oikos Textbook Market

Let’s recycle our textbooks and exchange them. Join oikos St. Andrews to contribute to this effort. More information here.

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posted September 12, 2016

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oikos Talk with Hannes Royer

Join the first oikos Talk of the semester with Mr. Royer, founder of Landschaft Leben, an organization researching how food is produced and how it can be done more sustainably. More information here.

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posted September 12, 2016

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oikos Kick-Off

Join oikos Vienna for the semester kick-off and learn much more about how to get involved and make a difference. More information here.

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posted September 12, 2016

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oikos Alumnus Invites You To a Workshop on Education & CSR

Tuesday 20th September 2016
8:45 to 10:30 in Paris 10th district

Is it possible to make a better world through the #CSR actions of your company without getting involved in the #school world and without setting goals in an #educational perspective?

LeWebPédagogique, the 1rst French-speaking educational community invites you to its workshop upon “Corporate Social Responsibility and Education”.

We offer you to meet profesionnals interested at Corporate Social Responsibility as well as at #Sustainable #Development over a coffee. 

Associations, companies, institutions, this event is made for you. Register now, write to cyril@lewebpedagogique.com!

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posted September 12, 2016

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Shale Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing: Risk and Opportunity Analysis for Oil and Gas Companies, Investors and The Future Energy Sector – Lessons from the US

The present Masters (MEng) thesis aims to analyse both qualitatively and quantitatively, the risks and opportunities arising from shale gas development in the US. The thesis draws upon multiple studies in order to identify the most prominent shale development impacts and most pressing risks. Through the literature review and Scopus database analysis, the thesis illustrates both the exponential rise in shale gas related research in the past few years and the fact that academic research has yet to catch up with the numerous challenges this industry poses.

Next, risks are quantified at the company level, regional level and US wide level. A case study on shale gas development in Pennsylvania (PA) is illustrated through production, wastewater and shale operator violations statistics. The study further shows that the number of unconventional well permits has surpassed those awarded for conventional oil and gas development and in addition, shale gas production volumes are 7 times higher than conventional gas production volumes. On the other hand, the cumulative unconventional wastewater volumes in PA have been 6 times larger than wastewater coming from conventional oil and gas activities. On average, the wastewater per gas produced ratio in unconventional wells is lower than conventional ones.

Shale gas production and water risk statistics are extrapolated at the US wide level based on industry datasets and the case study built on Pennsylvania. Shale gas operator risks are quantified using production, wastewater and violations metrics, together with company ESG scores. Last but not least, the thesis presents an outlook of shale gas development around the world together with different global shale gas estimation approaches.

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posted September 10, 2016

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oikos Newsletter September 2016

Don’t forget to apply for LEAP Advanced! Deadline: September 18th

September marks the kick-off of oikos’ high season. Chapters reconvene, strategies are drafted and deadlines approach. The CEE Meeting in Bratislava, the first online Alumni Debate, the Francophone Meeting in Brussels, the LEAP Meetings and the FutureLab are your building blocks for a great new academic year. Here’s a shortcut to oikos events that cannot be missed.

This month started with a successful Summer School in Tbilisi. Read about the experience in the “30 seconds” with Anna Beyer and Julia Weber. We invite you to get on board the journey towards the FutureLab, to join one of our #WalkYOURTalk calls, and to apply until September 18th. See how you can engage others with your academic work on the Research Hub. You’re looking to be up-to-date? Then read the updates from our Learning Circles. For those who want to navigate the future, oikos Associate Christoph shares his latest research on Digital Economy and Sustainability.

And if oikos is close to your heart, but you’re far from being a student, join as an Alumni and meet like-minded peers. A first occasion will be the Alumni Debate Online on September 27th. And to top it all off, find an inspiring oikos story in the portrait of oikos Alum Cyril Quillien.

Happy reading!

Read more here.

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posted September 7, 2016

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The oikos-PRME Research Hub continues to grow!

