Following discussion at the March 2013 AAI Meeting, the EB is creating a AAI Task Force on Governance and Virtual Decision Making and asking it to recommend appropriate procedure, policy, and statute provisions to achieve the following goals:
- To enable AAI to have committed, active, competent, and responsive governance and leadership along with a sensible approach to leadership succession;
- To give all AAI members and interested AIESEC alumni opportunities to participate in decisions about policy and plans through an effective and reliable virtual decision-making method;
- To enable AAI‘s EB and International Meetings to make decisions with as much input as feasible from alumni around the world; and
- To assure that all decisions the decisions process we want to put in place will be legal under the law applicable to AAI, being Belgian law.
Search for Task Force Members
AAI is seeking 4-6 alumni experienced in international NGO governance, organizational development, professional coaching, and/or virtual polling or decision-making methodology.
The group will be tasked to produce a set recommendations responding to the challenges listed above by August 20 for review by the EB and consideration at the AAIM in Vienna in October.
Ken Phillips, former AIESEC-US NCP and active AAI member, will lead the task force. If you are interested in moving these issues forward, please send a brief statement of interest and relevant experience to Ken at NGOFutures@gmail.com. If you know another alum with relevant skill, please suggest a friend for this task force.
With as many as one million alumni, many national and regional alumni associations, and an enormous surge of interest and activity in global AAI activities, it seems feasible, timely and probably necessary for AAI to move its governance, leadership succession, and global decision-making to new levels. It is proposed that the AAIM in Vienna make the necessary decisions in the statutes and plans to implement needed changes.
A previous group also chaired by Ken looked at ways to approach virtual decision-making for AAI. It concluded that enabling a larger group of alumni to participate in decision-making is a good idea and recommended a tool such as Survey Monkey [www.surveymonkey.com] would make voting and polling both feasible and reliable. That report is found in the AAI Transformation Project blog under “Virtual group on virtual decision making.”
Some of the questions for consideration by the task force are:
- How will AAI develop its global leadership and leadership succession both in general and for the EB? Attract more interest in leadership positions?
- How are candidates for election to the EB nominated? Vetted? Qualified? Should elections be open to anyone interested? Should there be regional representation on the EB? Should there be a nominating committee? Planned succession of officers? What should be communicated by candidates and to whom? How to assure appropriate and good nominations?
- What are the appropriate issues for decision by an AAIM and what are the appropriate issues for decision by the EB? What are the responsibilities of governance? Of management?
- How can all interested alumni be enabled to participate in elections? Key policy decisions? Other plans? Opinion polls? Recommendations? Other possible steps for consensus building? How can alumni participate in an AAIM without being there?
- What are the important issues to bring forward to an AAIM? How to make the AAIMs most interesting and attractive?
Drafted by Ken Phillips following discussions with EB members (July 2, 2013).