For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathering in St. Gallen, Switzerland for the FutureLab 2016 to pursue the implementation of our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. Whilst many understand and talk about the struggle of our educational systems to integrate sustainability and teach for its internalisation, we at times cease to couple the talk with the walk. A gap can be observed both in the struggle to teach for sustainable change agents and for inciting people to walk their talk in implementing projects that can bring about transformation. Do you believe in this need too? Are you involved in executing such a project? Then, get ready: From November 6th to 9th at the FutureLab 2016, we are going to #WalkTheTalk by empowering and inspiring each other to advance our actions and close educational gaps.
In order to achieve this aim, the FutureLab 2016 is a journey that starts the minute you apply to take part in it and continues for the months succeeding the gathering. The journey varies according to participants' passions and their current involvement in an activity in line with the FutureLab's aim. Each journey is an experience to share, reflect, cultivate and re-think one's current endeavours or ambitions in the field of education. Journeys will start by being part of a Learning Circle and engaging in regular cross-chapter actions with multiple stakeholders prior to the FutureLab. The conference will then act as a platform to share, be enriched and achieve lasting impact with commitment.
As we ensure that we walk all throughout, the environment of the FutureLab is one where:
- The main gaps in management and economics education are unravelled in order to comprehend where we can tackle them most effectively;
- Listening to examples where individuals have had positive impact by standing up and walking the talk, will allow to be inspired;
- Students, faculty and partners connect, share and collaborate on projects that address the gap and that they are committed to executing;
- Stakeholders from around the world can interact with the present participants and let their thoughts be heard allowing to increase the diversity and interdisciplinarity in our conversations and development of solutions;
- oikos Learning Circles are core to the development of projects in different disciplines so that participants can pursue closing the gap in the discipline they are most passionate about.
Following the path we walk on, all stakeholders invested in projects that are addressing the exposed gap, are invited to participate. Whether we are referring to students who wish to comprehend other stakeholders' views on local projects, or faculty members who struggle to overcome barriers within their institutions to adopt projects, participants will inspire each other to move further, stay committed and pursue the difference they can make. Similarly, oikos alumni, advisors, partners and other practitioners will join to contribute to enabling actions via their distinct approaches.
The FutureLab 2016 is a central gathering of the #WalkTheTalk journey that is based on the understanding that to close the educational gap we require collective and committed action. Since everyone has a role to play in closing educational gaps, diverse and striving individuals will collaborate and advance their actions. With #WalkTheTalk we will create ripples that inform, involve and make a difference.
*Preliminary programme, subject to change
Sunday, 6 November 2016 14.30-20.30 Check-in for student members at the Hotel one66
15.00-18.00 Legislative Meeting 19.30-20.30 Dinner
21.00-22.00 Optional Learning Circles Meetings
Monday, 7 November 2016 08.30-10.30 Registration 09.00-10.00 Parallel Meetings
09.00-10.00 Members Meeting 09.00-10.00 Alumni Meeting 09.00-10.30 Partners Meeting 10.00-10.30 Break 10.30-11.00 Welcome 11.00-12.30 Walk the Talk In this session a keynote speaker will address the challenge of integrating sustainability in education. He/she will inspire the audience to continue walking their talk and share his story and achievements as he/she walked the talk.
Keynote Speaker 12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Workshops Topics: (1) Climate Change, (2) Culture of Knowledge and Individualisation, (3) Digital Economy, (4) Working with Purpose & (5) Urbanisation These workshops tackle challenges related to current megatrends. Workshop leaders from varied fields will give an insight into how education and knowledge can help participants #WalkTheTalk. 16.00-16.30 Break 16.30-18.00 Panel Discussion Workshop Leaders will participate together with the participants in a lively discussion 18.00-18.30 Reflection Participants reflect on the day
Tuesday, 8 November 2016 08.00-09.00 Impact Journey Participants make the journey, in couples, from their accommodation to the venue whilst exploring and exchanging personal visions of sustainability and education.
