New national Boards of Germany & Italy

National Boards across Europe are constantly changing – at the beginning of 2018 the new German board took office and last week Italy elected a new board for three years.

We present you the 2018 board of AIESEC Alumni Germany (AAG) who hosted our #ERAC2016 together with #AAGRhineCruise in #Germany. AIESECAlumni Germany is the biggest #NAA in Europe and the world with nearly 600 paying members. #ALUMnites are organized in Berlin, Frankfurt, Giessen, Hamburg, Munich and other cities. AAG has a close relationship with AIESESC and runs workshops at National Conference and sponsors AIESECers with money and mentors for their #exchange.
AAG signed the partnership agreement with #AAE three years ago at the first #StepUp2015 in Reims. Last year, AAG added a financial agreement and supports AAE with 1400 Euro per year. AAG will also host #StepUp2018 in September in parallel to #RhineCruise & #SummerConference.

We present you the new board of AIESECAlumni Italy (AAI) who hosted our #ERAC2017 in #Roccamare. Italy is the second biggest #NAA in Europe with 100 paying members. The board and other alumni organize #ALUMnites in Milan, Rome, Turin and other cities as well as company visits and did a survey on UN #SDG. AAI signed the partnership agreement with #AAE two years ago at #AAIC in Warsaw.

Meet our trainers at ERAC

At the European Regional Alumni Congress, we will offer several workshops to advance your personal development. Choose your favorite and sign up now for the conference: //aiesec-alumni.eu/erac

  • Sustainable Performance Lifestyle: Mindful Balance at Work & Home by Sergio Razo
  • Using Technology for Your Leadership Development by Mihai Moghoiur
  • How to become a social entrepreneur? by Maya Doneva
  • To Motivate or to Lead? What is the role of Communication in a Team? by Ed Hahn

 

 

ERAC – Application for Alumni Talks open

It’s time to step in to the limelight!!! We opened the application for the Alumni Talks at the European Regional Alumni Congress (10-13 May in Varna, Bulgaria)!

We are in search for the stories that will change our perspective, challenge the way we think and take us on a journey of a self discovery.Alumni Talks – 12 minutes’ speeches – it may seem little, but it can mean a lot to a person listening to you.

ERAC delegates differ quite a lot regarding age, geographical location and career paths.
Our goal is to empower all to make better decisions about the world we live in on professional and personal level.

If you think you’ve got the topic to advance and accelerate the conversation on an important issue, you’re shaking up your field or are an innovator, bring new trends and break through thinking in science, technology, business, entrepreneurship, leadership, you’ve got a big story or a wild cards from the future. APPLY NOW! //bit.ly/ERAC-talk

Deadline for submission – 15 April 2018
Selected Alumni will be informed 5-10 days after the deadline.

StepUp Conference 2018 & RhineCruise: Registration open!

In 2018, AIESEC Alumni Germany is organizing it‘s legendary RhineCruise and SommerConference:

  • 27 – 30 September 2018
  • in Bacharach at the Rhine (1h from Frankfurt)

Register until April 2nd and benefit from the Super-Special-Early-Bird-Price
//www.vereinonline.org/aiesec-alumni/?action=events_kalender

On the website, you will also find more information and a detailed Agenda.
In case you have any questions, please don‘t hesitate to contact the OC:

European Regional Alumni Congress in Varna, Bulgaria

European Regional Alumni Congress (ERAC) is the conference for alumni in Europe to come together. We will share experiences, get to know each other and Bulgaria and will work on our personal development.
We expect delegates from all European countries and alumni entities and welcome any alumni from even further away to join us for our annual conference.
Sunny and warm city of Varna in Bulgaria will welcome us from 10th until 13th of May. Melia Grand Hermitage Hotel, organized Cruise, Iconic Golf tournament, and study tours – what else could you wish for – it is an amazing AIESEC weekend retreat.

BREAK OUT OF ROUTINE!

See you at Varna!

