oikos is turning 30 this year! Since 1987, oikos student members and alumni, as well as our supporters, have made an effort to shape the future development of economics and management towards a more just and ecological world. On the occasion of oikos’ 30th anniversary, we will take stock of and celebrate our achievements with 3 main events in St. Gallen, Switzerland, bringing together the global oikos community from 30 years of impact: our members and alumni, advisors and faculty, partners and supporters.
Shaping Tomorrow Today
Thu, October 12thThe oikos FutureLab is our annual flagship event to gather the global oikos family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. It is not only a meeting to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. In 2017, it is also the launchpad for the celebration of our 30th anniversary and for kicking off the next decade of oikos initiatives.
9:00 – 18:30, followed by a Gala dinner
Pfalzkeller, St. Gallen
Fri, October 13thThe oikos Conference is the oldest project of our Chapter in St. Gallen. For the 29th time, we will invite high-level speakers to share their expertise on Sustainable Investment. For the special occasion of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, the oikos Conference will be held the day after the FutureLab, and all of the oikos community is invited to attend both events. Through this page, you can apply for both days!
9:00 – 17:30, followed by a party
Aula of the University of St.Gallen
Workshops and Networking
Sat, October 14For the oikos alumni, it is a great opportunity to indulge in conversation with old friends. There is so much to catch up on! With this supplementary day, oikos alumni can participate in workshops and networking activities. Saturday morning includes a brunch and the rest of the day will be all about meeting old friends, reliving cherished memories, and making new connections that last. More info to be announced.
10:30 – 16:00 (TBD)
University of St.Gallen
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 - Legislative Meeting 14.30 Check-in at Hotel one66 (Address: Alte Bildstrasse, 9015 St. Gallen) 16:00 Legislative Meeting
The Meeting will take place at the St. Gallen Parliament
Location: Hotel one66
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 - oikos FutureLab oikos FutureLab Venue: Pfalzkeller 08.00 Welcome Coffee and Registration 09:00 Welcome Message 1. Levan Pangani
President of oikos International
2. Dr. Paschen von Flotow
Co-founder of oikos; Chairman and Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Institute (SBI)
09:30 Keynote Speeches
"How can business and economics be used as a force for good?"
1. Michael Gerber
Ambassador, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Topic: Sustainable Development Goals and Business Schools
2. Peter Lacy
Managing Director for Growth, Strategy, and Sustainability, Accenture
Topic: Digital Revolution and the Circular Economy
3. Sophia Tickell
Founder and Director, Meteos
Topic: Acting on What We Know - Embedding Societal Expectations and Environmental Awareness in Finance
10:30 Group Photo 10:35 Break 11:00 Parallel Workshops, Part I
These workshops tackle contemporary sustainability challenges that are crucial to the development of the sustainability agenda of the decades to come. They are organized and led by our members. Learn more about our topics below.
1. Human Rights and the Supply Chain: Hofkeller;
2. Artificial Intelligence & its Implications for Sustainability: Schulungsraum 311;
3. Food Security in a Changing World: Sitzungszimmer 308;
4. oikos – Perspectives of Feminist Ecological Economics: Sitzungszimmer 315;
5. Past and Future of Economics - (How) Can we shape the economy?: Pfalzkeller (left side);
6. Achieving Sustainability in the Face of Rapid Urbanization: Tafelzimmer 200;
7. Diversifying the Economic Toolkit: Pluralist Economics for the 21st Century: Lesezimmer 215a;
12:30 Lunch 14:00 Parallel Workshops, Part II 15:30 Break 16:00 Project Exchange
Here is the chance for the oikos community to showcase their projects and to propose new ideas.
16:45 Workshop Summaries 17:00 Panel Discussion
Three experts from education, social entrepreneurship and economics/academia will tackle the topic, "What reforms are needed to transform economics and management education, and what role can oikos play in this reform?"
1. Giselle Weybrecht
Advisor, author, speaker, thought leader, social entrepreneur
2. Shannon Music
Executive Director, VIVA Idea
3. J. Christopher Proctor
oikos Associate on "Pluralist Economics" and Network Organizer for Rethinking Economics
Energy Analyst, Global Climate Partnership Fund, responsAbility Investments AG
President oikos International 2011
18:00 Wrap-up 18:45 Walk to Restaurant 19:00 Anniversary Dinner
Location: Restaurant Lagerhaus
Friday, October 13th, 2017 - oikos Conference oikos Conference Venue: University of St. Gallen 08:00 Welcome Coffee and Registration 09:00 Keynote Speech
Sustainable Investment - An Introduction
Speaker: Sabine Döbeli (CEO Swiss Sustainable Finance)
09:45 Input Speeches
Speaker: Reto Ringger (CEO & Founder - Globalance Bank)
10:30 Break 11:00 Input Speeches
Speaker: Nico Frey (Account Director Corporate Relations - WWF)
11:45 Input Speeches
Speaker: Sona Stadtelmeyer-Petru (ESG & Responsible Investing - Allianz)
12:30 Lunch 14:00 Workshops 1. Credit Suisse: TBD
2. RobecoSAM: Sustainability Integration in Equity Analysis
3. Safra Sarasin: Impact Investing across Asset Classes
4. Prof. Dr. Sebastian Utz - Trading Simulation
16:30 Break 17:00 Panel Discussion
Future Developments and Challenges of Sustainable Investments
Amandine Favier (Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance - WWF)
Benoît Lallemand (Secretary General - Finance Watch)
Caroline Flammer (Assistant Professor - Boston University)
Yvonne Suter (Head Sustainable Investment - Credit Suisse)
Michael Diaz (Head Investing - Alternative Bank Schweiz)
18:00 Apéro 20:00 Celebration Party Saturday, October 14th, 2017 - Alumni Day Alumni Day Venue: University of St. Gallen (Main Building, Room 01-011 10:00 Alumni Brunch and Networking 11:00 Ice-Breaking Activity: “Speed Dating” 12:00 oikos Update 12:30 “How to do Strategy” oikos Case Study 13:00 Break-out Sessions
13:40 Change to 2nd Session 14:30 Wrap-up / Closing / Q&A 15:00 Apéro and oikos Alumni Music JamThe Program is tentative and subject to change. Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed.