09.00-10.00 Call to Walk the Talk We will kick-start the day ahead and call the participants to #WalkTheTalk Keynote Speaker 10.00-10.30 Break 10.30-12.30 Learning Circle Sessions | Session 1 In their groups, Learning Circles develop impactful initiatives 12.30-14.00 Lunch 14.00-15.30 Learning Circle Sessions | Session 2 In their groups, Learning Circles develop impactful initiatives 15.30-16.00 Break 16.00-17.00 Impact Fair Participants share and present inspiring projects from around the world. 17.00-18.00 Open Space Participants discuss ideas, reflect and continue designing initiatives to pursue with other stakeholders in the oikos community. 18.00-18.30 Commitments Participants' commitments to #WalkTheTalk 18.30- 19.00 Wrap-up 19.00- 24.00 Dinner & Party
We are currently inviting our speakers, stay tuned for more information.
We are currently working on the programme. Stay tuned for more information.
Preceding the FutureLab
The oikos LEAP Meeting 2016 will be a crucial gathering for representatives from around the world. Preceding the FutureLab, the Meeting will gather oikos Executive Board members and chapter representatives. The Advanced Track (2nd - 4th of November) will have a deeper focus on introspection and personal leadership. The Intermediate Track (4th - 6th of November) occurs post that with a focus on skills and empowerment-oriented training for presidents or chapter representatives.
Throughout four days, more than 65 participants will develop leadership competences, improve their understanding of oikos, dive deeper into sustainability and acquire knowledge and skills to advance and improve their impact. The group will become a support group and take part in various experiences. From listening, to taking tests, to sharing to dancing out of your comfort zone: the programme will be rich and exciting.
The application for the LEAP Advanced Track will open in July. For attending the LEAP Intermediate Track, chapters will appoint their representatives (one representative per chapter is counted).
This two-part meeting is organized by the managers of oikos LEAP in partnership with 2 business consultants and coaches, 3 trainers from euphoria ch and one trainer from the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative. Each part of the meeting lasts for 2 days. Details are preliminary and to be confirmed between July and August 2016.
The oikos LEAP Meeting is an integral part of oikos LEAP.
This session is open only to oikos members. It is an opportunity for members to exercise their right to influence the oikos network by voting on who will be next oikos Executive Board Member, which chapters should join the oikos network and much more.
Besides being a great occasion for alumni to catch up with each other and share their knowledge and experience, the alumni meeting will have concrete outcome and plan for next steps to advance the oikos alumni network.
This is a chance for oikos student members to get to know each other better. There will be an ice-breaking exercise, networking and a lot of laughter, to get everyone in the spirit to connect, collaborate and create.
The Partners Meeting convenes oikos donors and, thus, the group of corporates, foundations and government departments that support our work with funding, ideas, knowledge and outreach. It offers a platform to provide our partners with an overview on oikos initiatives and programs, and to jointly explore developments with regards to sustainability in management and economics.
Sessions for all Participants
In this session a keynote speaker will address the challenge of integrating sustainability in education. He/she will inspire the audience to continue walking their talk and share his story and achievements as he/she walked the talk.
1. Climate Change,
2. Culture of Knowledge and Individualisation,
3. Digital Economy,
4. Working with Purpose
These workshops tackle challenges related to current megatrends. Workshop leaders from varied fields will give an insight into how education and knowledge can help participants #WalkTheTalk.
Workshop Leaders will participate together with the participants in a lively discussion.
Participants make the journey, in couples, from their accommodation to the venue whilst exploring and exchanging personal visions of sustainability and education.
A keynote speaker will inspire participants, building on the previous day and other experience, to continue walking the talk and pursue actions that they are passionate about.
In their groups, Learning Circles continue developing the impactful initiatives they have started in previous months.
Participants share and present inspiring projects from around the world. If you want to present your initiative, please submit your proposal by October 5th. The link for submissions can be found here: http://goo.gl/forms/e445Gxv0ZozNPHyG2
Participants discuss ideas, reflect and continue designing initiatives to pursue with other stakeholders in the oikos community.
Participants' commitments to #WalkTheTalk.
*Preliminary sessions descriptions. Subject to change.
The oikos FutureLab 2016 will bring together a diverse representation of the oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapters, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners to join us in November in St. Gallen.
The FutureLab 2016 is an invitation only event and the most active and committed oikos members are invited.We wish for the oikos FutureLab to be just a meeting point for our community, not a one-off conference. We aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us. Therefore, we encourage all the participants of the FutureLab 2016 to engage in a Learning Circle before the FutureLab. See more information about Learning Circles here.
