Is it Possible for a Country to Run Entirely on Renewable Energy?

Is it possible for a country to run entirely on renewable energy?

The first time this question was asked, doubts filled the air. How can nations get rid of fossil fuels? How will they be able to produce enough energy? How will they survive?

Well, Costa Rica did it—for 300 days!!! Albania and Paraguay are almost there as well; it’s just a matter of time.

Energy demands in these countries are not that high, which could make their objective more accessible; nevertheless, they have proven that it is possible.

So, where is your country headed? Is it trying to catch up?

Drafted by Petra Cvetanovic



Treating the Symptoms

Too often, we’ll look at a problem and look for superficial solutions instead of treating the root cause of the disease. This is an issue that permeates many industries, not just the medical one. Short-term results are sought in business for profits, politics for votes, standardized tests for bonuses, and more.

Our communities and leaders have opted for short-term results at the expense of the long-term benefits of holistic problem-solving. The majority of us who live and interact with our communities understand that it’s those very same communities that will enrich future generations. How does that translate at the decision-making level? My guess is that it doesn’t, at least not very well.

While building up communities makes sense in theory, what do the economics say? Well, take a look at how we incentivize our leaders, and it becomes easy to see why our system struggles to effect change. We are acting only by considering ourselves and our present situation, while long- term plan and project solution proposals can affect future generations. Wall Street incentivizes quarterly gains instead of sustainable growth; votes are rewarded for impulse decisions instead of the long-term benefit to citizens; Big Pharma regularly crosses ethical lines with doctors—which then affects our care.

Until we take a hard look at how we encourage and compensate decision making, how much can we really expect decisions to change?

Drafted by Julian Legrand

AAI Content Crew Profile: Lee Vallance

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know the passionate global team of volunteers who have been regularly posting content on AlumNet about the Global Goals this year. Last up for November is me:

Currently, my role in the AAI Content Crew is more managerial than the gifted group of content creators we have on board. I help wordsmith, manage and publish content on behalf of the talented team of correspondents to keep the project in motion. Having come to love my role so much, I would jump at the chance to make a career out of managing an online community professionally. It has been such a treat getting to know the global team online. Therein lies the heart of AAI’s strength in an ever more interconnected world.

Call me Lee. Born and bred in Aotearoa (NZ), I became a member of AIESEC over 25 years ago at Victoria University of Wellington where I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Marketing and Management. While studying there, I represented New Zealand and AIESEC at a Global Youth Village in Hiroshima, ever since my passion has been peace.

Those experiences and 25 years of acting as a bridge between cultures in Japan have made such an impact on me that I am determined to reconnect with fellow alumni to reignite the passion we all share for the greater good. Thus the Sustainable Development Goals cannot wait. AIESEC Alumni are the perfect group of empowered people to keep the Global Goal pinwheel in motion. Let’s go for it!

Regarding my profile picture, I am a proud volunteer for the Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative (

AAI Content Crew Profile: Julian Legrand

For the final week of November, get to know the remainder of the passionate global team of volunteers who have been regularly posting content on AlumNet about the Global Goals this year. Fifth up is Julian Legrand:

Julian was born in Toronto, Canada, but rather than just Canadian, he sees himself as a World Citizen. He was born with European and Asian heritage, which naturally made him curious about the world and his place within it. Julian has graduated from Ryerson University, in Toronto, with an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing.

His real passion is for travel and, after an exchange experience in Copenhagen, travel had him hooked. Since then, Julian has lived in five countries across three continents and has visited over 30 countries. AIESEC has played a significant role in Julian’s life, paving the road to his first two forays into Asia. Now, Julian is excited to play a part in growing AlumNet, AIESEC’s Alumni platform, as co-editor. His goal is to help enable the platform flourish as a centre for discussion and action-oriented change.

AAI Content Crew Profile: Petra Cvetanovic

For the final week of November, get to know the remainder of the passionate global team of volunteers who have been regularly posting content on http://AlumNet.AIESEC-Alumni.Org about the Global Goals this year. Fourth up is Petra Cvetanovic:

Wanderlust is a word with which we will start when describing Petra. While pursuing a bachelor degree in law, she joined AIESEC about seven years ago. Her travel log has been updating ever since, which even lead to her passport splitting in half at the check-in gate in Denpasar, Bali. The people she meets along the way inspire her to keep travelling more and more every year.

Apart from law, she is a very passionate marketer and works for a digital marketing/advertising agency called The Iuvo. An AAI copywriting opportunity seemed like the perfect opportunity to reconnect with fellow AIESECers and do what she enjoys the most—creating stories and making the world a better place.

Thoughts create reality. It is that and the quote: “Hakuna Matata,” that are decisive in which direction she chooses to go—rest assured it will always be adventurous!


