Our first hybrid Legislative Meeting after 4 years was a great SUCCESS and we are excited to follow up with a summary. How amazing to see some of you in Copenhagen onsite at the oikos International Chapter Conference and others online dialing in from different places of the world!
We really enjoyed all your curiosities and proactive participation during the meeting, as this is fundamental for the continuity of oikos International.
Let’s start our summary by celebrating the RESULTS of the Legislative Meeting:
We congratulate Michael Winter who will become the new oikos International co-president 2023-25! The handover period will start in November 2023 and he will fully step into this new role from January 2024 as a successor of Darija Miletic. Thank you again to Asha Mandapati, Kristina Heilinger and Mahmoud Nageb for your strong applications and courage to step up for this opportunity!
Furthermore, we are happy to announce that our Auditor’s Reports 2021 & 2022 as well as the Annual Report 2022 got approved by the simple majority of the Legislative Assembly.
Last but not least, our proposal to modify article 5 of oikos International Constitution got approved by 2/3 of the Legislative Assembly, which will open up new opportunities for fundraising and widen our horizons at oikos International when it comes to the services we could potentially offer as an organization!
At the oikos Legislative Meeting on Saturday, 22 April, the representatives of oikos chapters elected Michael Winter as the next oikos International Co-president. Michael is set to begin his two-year term at the end of the year.
We would like to congratulate Michael and wish him best of luck as we eagerly await his term to begin! We also take this opportunity to thank Asha, Katarina and Mahmoud for their courage in stepping up as the candidates and bringing their contribution to the election, which no doubt was not an easy choice for the oikos Community. Lastly, we would like to thank the chapter representatives and other attendees of the Legislative Meeting for their engagement and participation in an important discussion on the future of our organization.
Dear oikos Community, we are delighted to present you the four candidates for the next oikos International Co-president!
My journey with oikos started in 2021. I have always been mesmerized by the working of oikos. As a part of LEAP program, I have got a chance to interact with different oikees around the world and learn concepts about leadership. All my experiences with the student engagement activities that I have engaged have taught me leadership, team building and time management skills.
After taking part as a board member, I have got the opportunity to witness the complexity of the organization. I have been working on enhancing collaboration between chapters and oikos international and increasing awareness about squads. The chapter check ins, house facilitator calls and Agora calls have been so useful in connecting to the chapters and understanding them. My experience while working with the current team has been amazing.
The culture at oikos is inclusive and empowering. I aspire to be a part of such a cool team and create wonders together. I have grown a lot personally after joining oikos. I want to use this opportunity to utilize the skills learnt and give back to oikos. Having worked with co-presidents closely, I have seen how impactful the role of presidency is on the oikos international team and the community. I am eager to learn more about facets of leadership and lead the huge community of change agents around the world.
As a co-president I would want to work on strengthening connections between chapters and oikos international. There is a huge opportunity in collaborating with the chapters and the community. With the current understanding of the needs of the chapters, I will take the help of Agora which is already existing to gather chapters and foster sharing between chapters. We can use this platform for specific gatherings and sharing useful resources. I am sure that this will build trust among the chapters as the focus is upon the relevant and burning topics.
I would work extensively on building and developing long-term partnerships along with the team. My vision for the upcoming years is strengthening connections with all the stakeholders involved and showcasing the impact of oikos international in multiple international events. oikos has a huge alumni network and this can be leveraged for promotions and fundraising. Alumni meets can be organized as a part of a project, which will be helpful for both the promotion of the project and the organization. As a team leader I wish to foster creativity, positivity, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging in my team. I aspire to work for getting one step closer towards the vision of the change agents in transforming management and economics education for sustainability.
Kristina Verena Heilinger
Paul the polar bear came to visit our class in one of my first lectures at the university of St. Gallen. Since then, I am a member of oikos, helped organizing the sustainability week and met people from chapters all around the world at different conferences. All this made me apply for the co-presidency at our association.
As a Project Head of the food blog oismak by oikos, my team and I worked together on the further development of the website, drafting new recipes and collaborating with other organizations. I developed and established the carbon calculation process, moreover, I organized several webinars about zero (food) waste during the semester. During that time, I learned more about how to lead a team online as well as offline whilst having fun and creating new recipes together. My team and I also developed a vision, set goals and measured them together. Moreover, I facilitated different live sessions, webinars and livecookings to teach more university students about easy, sustainable and simply delicious food.
I worked and studied in different regions of South East Asia, including Thailand, South Korea and Singapore. Especially my time as a marketing intern at Environmental Solutions (Asia) was valuable for learning more about the sustainability challenges of a small city state and the level of environmental awareness there. In a team, we redesigned the website of the company and I focused on content for the website, blog articles, and related information materials. This also helped me to work in cross- cultural teams together with different departments that have diverse wishes and needs.
As a co-president it is important to listen to chapters, their needs and to ensure they have all the resources needed for working sustainably at their universities. oikos international team as well as alumni can support them with their experiences, competences and time. The alumni associations are already providing various possibilities for former oikos members in order to keep in touch. My aim is to foster the career part in particular to help young graduates to continue their sustainability journey. Also, an entrepreneurial department could connect like-mineded alumni as well as oikees that have business ideas, providing them with the personal resources as well as the know-how to realize their ideas. This could even lead to new companies created in the oikos network and further career possibilities that former oikees pursue together.
Despite usual fundraising activities, my aim is also to encourage chapters to finance projects with alternative options. As the organization is large and complex, the sharing of best practices could be facilitated in particular for topics that lie at the core of the mission of the organization. Last but not least, the vision and mission is shaped by members, be it active, passive or alumni, they’re always encouraged to add their ideas to this mission statement so we can successfully co-create the next years as well as the long-term future of our association together. For me, serving oikos will therefore not just consist of realizing these points but of further defining and developing them together with you so they can benefit the association during my term and long time beyond for sustainable impact.
I studied marketing as minor, finance and investment as major at Heliopolis University for sustainable development. Got internship at Heliopolis admission, was organizer andcoordinator at HU scientific research and technology, got accounting internship at The Arab contractor, finance and investment at STRO (social trade organization) in the Netherlands, participated at doing marketing campaign for Panda express while its expansion in the Netherlands at HRBS university in Bonn. Got scholarship at ZUYD university to study international business in the Netherlands, was financial manager at CESIM where it was online the same as oikos where was doing planning, pricing, budgeting for organization that works all over the world, and achieved best financial performance & second market share organization, team leader for Sekem precious plastic, founded Cash trash as social enterprise, financially analyzed Egyptian banks in the market, and got entrepreneurship skills from Ashoka and Hult prize and was leading a team in a competition also. Last but not least contributed in founding oikos Cairo, and fundraising and alternative fundraising with Oikos international and do finance with oikos consultancy.
So briefly, want to highlight that I studied business and economics at sustainable and development university and already aware of global challenges and prepared to address it. Studied international business with international students in NL. Lead teams once in align with same team leader at different place. Has similar experience as ovbuikos at CESIM where international team meet online, discuss next steps and implement competing with another international team companies.
I’ll be lucky to represent oikos network that do impact in different ways, strengthen links and connections of the whole community. Fostering the impact of the organization according to the financial background I’m from and from the current experience and resources. My future plans is try to link everything with incentives within the community, create mini projects at chapters with feasibility study and common market that’s shared among chapters to do money and start addressing financial stability. Use universities summer time in making sustainable productive workshops that could turn to enterprise later. create new flexible continent leader to fit any role and address weakness points at any level. Lead the team to training and share it in biweekly gathering.
I’m writing my vision and action plan toward oikos international and part of applying to co- president. Applying to stewarding and tending the oikos community and team, create financial cooperation and non-financial partnerships, representing oikos decently and contributing to it internationally Having everything tasked related to incentives or award always work, so I propose in my action plan to link tasks and achievements to incentives, for example people who do fundraising takes a percent out of the money generated to oikos, maybe win something because of achievement, or collection of stars or titles for example.
Second thing when it comes to action plan is starting mini projects with feasibility study shared to everyone at all chapters creating a common market or supply chain. The projects generate money to oikos community and is led by chapter students as kind of in action empowering leaders, students manage it as part of oikos and freely develop it and create new projects that could be shared to others as well as empowering cases. Third thing to be shared, is using the summer time of universities in doing workshops as sometimes things is not going that well while university times. It could be normal workshops or starting new project that generate money to both the chapter and oikos as mentioned above.
For most of my life I didn’t know oikos or anything similar. I did my bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration in Nuremberg and there was no oikos chapter. I discovered the sustainability management department at my university, what gave my life its first kick. I was fascinated by the concepts of sustainability and, for the first time in my studies, I started to love learning. I took every course and seminar on offer and embarked on an intense learning journey that didn’t end when I finished my bachelor’s thesis. It just shifted to online programmes, reading books and participating in discussions and (online) conferences.
