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Enabling Cross-Sector Collaboration

YouthSpeak Forum | Cambodia

February 16, 2015

“In order to create a world that is more inclusive and sustainable, we must commit to enabling cross-sector collaboration. We are often working towards similar goals without the awareness that we are. We must collaborate instead of competing and bring different stakeholders together and unite on enabling large-scale positive change. Vinícius Tsugue

President of AIESEC International


Forum Concept  

A Focus  on  Ac/onable   Outcomes  for  Impact    

The YouthSpeak Forum is a premier event powered by AIESEC that brings together both young and senior leaders to form a diverse crosssector, multi-generational space for inspiring conversations around pressing global issues, and convert youth opinion into real world impact.

Unlike most forums, YouthSpeak dedicates action spaces that follow the conversations, rather than just talking about pressing social issues, we discover solutions to them in the Forum.

The forum aims to create an environment where people from diverse backgrounds can crosspollinate ideas, share insights, and gain new perspectives to create actionable outcomes to move the world forward.

The Forum serves as a space to convene thoughts, ideas and datadriven insights to create a space where delegates are aligned on a common purpose. From there, we enable young people and leaders to collaborate together in creating initiatives and projects that can be taken outside of the Forum to create real-world impact.


Why Collabora/on?   A focus on cross-sector collaboration: Every organization has its strengths and weaknesses, and we must bring the best out of everyone to the table. The challenges we face today as humanity require teamwork and a better understanding of our individual contributions. Cross-sector collaboration means that government, business and the third sector must engage together across generations to enable sustainable impact to happen. Through collaboration, we can combine resources and different strengths to tackle some of the most pressing challenges we face today.   4  

INSPIRE One   of   the   challenges   to   crea/ng   large-­‐ scale   impact   is   the   common   alignment   between   stakeholders.   Through   the   YouthSpeak   and   external   data,   we   seek   to   align   stakeholders   not   only   through   opinions,  but  quan/ta/ve  data  that  focuses   the  discussion.    At  our  Forums,  seek  to  bring   diverse   opinion   and   thought   leaders   to   spark   new   insights   to   help   guide   our   delegates  through  a  common  journey  that  is   not   just   informa/onal,   but   engages   both   logically  and  emo/onally.  

ENGAGE In   the   engage   phase,   delegates   and   leaders   are  given  the  chance  to  group  together  and   share   their   insights   from   the   inspire   phase.   From   here,   par/cipants   can   turn   their   big   ideas   into   more   concrete   forms   that   enable   others   to   understand   and   engage   upon   them.   By   the   end   of   this   phase,   delegates   should   have   ac/onable   plans   that   enable   them   to   pitch   and   share   their   ideas   with   others.  

ACT With   all   the   inspira/on   and   engagement   now   put   into   more   concrete   formats,   the   ac/on   space   enables   par/cipants   to   pitch   their   ideas   and   rally   excitement   and   momentum   for   their   ideas.   Diverse   stakeholders   can   select   ideas   they   wish   to   take   forward   and   leverage   the   AIESEC   plaLorm   and   external   resources   to   make   it   happen.   By   the   end   of   the   Forum,   you   should   have   turned   raw   ideas   into   ac/onable  outcomes.  


“We need the youth to be aligned, be engaged and collaborative; we should not work for the youth, we should work with the youth.” Ahmad Alhendawi United Nations

Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth


Keynote United  Na*ons  &  AIESEC    

The United Nations has been working closely together with AIESEC and in the past year we have started a new path of collaboration. Ahmad Alhendawi is the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, where he is mandated with the task of bringing the voices of young people to the United Nations System. He joined us virtually on a Skype call to jumpstart our discussion on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’S) that will be launched as the Millennium Development Goals finish this year. His key message centred around the importance of youth inclusion and participation on the United Nations post-2015 process, to ensure more effective implementation of the goals that will shape the next 15 years of global development.  


The Challenges  to Cross-­‐Sector  Collabora/on     A panel on cross-sector collaboration featured leaders business and third sector organizations to discuss the major challenges of cross-sector collaboration and how to make it work. Featuring leaders from organizations such as Global Sustainability Foundation, ThinkYoung, AIESEC, PwC, International SOS, Euromoney, and Deutsche Post DHL.

Key Takeaways Aligning the Purpose   One of the main challenges for crosssector collaboration is creating a common purpose. Every individual and organization has their own end goals and if these goals are not aligned by a common purpose, problems will arise. An important aspect of alignment is the timing of the collaboration; knowing to approach a particular individual or organization when they have both something to contribute, and something to gain from the collaboration.  


Understanding Stakeholders Understanding all the stakeholders, from what they want to how their organization is run, will lead to more sustainable collaborations. All partners must gain something from the collaboration to ensure a common commitment and engagement throughout the process. Aligning ideas, and understanding how to take advantage of different areas of expertise that will help maximize the overall outcomes. There is a need to respect different players involved.  

