eVidyaloka: Digital Classrooms for Underprivileged

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eVidyaloka, founded by a techie and a Chartered Accountant who quit their promising careers to follow their heart, aims to disseminate education to the poorest of the poor of the Indian society. For a country with a population of 1.2 billion, where 1 out of 4 people is under the age of 14, the future depends highly on its ability to provide quality education to this young generation. The crisis in education sector ranges from resource crunch to quality of teaching itself. Venkat and Satish, the founders of eVidyaloka, created a model that would connect passionate volunteer-teachers across the world through live, interactive online classes for rural children via the digital classroom setups in the village schools. They are using cutting edge digital learning platform to bridge the gap between supply and demand of quality education in rural India. Digital Interactive learning techniques, that were previously available only to the privileged, were taken to the other end of the spectrum. Venkat and Satish are the torchbearers in this journey. eVidyaloka stakeholders included not just the students and the volunteer-teachers but also the school authorities, local government, local NGOs and many other well-wishers and volunteers who work to put together a platform to enable this form of learning.  However, off late eVidyaloka is struggling to maintain its initial momentum.

AuthorsAtul Kumar Singh, Vanishree Sattiraju
InstitutionXLRI Jamshedpur, India
Competition Year2017
PlaceRunner Up
TrackSustainable Entrepreneurship
Key WordsCSR, Socially Responsible Investing, Environmental Performance, Social Performance
CoursesSustainable Finance, Strategic Management, Finance, Business Sustainability, Business and Society, or Environmental Entrepreneurship
Target AudienceMBAs, Undergraduates
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posted June 19, 2017

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The venture Freitag: From recycled bags to sustainable fashion

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The Swiss venture Freitag, founded in 1993 by the two brothers Daniel and Markus Freitag, pioneered the idea of product upcycling by producing functional and fashionable bike messenger bags out of used truck tarpaulins. Relying on its unique raw material of recycled truck tarps, Freitag developed a coherent brand identity and gradually extended its product portfolio of bags and accessoires over the years. From 2009 to 2014 however, Freitag engaged in a development process of manufacturing sustainable clothing which meant nothing less than the entry into an entirely new product category and market. For Freitag, this step constituted a core strategic investment decision, which would have major consequences on its innovation, marketing and branding activities. Due to Freitag’s self-understanding as a sustainability-oriented and design-driven business venture, the challenge was to come up with a profitable clothing collection which would not only meet the venture’s high sustainability critieria but also its aspiration to produce functional and stylish fashion. Yet, the Freitag brothers still had to decide which customer segment they should primarily target with their new product offering. Should they primarily accommodate the needs of these customers which bought Freitag products because of their design and stlye or should they priortize the segment of sustainability-conscious consumers? Or should they even target the mass market with their new product? To reach a well-informed decision, the Freitag brothers had to develop a fine awareness for the peculiarities of Freitag’s brand identity and an in-depth understanding of the socio-ecological impact of sustainable fashion. As two professionally trained designers, Daniel and Markus felt committed to the idea of holistic design-thinking and therefore strived to approach these issues in an integrated fashion, from the procurement and design stage all the way down to the marketing and branding of their products.

AuthorReinhard von Wittken
InstitutionTUM School of Management (TU Munich)
Competition Year2017
PlaceFirst Prize
TrackCorporate Sustainability
Key WordsSustainability Fashion Entrepreneurship
CoursesSustainable Finance, Strategic Management, Finance, Business Sustainability, Business and Society, or Environmental Entrepreneurship
Target AudienceMBAs, Undergraduates
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posted June 19, 2017

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oikos Newsletter June 2017

oikos is turning 30 this year and to mark the occasion 3 events will be held in St. Gallen, Switzerland, bringing together the global oikos community of members, alumni, advisors, faculty, partners and supporters. Read more about the Anniversary Celebration on our website where you can find more information as well as the registration form.

In this edition of the Newsletter learn about the oikos Germany Meeting 2017 on current consumption patterns and sustainable approaches to growth that took place in Bayreuth. You can also find the New Report on Digital Economy and Sustainability, and read about the oikos Brussels conference on responsible finance. Find out more about the LEAP Meeting taking place before the 30th Anniversary events, the 6th Central and Eastern European Regional Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, as well as the upcoming 7th oikos Young Scholars Finance Academy in the autumn. Join us in congratulating the winners of the oikos Case Writing Competition 2017. Lastly, get to know Sarah Martin, Head Organizer of the Germany Meeting, in our section “30 seconds with…”

  • Apply for the new oikos Associate position on Pluralistic Economics.
Enjoy the June edition of our newsletter while making plans for your summer vacation and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated!

