“If you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl, but no matter what, don’t give up. Keep going forward.”
I’ll start by defining the term “catalyst.” It is a material that speeds up a chemical process without changing chemically in the long run. Simply, it refers to a circumstance, occurrence, or somebody that brings about a material alteration. AIESEC in SLIIT organized its Leadership Development Seminar, Catalyst 3.0, to improve and cultivate its members’ leadership abilities. We’ll see how it stimulated the membership and our organization.
Catalyst 3.0 was a two-day conference, and Disnaka Ranasinghe, a.k.a. “Diske,” served as our Chair. I believe he was a friendly individual who gave every session the “vivace” needed. How are you feeling? The Chair would inquire. From the start, the membership was motivated to respond to him, and this enthusiasm persisted through the last day’s final session. This energy alone demonstrates how well the executive board of AIESEC in SLIIT, the organizing committee of CATALYST 3.0, and the Chair organized and led the sessions.
Consequently, our Chair welcomed us in the initial session and made a stunning appearance before talking about how he started his AIESEC journey. We did our outbound training later that day, following lunch. There were about 15 team games to play, and each one had its twists, simultaneously making them both challenging and enjoyable. Each team member needed to get along with the others to execute the strategies and win the games. One thing I’ve always noticed about AIESEC is that while everything the organization does on the surface may seem like entertainment, the motto, lead, innovate and evolve, is deeply ingrained into it. Catalyst 3.0 is an excellent example of it.
Catalyst 3.0 had a theme party and a variety of informative seminars. Still, my favorite was the final one, “Dreaming,” which was one of the most moving and pivotal moments for AIESEC in SLIIT. At the time of Catalyst 3.0, AIESEC in SLIIT was still an official expansion. Our Chair phrased, “If you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl, but no matter what, don’t give up. Keep going forward,” and that is precisely what we did. All the members held on to each other, and we started walking towards an imaginary line step by step without stopping; everyone was determined to make our Official Expansion becoming a Local Committee dream a reality. Eventually, we crossed the line in a simulation.
Moreover, we did become the 6th Local Committee of AIESEC Sri Lanka only a few weeks following CATALYST 3.0.
And there is no doubt that CATALYST 3.0 catalyzed the dream that the Local Committee has long had!
Penned by Easara Weerasinghe
Content Writer, AIESEC in SLIIT