Last weekend (November 10-12th) more than 20 European AIESEC Alumni Managers and Community leaders from different European countries gathered in London for the StepUp 2017 meeting. This working meeting was organized by AIESEC Alumni Europe together with AIESEC Alumni UK. It aimed at planning joint activities, reflecting on achievements, discussing current issues (e.g. integrated national and international memberships etc.). AAA was represented by me and Andreas Klaschka.
Large part of the work was dedicated to creating a theme for the next two years of the Alumni Theme Program (ATP). Special attention will be given on national level to projects using this theme and collaboration on international level will be promoted, thus increasing the positive impact of the work of the alumni associations. After many hours of intense discussions, the theme was decided: “Break out of the routine”. In addition to the theme, ATP projects will focus on two topics – innovation and learning – which also create a strong link to the UN sustainable development goals and support them.
International collaboration was a major focus of this working meeting. Successful projects, best practices and event ideas were presented by different European countries. The establishment of AIESEC Alumni Bulgaria was announced and it will take place during the European Regional Alumni Congress (ERAC) in Varna, Bulgaria in May 2018. All AIESEC alumni are invited to take part in this historical event!
Key success for this international collaboration is the personal contact and network. It was very valuable to get to know fellow alumni from around Europe, discuss future projects and ideas with each other. And just have fun together – have a spicy Indian dish in a cozy restaurant in the legendary Brick lane (including a loud roll call to Indian music) or a couple (or more) craft beers, listening to an indie rock band.
The next StepUp meeting will be hosted by AIESEC Alumni Germany at the legendary Rhine cruise in the end of September 2018 – and we are already looking forward to it!