FutureLab 2014 – Where ideas are born

02 December 2014 | News

The oikos FutureLab 2014 saw more than 120 participants from 18 countries, belonging to diverse fields and backgrounds gather at a unique forum for idealization and impact. The participants included not just students but oikos alumni, NGO representatives, top-notch faculty members and an extensive array of partners who support our initiatives. The FutureLab kicked-off with a session entitled “Building the Bridge”. The former President, Lenka Parkanova, and current President, Anita Negri, shared their journeys and led chapter presidents to collectively share oikos’ current impact and aspirations. In this process chapter presidents created the first building blocks of our bridge towards sustainability in economics and management. This bridge would later also link all the Learning Circles and offer a... »

Student Reporter becomes Pro Journo. Congratulations!

08 November 2014 | News

What started in 2009 as an exploratory project to bring student voices to reporting on international sustainability conferences is taking wings: Our Student Reporter programme becomes Pro Journo. Congratulations! Student Reporter emerged from a cooperation between oikos and the Mercator Foundation Switzerland in 2009, bringing together 10 students as online reporters to the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2011, two years and several reporting projects later, oikos PhD Fellow Tim Lehmann took the initiative to a next level and established Student Reporter as an ongoing oikos programme. Since then, he and his colleagues – in particular Sunmin Kim who joined the team in 2012 and became the programme’s managing editor in 2013 – developed the initiative... »

Economics Learning Circle Updates

24 October 2014 | News | Economics

The Economics Learning Circle Does continuous upscaling of production and consumption allow economies to live within their ecological limits? Is technological efficiency the adequate answer to cope with rising greenhouse gases and finite resources? Do societies really have to permanently “grow or die”? Within the Economics Learning Circle we will discuss these questions and focus on the challenges of our current economic system. The growing Degrowth-Movement opposes the primacy of growth and tries to find alternatives to the system – not least to foster social equity and to create resilient ecosystems. As the movement pushes sustainability goals, we want to particularly draw attention to its content, its history and its main actors. Moreover, we will discuss in how... »

Leadership Learning Circle Updates

21 October 2014 | News | Education, Leadership

The Leadership Learning Circle  “My name is Claude and I have the pleasure to serve as the coordinator of this circle. Being, sort of, a dinosaur with some 25 years of oikos experience in my backpack, I am absolutely convinced that oikos chapters are living laboratories for leadership development. Yet, at least during my time as the president of oikos St.Gallen, I did not unleash the learning opportunities flowing from our many projects, roles and diverse community. A little reflection here, and a smart tweak in the process there, would certainly have allowed us to grow more and have more impact. I am sure, you are doing better      😉 To explore and capture this treasure is... »

Finance Learning Circle Updates

17 October 2014 | News | Education, Finance

The Finance Learning Circle Finance is at the core of sustainability – or lack thereof. Capital flows are a key factor in the development of our societies. Ensuring that they reflect long-term economic, social and environmental criteria is critical. As a result, what is being taught in finance classes and the research that is developed in finance institutes is a big deal. Making sustainability an integral part of this is essential. We – a group of oikos members and alumni – want to contribute towards reaching this goal. Our session at the FutureLab will focus on the integration of sustainability in finance and on how to promote such integration in teaching and research of finance schools. We will... »