ERAC 2018 registration (by credit card) –> additional credit card fees apply

ERAC 2018 registration (bank transfer)

 

More Information about agenda, venue and special events you can find at //www.aiesec-alumni.bg/erac2018

 

 

 

 

 

StepUp Conference 2017

In Mid-November, 20 leaders from 9 European countries met in London, UK, for the StepUp conference of AIESEC Alumni Europe. The goal was to get-to-know each other, work on the planning of the NAAs and decide on the new Alumni Theme Programme.
The delegates arrived on Friday and enjoyed great discussions during drinks and dinner. This continued Saturday evening with a Warehouse Party with several more alumni from London.
After an introduction on Saturday morning, the countries worked on their planning and presented the highlights to group: more members, more activities, more impact. Among the event highlights for 2018 are
  • the WU Ball by AAAustria (13 January 2018),
  • the ERAC & National Alumni Conference by AABulgaria (10-13 May 2018)
  • the AIESEC & Alumni Rhine Cruise by AAGermany (28-30 September 2018),
  • the WOWcheWeekend by AAItaly ( May 2018) and
  • the International Start Up Meeting by AAUK (9 June 2018).
The afternoon was dedicated to the Alumni Theme Programme (ATP). In the past two years, a handful of projects took place in Austria, Germany and Italy to the theme „Intercultural collaboration – through education and sustainable economy“. After the theme was closed, the new ATP Manager Angelique Russo presented different projects linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and presented the results of a survey on the goals. AIESEC Alumni care most about SDG#4 „Quality Education“, SDG#16 „Peace and Justice“ and SDG#1 „No Poverty“.
Angelique Russo – ATP Manager
The discussion on a new theme lasted for several hours and in the end the participants chose „Break out of the Routine“ as the new Alumni Theme Programme. AAE says that “we have a positive impact on the world by continuously improving ourselves, our society and our environment. We challenge the status quo. Our actions are meaningful and we change our perspective.  We give back our knowledge and experiences to leverage the network. With our contribution we inspire youth AIESEC, AIESEC Alumni and the communities in Europe.“

AIESEC Alumni Italy

We present you the board of AIESEC Alumni Italy (AAI) who hosted our #ERAC2017 in #Roccamare. Italy is the second biggest #NAA in Europe with 100 paying members. The board and other alumni organize #ALUMnites in Milan, Rome, Turin and other cities as well as company visits and a survey on UN #SDG. AAI signed the partnership agreement with #AAE one year ago at #AAIC in Warsaw.

#EuropeanNAAs

AIESEC Alumni Belgium

In our new weekly series, we present you the Boards of the European NAAs. Our first is AIESEC Alumni Belgium – the idea to found it came up after the AAI Congress in Brussels in 1989. AAB has a member base of 50 people.
AAB signed the partnership agreement with #AAE on #ERAC2016/ #RhineCruise

Join the AAE board as Vice President Programmes and Projects

Vice president programmes projects

AIESEC Alumni Europe is looking for a Vice President Programmes and Projects. You will be in charge of:

– Planning of Programmes and Projects activitie:

  • Define together with AAE Board scope and long term goals of programs and projects
  • Plan deliverables, responsibilities and milestones on a yearly basis

– Controlling and Supervision of Programmes and Projects

  • Supervise the program by providing direction, input and feedback
  • Keep track of deliverables and reaching of milestones
  • Monitor the program and project activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation.
  • Report evaluation findings to the stakeholders and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate

– Team Lead

  • You will work together with the Executive Board of AIESEC Alumni Europe (currently 4 people) and you will be supported by Programme and Project Managers
  • Communicate, Collect and distribute information to and from Programme and Project Managers
  • Recruit and develop Alumni as Programme and Project Managers

– Requirements

  • Skilful use of program management tools
  • Structured working methods
  • Time to dedicate two years to this volunteering position
  • Time & means to enjoy one European conference per year

Found yourself? Email by 10th September 2017 and let us know why this is your position.

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AAE is looking for a Conference Manager

conference manager

AIESEC Alumni Europe is looking for a Conference Manager. AAE organises StepUp Meetings (next NAA leaders meeting will be in London 10-12.11.2017) and European Regional Alumni Conferences (ERAC, spring / summer 2018 location to be defined). This role starts about 4 – 6 months before the event and ends after the successful conference organisation.

 

– Responsibilities

  • Contact person for Conference
  • Collaborate with AAE Board to plan conference Agenda
  • Collect and make available all conference information
  • Manage Conference infrastructure and Logistics
  • Manage Agenda execution at conference

– Requirements

  • Customer oriented mind set
  • Demonstrated organisational skills
  • Ability to travel to the conference responsible for

You will work together with the Executive Board of AIESEC Alumni Europe (currently 4 people), the boards of the European NAAs and initiative groups and the OC of the organising entity.