AAI Content Crew Profile: Colina Tran

For the final week of November, get to know the remainder of the passionate global team of volunteers who have been regularly posting content on AlumNet about the Global Goals this year. Third up is Colina Tran:

• Colina Tran participated in the AIESEC Alumni from Red Wave Project at UUM (Universiti Utara Malaysia) in 2011.

• She is an author, script and screenwriter.

• Also, the Executive Producer of Colina DC Show powered by Colina Dreamcatcher Entertainment & Media.

Besides on AlumNet, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the theme of the media group she created this year. The SDGs will be an integral part of her future projects, too.

Colina is striving to connect people and organisations for a better world.


AAI Content Crew Profile: Oguz Yilmazlar

For the final week of November, get to know the remainder of the passionate global team of volunteers who have been regularly posting content on AlumNet for the past seven months. Second up is Oguz Yilmazlar.

Oguz graduated from Anadolu University in Eskişehir Turkey with two bachelor degrees in Labour Economics and also Radio/Television Technology; even so, his work life has been his principal educator. He has worked in a variety of sectors such as media, tourism, education and customer relations. Each experience has helped him broaden his horizons; yet significantly so, Oguz’s involvement in AIESEC has been crucial to forming his character.

AIESEC has been a blessing in Oguz’s life, providing him endless opportunities, from work abroad and learning experiences to a global network of friends and colleagues. Now, it has given him a purpose. As an AAI AlumNet content manager, Oguz is ready to generate change and do his part to change the world.


AAI Content Crew Profile: Chris Gassman

The AAI Content Team has been writing articles about the Global Goals for seven months to date. It is about time we introduced ourselves. So for the last week of November, I will post profiles to present the passionate global team of volunteers committed to helping bring about the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.

First up is the newest member of our crew who has just joined our ranks: Chris Gassman. He is a revenue generator and social intrapreneur with a decade of experience growing companies sustainably. He has delivered above-market results within the Energy, Food, and Closed-Loop Resource (“Waste”) Management industries through roles in marketing/sales, strategy, and corporate citizenship. Chris’s endeavours have added both bottom-line and top-line value to UN Agencies, start-ups, Fortune 500s, and a variety of others in between.

His five-year BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): Help generate $1B in revenue by making the world a better place.

Chris earned his MBA/JD joint degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science.

Is There a Place for Gender Equality in the Entertainment Industry?

With the news of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein(1), came massive exposure of the dark background within the entertainment industry. Moreover, a large number of A-list actresses are coming forward to address these issues and talk about how hard it is to succeed in the industry.

Gender inequality can be seen in film, music and dance industries worldwide. The pay inequality between genders can be seen most prominently in the film industry, where the battle has been ongoing for the last couple of years.

According to the web portal Odyssey, “there had been speculation that the gender imbalance was beginning to even out with the production of strong female characters such as Katniss Everdeen in the ‘Hunger Games’, Black Widow in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’, or, surprisingly Merida in ‘Brave'”(2). When Disney, a company known for its portrayal of traditional gender roles (e.g. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty), starts making the leap toward gender empowerment the shift in the industry becomes clear.

Let’s address the question in the title by referencing the New York Film Academy’s latest statement: “Women buy 50% of movie tickets sold in the U.S.”. If we assume that this is similar across all continents, then we can agree that there is room for gender equality within the industry. The fight is ongoing.

What gender-inequality issues are you exposed to in the workplace?

Drafted by Petra Cvetanovic




How are Corporations Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable development goals, championed by the United Nations, are goals which, if we want to accomplish them, have to be supported by every part of the global business environment. Just one week ago Rabobank and UN Environment announced a new billion-dollar partnership to kickstart climate-smart agriculture. So we naturally wonder, taking this as the most recent example, if and how are various corporations supporting these goals.

The research shows that corporations are actually in most cases driving the process. They are financing, and kick-starting new trends related to most of the SDGs the UN has set. To elaborate more on the example in the first paragraph, Rabobank aims to provide grants, de-risking instruments and credit to clients involved in a sustainable agricultural enterprise.

“The coalition kicks off in Brazil and Indonesia. In Brazil, the alliance commits itself to the promotion and where feasible, the financing of integrated crop, livestock and forestry farming practices on the 17 million hectares of existing arable land under the management of Brazilian farmers financed by Rabobank. In Indonesia, the coalition aims to finance replanting schemes for smallholders in partnership with corporate clients. These include forest and biodiversity protection, restoration and certification of oil palm(1).”

These are just a few of the many examples we found while researching the given topic. One place to learn about corporate initiatives is the World Business Council for Sustainable Development(2). If you in any way think you can support the Global Goals, please do visit this website and let’s create a better tomorrow together powered by AIESECers.

Drafted by Petra Cvetanovic