Learn to adapt The ability to adapt to specific sectors or organizations is another key challenge. Different sectors and organizations have different rules and norms. In order to effectively leverage each organization’s area of expertise and utilize their resources towards a common agenda, we need to learn to adapt and employ diplomacy and understanding rather than control; we need to have faith in the ability of each stakeholder to do their part.  

Transparency Being transparent from the beginning , with clear goals and agendas, can lead to better results due to greater efficiency and effectiveness. Generation Y is more likely to research organizations online to fi n d p r o s p e c t i v e c o l l a b o r a t o r s . Organizations need to take a more transparent approach in communicating their values, initiatives, and plans for the future through online channels so Generation Y can present more aligned solutions that meet the initial desired outcomes.  


Megatrends affec/ng the  Talent  Market     TECHNOLOGY As the world becomes more technologically integrated, an increase in the need for flexibility in the workplace has also raised. It also entails a need for more specific and specialized skill sets for the technology industry from the talent market. DIVERSITY Increasing global understanding and adaptability has led to expats moving to investment hubs and also horizontal job switching. ENTREPRENEURIAL Younger decision makers have disruptive and innovative business models that are presenting an opportunity to rethink traditional approaches to talent management models.


The impact  of  digital   re-­‐imagina/on  to  society     The session highlighted the evolution of impact that technology has had on the world, by connecting more people faster and easier.  Focused on how technology is impacting the society in India, delegates created working groups for a specific case in the banking & telecommunication sector. By engaging young people on issues like technology and connecting its impact on people, young people are better able to envision the role of technology in our everyday lives.

Cross-­‐Sector Collabora/on  with the  Financial  Industry

“Finance needs socially conscious and entrepreneurial collaboration, and it’s up to our generation to understand it and shape it for the better.” Katrina Oropel,

Euromoney Conferences- Asia


Ac/on Spaces   12  

Crea*ng ac*on   across  genera*ons    

Together with   companies   and   organiza/ons,   delegates   created   projects   and   ideas   that   will   be   implemented   within   the   next   few  months  with  the  help  of  the   resources   of   our   partners   and   guests. The   200   young   leaders   pitched   their  ideas  to  invited  businesses,   organiza/ons  and  guests.

As an   outcome   they   will   get   a   chance   to   realize   their   projects   that   will   impact   their   local   environment  in  a  posi/ve  way.    


AIESEC in Egypt and United Nations Development Program The project involves the AIESEC Global Citizen Volunteering Programme by having student ambassadors as volunteer interns to UNDP projects across Egypt that are aligned to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) of the UN.  

How are they showcasing crosssector collaboration? AIESEC in Egypt is working alongside the United Nations Development Program to bring in corporate CSR to work with the government and NGO’s to come up with projects that are aligned to the Social Development Goals.

Challenges they are facing


Trying to align the AIESEC exchange program to the projects being created, as the agenda of the program is already identified with the focus on MDG issues.

AIESEC in Egypt and the UNDP is projected to have the collaboration completed in time for Egypt summer peak of exchanges between June and September.


AIESEC in the Philippines and AIESEC in Vietnam and Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) The project entails AIESEC exchanges, project creation, and media outreach through ASSIST, the Asian NGO magazine. AIESEC in the Philippines has partnered with ASSIST for the Global Internship Program. This year, the partnership has increased to reaching out to AIESEC in Vietnam to also begin taking in the Global Talent Program. ASSIST with Asian NGO and AIESEC in the Philippines has collaborative to create a youth speak corner in the magazine to showcase our projects and impact. Also a current project in making publishing material of project impact stories and creating an “Engaging with Youth” NGO booklet to support NGO’s on how they can collaborate with youth.

AIESEC in the Philippines will collaborate by bringing in AIESEC volunteer interns to help spread awareness and the Local Committees will be challenged to create student-led projects to increase impact and reach.

Challenges they are facing


Creating the right space for the Local Committees to collaborate with ASSIST to come out with sustainable projects for the movement.

An ambassador program to begin the partnership is set to begin at the beginning of April with project launches to begin in June and July.


Besides the AIESEC exchanges, AIESEC in the Philippines is now partnered with ASSIST regarding a social movement and campaign called, Digi Bayanihan, which was initiated by a multi-sectoral group of digital literacy champions to bring together all types of initiatives, big or small, to create bigger impact and to reach farther the importance of digital literacy.


Eliane Sussman Director of Programming at Global Sustainability Foundation

Andrea Gerosa Founder and CEO at Think Young

Ahmad Alhendawi United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Youth

Philip Sladdin Global Information leader and Global AIESEC Champion at PwC

Marsha Larned Institutional Investor Forums – Asia at Euromoney



Gordon Ching Global VP Digital Marketing

Tala Mansi Global Partnerships Manager & Event Strategist

Karolina Piotrowska Global VP Public Relations & Event Strategist


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