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30 seconds with Janina Hoffmann

09 March 2019 | News

Janina Hoffmann is an oikos Reutlingen alumna who recently joined our Marketing and Communications Working Group (WG). She is a dedicated, hard-working sustainability-enthusiast and fashion buff. Janina also worked on the new look of our newsletter. I joined the WG to support oikos with my graphic design skills. I wanted to gain practical insights about marketing for a sustainable organization and find possibilities to make the communication of oikos more influential. Furthermore, I am really eager to improve my manner of communicating about Sustainability. Generally, I am exploring and still searching for new ways for delivering sustainability topics to other people. In brief, I want to understand what the right balance between talking about the problem and talking about a... »

Project Evaluation: What do you need to consider?

06 March 2019 | News

Project evaluation is an integral part of project management. Often, it is associated with the final stages of a project, but in reality, from the very moment you start thinking and developing a project idea, you also constantly evaluate it. If you and your team develop excellent project management skills, you might not need to have project evaluation as a separate process, but excelling at project management is only possible if evaluation is enshrined in its every aspect. Definition Evaluation is the systematic and objective assessment of an ongoing or completed project, program or policy, its design, implementation, and results. Why is evaluation important? Evaluation helps get better project results: Progress review and evaluation tools make deadlocks, overruns,... »

Driving change at universities: oikos Reutlingen gets rid off disposable cups on their campus

21 February 2019 | News

Get inspired by this amazing story from oikos Reutlingen, where our passionate oikos members fought and won to permanently ban the use of disposable cups on their campus. Learn from their experience and create a disposable-cup free zone at your university. Everyone can be a part of the change towards a more just and sustainable future – start by saying no to disposable cups! Anatomy of the project Goal: The goal of oikos Reutlingen’s undertaking was simple to ban non-reusable cups at the Reutlinger campus. The road to accomplishing the goals was not simple, but they were determined and started their campaign by raising awareness on how much waste is generated through the students’ weekly coffee consumption. The... »

oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics translated to Italian

07 February 2019 | News | Economics, Education

We are proud to announce that our oikos guide to pluralist economics is now available in Italian thanks to the hard work of the members of Rethinking Economics Italia. The guide introduces readers to the wonderful world of pluralist economics, which envisions an economics where a diverse set of theories and methods are taught to students in the undergraduate education. It is a great tool for self or group study, and is used in an interactive workshop that helps students get into the shoes of different types of economists. The guide was created last year by J.Christopher Proctor in his role as the oikos Associate. The translation was done by the members of Rethinking Economics Padova and Torino.... »

30 seconds with Stefano Ramelli

05 February 2019 | News

Stefano Ramelli has been with oikos since 2016 when he became a PhD fellow at the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. As his fellowship came to the end in January 2019, Stefano looked back at his oikos journey in this thoughtful letter. Before moving to Zurich in January 2016, I was working in Milan — my hometown — in the field of sustainable finance. It is a very interesting industry, but after a few years of happy professional activity, I started feeling the need for a new challenge, of a more thoughtful and critical understanding of the complex links between finance, our society and the environment. At that time, I had also... »