Entries by Julian Koßmann

4 Qualities You Need As A Global Leader

If you’ve ever spent time thinking about or working with leadership, you’ll know that it’s something incredibly hard to define, and even harder to embody. But you’ll also know that within effective leadership lies the secret to making change happen. A Response To Global Challenges It’s no secret that the world we live in is […]

Think global, be global!

Ever wondered what separates short-lived startups, from successful international ventures? According to the World Economic Forum, successful startups have shaped themselves into 21st century startups consisting of 5 characteristics: Experience-centric, outcome-based, agile and lean, service oriented and ecosystem-driven. With this framework, I am going to prove to you how internationalizing your startup can bring you […]

What is FridaysForFuture and why should I care?

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve most likely seen it on social media, on the news or maybe even in real life, in your city. Kids around the world are taking to the streets, protesting a political and economic system that hasn’t been taking the needed action to stop climate change. They […]

SDG 4: Why does education matter?

In 2015, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the United Nations in New York, Member States formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda provides for 17 goals, including a new global goal education (SDG 4). This goal is to provide inclusive and equitable quality education and promote […]

5 Ways To Stay Sustainable While Studying

Once again, this year, the call for sustainable and conscious living is loud and clear. As YouthSpeak Forum, to ensure sustainable consumption and production will be one of the Global Goals we’ll be tackling in March. “Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, […]

The Most Important Declaration

“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” – Secretary-General António Guterres. Every so often a […]

“International interns are a highly welcomed addition”

Last week, we had a chat with our Empower Austria partner, ONDEWO, an awarded Austrian high-tech startup developing AI-based natural language understanding and automated conversation flows. ONDEWO helps companies digitize their human-machine-interface and “stay human” at the same time. They’ve developed a “SMART DIGITAL ASSISTANT Platform” that builds on artificial intelligence, NLP technology, machine learning algorithms […]

Adaptability – the key to staying competitive

Original article by Aseel Badran on aiesec.org We live in a world of challenges, risk, and instability, and on each day, we might face many situations where we have to deal with sudden changes and respond to challenging environments. As a result, the competitive advantage no longer arises exclusively from the previous experience, positions taken, or […]

Life Below Water

Our oceans are in trouble. Due to so much waste and chemical dumping, many living animals all over the world are suffering and it’s not right. There is so much we can do to prevent our oceans from being polluted but first we need to make sure that this problem is known to everyone. As […]

Don’t Give Up

Living in this fast paced, competitive world of ours, there is a lot of pressure on us from a very young age. Get good grades, have extracurricular activities, get into a good university etc. It’s hard to manage all of those things. When I was growing up I was learning several languages, doing sports learning […]

Reinvent Yourself

Most people plan everything ahead. They count how many years they will study, what field they would like to work in and how much they want to earn. Sometimes, however, we cannot plan everything ahead because life changes constantly. Who is to say what will happen in 6 months or in 1 year? The most […]

Good Health and Wellbeing

“The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right.” – Dr Paul Farmer Access to health care is a major issue, causing millions of lives to be lost every year. This has to change! You can go to Delhi, India and help an NGO […]

Sustainable Cities and Communities

“In the planning and designing of new communities, housing projects, and urban renewal, the planners both private and public, need to give explicit consideration to the kind of world that is being created for the children who will be growing up in these settings” – Urie Bronfenbrenner Many territories in the world still have unsafe housing […]

What I lost through AIESEC

  That’s right. Being in the organization for years I lost many things. But it’s not what you think. It’s a good thing. My entire experience I have lost so many fears. From a fear of public speaking to a fear of failure and many more. But how can this be? How can working in […]

New Year, New Me

Two weeks have already passed in 2017. According to a survey, only around 68% of people are still carrying on with their New Year’s Eve resolutions. That’s over 30% of people who have already given up on them. After just two weeks. There are various opinions about New Year’s resolutions. Some people say, ‘I don’t […]

Youth activism is important

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead AIESEC is the world’s largest youth run organization, officially founded in 1948 after the second world war by a group of young students from different countries with the goal […]

Reflect Upon Yourself

2016 has been a big year. From the presidential elections of the United States of America to the ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, to Beyonce’s Superbowl performance – a lot of things happened this year. We can only move on to the next year and hope that it will be even better, right? WRONG. […]

