Human Trafficking

Would you know this top-three crime if you saw it in progress? It happens in every industry to over 40 million people a year. #WearBlue

Drafted by Chris Gassman


Public Speaking

Public Speaking

As we are AIESECers, we are candidates to be change makers. It will be about our interests. If you think that you could be a good businessperson, you would become a CEO in the future and manage business life. If you are interested in technology, you could create new devices and make life easier. If you want to be a doctor, you could develop the health system of your country and save more lives.

However, whatever you want to do or be, there is one thing essential at this age—talking in front of a crowd! A good speech has the potential to take you one step forward; a bad one, one step back. During our active period at AIESEC, we made many of them, even if we had never done so until then. We practised and became talented at doing so.

A book, “TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking,” by the curator of TED, Chris Anderson, inspired me to write this article. He gives specific examples of how to make a speech in front of crowds. I would like to summarise the book:

– Practice enough to deliver your presentation well

– Get information about your audience

– Talk about opinions more than problems

– Make people wonder about the topic

– Always be sincere

– Give examples, tell related stories about the issue

– Make eye contact with people

– Be careful about your tone of voice

– Manage the time of your talk well

– Create inspiring slides

Making a good speech is one part of getting what we want—a better world. Keep advancing this talent by speaking out loud to voice your commitment to our partnership with the Global Goals movement.

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar

This Land is Mine

War is a big game of life and death. It is a global game that we have been unable to avoid since the dawn of the first era. As long as humanity subsists, this game will continue.

Contrasts confront war: day/night, summer/winter, dry/wet, heavy/light, life/death…

All of us appear to hope for eternal peace, but is it enough to just wish for it? To be blunt, I do not think so. So, what is there to do about this seemingly endless predicament? How many generations will continue to confront war face-to-face?

Or, will we accept it as a necessary part of life, like taking a breath or eating?

There are many more issues to write about on this topic, but I prefer to stop here and get you to watch the video clip below. It will shed light on the darkest of dilemmas.

– Oguz Yilmazlar

Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence Shed New Lights on Poverty

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic of technocrats, poverty, on the other hand, has long been a hot topic of the UN’s SDGs. A group of scientists from Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence Lab of Stanford raised a controversial issue: how can we track the progress of poverty-fighting? Another interesting idea from the project is to predict poverty with the help of data collection! Using “night lights” from satellite images as indicators and the simple logic that “areas with little or no night lights are more likely to be poorer than those that have,” the group started to map poverty and predict where poverty will likely strike. This correlation would likely help distribute funds more efficiently and help policymakers to “enact and evaluate policies more effectively.” Data analysis and AI have shed new lights on poverty! What do you guys think about this idea?

Drafted by Colina Tran


When was the Last Time You Went Off the Grid for Twenty-Four Hours?

When was the Last Time You Went Off the Grid for Twenty-Four Hours?

Mental health is still a very controversial issue around the globe. Like physical health, it demands commitment and exercise to keep it on the right path. The digital world is seducing us with an increasing number of gadgets and devices, so I figured this mental health detox would be worth trying and sharing with you.

Try it out and let us know how it goes!

Drafted by Petra Cvetanovic


Understanding Sustainability

Understanding Sustainability

Sustainability is a word that is becoming increasingly common around the table. But, like the word “synergy,” if we don’t want it to lose its meaning in the next decade, we need to understand what it means precisely.

Here’s the condensed version, sustainability means that a successful project can reproduce continuously without any fundamental changes. Looking at the root of the word, we find the word “sustain,” which means to maintain or reproduce at the same level. With just these two pieces of information, we can reframe an ambiguous “desire for sustainability” with something more actionable. For example:

What am I doing today that ensures that my project continues long after I’m gone? In my opinion, that’s a question worth asking.

Drafted by Julian Legrand

Where Can You Breathe In Clean Air?

Where Can You Breathe In Clean Air?

As a passionate traveller, I’ve always intended to go to places where I can see different things and explore different cultures. It was only after visiting cities with excessive amounts of pollution that I’ve added some more points to consider before choosing my next destination. One of them is the cleanliness of the air.

After hearing about pollution red alerts in Beijing(1), I started wondering if there was a report that ranked and named the countries or cities with the best/worst air quality. I came across a video (embedded below) which states that Sweden and Denmark, as well as cities like Singapore and San Francisco, are the best options to consider if air quality is on your priority list.

What is the air like in your hometown?

If you are choosing your next travel or work destination, take a look at the video below:

Drafted by Petra Cvetanovic



How Do We Escape Poverty?

“How do we escape poverty?” is a question that has been haunting more than half of the world’s population. Many of these people are in economically challenged countries and are chronically disadvantaged as financial institutions consider investments in such places very risky.

Any finance student understands that risk rises together with interest rates. Thus needy families are forever deprived of essential business services. Thankfully, a loan fund system dating back to the 18th century called microfinancing was introduced to help improve the circumstances of such families. This type of financing has helped poor communities, particularly women, become self-sufficient. A crucial part of the initiative is to offer basic classes focused on “interest rates and the concept of cash flow, how financing agreements and savings accounts work, how to budget, and how to manage debt(1).”

However, the program is currently only available to 20% of the three billion people qualified (as impoverished). In recent years, there have been efforts to bring MF services to more people from commercialised institutes. The objective of these firms is to generate a profit, instead of the original institutions which had charitable intentions. Regardless, these programs have been lifting millions of people out of poverty since their inception. Since the loans are small, perhaps you should consider investing your “set-aside-for-charity” discretionary income in these MFIs?

The chance to create economic and social change on the ground floor is an opportunity unique to our generation!

Drafted by Colina Tran


If You Could Predict 90% of Bankruptcies, Who Would You Tell?

If You Could Predict 90% of Bankruptcies, Who Would You Tell?

As AIESECers, we are often shaking up the world from within and outside organizations. How are you leveraging public information to be the change you want to see in the world? (1)

Drafted by Chris Gassman

(1) ESG – Good Companies Can Make Good Stocks:

What Do You Use Your Trash For?

What do you use your trash for?

I visited Germany recently, and one of the things that always strikes me is their recycling habits. The propensity for recycling seems like it’s rooted quite profoundly in the culture of all the people living there. I always wondered what this trash was used for. I know they reuse some of the products that we use every day, but what exactly do they do with them?

I mean, let alone waste, remember that all garbage we remove from the house is useful. When everyone turns a blind eye to trash—that is an eyesore and offensive to the nose—yet it is returned to us as energy and in the form of various other services.

I came across an interesting video on why Sweden is buying trash from other countries.

Let’s just say this country just “levelled up” on my travel bucket list. Take a look why:

Drafted by Petra Cvetanovic