Chapter presidents are invited to select their chapters’ most active members and encourage them to apply. Since there are usually more applications than spaces, the organizing team may select chapter members according to the following three criteria:
- How you #WalkTheTalk via a project or other activity in line with the oikos mission
- Your involvement in a Learning Circle/LEAP throughout the year
- Perceived motivation to carry out the #WalkTheTalk journey and projects in their everyday life/community and/or university pre and post-FutureLab
- Equal representation of all Chapters at the FutureLab (within our best capacity)
A first complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 3 August 2016. If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before this date.
The second complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 21 September 2016.
Registration deadline: 18 September 2016
The student participation fee is 80 CHF, to be paid after acceptance of your application. Please pay only after acceptance of your application!
The fee includes:
Accommodation (check in 06.11.2016/check out 09.11.2016) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from St Gallen, Switzerland.
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before the start of the conference.
Payment deadline 1st Round: 15 August 2016
Payment deadline 2nd Round: 28 September 2016
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here.
The oikos FutureLab gathers representatives from the entire community. Therefore, you, alumnus/a, faculty member, young scholar, advisor of one of our chapters or partner are cordially invited to register to the FutureLab 2016: #WalktheTalk to close gaps and integrate more sustainability in education.
We wish for the oikos FutureLab to be just a meeting point for our community, not a one-off conference. We aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us.Therefore, we encourage all the participants of the FutureLab 2016 to engage in, or contribute to, a Learning Circle before the FutureLab. Check out more information about Learning Circles here.
Registration deadline: 03 October 2016
If you need visa, we encourage you to apply before.
The participation fee for non-student members is 160 CHF. The fee includes lunch, dinner, coffee-breaks and a social event.
You are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price. In additional, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. In case you want to stay in another hotel, please reserve your own accommodation.
Please make the payment only after acceptance of your application.
Payment deadline: 06 October 2016
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before start of the conference.
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here
The FutureLab 2016 is an invitation only event. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners.
If you are an oikos member, the president of your chapter will suggest the most active members, who will also register through our website. The FutureLab Team will then choose the participants based on their application, their Learning Circle involvement and their chapter activity. However, it will also be possible to register for a waiting list without suggestion of your president. Please feel free to register through the tab “Registration”.
Two would be the ideal number of members from each chapter at the FutureLab. In case there is an excess of applicants from your chapter, you will be put on a waitlist and we will evaluate the application when the minimum representation criteria from each chapter has been fulfilled.
Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend. We also have a special session only for alumni on Monday, November 7th.
As a chapter representative you can check in on the evening of November 6th and check out on the morning of November 9th in the Hotel one66.
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the FutureLab opening session starts on Monday November 7th at 9am. For accommodation, we recommend you to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We got a great deal at this hotel and if you would like to, we can reserve your accommodation for you.
If you have any questions, please contact us at to help you with your schedule.
You will receive further info on this matter soon.
You will hear from us by September 29th 2016. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.
You would be required to stay on till the afternoon on November 11th 2016.
Yes, you can do so. However, please inform us whenever you make such changes.
More information soon about the registration.
Learning Circle Questions:
We welcome and encourage all the invited participants of the FutureLab 2016 to apply and register for participating in at least one Learning Circle before the FutureLab.
NOTE: You can participate in discussions & preparations for multiple Learning Circles. However, during the conference, you can only be present in one Learning Circle as the sessions will run in parallel.
More info about Learning Circles, check out here: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/action-learning/learning-circles/
Yes! If you have multiple interests, you can be a part of the discussions & preparations of multiple Learning Circles before the conference.
No, you cannot represent more than one learning circle during the conference as the sessions will run in parallel.
Yes! Once your motivation is assessed, you will be encouraged to join one of your preferred Learning Circles depending upon the availability.
Make sure to submit all three of the requested Learning Circle preferences in the application form for the FutureLab 2016.
Yes, most definitely! We welcome and encourage all oikos community to contribute in the discussions & preparations for at least one Learning Circle. It would be a great plus if you could physically make it to the FutureLab 2016, of course. Information on the organizational structure of each Learning Circle can be found here: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/action-learning/learning-circles/
The deadline is September 28th, 2016 for student members and October 06th for the other participants.
Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.
Yes, you can make the payment via bank transfer as well. Following are our account details that you’ll need:
IBAN: CH49 0025 4254 L024 6142 0
BIC (Swift): UBSWCHZH80A
Account Number: 254-L0246142.0
Clearing Number: 254
oikos-Stiftung fuer Oekonomie und Oekologie
9000 St. Gallen
Postfach, CH 9001 St Gallen
Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion - http://www.oanda.com
80 CHF includes your accommodation in double room at the hotel one66 (check-in: 06.11.2016 and check-out: 09.11.2016) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from the city where you are currently living.
We have made reservations at the Hotel one66 -
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price.
The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 28 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen. For more details on the schedule, please visit the following page – http://www.sbb.ch
The Executive Campus HSG is located at the Holzstrasse 15. You can reach the venue by bus (5 or 9) from the main station. Or walk 2km uphill.
Christopher is a restless person. In school he recognized that being aligned with a greater cause and working with a great team can change the world. Since then, he always sought for this in his projects: as school representative, member of the board of several NGO’s, or as head of his own company. Besides that, he studies Sustainability Management in Ulm, Germany. For him, sustainability is a matter of change, and he believes that humanity is able to achieve it. oikos, particularly the FutureLab 2016, is a perfect base for changing the world and #WalkTheTalk.
Nimisha joined oikos Pune chapter after attending the Asia meet 2014 and thus started her journey as a member and the editor for the oikos newsletter. She's completed her Masters in Environmental Sciences and is staunch conservationist allergic to the word environmentalist. She believes that each and everyone is an environmentalist as she always sees the better in everyone and the world. Often, she strives to achieve the ecosystem balance of the image in her head to the reality she lives in. She has been associated with education and ecological awareness through her volunteering activities, for which she even won herself the prestigious Gandhi Fellowship. She brings her zealous love for ecology and wildlife to the FutureLab, bringing a conservationist's view point on #WalkTheTalk amidst the economics. She loves sitting by the sea having grown up next to it yearning for peace much contrary to her jumpy bubbly garrulous self. When not socializing and meeting new people with her radiating smile, she can be found reading, writing poetry, gardening or simply watching documentaries sitting on her favourite couch.
Bhakti is a self driven holding a degree in Engineering and a Masters in Innovation & Corporate Entrepreneurship. She is certified Six Green belt, winner of "All India Six Sigma- Green Belt" and also Prince 2 certified Project Manager. She critically analyses and strategizes projects. She has been associated with oikos International since 2013 and thereafter is closely knit with the oikos network. She has served oikos at different positions; as the President for oikos Pune and Manager for the Learning Circle – Entrepreneurship. and as an oikos Leaper, 2015-16. She has mentored 8 ideas and helped them pave way to startups. She believes sustainability is about change and to achieve it, we all are equal stakeholders. Bhakti is all set with her co-organizers to create a platform for changing the world at the FutureLab 2016, #WalkTheTalk. During her free time she likes to cook, travel, spend time with pets and nature.
Anita Negri is the president of the oikos Executive Board since 2014. She studied at Maastricht University where she joined oikos and became passionate about its mission.
Since her election, she has worked on several initiatives, and attempts to change education in her daily activities whilst inspiring others to join our journey. Whilst attending conferences and speaking to numerous experts in the field, Anita has likewise brought youth voices to several platforms.
Christoph studies Economics in the masterprogram at the WU Vienna. There he also joined the local chapter of oikos in the year 2014 and then became a board member. His desire to change the society and working with people, who have the same goal, was his main motivation for this step. Furthermore to work in a organisation, where are so many different cultures involved and all of them try to make the world a better place, inspires him everyday. This is also reflected in his studies, as his main focus is Game Theory and treaties between countries, like TTIP. To make the everydays life more sustainable, he strongly believes that there needs to be a change in the education system. Because education is the basic for everything one does in his or her life. Therefore he looks forward to make a step in the right direction with the FutureLab. Another important fact about him is that, he loves to sing and play his guitar, a Gibson Les Paul.
