Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 4 of 4)

Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 4 of 4)

Weeks, months, years passed like this at the dolphin theatre. Every day new tourists, new shows, and additional rewards if our dolphins could perform what their overseers demanded of them. If not, they were fearful of not being provided with enough to eat during the day.

Fino was now middle-aged. He had gained many talents over the years; he was one of the most cherished dolphins at the park— loved by his trainers because he always obeyed the rules. He soon learned that he must do whatever his masters instructed him to do. This rule was clear. If there was no show, there was no food! It was the way humans domesticated animals.

Since Fino came here, he has lost two of the friends who were rounded up with him—in front of his eyes—they weren’t strong enough to endure the hardships of living in captivity. Also, as the seasons came and went, Fino’s mind was with his mother, he was missing her and the ocean. Would he ever see the open sea again?

Over time, Fino’s performance was deteriorating. He was performing slower, his unhappiness was apparent. Then, one day, out of the blue, he was caught by his masters. At the time, he recalled the day he was captured in the ocean. But why? What was the reason this time? Caught and put on a truck, the outcome was inevitable: if he could not perform well, there was no need to feed him!

Then from the truck to a boat and the deep and endless ocean. At last, he was free! He was back in his world again, even though he could not understand the reason why. Even so, here was the place to be! He looked around, swam a little bit hoping to see his mother and friends. Would it be possible after so many years in isolation?

He tried to hunt again, even though he had forgotten how to do. Then, he saw a group of dolphins and tried to get to know them. But these were entirely different dolphins, so he was not welcome. He had to take care of himself.

He was smart and powerful enough to survive. He could adapt to the new circumstances that confronted him.

Still, probably he wished he had a superpower to reason with his masters. He would have wanted to ask a few questions:

Why do you meddle with ocean life?

Do you notice how you damage nature?

What right do you have to separate me from my family?

Is it worthwhile doing so for profit?

Do you not feel any remorse for doing so?

And, is there anything more valuable than self-determination?

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar


Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 3 of 4)

Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 3 of 4)

When he opened his eyes again, he found himself in a pool with the other baby dolphins. The pool was big enough, but it couldn’t be compared with the seemingly endless ocean. Here would be a place for them to exist until they withered away.

The dolphins were in shock. No mother, no fishes, no sea stars, nor any rocks, either. Just a cramped cage made of ceramics, with noisy people around them laughing and shouting.

Except for being fed by humans, for a few days, nobody touched them. The baby dolphins attempted to understand what they had done wrong—why were they separated from their families and independent lives? WHY-WHY-WHY! Disheartened, they tried in vain to justify their predicament but had no answer.

A few days later, people started to talk to them to train them to earn their keep. Being directed and shouted at, the dolphins had no idea what to do. Their expressionless faces encouraged humans to punish them. Now, they were being punished and starving. Eventually, the dolphins understood that if they did not act, they would be punished. They would go hungry for the day. At last, they realised what the human “Lords” wanted from them—they had to act, scream, and dance. If there was no show, there was no food! Their sharp minds helped them to learn quickly.

Days were passing slowly for Fino and the others. Missing families was the hardest sentiment to cope with. They were wondering what the others were doing in the endless ocean when they were confined to the cramped pool. Were they happy without them? How was Fino’s mother? These questions would weigh on their hearts during their pool life.

Here was a touristic dolphin park. Some of the dolphins were old enough, some of them were too young. Many dolphins were working here for the show, for humans, for humanity’s benefit.

For one aim!

To be continued…

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar


Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 2 of 4)

Fino, the Feisty Dolphin (Chapter 2 of 4)

The ocean was big enough for everything they needed but the season was changing and migration time was coming. Fino was excited to see new places where there may be different kinds of fishes, new hunts. But his mother told him about hunters: “These hunters are the most dangerous ones, and they are not in the sea,” she warned. “They intrude from above our world!” she exclaimed.

