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A selection of AIESEC's Alumni: Some of the most promising young leaders of tomorrow.
In a time that society largely recognizes the importance of global leaders, large impact across regions, building considerable
fortunes from start-ups, AIESEC took the opportunity to publish a list of Alumni that have incredible stories that
represent the importance of thinking global and acting local.
Looking at Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, or Marc Andreessen you might think there arenӴ too
many inspiring and empowering stories out there. Through this list, AIESEC intends to showcase that there are far more
stories than just the ones the common person would know about. We found 40 extraordinary stories of people under 40
years old, that come from all corner of the world and sectors: from technology, health care, sustainability, finance, an
What do they have in common? They are creating a positive impact, being role models for their communities, enhancing
local leadership, innovating and growing their businesses/products/ideas. They have a global mindset, while applying
local expertise by being entrepreneurs.
Ready to know more about them? Check our AIESEC Alumni 40 under 40.
Climate Change - Who Cares?
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (December 2, 2009)
The Topic of the Century through the eyes of tomorrow's leaders from over 120 countries.
Climate change is the greatest threat of all, and the problem is manmade. That is the opinion of Դomorrowӳ leadersԬ more than 3,000 university students and young professionals in 122 countries. However, while almost all of them are very concerned about climate change, not so many feel engaged in climate change issues.
Next week todayӳ leaders will meet in Copenhagen to determine how to deal with future climate change challenges. Ultimately their success depends on the leaders of tomorrow. Young peopleӳ views on climate change are key to understanding and shaping the future.Kairos Future, the international futures research and strategy development firm, and AIESEC, the worldӳ largest youth-run organization, surveyed global youth in November 2009 to find out what tomorrowӳ leaders really think. Everyone should get more involved
Young people are the leaders of today who will deliver on the promise of tomorrow. Letӳ Act NOW!, commented Aman Jain, President of AIESEC
Three out of four respondents feel that people and organizations who should do something about climate change are not doing enough. Nine out of ten respondents think that companies should take greater responsibility to limit climate change. They also think that everyone needs to contribute to solving the issue, but only 20% describe themselves as very engaged in climate change issues. There is no equal sign between attitudes and behavior.
There is a tendency towards ԓomebodyelseismԬ someone else is expected to take action. Evidently fears and convictions do not automatically transform into action, says Mats Lindgren, CEO and founder of Kairos Future, and a former environmental researcher. They believe that politics and business have the power to act, and that they are obliged to do that.
More than six out of ten believe that the solution to climate change is political rather than technological. Global north should deal with problems at home first
The notion of ԣlimate debtԠis often discussed in relation to climate change, whereby the Global North is expected to repay their ecological debt to the Global South, subsequent to a long history of over-exploitation and excessive consumption. It can be argued that the greatest marginal effect is achieved by investing in developing nations, where relatively small changes can have comparatively large impact on the environment. However, the majority of survey respondents does not share that view.
The young people in our survey lean heavily towards the opposite perspective, that rich countries should deal with environmental problems in their own countries before focusing on environmental problems in the developing world, says Anna Kiefer, Project manager of the climate change survey and Director of Kairos Future International. There are not any big differences in viewpoint between young in the Global North and the Global South in this regard.
Friends determine engagement in climate change
So what would make tomorrowӳ leaders globally engage more in climate change? Well, lack of money, time and information are not the main obstacles to involvement in climate change issues.
֠Tomorrowӳ leaders would be more engaged if people around them got involved, says Anna Kiefer. It seems to be very important what your friends do and who sets an example.
In many countries, the absence of necessary infrastructure to support a climate smart living leaves people without options. It is not up to them if they choose public transportation or not, because it simply does not exist. Yet, the majority of actions taken even in the western world constitute discussions and intellectual involvement.
The recipe for saving the planet is a social act more than anything. Trust in science to save the world is vanishing, climate and seasons are more important issues than ever and opinions change with the change of seasons; people adapt to politicians and people around them. The Age of Reason is abandoned and we find ourselves in the Age of Season. Further revelationsŠ
Further analysis and statistics will be revealed at a youth event at COP15 on the afternoon of December 11th hosted by PlanetCall (www.planetcall.org). About the survey
Kairos Future, the international research and consulting firm dealing with futures research and strategy development, together with AIESEC, the worldӳ largest youth-run organization, have surveyed young people around the world about their views on climate change. Data was collected in the month of November 2009.
The questionnaire was distributed in English via e-mail and AIESEC web pages to AIESEC members globally. We have received 3,119 replies (48% women, 52% men) from 122 countries. Most of the respondents in the survey are students (75%) in the fields of economy, commerce, social sciences and technology. 83% of them were born in 1985 or later (most of them around 1988), 17% were born in 1984 or earlier. A majority of them are planning on becoming managers in the future (56% Թes definitelyԬ 32% ԭaybeԩ.
For further information or to obtain a free report with survey results, please contact:
Anna Kiefer, Project Manager of the Climate Change survey and Director Kairos Future International
Tel: +46 70 547 25 02 www.kairosfuture.com
Carolyn Rush, Vice President AIESEC International
Tel: +31 10 443 4383 www.aiesec.org
AIESEC on Climate Change Please find a detailed press kit on AIESEC's Climate Change activities here
The Digital Generation Survey
This online global survey, conducted by workplace experts Career Innovation in partnership with AIESEC. It took place between January and June 2008 and attracted 2,277 responses from "opinion-leading" students in 114 countries, The survey has been created by workplace experts Career Innovation (Ci) in partnership with AIESEC.
Download an abridged copy of the Digital Generation Survey here. For a full copy of the survey please contact Carolyn Rush at AIESEC International, email@example.com.
AIESEC 60th anniversary publication
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary, AIESEC International published a book of the stories of different alumni and their achievements through the decades in order to capture the diversity and inspiration of "60 years of developing youth leadership.
Download a copy of the 60th anniversary publication here
State of the World Report: 2008
Compiled by young people from over 17 nationalities who work for the global office, AIESEC International, this report is a vivid picture of the State of the World as seen by the next generations of leaders.
Download a copy of the State of the World Report: 2008 report here
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