Adriana is the Program Manager of oikos. She has several years of professional experience in five continents in both private and non-profit sector organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from FAAP in São Paulo, Brazil, and an International Organization MBA from University of Geneva, Switzerland. She is also completed a certified Coaching Training at Newfield Network USA and leads the oikos Leadership Programme. She is passionate about empowering and developing young leaders to create sustainable solutions to the world.
The 2015 oikos FutureLab took place on 26 – 28 October (Monday - Wednesday) in the Pfalzkeller in St. Gallen. Its main aim was to create action plans to implement sustainable and relevant education systems, by involving representatives from all parties with an interest in management and economics education. It is, specifically, intended to facilitate the design of learning experiences that are more effective at preparing change agents to address the challenges of the 21st century. This signifies the embedding of sustainability and social perspectives in management and economics education and integrating pluralistic teaching methods.
We are an important step closer to making education matter and could not have done it without more than 120 enthusiastic and driven participants from 20 countries and 4 continents. Now it is time to act in our local chapters. We are looking forward to seeing the next steps, projects and initiatives of the whole oikos community. Check out the Publication of Ideas here.
More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/conferences/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2015/
The 2014 oikos FutureLab took place on 10 – 11 November in St. Gallen. Several projects and initiatives were planned during the oikos FutureLab towards “building a bridge for sustainability in economics and management” together with 120 participants from 18 countries.
For the first time, the oikos FutureLab was organised by a group of seven members from three different chapters worldwide who worked together for eight months. The floor was mainly in the hands of the participants who shaped the gathering. Students, alumni, NGO representatives, faculty members and corporate partners were working together in seven oikos Learning Circles (Economics, Finance, Leadership, Management, Energy, Fashion/Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship) in order to develop projects and initiatives. Speakers included Yuan Yang from Rethinking Economics and Marloes Nichols from Meteos, who spoke about campaigning for sustainability and shared their practical experience, as well as Uwe Lübbermann, founder of Premium Cola, the ecologically friendly and socially just drink producer in Germany who has chosen an organisational structure and strategies at Premium Cola that are in sharp contrast to what we learn in business schools.
More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/conferences/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2014/
The 2013 oikos FutureLab took place on 11 – 12 November in St. Gallen. It focused on “Transforming Education” and on opportunities to drive change at faculties for economics and management. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab offered insights to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities to take oikos to the next level as an effective learning organization – in particular:
- To understand and effectively tap into the learning opportunities already existing in our network.
- To develop a platform for oikos and universities where we are active as learning organizations that foster sustainability leadership skills among their members and audiences.
- To explore what a reference model for sustainability education in economics and management actually could look like, so that we can inspire students, scholars and university administrators.
On 19th and 20th November, 2012, we will welcome oikos members and partners in St. Gallen for the second oikos FutureLab. The 2012 topic is “Impact: Think – Act – Share”. As a central platform for changemakers, the FutureLab will bring together our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects.
The oikos FutureLab will focus on impact and activating our network: What impact do we aim to achieve as individuals? How do we develop a mindset of change? How can we activate our oikos network more effectively to create impact? As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch, to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities for strengthening our impact in the future.
A key feature of the oikos FutureLab will be the Impact Fair, a forum where conference delegates introduce their own projects, and through which they can engage the oikos community to help them further develop their project. Delegates will be invited to present their initiatives by using a theory of change logic during the Project Fair. Background information will be provided prior to the conference.
The Project Fair will be followed by an Open Space to design and develop concrete projects to pursue with the support of the oikos community.
The oikos FutureLab 2011 is the first oikos event ever to gather our global family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012, we are launching this new platform to provide not only a meeting point to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. With oikos chapters across four continents, alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia, faculty members at leading schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects, we believe it is time to bring all of us together and accelerate the sustainability momentum.
As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch in the long-term, key developments to monitor during the next 12 months, and opportunities for change moving forward. It will take a close look at how the oikos community can strengthen selected projects that are already on their way and provide a launching pad for new initiatives that emerge in the discussions. And it will nurture an ongoing exchange within the oikos community to set agendas, define priorities and join forces to increase impact.
Participation is by invitation only. The event will take place in St. Gallen, Switzerland – where it all started in 1987.