AIESEC, in all its glory, is being run as an organisation in a very unique way that facilitates and enables a million experiences each year. The experiences are formed in many ways through cross-cultural exchanges, leadership development and understanding management. It all started after the second world war when a group of young people sought to eliminate differences between people across borders through cross-cultural understanding.
The question here is why we do what we do. What is it that we get through embedding people from different cultures into a single string? What is it that motivates us to grow this organisation through thick and thin? What is it that we try to endeavour when we connect hearts across heavy borders and geographical boundaries?
In simple words put forward, all we do is that “We strive to achieve Peace and Fulfillment of Humankind’s Potential.” The idea began when the youth wanted to prevent similar conflicts like WW2. Aren’t we all tired of the racism, discrimination, war and politics around us? You and I do not understand the violence bred out of hatred as youth. We want to carve out the memories of our numbered days in peace and this is what AIESEC aims for too.
By promoting the cross-cultural experiences, we give young people the opportunity to explore and understand the diversities of different nations in order to be accepting, in order to understand, in order to feel that we are all human, that there are far more similarities that unite us than the differences that divide us. Perhaps then, war will never remain an option.
While we do so, we also encourage the youth’s talent to be explored, to be given a platform to develop itself and therein lies the other half of our mission. When a person is given the right opportunity to do what he or she is capable of at the right time, it is then that we achieve fulfillment of humankind’s potential. That is also when we see the magic begin.
This brings all of us to a similar path of activating leadership in every human which remains the fundamental solution to every problem. We invite you to be a part of it all. To both enable and to experience. It’s never too late to be a part of a noble cause. Never too late to relate and take action. Never too late to be the magic.