, Newsletter)
Regularly update/inform AAAlumni (and the rest of the world) of what’s going on, what is in the pipeline.
As to the newsletter we are going to reactivate the idea of the “4 Seasons Newsletter”, meaning it will be published once a quarter (21st of September, of December, of March and of June). Plus, the odd issue for special events. And, do consider the idea of sharing your thoughts in one or more of the issues J
Ad Vision, ATP (Alumni Theme Programme)
What is AAA/AIESEC really about, its purpose, mission, vision? “Peace and Fulfilment of Humankind’s Potential”? Or, “Leadership”? To enable students to be better prepared for …? Or to be a thought leader, to propose (and implement) new approaches?
AAEurope (Peter Mandl) is on the forefront of these conversations; I’m thinking about participating myself as well; and to invite you to share your thoughts and input about the (future) role of AAA/AIESEC; maybe a future (kind of) Board of Advisors? Some of you already expressed interest; so if you feel that in addition to the AIESEC spirit you nowadays also have some experience and thoughts to share, simply let me know, and we’ll take it from there! (You can read more about ATP here)
And do provide us with your thoughts, ideas and active participation!
Here we go! After 2 weeks, numerous meetings (almost like in the “good ol’” AIESEC days, but just almost), and 1 Alumnite – here’s a short outline of the focus for 2016/17.
And let me stress this before anything else: AAA would not exist anymore if it would not have been for the incredible work behind the scenes of both Midge (AAA President 2014-2016), and Jörn (VP Finance). Everything is perfectly structured and organized, potential problems and bottlenecks described with different solution scenarios: IT, social media and website maintenance, statutes, events, all administrative and organizational work. With a probably incredible amount of personal hours invested.
Most likely not the most sexy work. Definitely not seen by most of us (including myself; up to now, that is)
Therefore my sincere thanks to the old team – incredible job, very well done!
So let’s take this opportunity and build upon this base:
Therefore, the mission for 2016/2017? The visible resurrection of AAA.
How: By keeping it personal and simple.
By focusing on few activities; to inspire YOU to enjoy and to participate in AAA activities; and to rediscover ways to give back to AIESEC; and by reigniting the spirit to contribute to the vision of “Peace and Fulfilment of Humankind’s Potential”.
Chrys Taslis was awarded “Alumni of the Year” during yesterday’s General Assembly by Michael Fürnschuß, President of AIESEC Alumni Austria. Chrys’ activities demonstrate an outstanding commitment to AIESEC and AIESEC values: