30 seconds with the oikos Executive Board 2019

12 December 2018 | News

Dear oikos community, What a turbulent month since we came together to celebrate the FutureLab in Geneva and became part of the new oikos international board. When thinking back, we still can feel the ambition and excitement in the room and we are really grateful for your trust and great commitment. But who are actually the persons behind the superficial presentations you listened to? Well, there’s CLEMENTINE, the mother of the household who’s burning the midnight oil; ALEXIS, the master of time, creating her own time zone while being omnipresent in all oikos communication channels; JAKOB who best knows how to keep the balance between cutting the corners and the costs while hitting the roads of France with his bike;... »

LEAP Webinar: becoming radical, ethical and authentic Transpersonal Leader

11 December 2018 | News

“It is our choices, Harry, that show us what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – and thus Professor Dumbledore gave Harry his first Transpersonal Leadership advice. Indeed, our choices shape us and the world we live in, but how do we reach decisions? What do we consider and what should we consider in order to make the right choices? And how should we lead in order to render the right decision-making possible? These are some of the questions tackled in our webinar on Transpersonal Leadership. John Knights, our invited speaker, an international thought leader, and coach explained: “Transpersonal Leaders operate beyond their ego, continuing personal development and learning. They are radical, ethical and authentic while... »

Francophone Meeting: Discussing sustainability and innovation in agriculture

09 December 2018 | News

On the weekend of 16th to 18th November, French-speaking members and alumni from oikos Lausanne, St Gallen, Reims, Brussels, Leipzig and Moscow gathered in Lausanne for the third edition of the Francophone meeting, to discuss sustainability and innovations in agriculture and the food supply chain. Aurélien G. Démaurex, CEO of Ecorobotix, presented the challenges of modern-day weeding. His company makes small robots that target weeds locally using complex algorithms. They reduce the number of used chemicals by 90%, and avoid soil compacting, unlike big agricultural machines. The founders of New Roots explained how they use traditional cheese-making processes but with plant-based resources in order to make cheese without animal sources. They use cashews as the main ingredient and... »

Alumni Get Together: Reminiscing about the oikos experience

04 December 2018 | News

oikos is a dynamic place that welcomes students from all walks of life. As a student’s university life inevitably comes to an end, so should their time as active oikos member. But for many of our former members, the bond they create with the organization and fellow oikees is too strong to be merely forgotten. oikos Alumni take part in our international activities as participants and speakers. Often, they get together in the informal setting to discuss their favorite topic of sustainability and reminisce about their time at oikos. Recently, oikos alumni met in Brussels on December 3rd, in Zurich on November 23th, in Vienna on November 20th and in Basel on November 11th. If you are one of... »

LEAP Meeting 2018: sharing experiences for a better world

28 November 2018 | News

From 19th to 25th of October 2018, oikos members, alumni and partners came together in a beautiful village of Leysin, in Vaudois Alps, where they immersed in the development journey made up of lots of energetic discussions, poignant and heartfelt exchanges, impact-driven workshops, and brilliantly funny and invigorating energizers. The LEAP Meeting is a kick-off point for a larger, 9 month-long development program that engulfs participants, and urges them to reflect on their experiences in order to grow and become responsible leaders at a forefront of sustainable development. To render this ambitious task possible, LEAP created a complex web of activities directed at personal, professional and societal development, moreover it put participants in charge of defining the character... »