oikos&Pizza: Credit Suisse

One of the largest banks in Switzerland will talk about their activities in the field of sustainability and will answer all of the participants questions.

The event is hosted by oikos St. Gallen, to learn more visit their webpage here

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posted September 18, 2018

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oikos Newsletter September 2018

The fall is here, and there is just over a month left before the oikos community will get together in Switzerland to attend the LEAP Meeting and the oikos FutureLab 2018. Applications for both programs are now closed, and applicants will soon hear about the organizing teams’ decisions. Meanwhile, read the September edition of our newsletter to learn about the CEE Meeting held in Warsaw from 6th to 9th of September and get ready for the Francophone Meeting in Lausanne.

This month, the LEAP Advanced class 2017/2018 summarized their LEAP journey and explained what being a part of the program meant for them.

In the “30 seconds with…” segment meet Eva Späte. She is a former president of oikos Tübingen and a member of the international Governance Working Group (GWG). She told us about the GWG efforts to perfect the oikos governance structure.

Enjoy this September edition of our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter to stay updated!

Read the whole newsletter here

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posted September 14, 2018

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Exploring Sustainable Leadership – CEE Meeting in Warsaw

“Sustainable Leadership: Environmental Protection Challenges” was the topic at the seventh Central and Eastern European Regional Meeting that took place in Warsaw from 6th to 9th of September. oikos members from 9 countries had a chance to discuss the subject and meet leading players of the Polish sustainability landscape.

The participants explored themes like slow fashion and sustainable consumption, fair electronics, sustainable urbanization, socially responsible investments, and Zero Waste. They received insights into each of these domains from leading practitioners and fervent advocates for the change towards sustainability. The oikees learned about an ambitious plan of the Institute for eco-development that details their vision for transforming the city of Warsaw and explored responsible investing ideas in the Polish market with Dr. Tomasz Wiśniewski from Polish Stock Exchange.

The participants were inspired by the “Polish zero waste association” and were intrigued by their experience in the field. The oikees debated about Zero Waste Lifestyle and brainstormed on implementing Zero Waste ideas into practice.

The meeting also hosted a discussion on oikos governance structure and enabled the participants to provide feedback to the Governance Working Group.

Participants had a chance to get a feeling of the city’s lively atmosphere and learn more about Polish culture and cuisine. They left the meeting filled with enthusiasm and motivation for further advocating for the sustainable practices and ideas.

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posted September 13, 2018

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oikos LEAP Presidents Track Meeting

More information will be published soon.

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posted September 12, 2018

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oikos Spring Meeting 2019

The oikos Spring Meeting 2019 will be hosted from 15 March to 18 March 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia, with the main focus on Sustainable Urbanism.

The upcoming oikos Spring Meeting is taking place in Belgrade as it is a great example of rapid expansion of a city through extensive urban planning, which had failed to foresee many environmental issues arising from such a development. Many decades later, the city is reaching close to 2 million inhabitants, with shrinking green spaces, inefficient infrastructure, high pollution and an inefficient public transport based mostly on fossil fuels. Of course, Belgrade is not alone in this, as many cities, especially in Eastern Europe and Asia, all face similar problems, following decades of industrialization and a lack of environmental awareness. The goal of the event is to gather oikos members from all over the world to get more familiar with the issue, exchange their ideas and work together towards raising awareness and looking into possible solutions. oikos Spring Meeting 2019 will feature many lectures, panels and workshops with interesting speakers and some of the renowned experts in the field.

Learn more here

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posted September 12, 2018

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LEAP: The perks of the self-development journey

In October 2017 over 30 oikos LEAP Advanced participants came together, for the first time, in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. From that moment on, they embarked on a journey, that aimed to develop purpose-driven, just and sustainable leaders. Fast forward 9 months, and in July, 2018 the Advanced participants bid farewell to the program. During this time, the LEAPers discovered their leadership potential and came closer to understanding their values and purpose in life. They bonded and sprung lifelong friendships with people who mere months ago were strangers to them.

