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

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Water Wars

Can Hybrid Cars Stop the War in the Middle East?

You might ask “what’s the relevance?”

Since oil was discovered in the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th century, countless tears and blood have been spilt in its name. Seemingly, Superpowers are continuously racing to get even one more litre oil. No one seems to care about the local lives lost, not even their political leaders.

Alright, so we need oil for our cars, but can’t we get it without the fight?

Thanks to new technology, hybrid car development has grown exponentially. Hybrid cars are less noisy, cleaner, and will become cheaper when we have enough infrastructure. We know that some developed countries like Germany are working on hybrid vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. They are planning to have more hybrids than petrol cars on the road by 2030(1).

So now, is it plausible to think that hybrid car technology will stop the bloodshed in the Middle East? Maybe not, but perhaps it can ease some of the pain. We might even say “yes!” but there is another problem. How do you generate electricity? Water. Even if 70% of the planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is easily accessible.

The Middle East is the most water-scarce region in the world because of the climate, but there are three long rivers: the Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile. These three sustainers of life have been providing water to the region for centuries. They are so essential that their importance is often highlighted in holy books. These rivers direct people’s life, lifestyles, production, consumption, and tastes; in other words, everything about their existence.

As I wrote, as hybrid cars become more popular every year, we will need sources to generate the electricity for them. It’s possible the Middle East will be a region where superpowers will focus on once again. And, as some political specialists say, the scarcity of water there can start a conflict(2).

So, it seems like shortly the new cause of the conflict might be water instead of petrol. Now that’s a scary thought. How can AIESECers step up to the plate and alleviate such tension?

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) http://www.hybridcars.com/german-official-says-all-new-cars-sold-should-be-emissions-free-by-2030/

(2) https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2016/09/02/water-scarcity-cooperation-or-conflict-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa/

 

“Be the Change that You Wish to See in the World” – Mahatma Gandhi.

October 2nd marks the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the world’s symbol of non-violence. It is also the International Day of Non-Violence.

This day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.” The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence.” Some claim that there have been only 26 days of peace in the history of the world—these are defined as days without any war or warlike activities.

We, who live in peaceful countries, take peace for granted and rarely feel the terrible consequences of wars still happening around the world. Thus to end violence and promote peace by 2030, we need to ensure that we are accountable for the changes we want to see. Each of us must become ambassadors of non-violence, no matter where we are in this world!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Drafted by Colina Tran

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/27555/have-there-been-only-26-days-of-peace-since-1945/

http://www.un.org/en/events/nonviolenceday/

A Dark Future Predicted by Oracles, Scientists, and Politicians?

In reality, dark or bright, everything is in our hands. It doesn’t take much to tip the balance between choosing either, influencing the future.

Humankind has endured many kinds of wars until now. Face to face with swords and shields, bullets, gunners, tanks, planes, and atom bombs. And now war and political experts are talking about a new way: CYBER WAR!

We have already faced cyber war(1). Some developed countries choose this way to keep an eye on their adversaries and make them weaker, a prelude to further offensive operations. Due to this approach, one faction can corrupt communication from within the other faction, and also weaken morale. Other steps can be done easily, like cutting telephone lines at war in the past, but this is a new way.

Another new way to attack is “HAARP(2),” affecting the ionosphere and creating earthquakes using high frequencies. Not only earthquakes but ocean waves can be influenced, polar ice caps can be melted, and the ozone layer can be degraded to name just a few apocalyptic harbingers of doom – get ready for the world ever more altered by humankind.

In the past, prophets believed that our future was in the hands of God. But, for fear of sounding paranoid, I guess we can assume that not only God is managing our world but “big brother,” and his eyes are on us all the time!

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_cyberattacks_on_Estonia / https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberattacks_during_the_Russo-Georgian_War

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foLDKQ00XJc

What Exactly is Sustainable Development?

The video below, presented by the United Nations, describes perfectly why sustainable development is important and what it stands for. It emphasises the importance of time— every single day is important if we want to effect change.

So, what did you do today? Do you still have time to contribute to the world?

Written by Petra Cvetanovic

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Love Conquers All

Can love stop a war if this love is between two different nations and these nations hate each other? We know of the Trojan War (1) when a love created a war, but this is another topic for us now.

Hate, prejudice, vendettas, and racism seemingly do not allow anyone to love someone from the “other” side. In respect to all these negative issues, can we overcome such animosity when someone craves for more blood?

This time, I will not write any more to let you watch this paradigm-shifting video about what if a Jewish man loves a Muslim girl and a Muslim man loves a Jewish girl. (2)

Written by Oguz Yilmazlar

(1) https://www.britannica.com/event/Trojan-War

(2) http://www.dahafazlaizle.net/mslmankzyahudierkekleyahudierkekmslmankzla_i4780.html

Story of Your Life

Last January, I was part of a project called “Initiative,” where I had the opportunity to work with various people from the NGO sector. The goal of the project was to challenge the very same institutions to act according to their country’s laws and adopted policies. They showcased examples of how they managed to, with a straightforward logical deduction, find loopholes in the behaviour of these institutions with their own laws. These insights transpired among a group of fewer than 15 people. So many regulations were modified that the workshop convinced me that governments had a lot of room to improve in this field.

Back in 2015, the United Nations released a short film series called: “The Story You are Shaping.” In the embedded video below (1), the powers that institutions have over our futures and everyday lives are demonstrated.

It comes as no surprise that robust, inclusive, and transparent institutions are the bedrock of peaceful societies. Our rights are created and upheld by them. Are you helping to keep them so? Tell us about your part in shaping the human values which write history.

Written by Petra Cvetanovic

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCf4xAfPzTc

The World Without Fear or Violence – Myth or Chance?

The World Without Fear or Violence – Myth or Chance?

We Gather

We Build

We Write

We Create

We Imagine

We Collaborate

We Dream

We Play

We Speak

We Run

We Work

We Share

We Love

This is the story you are shaping. (1)

How does it end?

Each member, in his or her way, striving for a sustainable world: AIESEC Alumni International (AAI). How do you contribute?

Written by Petra Cvetanovic

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJcsKJ1s_uk