5 participants (4 new ones): the outcome of last meeting was re-discussed (definitions on fear, social peace; success stories for everybody…); focus on media (polarisation) and how fears and social peace “frames” have changed since last meeting (presidential elections, refugee topic etc.)
General discussion was longlasting (due to lots of red wine involved ?!) and finally ended up to where possible goals and next steps could lead AIESEC Alumni organisation
Next meeting (invitation will follow, end of March ?!) will focus on implementation, suggestions will be mailed during next week.
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!
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.
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!