Make It Happen

We all have hopes, dreams and goals that we want to achieve. We live our lives hoping and wishing that someday in the future these objectives will be accomplished. But instead of hoping we should be acting. Unfortunately, in our world, nothing is handed to you for free. You have to put in work to […]

Activate your Leadership

AIESEC strives to develop leadership in young people. But what does that mean? What does it mean to be a leader? There are many definitions… “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis “I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes […]

If you never try, you’ll never know

Trying new things in life is scary. We love to say that we don’t have time, money or the possibilities to do something – but it’s all out of fear. The thing we don’t realize is, that actually trying new things, putting yourself in a new environment and getting out of your comfort zone can […]

What good is knowing if you don’t act?

We live in great times with many advantages that people before us couldn’t have dreamed of. One of these things is the internet. We have access to so much information and news from all over the world. In a matter of seconds we can find out what is happening anywhere and what issues people in […]

Can you guess the country?

Did you guess India? Then you were correct! India has many very advanced sectors but unfortunately education is one thing that is still not available equally everywhere. You can do something about it! Go to New Delhi and work in the ‘FOOTPRINTS’ project. Prepare and deliver classes on different subjects to children. Contribute to the […]

You are too young to make a real difference!

We see many inspirational people on TV and other media channels, talking about making a change and doing something good for the world. They often mention working in different organizations like the United Nations for example and through that helping other people. It gives us the impression that you have to be a certain age […]

The Most Dangerous Foe is Apathy

We live in very fast paced times. Many people have ambition, want to get a successful job and make lots of money. But we forget that life doesn’t just revolve around us. There are over 7 billion people on this planet and the number is rising. It’s important to follow our dreams and to find […]

Gender Equality

SDG 5. Gender Equality. ‘In most parts of the world, when a girl is born, her wings are clipped. She is not able to fly.’ – Ziauddin Yousafzai (Malala’s father) There is still so much inequality that women are facing all around the world, not only in developing countries but also in first world countries. […]

Zero Hunger

SDG #2. Zero Hunger. ‘You can’t build a peaceful world on on empty stomachs and human misery’ – Dr. Norman Ernest Borlaug In these times, world hunger is still a very relevant issues. In many parts of the world, people are dying because of it. It is easy to ignore this, living in a developed […]

Reduced Inequalities

SDG #10. Reduced Inequalities. “It is a wise man who said that there is no greater inequality, than the equal treatment of unequals” – Felix Frankfurter The year is 2016 and there are still groups of people who are persecuted and not given the same rights and opportunities as others. This is not acceptable. We cannot […]

Quality Education

SDG #4. Quality Education. ‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think’ – Albert Einstein We have to teach our people about other cultures and to understand and accept others – We are all human and our differences make us unique. They shouldn’t tear us apart but unite […]

Life on Land

SDG #15. Life on Land. We often care about a lot of different issues that us humans are facing but we forget that we are not the only creatures on this planet. There is so much life on this planet that also requires our help. There are many ways we can contribute to preserving life […]

Climate Action

Climate Action. Sustainable Development Goal #13. “We are the first generation to be able to end poverty, and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” – Ban Ki-moon Our generation holds a lot of power and the negative effects of climate change cannot be ignored anymore. We […]

Responsible Consumption

Responsible Consumption. Sustainable Development Goal #12. There are many parts of the world where food isn’t accessible and many people face the ultimate price because of it. In first-world countries, we often don’t realize how privileged we are, throwing food away when we’re full, or when the expiration date passes. This is not acceptable. We […]


Teamwork. A word that people like to throw around, but what does teamwork really mean? There is a variety of definitions, but why is it so hard to establish one? I think it’s difficult because teamwork comes with many facets. Being in AIESEC, I defined the most important parts about teamwork — relationships, cooperation and […]

Challenging Myself

By Anita Zivkovic, President of AIESEC in Austria for the term 2016-2017, having started her AIESEC journey in Belgrade, Serbia in 2011. Change is not always a good thing, but it can be even better. I’ve always believed that every change is there to teach us something new and to expand ourselves. Whenever I feel […]

A Roaming Soul

‘’What are the stories you haven’t yet lived to tell?’’ That question was written on a wall in one of the busiest streets of Athens that I used to walk to reach my university. I saw it one morning almost five years ago, and it really bothered my train of thought. I had just entered university, […]