This post was written by Verena Wiget, consultant in India, January 2016
“Let go and trust” might sound simple, but for me, as an extremely rational and controlled person, a revolutionary challenge and my theme for the second half of 2015!
During the last year I have taken some very important steps in “letting go and trusting.” I completed a trainer education course and facilitated workshops for underprivileged teenagers, joined a social entrepreneurship academy for a part time program in “societal innovation,” and finally, in November, I decided to quit my job as a project manager for e-mobility in a big corporation. Since then, things have been moving fast … and I have joined the _SocialStarters India programme!
Déjà-vu! In 2010 I was part of a group of 500 delegates from over 100 countries who created the global vision for AIESEC 2015, the biggest worldwide student organisation – a truly exceptional experience, which took place in Hyderabad.
The 5 years since have been an exciting journey! I was quickly brought out of my comfort zone during cultural immersion experiences in while living in Sweden (graduating from Lund University in European studies/International relations and being selected president of AIESEC in Sweden) and Mexico (working for an NGO and corporation). Working for an NGO and also for global corporations raised a lot of questions concerning how we will work in the future and which issues to prioritise. Living in Mexico City, with a population of over 20 million, gave topics like megacities, future mobility, and renewable energy a different sense of urgency. Upon returning to Germany, I experienced intense reverse culture shock and questions like “where is my place in this world?” began to float through my mind. I realised that the issue of sustainability, in a social, economic and ecological context, had been a core interest throughout my life.
I believe that the _SocialStarters programme will provide the perfect transition from working in a big corporation to a social start-up (also concerning renewable energy). In addition, I expect the programme will aid in finding local solutions to global problems, raising awareness within myself and others – and act as an inspiring start for 2016!
Would you like to #JoinUs in either Brazil, India, or Sri Lanka in 2016? APPLY HERE. Immersion Programmes are running throughout the year as well as a new programme format for people who can’t take 6 weeks out of their lives – our 2-3 week Inspiration Programme in Rio in August/September, and our flexible volunteer programme _TheAssignment. See our website for more details www.socialstarters.org.