Global Climate Strike: Exploring the transformative power of the movement

16 October 2019 | General, News

We take a look back at Climate Strikes in September through the eyes of oikos members who joined millions of fellow young people on the streets and raised their voices for a sustainable future. We see how this global action continues to help us at oikos, and what we do to keep the momentum growing at our universities and communities worldwide. Millions of protesters from Vienna to Tokyo, Copenhagen to Rio de Janeiro, New York to Mumbai took to the streets in September to demand action against climate change. School children and young people at the forefront of the global climate movement expressed their anger at politicians and corporate leaders who had failed to halt the imminent threat... »

Join our team: We are looking for a Leadership and Sustainability Fellow

27 September 2019 | Join Us, News

A collaboration between oikos and swissnex and sponsored by Movetia, the Leadership and Sustainability Fellowship, aims to gather international students and academics to foster innovation in sustainable management and leadership education, through the oikos-designed “Students Creating Curriculum for Sustainability” project. oikos is us. We are an international, student-led non-profit organization for sustainability in economics and management. Founded in 1987 in Switzerland, we empower student change agents worldwide to embed sustainability in academia and from there into day-to-day business, government, and personal activities. Our programs integrate environmental and social perspectives in economics and management education and equip our members with the necessary tools to become today and tomorrow’s responsible leaders. swissnex Brazil, our new partner, is a platform for the exchange of knowledge... »

30 seconds with the LEAP Advanced Cohort 2018/2019

04 September 2019 | News

We spend years in classrooms studying facts and complicated theories, but one thing we are never taught is how to have a fulfilling life. Our Leadership Development Program – LEAP bridges the gap. It challenges participants to reflect on their inner selves and inspires action. In the September edition of our “30 seconds with” segment, some of our LEAP Advanced 2018/2019 shared their thoughts about the program and described the impact it had on their lives. Hannah Muther, oikos Graz “Before I started my studies in Graz I did not consider myself a balanced person. Not that I am perfectly balanced now, but I live much more in harmony and peace with myself. Yet, getting where I am... »

LEAP Advanced: At the outset of a life long journey

19 August 2019 | News

The LEAP Advanced is a training program designed to empower and educate better leaders for a sustainable tomorrow. Applications for the Advanced Cohort 2019/2020 are now open. In this brief article, LEAP advanced participants Gregory Vrient and Katharina Buiten describe their LEAP journey and insights on leadership. Our journey spanned across 9 months and included monthly webinars, peer-to-peer and individual coaching calls. While the webinars provided theoretical knowledge on leadership, coaching calls and three written reflections help the participants develop their practical skills through discussions and exercises. An unforgettable part of the program are on-site meetings, where the participants from across the globe gather together. This year, Leysin (Switzerland) and Belgrade (Serbia) were chosen as destination points of the... »

30 seconds with Carlos Vargas

05 August 2019 | News

This month, we ask you to take 30 seconds to meet Carlos Vargas, former oikos PhD fellow in Sustainable Finance (2017). During his time at oikos, Carlos was also responsible for running the oikos Case Writing Competition and was involved in other programs such as the PhD Academy and the Future Lab. Today, Carlos is a professor of Finance at EGADE Business School at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. He also teaches at Harvard Summer and Extension Schools.  In this brief letter, Carlos reminisces his oikos experience and discusses his insights on sustainable finance. In 2015, when I was planning to start my PhD in 2015, I found out about oikos while looking for Case Studies on Sustainable... »