Open Lecture at the University of St. Gallen
Youth and Society – How Youth Work facilitates Active Citizenship for Sustainability
Date: 11th of October, 2017
Time: 10:15 – 12:00
Location: University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 50, 9000 St. Gallen
Room: Main Building, Hörsaal, 01-012
Young leaders in sustainability come together in St. Gallen
– for 30 years and counting
For 30 years, the student organisation oikos has been working towards more sustainable economic practices on and off university campuses. The organisation was founded at the University of St. Gallen in 1987 and has since then grown into an international network of 42 committed chapters, with 1200 active members. To celebrate the milestone of existing for three decades oikos is bringing together members of the community (active ones, as well as alumni and partners) for a series of events in the second week of October. The 30 year celebrations include the FutureLab, the annual international conference of the network (12th October), the oikos Conference on Sustainable Investment, organised by the St. Gallen chapter (13th October) and finally an Alumni Day (14th October).
Before the celebrations kick off a smaller, particularly committed group of oikos members comes together as part of the organisation’s leadership development project. LEAP is a participant-driven personal development program, designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible in their decision-making and to equip them with the insights, knowledge and tools do so. Using methodologies of exploring, sharing-practicing and reflecting, it consists of five webinars with renown responsible leadership experts, such as Prof. Robert E. Quinn from the University of Michigan, seven peer-to-peer calls, six one-on-one coaching sessions, three written reflections and two on-site meetings over a period of nine months. The first of these two meetings will take place from the 7th to 11th October in Kreuzlingen, as a five day long workshop. Sponsored by Movetia, the LEAP Meeting will support the oikos members to refine the strategy of their chapters and develop essential leadership skills, such as active listening.
The meeting culminates in an open lecture at the University of St. Gallen, entitled Youth and Society – How Youth Work facilitates Active Citizenship for Sustainability. As a network leader in youth engagement for sustainability, oikos brings together organizations with a similar vision, including rootAbility, GRLI and National Union of Students – UK, to open up a conversation about the role of youth work in society at large. oikos formally invites members of the public to attend this lecture and join in in the discussion. It will take place 11th October 2017 at 10.15 at the University of St. Gallen (Main Building, Hörsaal, 01-012).
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