I knew I had to continue this journey and after some research I found a suitable Masters programme to continue my studies abroad in Graz, Austria and immediately became an active member of the local chapter. In 2021 I became a board member of oikos Graz, participated in the LEAP programme of oikos International, attended the oikos Camp and the idea was born to host the International Chapter Conference ’22 in Graz. In October I started working part-time for the oikos Transforming Education Initiative and then attended the oikos conference as a staff member of oikos International and as a representative of oikos Graz. In 2022 we hosted the ICC and I finished my mandate for oikos Graz, became a facilitator and coach for the LEAP programme, returned to Camp and brought together 5 chapters to co-found the oikos Academy. I went to several conferences, gave keynotes and workshops and started a number of new partnerships for oikos international. Now it is the year 2023 and I have just increased my working hours for oikos International to take over the responsibility in the organisation team of the LEAP programme.
I see the future is bright. I am very positive, while I know that we have a lot of challenges to overcome. For me the vision for the future is about asking the important questions. The following are what I came up with. If you have more questions, please reach out to me and let’s ask them together! I see oikos as a lighthouse. A lighthouse showing the way to a new type of leadership: inclusive, caring and trusting with people and purpose at the heart. How do we make sure our light is seen and our approach is understood? I see oikos as a pioneer. A pioneer reinventing higher education to be transdisciplinary, pluralistic, value-driven and focused on the real-world with students shaping the programs and professors that rather learn together than preach from the book.
How do we make sure that the efforts from a view turn into collective action? I see oikos as a playground. A playground where we can try things, fail hard and stand up again, where we imagine new games, learn and grow together. How do we make sure we keep having fun and being playful, even if struggles are real? I see oikos as a bonfire. A bonfire where people gather around to connect through diversity, to share brave stories of vulnerability and to feel inspired to act from their heart. How can we open ourselves to others, while keeping the intimacy of a safe space? I see oikos as a mycelium. A mycelium that connects students, researchers, faculty, businesses, coaches and partner organizations and that is able to re-allocate resources to where they are needed the most.
How can we become more innovative in finding new (financial) resources and more effectiveness in transporting them through our network? I see oikos as a living organism. A living organism that is ever changing, human-centric, self-organized and finding its own way to become teal organization (cf. Frederic Laloux). How can we make sure that we do not lose our stability while we are in a constant state of transformation? oikos continues to be a world leading student organization for sustainable transformation!
These are just the snippets of the exciting stories of the four candidates, you can read more about them in the materials oikos chapters were provided with via email!
Do you want to be at the heart of the biggest conference on sustainable cities in Europe? Join Urban Future Global Conference this June 21-23 in Stuttgart as a volunteer!
Our partner @Urban Future. invites oikees to apply for a volunteer and get a unique chance to meet amazing urban changemakers, get inspiration and all the insights in sustainable cities. Join the working team on at least one day – then enjoy two days of free access to all of UF23.
But don’t forget about a discounted student ticket if you want to get a full experience and become one of the 2500 delegates from all over the world. Last year, a delegation of five oikees went to the Urban Future Conference in Helsingbourg and there faces say it all.
Get ready for the Spring Legislative Meeting 2023!
On 22 April we will come together at the Legislative Meeting again to vote on important matters for oikos International! Are you as excited as we are to see who will become the next oikos International co-president 2023-2025?
What is most important to do now?
1. Make sure your chapter is REGISTEREDwith a chapter representative that will join the whole meeting and vote on behalf of your chapter.
Four easy steps to follow:
Clarify in your chapter who will officially represent your chapter
Chapter representatives need to be present (onsite or online) during the whole LM!
2. Check out the agenda and voting items upfront.
As always, we are sharing the agenda as well as information on all voting items with you upfront, so your chapter can take an informed vote during the meeting. All information is available on our Toolbox in G-Drive.
DISCLAIMER: Only oikos email addresses have access to the linked materials! Make sure to be signed in with any oikos email address (e.g. email@example.com), not your personal email address.
Let’s quickly give you an overview over our VOTING ITEMS:
We are excited to share that we have 4 amazing applicants for the co-presidency2023-2025 – Asha, Kristina, Mahmoud & Michael! You’ll find their short video introductions, motivation letters, visions as well as CVs in this folder.
Our pro-bono partner Mazars was kind enough to do our auditing again! Find our Auditors Reports 2021 & 2022 in this folder which have to be approved during the meeting.