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posted June 8, 2017

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Central and Eastern European Regional Meeting 2017

Join our 6th CEE Meeting which will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from the 7th to the 10th of September, 2017. oikos Baku is preparing a special Regional Meeting to empower young leaders, give them practical tools to implement the knowledge acquired during the program, and to take the initiative in their societies to face the challenges brought by urbanization.

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posted June 8, 2017

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LEAP Meeting 2017

We at oikos believe that young people are primary drivers of change in our society and that investing in their development yields ever-lasting results. oikos LEAP is a major project developed by the organization to empower youth through its focus on personality development, experiential learning methodologies and sustainability leadership.

oikos LEAP Meeting 2017 will gather around 50 participants coming from more than 20 countries and between the ages of 20 and 30. The meeting with take place at Kreuzlingen and at St. Gallen on 7-11 October (before the 30th Anniversary events). 

After the meeting 9-month long development programme will begin to reinforce acquired competences and disseminate impact.

LEAP registration for the new cohort is open!  Your spot as a chapter president is guaranteed, and a limited number of places will be available for other members.

Join this 9-month leadership journey!

Apply now for LEAP 2017/18:

About LEAP: 

oikos LEAP is designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision making and equip them with insights, knowledge and tools to do so.

oikos LEAP challenges participants to reflect on themselves and their values. Whilst adopting and sharing the lessons learnt in their chapters, participants practice sustainable leadership. The result is strengthened chapter performance and greater impact in line with the oikos mission. These basics will, moreover, accompany participants throughout their lives and result in change towards sustainability.

LEAP Advanced is the most intensive of three LEAP tracks. The program is open to all oikos members.

More here: https://oikos-international.org/programmes/leap/leap-advanced/

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posted June 7, 2017

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oikos Associate: “Pluralist Economics”. Call for Applications. Deadline: June 30, 2017

oikos members across the world engage on a broad range of sustainability topics — both through extracurricular activities as well as in the classroom and their research. Their agendas range from A as in alternative economic indicators to Z like zero carbon future.

Pursuing Passions

To support members in pursuing their passion for a particular topic and expanding related engagements of oikos, we launched the role of “oikos Associates” in 2016.

oikos Associates join us for six months to deepen their knowledge and network on a specific topic, to engage on this topic and to decide whether to further pursue the topic in their studies. Based within our international team in Switzerland, they explore key questions, examine answers, identify innovative players, and develop their own positions on central aspects of the topic they focus on. They enter debates, foster an exchange within oikos on the topic, and share their insights in a written 20-page report. They also organize three events to engage on the topic with the oikos community:

  1. oikos FutureLab Workshops: Sessions for 20 students at the oikos FutureLab to build capacity on the topic across oikos chapters.
  2. oikos Roundtable: a 3-hours workshop to convene practitioners and academics in order to identify key questions, discuss available answers and identify research gaps.
  3. oikos Alumni Debate: a panel discussion with oikos alumni to engage our alumni and further participants on the topic.

Pluralist Economics

We are delighted to offer a next oikos Associate role on the topic of “Pluralist Economics”. The role is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2017 and run for six months. It will comprise a monthly gross salary of 2’000 CHF, as well as a budget to travel, build a network in the field, and organize the three events mentioned above.

Calls for more pluralism in economics have intensified significantly in recent years. The financial crisis highlighted the risks of relying on a narrow set of neoclassical economic models and amplified demands for a more diverse approach to teaching and research in the field. As a result, faculty and students across the world have built a growing momentum for change in economics curricula to broaden perspectives, expand the range of theories and methods, and align the discipline with the challenges of the 21st century.

We would like to offer a platform to an oikos Associate to engage in this development and to leverage his/her insights to expand our own activities across oikos in this field.

Applications

Applications can be sent to associates@oikos-international.org until June 30, 2017. Applications should include a motivation letter as well as your CV. If you previously engaged on the topic, e.g. by writing and/or organizing events about it, we are interested in that as well. Replies to applicants will be sent out on July 5 followed by interviews with shortlisted candidates until July 15. The final selection will take place until July 20. We aim for the Associate to join us between August and September — to be agreed upon with the Associate.

Download the call as a PDF.

