Not at all. While IBSG is hosted by the Anderson School of Management’s FITE Department, membership is open to all students.
I only want to take advantage of the travel opportunities. Is there any way to do the travel without joining the group?
No. We believe in deep intellectual engagement with global issues. Travel opportunities are reserved for students who are in the process of engaging the world in a meaningful way. We are not glorified tourists. Perhaps you should find other opportunities for travel. Please refer to our value system.
I have a good idea related to global issues. Can I make that happen at IBSG?
Absolutely. We encourage our members to find ways to creatively address global issues. We have a well-established method of turning ideas into a strong, programmatic system and we work hard to find the resources to turn your idea into something meaningful. Look here for a description of how to submit a proposal.
I don't have a lot of time to commit to this group. It sounds interesting, but I don't want to commit too much time. Can I still participate?
Yes and No. You are most welcome to join many of the lectures and discussions provided by IBSG. Additionally, you are welcome to visit our general assemblies. However, membership is a commitment because we are training people to develop intellectually and professionally. The kinds of experiences we wish to cultivate are learned through the commitment and hard work you put in. Thus, you’re missing the main benefits of being involved if you only see the finished products. Knowing how to influence the agenda is the majority of the benefit to joining. Additionally, when people work in a dynamic team environment, it becomes very feasible to be a member in good standing. The more people share duties, the smaller the burden on any one person.
How much do I spend on events and planning?
This question is difficult, because it doesn’t speak to our core values. Students have had to contribute very little of their own money to the various projects we have undertaken. We believe that it’s possible to build upon our professional and intellectual community with minimal funding. However, more than 99% of our program funding has come from the generosity of ASM, external foundations, and private donors. Part of our challenge as engaged students and colleagues is to find funding for our projects. Our international travel has received generous support, and we have been fortunate to fully support our students in those endeavors. These students earn their keep by seeking funding on their own and assisting in major funding initiatives. We can make any idea happen with enough hard work, but this is not the type of organization that takes for granted that funding will be there.