Ladies and Gentlemen, I proudly present you AIESEC.
The ultimate weapon against World war III … so to say.
‘Association internationale des étudiants en sciences économiques et commerciales (abbreviated AIESEC pronounced “aie-sek”), is a global youth organization that develops leadership capabilities through their internal leadership programmes and engaging students and graduates in international student exchange and internship programmes for profit and non-profit organizations.’ (Wikipedia)
So why exactly would a student organisation be important to prevent war?
Well, as its motto >> Empowering young people for peace and the fulfillment of humankind’s potential << and the short definition indicate, it created a student network all around the world, where young people meet, exchange and share ideas, have mind-broadening and connecting experiences on an economic base. With this cultural exchange people from very different countries get to know and explore each other and their cultures, which leads to better understanding.
And this, as we all know that war is mostly caused by misunderstandings, can prevent wars from happening.
Of course this sounds a little fluffy, a critique AIESECers often have to deal with, but it’s actually true!
(If you want to get to know more details about AIESEC and how it works check out xxanh‘s post ‘AIESEC-the global youth voice‘ or its official website)
As I was recently lucky to discover, AIESEC is all about sharing ideas.
Why was I able to get to know this little secret and why am I so enthusiastic about AIESEC anyway?
Well, telling you, that I am an AIESECer myself should answer both questions just perfectly, right?:))
Anyway back to topic, just this sunday I had the opportunity to participate in a ‘Selling Workshop’ done by Connie Xu, a chinese AIESECer who is currently traveling around the world to share her knowledge about ‘Selling’ with all the other AIESEC members out there. By the way, I write ‘Selling’ in double quote because we don’t really sell anything, we just try to convince companies to take our trainees and to work together with us.
Connie Xu is truly amazing, she is an AIESECer on national basis (China), a position comparable to being a governor.
Even if you don’t fully understand the ways AIESEC is organized, let me tell you that she is an important person, well, as important a 21 year old student can be in a student organisation…
And this person visited us in our local committee and shared her ‘Selling Tricks’ with us. I was stunned how competent, charismatic, strong and eloquent she was. I even got to see her in action, as I was able to attend a company meeting with her, where she convinced the Managing Director to work together with AIESEC.
Ok, enough of my fan-girling, but seriously, if she had a fan page, i’d most definitely subscribe to it!
Thinking about it, I’m proud to be in the same organisation, which turned her into the person she is now and I hope that I can become just as impressive as her. And finally I can also see what my ‘Professor’ in university (Business Applications) ment went he kept talking about how important sharing ideas is,well he tried to tell us with stories about dancing, but even that makes sense now.
My point is that by sharing ideas and knowledge we can create a better future.
Be open minded,