Time was up for living carefree in their part of the ocean. Around 100 dolphins migrated around the coast to live in better conditions, to return a few months later. In the beginning, everything was fine but a few kilometres beyond, they were confronted with the first group of fishing boats. Fortunately, the anglers were hunting smaller prey. So without any problem, they continued. Nonetheless, over time, their route got more and more crowded with boats—they had to be careful! Even though the beauty and swimming style of the dolphins amazed the hunters, they would be tempted to catch one. Why not? A young dolphin could be used for many things…

Now, because of countless dolphins and boats, there was no place on the surface of the sea to manoeuvre hardly anywhere. Fino and the others could barely find a way forward. Not surprisingly, a few dolphins collided with the boats and got injured. But the leader of the pod was swimming non-stop. Now, not only fishing vessels but also fishing nets were harassing them. Fishing rods were not that much of a hindrance, but nets—definitely not so!

Fino was learning fast, but the journey was full of unknown dangers. Then, from the last line of the school, a sharp scream was heard! This scream belonged to a baby dolphin which was surrounded by a net now. He was desperately fluttering in it. His parents were trying to cut it with their sharp teeth, but it was moving upwards too swiftly. A few seconds later the baby dolphin disappeared from view; he had been dragged out of his world. At that time, from above, a loud laugh was heard by the pod.

It belonged to the hunters. It was the first of many, as four more boats caught four more of them—all adorable baby dolphins. One of them, after hearing bitter screams from his friends lost the control and concentration to follow his mother and panicked suddenly.

It was our lovely Fino!

To be continued…

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar


Fino the Fiesty Dolphin (Chapter 1 of 4)

Fino the Fiesty Dolphin (Chapter 1 of 4)

In the deep and clear ocean, happy and free, with friends and family, seemingly blessed with endless food and no danger, our lovely little dolphin “Fino” is swimming with happiness and following his mother. He discerns that whatever he learns from her, will be of significant lifelong advantage to him. He likes to imitate his mother—trapping, hunting, and playing with her. She is his idol. Hunting in a big group is his favourite activity. Getting full and playing with friends is priceless.

During his day, he learns many things about ocean life: different varieties of fishes, stones, marine corals, sea stars, octopuses, whales and beyond. Different appearances, experiences, and stories to communicate about to the world about life in the seemingly boundless ocean. Even if he gets confused sometimes, he cherishes this diversity.

Like everyone’s life, his fate is unknown. He can never know what life will serve to him for sure.


If he is in this endless ocean,

If he surfaces to take a breath every 20 seconds,

If he can hunt with joy and eats his full, and

If he is with his mother,

It seems like there is no problem!

To be continued…

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar


Is Everything for Humans?

Is Everything for Humans?

Is a cow living to be eaten by us? Is a tree there to provide shadow? Is a flower colourful to be a gift on Valentine’s Day?

Does water flow for our shower? Are the seven seas for us, and are mountains to build a house on so we can see the oceans better?

Why has humankind put itself prominently in the spotlight on the stage of life? Why are we so significant but all other “things” are not? Is this egocentrism coming from our power? From our swords, guns, tanks, and warplanes? A sheep cannot defend “itself” from us. Salivating with glee, we can carve it up and eat it! Does that imply that sheep are living to be centre stage on our dinner table? Of course not!

We believe that we are strong, smart and brave enough. But, have you ever thought of our stature in the universe? Even our seemingly boundless world is barely visible from a distance. We consider the planet we live on to be enormous, but it is a mere speck—scarcely a pinhead!

We are comparable to a piece of dust, conceivably smaller. So, why all the bragging? Why do some people think that if we do not exist literally, we are void of life? Why all the heartbreak and fighting? For whose benefit?

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar


What if your water was green?

What if your water was green?

As a neighbour to Philadelphia and a fan of their stuffed pretzels, I appreciate them having $10 Billion back in their bank account, and 1 Billion gallons too! As AIESEC Alumni, we’ve learned to see the world and wondered what it could be. If we can (re)discover stormwater from nature’s epochs of research & development, what else can we change?

Drafted by Chris Gassman

#SDG14 #Water #EcosystemServices #ThursdayThinker


Supplant Plastic with Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Supplant Plastic with Eco-Friendly Alternatives

It takes 200 years for plastics to decompose, which means almost every piece of plastic we have ever made still exists. Moreover, plastic pollution is estimated to treble between 2015 and 2025 without our intervention. Sadly, by in large, most of these used materials tragically end up in the ocean where many animals have been documented eating and becoming entangled in them.

But there is hope.

Biodegradable plastics are being introduced in many parts of the world as an alternative to plastic bags. Like in Indonesia, a company called Avani (established in 2014), “provides eco-friendly inimitable bio-cassava bags made from industrial grade cassava starch and other natural ingredients, complimented with a full range of sustainable food packaging and hospitality products made from renewable resources”.