Benefits

  • Be an internationally recognised member of AIESEC Alumni community
  • Making AIESEC Alumni relevant in the society
  • Working in a European virtual team
  • Enjoy the AIESEC passion!

Found yourself? Email   by 31th August 2017 and let us know why this is your position.

 

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The Good Cards: transforming businesses for the better

Dorota SobieszcukTake a game and mix it with the passion and the commitment to creating a better world: the result you get is The Good Cards, a real life game for individuals and organizations to achieve collective goals, co-founded by Dorota Sobieszczuk, an AIESEC Alumna, entrepreneur and change maker. The project is currently raising funds on Kickstarter and it has already reached the goal and started the overfunding phase ten days before the campaign ends. I had the the opportunity to interview her for the AIESEC Alumni blog. Enjoy the reading.

AAE: Dorota, what’s your AIESEC experience ?  What do you do in your life?  

D: I’m an AIESEC Alumna and since I finished my over 3 years AIESEC career I’m continually following the path of the change maker.  My AIESEC experience was all about the working with Local Committee Poznan in Poland. Mainly working in the incoming exchange area. Firstly I was a team member of the project than I become project manager, executive board member and local president. In the meantime I was engaged and helping out with notional working groups. Recently,  I co-founded The Good Cards – a real life game for individuals and organizations to achieve collective goals that can help create a better world. I’m living in Bali, the wonderful island where I can connect with like-minded people and grow spiritually and in the business wise way everyday. My mission is to help transform businesses into more socially responsible entities and  empower women to love themselves fully and become more courageous with persuading their business aspiration.

A: What about your project?  

D: Well, I do believe in the individual power of the collective action. How wonderful it would be to be a part of the community that creates habits to become more kind to each other and the planet. And we can all measure it and don’t feel anymore that “my small action doesn’t matter”. When we really see what’s happening in the world it’s obvious that people want change, but not necessarily now what they could potentially do to change anything.So The Good Cards helps you to take action to make a change and motivates you to repeat it by providing fun and gamified experience of leveling up in your good deeds action.

The Core idea comes from the Pay It Forward movement which emphasizes repaying the good deed to the others. The main attribute of the game is “The Good Card”: this is a physical card that gives a user access to the mobile app. He has to scan the QR code on the back of the card in order to find the set of missions for doing something good e.g for his/her family and friends, for strangers and more.

To accomplish the mission the user has to commence an action, share his experience and pass the card to the next recipient.

The next person that gets the card through the good deed has to go on a mission in order to pay it forward. As the card travels from hand to hand, the initial user is able to track it, and see the chain reaction: various stories are shared with the whole community of players from all over the world. The process of how to play the game could be found here:

The Good Cards

There are a lot of changes in front of us, before we find the way the really engage millions into doing good. But nothing is impossible.

AAE: What about impacting the business world?

D: Due to my personal experience I’m very passionate about transforming the business world as well, that’s why we want to closely cooperate with business around The Good Cards. That’s why I see The Good Cards as a way to transform businesses for the better, according to the philosophy “do good and do well” at the same time.  The core idea of the game is very simple: people are sent on a “good deed mission” and they share the story in the mobile app. The app is connected with The Good Card – a biodegradable plastic card that users pass on to other people, challenging them to keep the good going. On the app, everybody can track how the card travels, learn what other people are doing, and see the current location of the card on the global map.

The app can be customized for use by brands, and adjusted to their vision of their social impact. It can be used as a tool to do more good, collectively, with all of their employees and customers. I would underline three main aspects of the magic of The Good Cards for businesses:

  • Making their internal culture more kind and loving
  • Co-creating social impact with their customers
  • Increasing their bottom line

It all starts with the leader. Imagine a CEO doing good by challenging employees to do something good as well – and later customers are also challenged to do something good and everybody contributes to the brand’s collective goals that are aligned with their CSR strategy.

We’re entering an era where communication of a company’s impact is not enough. Today, people want to be part of the brand experience and social impact is becoming a more and more important factor for customers when it comes to choosing the brands they stick to. What is personally important for me is that brands have the power to shape their customers’ behaviour and create global trends. Imagine what would happen if doing good deeds became very trendy and customers were engaged in playing The Good Game through their favourite brands – and then they got rewarded for it.

At the end it’s all about our Good Game Prime philosophy, which is win-win-win  for the world, customers and companies

AAE: Why did you decide to launch a crowdfunding campaign?

