“Berlin is a ‘hotspot’ for everyone interested in sustainability – be it related to academia or work.”, says Axel Bozier, who is organizing the second meeting of Berlin-based oikos alumni in April. No wonder that there are plenty of oikees from all generations in the German capital.
Axel is alumnus of the oikos Chapter in Reims and has teamed up with Sophie Reinbold, who continues her studies in Berlin after having been a member of oikos Tübingen in Germany’s academic south. They want to use the opportunity in Berlin to strengthen the oikos network. The first meeting of 2017 took place in January (pictured).
“It’s especially interesting to see that alumni from eight different oikos Chapters came together”, Axel says. “They fell right back into the oikos mode: intensive exchanges, but a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.” Sophie and Axel are excited to keep the momentum going and invite interested alumni to the next meeting on April 7. You can join the conversation on Facebook. We’re also looking forward to see where these informal meetings may lead, perhaps to the founding of a new Chapter in Berlin.
The oikos ambassadors, a gathering of alumni who take the lead in international alumni activities are working to open new Chapters in cities where alumni form a larger group – Paris among them.
Cities with oikos Chapters and alumni can also be a platform for exchange: oikos Warsaw’s Christmas Dinner was another opportunity for oikos alumni to interact with each other. Mikolaj Dujinski and Kate Negacz were joined by oikos St. Gallen alumnus and new addition to the Swiss embassy in Warsaw, Guido Beltrani. Together with the current members, the alumni engaged in conversations about their oikos experience, past events, and plans for the future semester. Another meeting, engaging more alumni, is planned in spring.