Public awareness campaigns addressing marine protection should also accompany efforts to spread the message to consumers to change their buying and storing habits. Most importantly—governmental support—including favourable environment-friendly taxes introduced to encourage companies to go forward with producing more ‘good’ plastic bags with the ultimate aim of abolishing the use of indecomposable plastics whatsoever.

So, the next time you go shopping, make sure you know what your bags are made of. One day, we will be proud that we are plastic-free!

Drafted by Colina Tran

If data is the next black gold, can it pollute, spill, and poison like crude oil?

If data is the next black gold, can it pollute, spill, and poison like crude oil?

I use a number of technology platforms to stay in contact with my global AIESEC friends. Most of these platforms are offered free to the user. When they are free to me, access to me and my data is the service. As AIESEC alumni, we can be the change we want to see in the world. What do we want the future of our data to be?

Drafted by Chris Gassman

#SDG16 #Trust #Oil


Reading a Book is Fun, Inspiring and Spiritually Satisfying

Prepare your coffee, lay back and read this article which is about how reading a book is fun, inspiring and spiritually satisfying.

I like to smell the leaves of a book. If it is aged, the smell takes me back to my childhood. Cartoons or pictures stir my imagination; the cover makes me appreciate the designer’s hard work.

I love to imagine when I read; characters are always in my mind—created or real, it doesn’t matter—they talk, run, fight, love, sit, drink, walk and so on. I love to create an expansive world related to the book in my mind.

When a soldier is injured in war, I can smell the blood. If an advocate defends freedom, I join in from the bottom of my heart. If an archaeologist finds a new bone, I become as happy as him or her. Similarly, a family’s happiness or sadness comes true when I am in their home.

Books take me to a wonderland, develop my imagination, make me a robust empathetic person, endow me with new perspectives and so on—so many magical moments come through reading.

When you read, I heartily suggest you listen to instrumental music related to the kind of book you are reading. For example, if the book talks about wars, listen to epic war music(1).

If the book is inspiring, listen to inspirational music(2). If the book is fun, listen to jazz or latin(3). Fitting background music enriches the whole immersive experience of reading, taking it to another level.

Do you feel the same way as me when you read? Are we on the same frequency?

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar





Sharing Together Through Sports

Sharing Together Through Sports

The motto “Share Together” inspired me to write this article:

Turkey is one of the candidates for Euro Cup 2024, and the country presented this motto to the organisation.

May a sports organisation create friendship between peoples and countries?

The 2018 World Cup is coming soon to Russia. Thousands of people from 32 countries supporting their national teams will be there. Different cultures, colours, languages, behaviours, and actions—it’ll be like the Global Villages from our AIESEC days, but much more conspicuous.

Our world is tired of witnessing wars, terror attacks, kidnappings, rapes, murders and other malicious deeds. More often than not, we need to breathe in fresh air, and sport may well be our saviour. If you can’t participate, watching one is no different from battling it out on the pitch, international tournaments are plantwide peace projects.

NBA finals, W.C. finals, F1, and Super Ball all have millions of spectators. And soon, in June, millions of people from all around the world will be watching the World Cup. Everyone will seemingly turn a blind eye to geopolitical undercurrents bubbling under the surface and converge around the TV; fortunate ones will flock to Russia to witness the spectacle firsthand.

Even if there are disagreements and disputes between fans, the World Cup will bring cheer to their faces. Cities of Russia will be abuzz hosting colourful people talking and making jokes with one another and sharing meals together, too.

Conceivably an Asian will meet an African for the first time and learn how to play African drums; the Brazilian samba could inspire an Egyptian person to sign up for dance lessons; a Japanese person could even teach a French person how to cook sushi; German and Mexican fans may even drink beer together. In one form or another, they will watch matches together. One side will win, one will lose, but their happenstance friendships could potentially last forever.

I remember vividly how Turkish-Korean friendship became stronger at the 2002 World Cup. We will never forget how they hosted us that time.

Even if there are only 32 countries there, other countries will be watching and wishing that potentially lasting friendships come true.

As our motto says, “Share Together” and make the world ever more peaceful.

Drafted by Oguz Yilmazlar