‘Engage and develop every young person in the world’ – how about that for an audacious B.H.A.G.

Some of the enthusiastic AIESEC delegates

Yesterday I was honoured to co-host AIESEC’s Youth to Business Global Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.  Being on stage in front of 500 delegates from 110 countries was energizing, inspiring and simply all round fantabulous!

Wish you could have been there?  Check out their site for recorded videos of plenaries, pictures and more.

AIESEC’s B.H.A.G. (big, hairy, audacious goal) is none other than to ‘engage and develop every young person in the world.’   At Monday’s launch I asked each person to write down three things that were required to do just that.

Then at the Forum’s closing I fed their answers back to them in the form of a word cloud.

If you’re not familiar with word clouds they are graphic representations of data.  The larger the word = the more often that word is mentioned in the data.  The smaller the word = the less often that word is mentioned.  The colours are for design purposes only, they aren’t representative of anything else.

Want to know how to do a word cloud for yourself?  Stay tuned; I’ll explain how at the bottom of this post.

In the meantime, before you look at how the delegates responded, what are three things you think are required to ‘engage and develop every young person in the world?’

Here is what 500 bright, talented, inspired and inspiration AIESEC delegates think.  Remember, the bigger the word the most popular that response was.  See if your answers were similar or different.

 #1 most common response: passion

#2 most common response: commitment

#3 most common response: innovation

 Want to create a word cloud yourself.  It’s easy peasy.  Here’s how:

  1. Go to www.wordle.net
  2. Click on the link: ‘create your own’
  3. Copy and paste whatever text you want to analyze into the empty box
  4. Click ‘go’
  5. Voila!  That’s all there is to it.
  6. Not happy with the colours, fonts or layout?  No problem, simply use the pull down menus at the top to instantly change the layout.
  7. Want to share your word cloud with others?  Click ‘print’ at the bottom left or ‘save to public gallery’ on the bottom right.  The latter will give you a specific url that you can send to folks.

Enjoy!  Now go spend some time with your head in the (word) clouds and figure out your own B.H.A.G.

Want to see a bunch more examples of word clouds others and I have created?  Just click here.

I’d love to see any word clouds you create.  Please feel free to put the url in the comment section below.

 

P.S. stay tuned for my next post which will give you highlights from some of the tremendous speakers at AIESEC

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