D: We decided to launch this project on the community platform because the B2C side of the The Good Cards is purely based on the community building mechanism and crowdfunding is a great test.  Nevertheless we have reached our funding goal we need much more support to really put this project on the new level and be able to fully focus on its development, that’s why the support and feedback from the AIESEC network would be great. Thank  you all in advance.

Find out more about The Good Cards at thegoodcards.com

 

 

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$ 1 billion in change

Have you ever heard about crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is commonly defined as the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.
In this article we will focus on the lending-based model, known also as microfinance, and especially on the Kiva platform.

Kiva was founded in 2005 by a group of passionate people aiming to change the world by alleviating poverty. It is based in San Francisco (California, United States) and has offices in Nairobi (Kenya).

How does it work?

Joining kiva is free and each member could loan a variable amount, starting from $ 25,00, to a choosen project. You can browse all the project posted on Kive and decide which one you want to lend to.

Two kind of loans are available: partner loans (in 80 countries) and direct loans (US only).
Most partner loans do involve borrowers paying the Field Partner some interest, because of the high cost of providing small loans in rural areas and developing markets.

When the loan is repayed (the borrower repays the field partner and the filed partner reapys kiva, then kiva repays you) you will receive your money back to your kiva account and you can decide to lend it to another project or to transfer the amount to your paypal account.

AIESEC is part of the change

AIESEC Alumni and members have created a lending team on Kiva and we encourage you to join us.
Since its creation on the 7th of September 2008 the AIESEC lending team counts 215 members, % 219,375.00 loaned, 8,333 loans ans 38.8 loans per member. The total amount loaned through kiva is $ 999,419,625… on the way to the  1 billion milestone.

We want increase our impact and help kiva reach $ 1 billion in change. Join the AIESEC team on Kiva today, be a part of that change!

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SheSupp – a Swedish initiative to promote female entrepreneurship

We are pleased to present you the story of another AIESEC Alumni, Jean Gombya from Sweden. We would like to thank Jean for sharing with us her story and most recent project.

AAE: Hi Jean, tell us a bit about yourself.

Jean: My name is Jean and I am your everyday 27 year old girl with a passion for helping other young women to achieve their goals. My background is in business, accounting and finance and I have throughout my career helped several companies with finance and accounting. My aim is now to use this knowledge and experience to equip young women for success in their businesses. I am a woman of faith and spend most of my free time with friends, family and in church. I love to travel and dance, well travel to warm countries (above 25 Celsius degrees that is!) J

AAE: What motivates you?

Jean: I think that my motivation partly comes from my desire to make a difference in the world as cliché as it may sound. My faith teaches me to give and help others and I also find joy in doing that which motivates me to keep going with SheSupp even through the hard times. Secondly I am a person who needs my freedom, I love to travel, I love to spend time with friends and family and would love to have the freedom to do that as and when I desire. So I guess the freedom for more quality time with friends and family is a motivator.

AAE: How and when did SheSupp start? Or I should I ask what inspired you to start SheSupp? How did you spot the market need for such an organization?

Jean: I have had the SheSupp idea in mind for quite some time. A few seeds were sown after having worked as a client manager towards small to medium sized companies for a large financial services company. By doing so I had the chance to speak to business owners and really hear their passion about their business and also the pros and cons about it. From there I developed an interest in using my knowledge to help them. I have always had a passion for empowering and encouraging young women to pursue their potential which has then led me to focus on that group.  But it was only after a failed business attempt and when I realized that I really wanted the freedom to run my own business and do what I am passionate about that I really got the ball rolling in 2016. During that time I also realized how lonely it was to be a business owner and found that there were other women that felt the same. So it all started with a Facebook group that grew to about 400+ members and in late 2016 I decided to do a complete rebranding and changed to doing events and workshops to help the women in a more practical way.

AAE: What does the company do? What do you want to achieve with it?

Jean: SheSupp is a business network with a dream of inspiring and encouraging young women to start and grow their own businesses. We hope to create a strong global network of young female entrepreneurs to facilitate their growth and impact in the world.

The young women of SheSupp are able to find other female business partners globally and locally to make it easier for them to start and run their own businesses and grow domestically as well as internationally. SheSupp believes that if She can Support Her, there is a greater chance of all of us succeeding together, thus using the power of sharing to teach and learn from each other.

AAE: Tell us about the team you are working with.