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posted June 6, 2017

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Faculty from University of Denver, Technical University of Munich, University of Hyderabad and Institute of Rural Management Anand win first prizes in oikos Case Writing Competition 2017

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s oikos Case Writing Competition 2017. Outstanding case submissions competed for prizes this year. In the Sustainable Finance track the the first prize goes to Vijaya Narapareddy Zinnoury from the University of Denver (USA). The first prize in the Social Entrepreneurship track is awarded to Joseph Satish V from the University of Hyderabad (India) and C Shambu Prasad from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (India). In the Corporate Sustainability track, the first prize goes to Reinhard von Wittken from Technical University of Munich (Germany).

Extended abstracts of our winning and runner-up cases will be available online in our oikos free case collection or at the Case Centre in June 2017. Inspection copies will soon be made available there as well. We will keep you posted.

You find all the prizes and runners-up below. Congratulations to the Winners of the oikos Case Writing Competition 2017!  

Winners of the 2017 Competition

Corporate Sustainability Track

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1st Prize

The venture Freitag: From recycled bags to sustainable fashion by Reinhard von Wittken (TUM School of Management at Technical University of Munich, Germany)

2nd Prize

Uber and the Ethics of Sharing: Exploring the Societal Promises and Responsibilities of the Sharing Economy by Erin McCormick and N. Craig Smith (INSEAD)

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3rd Prize

Wind in the Sails: Managing Social Acceptance of Large Wind Energy Projects in Switzerland by Anna Ebers Broughel (University of St Gallen, Switzerland)

Runner-up

Enrich Not Exploit: Can New CSR Strategy Help Body Shop Regain  Glory? by Syeda Maseeha Qumer and Debapratim Purkayastha (both from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad)

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Runner-up

Tongwei – Sustainability Entrepreneurship Through Market – Political Ambidexterity by Xyanwei Cao (XJTLU, China)

Social Entrepreneurship Track

Free Case!

1st Prize

Dharani: Nurturing the earth, fostering farmers’ livelihoods

by Joseph Satish V (Centre for Knowledge, Culture and Innovation Studies at University of Hyderabad, India) and C Shambu Prasad (Institute of Rural Management Anand, India).

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2nd Prize

Coming to Fruition: Fresh Truck Aims to Increase Food Access in Boston

by Nardia Haigh, Anya Weber, Jennie Msall (all from University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)

3rd Prize

Bridge International Academies by Manish Agarwal and D. Satish (IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University, India)

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Runner-up

eVidyaloka-Digital Classrooms for the Underprivileged by Atul Kumar Singh and Vanishree Sattiraju (XLRI Jamshedpur, India)

Runner-up

Ten Thousand Villages in Crisis: Can the Fair Trade Pioneer Survive and Flourish in an Economic Downturn? by Anna Kim (HEC Montréal, Canada) and Cécilia Renaud (CHUM, Canada)

Sustainable Finance Track

1st Prize

A Burrito Without Integrity: Is This Chipotle for Me? by Vijaya (Narapareddy) Zinnoury (Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, US)

2nd Prize

The Fall of SunEdison – A Solar Eclipse? by Alok Kavthankar and Indu Perepu (IBS Hyderabad, IFHE University, India)

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3rd Prize

Refugee Labor Market Integration – An Impact Investment Case Study by Marc Hassler (Maastricht University School of Business and Economics)

Participants in the oikos Case Writing Competition 2017 were again truly international: the finalists come from institutions all over the world. Winning cases were selected in a double-blind review process by the oikos judging committee comprised of distinguished scholars from all around the world including Alexander Wagner (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Bala Krishnamoorthy (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, India), Carlos Romero-Uscanga (EGADE, Mexico), Debapratim Purkayastha (IBS Hyderabad, India), Delphine Gibassier (Toulouse Business School, France), Ewald Kibler (Aalto University, Finland), Madhukar Shukla (XLRI Jamshedpur, India), Martin Kupp (ESCP, France), Minna Halme (Aalto University Business School, Finland), Moritz Loock (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland), Roger Spear (The Open University, UK), Saurabh Lall (Aspen Institute, USA), Stefan Schaltegger (Leuphana University, Germany), Tessa Hebb (Carleton University, Canada), Timo Busch (University of Hamburg, Germany) and other leading faculty.

We also want to make an especial acknowledgement of our three track chairs Dror Etzion, (McGill, Canada), Lars Hassel (School of Business Umea, Sweden) and Thomas Dyllick, (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) who supported the organization and review of the oikos Case Writing Competition 2017. And finally we also want to recognize the important contribution of Stefano Ramelli and Carlos Vargas oikos PhD Fellows in Sustainable Finance at the University of Zurich, who made the oikos Case Writing Competition 2017 possible.

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posted June 1, 2017

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