The Hub is a unique platform to publish and share research on sustainability in economics and management among bachelor, master and PhD students. The goal is simple: to encourage more and more students to undertake sustainability-related research! Share your thesis or an abstract of your ongoing project. Access the Research Hub here.

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posted September 6, 2016

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#WalkYourTalk Call II With HelpUsGreen and juteSache

As we get closer and closer to the deadline for FutureLab applications (September 18th!) we also proceed with our #WalkYourTalk calls. On Monday September 5th we had the opportunity to hear from the Entrepreneurship Learning Circle, the confirmation of all speakers at the FutureLab and two start-ups that originated in oikos: HelpUsGreen and juteSache. The founders, Ankit Agarwal and Mario Malzacher (co-founder), respectively, shared the journeys with us and how their idea came about – in the one case in an oikos Chapter, in the other at an oikos international conferences. They also shared their challenges, future plans and their reason for persisting.

Join the next of our bi-weekly calls for more exchange – always Monday at 5pm CEST here and register for the FutureLab here: www.oikos-international.org/futurelab!

Photo retrieved: http://www.37days.com/daily-rock-walk-talk

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posted September 6, 2016

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An oikos Alumnus’ Journey Towards Implementing Education for Sustainable Development

“It is 2016.

I started being involved in oikos Reims in 2010, and to this day, I keep being involved in sustainability-oriented activities through my job. I work with institutions, associations and companies in order to implement projects in schools, promoting sustainable development models, heightening the awareness of children and helping teachers to integrate environmental issues into their lessons.

In 2010, the situation was a bit different. I was a master student in business management at Reims Management School, looking for opportunities to get engaged in environmental sustainability initiatives. I found exactly what I was looking for at oikos Reims. At that time, there were many projects in oikos Reims, from recycling processes on the campus to actions promoting bio-agriculture, to organizing an ethical fashion show. Without forgetting the trip of Benjamin Stoll and Anne Salaün (now Anne Stoll) from Reims to Beijing, who wanted to make a documentary of how kids imagine the world of tomorrow (just as reminder, it was 5 years before the documentary Tomorrow by Cyril Dion).

When I joined oikos Reims, the president at that time, Chloé Laurent, commissioned me to help the organic farmers of the region sell their products on the campus and to create a recycling structure on site. It is very rewarding to now see that a large part of the projects that had been implemented at that time, around 2010, are still existent.

Yet during my studies, I wasn’t only interested in sustainability. Education issues were just as well part of my preoccupations. I was involved in another association at that time: Prépar’Rémois. The mission was clear: tutoring school children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Reims. I was asked by Bénédicte Paille, social projects leader at Reims Management School, to create a new framework for an age group we started to tutor: kids between 13 and 15 years old.

Now, I write all that, because there is a link between my engagement as a student and my career, especially with my job 6 years later.

Today I work for LeWebPédagogique, a French speaking community of teachers (150 000 if I look at the screen behind me). I have been hired to implement sustainability projects with the assistance of professional organizations in schools on topics such as biodiversity, recycling, consumption, local economy, ecological footprint, global warming…

I believe that sustainability can be integrated in every aspect of education.

To give one more example: défi papier. We worked with the paper recycling institution in France to help children implement their own recycling-oriented projects: The kids launched their own awareness campaigns, collecting paper, dealing with recycling professionals and, above all, understanding every part of the process. Learning by doing, basically. That reminds me of what I used to do as a student.”

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posted September 6, 2016

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A New Season Starts – oikos Events that Cannot Be Missed!

Alumni can join the first ever online debate on “Sustainability Consulting for Value Creation” on September 27th, 7pm CEST.

To meet live and in person, you can join the oikos CEE Meeting in Bratislava. Find more information here. Topic: Sustainability as a success factor in the corporate world.

Then, if you are a French speaker, you can join the oikos Francophone Meeting in Brussels. More information will be out soon!

In November, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the oikos LEAP Advanced Track (leadership program) in Switzerland! More information directly here.

And of course the oikos FutureLab, deadline for student applications is September 18th. Apply here.

Make A Difference with oikos!

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posted September 5, 2016

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