Jean: I am currently a solopreneur. I did in fact have a fantastic girl working with me and who handled all the marketing and digital stuff, but due to her having to relocate I am back to being on my own. I have come to find that it is a good place for me to be in as I am still figuring out the success factors for SheSupp. By being a solopreneur I am able to make my own decisions and quickly without consulting anyone or involving my team, this way I can also adapt to chances and be more flexible with who I choose to collaborate with etc. In the future as SheSupp grows I do hope to hire a full team. However right now I am in fact looking for a tech-savvy person to help build an app!

AAE: What projects have you been involved with so far?

Jean: In my entire career I have been a part of several different projects from helping to set up a subsidiary in Sweden for a financial services company to volunteering in Uganda with AIESEC to help develop the organisation in Uganda. By working on these projects I found myself incredibly excited about entrepreneurship and also passionate about young women’s development. This in turn led to the start of SheSupp, so I am now building my dream with SheSupp and which in itself is just a big long-term project with several micro projects, it couldn’t be more fun!

AAE: What’s the most important thing you’re working on right now and how are you making it happen?

Jean: Right now in life my focus is on building SheSupp and trying to build a business that will help thousands of young women to start to pursue their dreams and dare to start their own businesses. I am working on a super exciting program that I am hoping to offer women in Sweden to be a part of, in order to help them start and/or build their businesses for success. It is a tough journey but incredibly fun. I am working around the clock, networking and ensuring that my name and SheSupp is visible to my target group and companies with the same vision or willing to invest in young women.

AAE: What are the plans for the future (yours and/or the company’s)?

Jean: My vision for the future is to grow SheSupp internationally. My hope is that SheSupp will be able to contribute to minimizing the gender gap amongst business leaders in the business world by facilitating for more women to have the courage and the opportunity to build their own business and if these businesses go well it will result in more women being in leading positions in leading companies. Kind of like a domino effect.

AAE: How can people interested get involved?

Jean: Well I should say to stay updated with what is happening on Facebook and Instagram as we have monthly events and will shortly be launching digital content to help our members’ progress with their businesses. So be it you are in Sweden or not you can still become a SheSupp member just go to the website www.shesupp.com and sign up and you will get newsletters and exclusive content.

Secondly if your company or you know of a company that would like to get involved in this kind of initiative feel free to send me an email on . Or if you know there is an interest for such an initiative in your country / town please do contact us as I am looking to expand and looking to suitable cities.

AAE: How can the Alumni community help?

Jean: I would love if the alumni network could connect me with powerful AIESEC alumni that could speak at events or hold workshops or even just become members or sponsors. I am currently looking for partners, and people/companies to collaborate with. So any recommendations are welcome. And of course spreading the word about SheSupp and the work we are doing for young women!

If you have any questions regarding this project, or any other AIESEC Alumni projects, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Show us your talent as Social Media Manager!

AIESEC Alumni Europe is looking for a social media manager to join our team and manage our channels (Alumnet, Facebook, LinkedIn and website).

As the key holder for our social media, you’ll be in charge of:

  • Updating social networks with engaging content, status updates, pictures, videos, and comments;
  • Planning, publishing, and promoting editorial posts;
  • Preparing a social media editorial calendar;
  • Engaging with alumni through our channels of communication;
  • Identifying trends and building new social media strategies;
  • Creating and promoting social media content in line with the AIESEC Alumni brand and AIESEC values;

You’ll get to engage and interact with the European network of alumni, actively seek thought-leaders, and help develop genuine relations between alumni from different countries connected through the same values. You’ll get to exercise your creativity muscle as well as have access to a big “drawing board” to put your own ideas to test. You’ll get a lot of virtual thump ups for riding the cool wave of AAE social media.

The position is set to start on 15th March 2017 and will run till June 2018. If you wish, it can be extended.

Found yourself? Email  by 10th March 2017 and let us know why this is your position.

 

Registration open for European Regional Alumni Congress!

The European Regional Alumni Congress is the annual congress bringing together alumni from all over Europe to meet, network and discuss.

The 2017 ERAC will take place at Hotel Roccamare in Italy from 18th to 21st May 2017. Parallel, AIESEC Alumni Italy will host WOWcheWeekend from 19th to 21st May, so you will have vast opportunity to meet Italian alumni, enjoy delicious Italian food and learn more about another National Alumni Association.

You can register now for ERAC with your Credit Card or by Bank transfer. All information about the congress, you will find here.

The fee includes accommodation, meals, conference fee and parties inside the hotel.

Early bird prices run till 21st February 2017.