On-site meetings

The intense but fulfilling on-site meetings were the most demanding part of the LEAP. The participants were challenged to leave their comfort zones, understand life experiences that shaped their character and identify those values and believes that are at the core of their self. The LEAPers also took part in workshops that introduced them  to concepts and tools, that are essential for leadership development. “we were not only inspired [during the meetings] but also overwhelmed by all the wonderful experiences we made and the people we met. It was outstanding how much we learned from every human interaction” – noted LEAP participants Kathrin, Lisa and Delia after the mid-term meeting in Spain.

The on-site meetings for the LEAP class of 2017/18 took  place  in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland and Arenys de Mar, Spain.  

Reflections

A set of exercises called reflections, as the name suggestions, were designed to help participants reflect on their purpose and develop new attitudes and habits that were aligned with their ideal. At the same time, they encouraged the participants to have their objectives grounded in reality, not to fear setbacks. “Despite every effort to plan, dream, achieve, and set seemingly-insurmountable goals (such as crossing a mountain in just one day) we must all learn to embrace the drift. This starts with embracing ourselves, asking the hard questions, learning how to actively listen and aligning our path to our values. Once this alignment is set, there is still no guarantee that our conditioning will pay off. There’s no guarantee that we’ll reach that ultimate beach on the horizon – but at least we know how to try. We know that in order to reach our dreams, we have to first understand the mechanisms through which we drive progress. We have to learn how to embrace the drift, anchor our eyes and enjoy this present moment while we do so” – wrote Irie, one of the participants from oikos NYC in her diary entry, she kindly shared. “We were there, in the now, listening to acoustic music and the morning stillness, which included the chirp of a nearby bird, the crunch of a gravel underfoot, and the slight burbling of the river kissing the beach.” – she recalled about the moment when all the lessons from the LEAP came in one to enable her and her LEAP friends to immerse into the present during their trip in Budapest, Hungary.

Peer Calls, Coaching and Webinars

The LEAP journey was packed with activities that strengthened the participants commitment to self-development. “9 months full of reflections, coaching and several helpful concepts and tools shared by leadership thought leaders made us grow individually – but also together as a group” – says Sophie, a LEAPer from Reutlingen. Peer-to-Peer calls were a unique bonding experience for the LEAPers, who shared their daily struggles and achievements with a group of unprejudiced and supportive young individuals. In the words of Sophie “strangers quickly became close friends who developed and will keep a strong bond beyond the program”.

Irie summed up the importance of LEAP for bold youngsters who strive to change the world for the better: “embarking on a development journey such as Leap is a pivotal step in our mental conditioning to be the kind of leaders the world needs and to understand our role in this process. If we, the idealistic change makers, are to tackle oppressive systems such as climate injustices, human right violations and ecological destruction, it is imperative that we acknowledge social change and personal change as two sides of the same coin. They are in flux. They’re part of the same flow – the one we must learn to embrace.”

There can be no personal development without first realizing our purpose, understanding what it is that we want to give to the society, to the world in order to make it more just and sustainable. It is where the LEAP program comes into play, it encourages participants to learn about themselves in order to enable them create the world that reflects their ideal.

Read a beautiful story on mindfulness from Irie’s diary entry here

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posted September 10, 2018

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oikos Calendar

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posted September 10, 2018

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Francophone Meeting

The oikos Francophone Meeting will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland from November 16 to 18, 2018. The meeting will focus on the topic of agriculture and sustainability and will explore the role that the balance between traditions and innovations, in this field, plays in Switzerland’s economic prosperity. Surrounded by mountains and beautiful nature, Lausanne is ready to welcome oikos members and alumni from around the world. The meeting will include presentations from experts and entrepreneurs on sustainable agriculture, a campus and city tour as well as a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Lavaux vineyards (The language of the meeting is, of course, French).

To learn more about the event and stay updated follow the link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/325849087985789/

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posted September 5, 2018

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