oikos FutureLab


  • FutureLab 2016

    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.

  • We are currently working on the programme.  More information soon.

    *Preliminary programme subject to change

  • We are currently inviting our speakers, stay tuned for more information.

  • Preceding the FutureLab

    oikos LEAP Meeting - Advanced and Intermediate

    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 focus with a deeper focus on introspection and personal leadership. The Intermediate Track (4th - 6th of November) occurs post that with a focus on more skills and empowerment oriented training. And it especially focused for presidents and chapter representatives.

    Throughout three 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 of the meeting will be shared with confirmed participants.

    The application for Advanced Track will open in July. The Intermediate Track, the chapters will appoint their representatives.

    The 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.

    The oikos LEAP Meeting  is an integral part of oikos LEAP.

    Parallel Meetings

    Legislative Meeting

    This is session is open only to chapter members. It the opportunity for the members to exercise their right to influence the oikos network, by voting on who will be the next oikos executive board, and which chapters should join the oikos network, amongst other issues.

    Alumni Meeting

    Besides being a great occasion for Alumni to catch up with each other and share their knowledge and experience. The alumni meeting will have an outcome a concrete plan of the next steps to improve the oikos alumni network.

    Members Meeting

    This is a chance for oikos student members to get to know each other better. There will be ice-breaking, networking and a lot of laughter, to get everyone in the spirit to connect, collaborate and create.

    Partners Meeting

    The Partners Meeting convenes the 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 regard to sustainability in management and economics.

    Sessions for all Participants

    We are currently working on the programme. Stay tuned for more information.


    *Preliminary sessions descriptions. Subject to change.

  • The oikos FutureLab 2016 will bring together a diverse representation from the entire oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners to register. The application will open on 15th of June, 2016!

  • General Questions:

    Who can apply for the oikos FutureLab 2016?

    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”.

    How many members from each chapter get to attend the FutureLab?

    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.

    Can alumni from my chapter attend the FutureLab?

    Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend. We also have a special session only for alumni on Monday, November 7th.

    When can I arrive at and till what date will the hostel accommodation be provided to me?

    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.

    Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement for attending the FutureLab?

    You will receive further info on this matter soon.

    I have been put on the waitlist for the FutureLab. When will I hear from you on the final outcome of my application?

    You will hear from us by September 29th 2016. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.

    How do I apply for the Impact Fair?

    More information soon about the registration.


    Learning Circle Questions:

    Am I suppose to be a part of a Learning Circle before the conference to attend oikos FutureLab 2016?

    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.

    Can I be a part of two or more Learning Circles before the FutureLab?

    Yes! If you have multiple interests, you can be a part of the discussions & preparations of multiple Learning Circles before the conference.

    Can I represent two or more Learning Circles during the FutureLab?

    No, you cannot represent more than one learning circle during the conference as the sessions will run in parallel.

    Are there limited seats per Learning Circle at the FutureLab?

    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.

    Can I participate in a Learning Circle without being a part at 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 in the Sessions tab.


    Payment Questions:

    When is the deadline for making the payment for the FutureLab?

    The deadline is September 28th, 2016 for student members and October 06th for the other participants.

    Can I pay via credit card?

    Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.

    Can I pay via bank transfer?

    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

    Beneficiary Name:

    oikos-Stiftung fuer Oekonomie und Oekologie

    Dufourstrasse 50

    9000 St. Gallen

    Beneficiary Bank:

    UBS AG

    Postfach, CH 9001 St Gallen

    How much is 80 CHF in the currency used in my country?

    Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion - http://www.oanda.com

    What is included in the 80 CHF participation fees for the FutureLab?

    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.


    Logistical Questions:

    Where will I be staying during the FutureLab?

    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.

    How do I get to St. Gallen from Zurich airport?

    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

    Where is the FutureLab 2016 taking place?

    The oikos FutureLab 2016 will take place at the Executive Campus at the University of St. Gallen.


    Click here for a the virtual tour at the Executive Campus.

    How do I get to Executive Campus HSG (the venue for the FutureLab)?

    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 Burgahn

    Chris_smallChristopher 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 Ghorpade

    11852826_10152833396121653_1179324682_oNimisha 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 Khot


    13106693_10153299664366653_1501609467_oBhakti 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


    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 within oikos, 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 the need to change education to several platforms. She has been capable to collect challenges that we face in changing education for a more sustainable future.

    She specifically believes in co-creating an education that ensures responsible leaders. Whilst developing oikos LEAP, she increasingly believes this approach is one of the most powerful ways we will achieve the broad connotation of a sustainable order.

    Christoph Rappitsch

    S1480003_2Christoph 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 Maia Troxler

    Adriana_photoAdriana is the Program Manager of oikos. She has several years of professional experience in five continents in both private (PwC, Euler Hermes, Interaction Times) and non-profit sector organizations (The Global Fund, AIESEC, and several associations).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an International Organization MBA from University of Geneva, which strongly emphasized CSR, PPP, resource mobilization, and performance enhancement of international organizations. She is also completing a certified Coaching Training at Newfield Network USA.  She is passionate  about empowering and developing young leaders to create sustainable solutions to the world.


  • oikos FutureLab 2015

    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/

    oikos FutureLab 2014

    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/

    oikos FutureLab 2013

    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.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/conferences/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2013/

    oikos FutureLab 2012

    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.

    oikos FutureLab 2011

    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.

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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 at the oikos FutureLab 2015. 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


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