oikosFutureLab 2012

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. We are looking forward to an exciting event. Join us to make an impact!
  • Monday, 19 November 2012


    13.00-14.00 Registration
    14.00-14.15 Welcome
    Dawid Wroblewski (oikos), Alexander Barkawi (oikos), Harriet Jackson (Impact Economy)
    14.15-15.45 Impact Perspectives
    3 speakers on key developments to watch and shape.
    Andy Habermacher (leading brains), Thomas Vellacott (WWF), Anil Gupta (IIM Ahmedabad)
    15.45-16.15 Break
    Workshop IntroductionWorkshops (part 1)
    All Workshops will be focused on developing a framework for assessing the impact of oikos’ projects
    18.00-18.15 Short Break
    18.15-19.30 Interactive Panel – The Power of Thought Leaders: How student-inspired movements transform management schools and shape a sustainable world
    Jo Mackness (Net Impact / Center for Responsible Business, UC Berkeley), Marina Kim (Ashoka U), Katie Beith, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI), Claude Siegenthaler (oikos)
    19.30-22.00 Dinner

    Tuesday, 20 November 2012


    08.30-09.00 Coffee and networking
    09.00-09.15 Welcome and Recap
    09.15-10.45 Inspirations & Expectations:The Road Ahead
    3 speakers on how collaborative action in teaching, research and business practices should promote a sustainable future
    Saurabh Lall (Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs),  Nick Beglinger (swisscleantech), Mark Halle (International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD)
    10.45-11.15 Break
    11.15-13.00 Parallel Workshops (part 2)
    Workshops focusing on applying the impact framework developed on Day 1 to projects to assess its viability and practicability.
    13.00-14.00 Lunch
    16.30-17.00 Impact Fair & Open Space
    “Elevator pitches” to learn about and get involved in ongoing and planned initiatives by members of the oikos community. The impact fair  will be followed by an open space to design and develop concrete initiatives to pursue with the support of the oikos community.
    16.30-17.00 Coffee and networking
    17.00-17.45 Highlights 
    In an interactive session, oikos student reporters will interview members and partners on initiatives that have progressed most during the FutureLab.
    17.45-18.00 Wrap-up
    18.00 Drinks, Dinner and Party – Hosted by oikos St. Gallen to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of oikos

    (* to be confirmed)

  • The oikos FutureLab 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.

    Registration procedure varies according to your role in oikos. Please find below information in case you are member of a student chapter, alumni, young scholar, advisor, faculty or partner.

  • The oikos FutureLab 2012 will take place in the former depot for locomotives of St. Gallen, the so-called Lokremise, which is now a cultural space for art, cinema, theatre and dance. The Lokremise is right next to St. Gallen main train station. It‘s about a 1 hour train ride from Zurich to St. Gallen. You find a selection of photos of the venue below.

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  • We would not be able to host the oikos FutureLab 2012 without the generous support of the following partners. Thank you for your important contribution!