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FutureLab

  • About the FutureLab

    The FutureLab is a Learning Platform and Conference for our member base, our Alumni, our partners, faculty and stakeholders. Once a year we convene in St. Gallen to advance topics close to our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. With six successful years of experience we look forward to celebrate the oikos 30-year anniversary with a big event in the fall of 2017. Stay tuned to this page and our social media outlets to learn more.

    About the FutureLab 2016

    For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was 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 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. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.

    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.

    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.

  • If you want to get a taste for the conference, check out our first ever oikos live stream on Facebook of the Welcome Session and the keynote by Antje von Dewitz.

    Sunday, 6 November 2016
    14.30-20.30 Check-in for student members at the Hotel one66
    Hotel Address: Hotel one66, Alte Bildstrasse, 9015 St. Gallen
    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
    Venue Address: Weiterbildungszentrum der Universität St. Gallen, Holzstrasse 15, 9010 St. Gallen
    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 Evoke
    In this session our keynote speaker will address the role of education and personal experience for succesfully impacting sustainable behaviour. The speaker will share her stories of how she walked the talk and inspire the audience to continue walking their talk.
    Speaker: Antje von Dewitz, CEO, VAUDE
    12.30-14.00 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Workshops: Develop Possibilities
    These workshops tackle challenges related to current megatrends. Workshop leaders, each of them experts in their fields, will share their expertise and suggest ways how oikos can #WalkTheTalk.
    Topic: Climate Change
    Facilitator: Dominik Mösching, Project Manager, myclimate
    Topic: Culture of Knowledge and Individualisation
    Facilitator: Dr. Björn Müller, co-founder, Stride
    Topic: Leadership in the Digital Economy
    Facilitators: Professor Ivo Blohm, University of St. Gallen & Christoph Rappitsch, oikos Associate
    Topic: Working with Purpose
    Facilitators: Antje von Dewitz, CEO, Vaude & Lissi Reitschuster, Founder & CEO, manemo eG
    Topic: Urbanisation
    Facilitators: Lisa Füting & Jorita Genschow, Audi Urban Solutions
    16.00-16.30 Break
    16.30-18.00 Panel Discussion
    Workshop Leaders will, together with the participants, discuss the question "How can education make young leaders change makers for a sustainable society?"
    18.00-18.30 Reflection
    Participants reflect on the day
    19.00-22.00 Dinner
    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 Break Barriers
    We will kick-start the day ahead with an inspiring story and call the participants to #WalkTheTalk in every educational project.
    Speaker: Aarti Wig, Country Director India, Yunus Social Business (Online)
    10.00-10.30 Break
    10.30-12.30 Learning Circle Sessions
    In their groups, Learning Circles develop impactful initiatives
    12.30-14.00 Lunch
    14.00-15.30 Learning Circle Sessions
    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

  • 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

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    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 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.

    Adrian von Jagow

    DSC_0645_1Adrian is a world citizen, passionate about most things: oikos, China, and good conversations, to name a few. He studied International Economics and Sinology at the University of Tübingen, where he joined the local oikos chapter in 2012 and later served as president. In July 2016 he joined the oikos management team full time. His involvement in oikos is motivated by his own academic experience: too often he finds himself confronted with outdated teaching methods, a narrow and singular curriculum and seemingly intractable professors. Sustainability for him resembles empathy – it’s an imperative; and a lack thereof is at the heart of most problems.

  • oikos FutureLab 2016

    For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was 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 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. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.

    Present at the conference were inspirational voices from business, NGOs and learning institutions as well as motivated oikos members from around the world. Watch this video for a quick impression or

    learn more: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2016/

    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/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/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/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.

    More information: www.oikos-international.org/2012-2/

    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.

This is it! The FutureLab 2016 #WalkTheTalk has happened. We thank everyone who attended the conference and our donors and supporters to help make it happen.

More pictures, videos and articles from the FutureLab.

Get involved in one of the oikos Learning Circles! If you want to help managing one of the circles, check out this video.

If you are interested to know what has occured during the FutureLab 2015, check out the Publication of Ideas here

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