Are we ready to go? – Not yet! We’d like to share the link to our voting form already. It is locked until the official voting during the Legislative Meeting on April 22nd 2023.For more information about the Legislative Meeting, its purpose & importance and more, check out the email we sent on March 21st and the Constitution of oikos International.
Our diverse community of student changemakers is always thriving with action and innovative ideas towards sustainability. The work of our chapters, may it be recurring events or new initiatives, deserves the spotlight and to be showcased & celebrated.
We are launching the second edition of the oikos Community Impact Contest as a participatory, fun and engaging way to invite our chapters to showcase and celebrate their accomplishments and share it with the rest of the oikos community.
We wish to celebrate the incredible effort and the impact our chapters are creating at their local campus and beyond through this unique opportunity to present their work to a wider audience. Our students deserve the spotlight, because their projects are just one sign for the unstoppable drive for change within our community.
In order to do so, oikos International has developed the oikos Impact Matrix. It is a tool to track & trace the impact of our whole community, with a focus on real-time accountability and the stories behind our work. Next to oikos International initiatives, chapter projects play a special role in this showcase.
The oikosCommunity Impact Contest is a fun, participatory and engaging way to invite our chapters into co-creating the matrix as it gives them an opportunity to share their most important projects. While celebrating each other’s work, this will provide a platform to learn, exchange and get inspired within & beyond the oikos community.
To host a truly meaningful contest, we call you – all oikos Chapters – to participate boldly!
Participate: Hand in all projects that you would like to share with our global oikos community, by filling this form(10-15 mins). This way, you will get a chance to share the work of your chapter with the world. Tell us your story behind the project and inspire some hearts from the community. You can be as creative as you wish 🙂
Vote: The community will get to vote during the International Chapter Conference (ICC) (20.4 – 22.4) where each and every oikee will be able to vote online on their preferred projects and initiatives. The voting will be held online and available for everyone, regardless if they’re attending the conference or not.
Celebration & Publication: The initiatives with the most votes from four categories (learning, leading, living & organizing) will be announced during the Legislative Meeting on the ICC (22.4.2022) and will be presented on the oikos International website. There will be a special price for all listed initiatives 😉 Only thing left : CELEBRATION!
On 30th March 2023, the Transforming Education Squad held a “Semester Kick-off Call “that brought together 9 oikees from 4 different oikos chapters. The agenda of the meeting included a check-in, an overview of the purpose and mission of the TE Squad, a session by Sophie Charrios on “Transforming Education – Why you have all you need to change your school & how to find allies on the way“, and a checkout session with harvesting our learnings.
oikees from Barcelona, Vienna, Graz, Warsaw and Kano chapters
The meeting began with a check-in, where each participant had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share what brought them to the Transforming Education Squad meet up. The attendees came from diverse backgrounds and had different levels of experience with sustainable education, but they all shared a common passion for creating a more sustainable future through education.
After the check-in, Navya Shivaprakash shared the purpose and mission of the Transforming Education Squad to the members. The purpose of the group is to create a collaborative community of like minded oikees who are passionate about sustainability and transforming education. The mission of the group is to empower oikees and the chapters by providing a safe and supportive space for peer-peer learning, sharing best practices and access to resources that support integration of sustainability into education.
The group then moved on to a reflection session from Sophie Charrios, oikos International. where participants were asked to reflect on 3 important statements:
Good reasons Not to embark on transforming your own education to reflect and learn to shake off negative connotations, open up to possibility
Where to start? A round of Rob Hopkins “yes and” to learn that change can happen very fast! > once you have the right teams & allies, it can actually go within 1 semester to implement a new course!
What are good questions to ask for inviting your fellow students, professors, university faculty, local government, local businesses, into the important work of transforming your own education
Miro board activity on “Good reasons Not to embark on transforming your own education.”
During the session, the squad members had silent conversations that helped to deepen the conversation and provided an opportunity to reflect, seek solutions, share insights, and learn from each other’s experiences.
Finally, the meeting ended with a checkout, where each participant had the opportunity to share what they had learnt and any key takeaways from the meeting. Some of the key takeaways that we harvested are community support, inspiring sessions, continuous effort, like-minded people, persistence towards our goal.
Overall, the Transforming Education Squad meet up was a valuable experience for all attendees. The meeting provided an opportunity for oikees from different chapters to connect, share their experiences, and work together towards creating a more sustainable future through education.
Reflection and silent conversation session hosted by Sophie Charrios, oikos International.
The next TE Squad call is taking place on Thursday 27 April at 4pm CEST which is going to explore deeper a whole new topic! Stay tuned for more information.