FutureLab – “Shaping Tomorrow Today”
Ambassador, Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
oikos Conference – “Sustainable Investment”
The oikos 30th Anniversary events will bring together a diverse representation of the oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapters, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners to join us in October in St. Gallen.
The oikos 30th Anniversary events are an invitation only event and the most active and committed oikos members are invited. We aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us.
Chapter presidents are invited to select their chapters’ most active members and encourage them to apply. Since there are usually more applications than spaces, the organizing team may select chapter members.
A first complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 3 July 2017. If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before this date.
The second complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 21 August 2017.
Registration deadline: 18 August 2017
The student participation fee is 80 CHF, to be paid after acceptance of your application. Please pay only after acceptance of your application!
The fee includes:
Accommodation (check in 11.10.2017/check out 14.10.2017) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from St Gallen, Switzerland.
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of the conference. The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before the start of the conference.
Payment deadline 1st Round: 15 July 2017
Payment deadline 2nd Round: 1 September 2017
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here.
The oikos 30th Anniversary gathers representatives from the entire community. Therefore, you, alumnus/a, faculty member, young scholar, advisor of one of our chapters or partner are cordially invited to register to our anniversary celebration in st. Gallen, Switzerland.
Registration deadline: 30 September 2017
If you need a visa, we encourage you to apply before.
The participation fee for non-student members is 80 CHF per day (160 CHF for the all anniversary events). The fee includes lunches on the 12th, 13th and 14th, dinner on the 12th and 13th, Anniversary Party on 13th, coffee-breaks and a social event. 14th is free for oikos Alumni.
You are welcome to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of a great price. In addition, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. In case you want to stay in another hotel, please reserve your own accommodation.
Some of the students in St. Gallen might offer an extra bed or couch for our visitors. Although not guaranteed, we will try our best to find you a couch upon request. Please express your interest in the registration form.
Please make the payment only after acceptance of your application.
Payment deadline: 30 September 2017
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference (November 6th). The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before start of the conference.
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here
Venues:The Pfalzkeller is located below the old monastery of St. Gallen, which is now used by the provincial government. The cellar is a unique structure, combining a centuries-old vault with a modern auditorium. Its location in the city center makes it the ideal venue for the FutureLab 2017. Its beautiful architecture will provide the perfect environment for our party on Friday night.EntranceAuditoriumDancefloorThe University of St. Gallen is not only widely regarded as one of the best business schools in Europe, it’s also the birthplace of oikos! There couldn’t be a better venue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of oikos. What’s more, the university is a fine example of the 1960s béton brut architecture. The oikos Conference will use the well-equipped university “Aula”.Campus LifeAerial View
Sources: https://youknow.ch/nachhilfe_st_gallen and http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1163565&page=42Just a ten minutes ride from the city center is the newly built Hotel one66, which will host our student members in double and triple rooms and our workshop speakers in single rooms. Closeby are many shops and a bus is running directly to the train stations of St. Gallen and Gossau.Outside ViewRooms
Note that as a speaker you may be accommodated at Hotel Dom in the city center of St. Gallen. For more information, visit the website of Hotel Dom.
We have made reservations at the Hotel one66.
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price. Please contact us at .
The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 30 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen (you can pay by credit card). For more details on the schedule, please visit the timetable page.
The oikos Conference 2017 will take place at the Aula of the University, St. Gallen.
Donors and Supporters:We couldn’t do what we do without our partners and donors, who support the work of the oikos Foundation, oikos International and the activities affecting our 1000+ members all year around. We thank them for making events such as this possible. Please find a complete list of our donors here: https://oikos-international.org/about/partners/.
On the occasion of the FutureLab 2017 we are also supported by:
Delinat is at the forefront of supporting and disseminating organic wines and a responsible wine culture in Switzerland and Europe. They started 37 years ago with the vision that butterflies may return to the vineyards of Europe, a sign for biodiversity on the slopes and fields. Today they offer a variety of 250 wines. We thank them for their continued support of the FutureLab and other oikos events in Switzerland.
Lineupr is a mobile-optimized webpage making it easy to navigate a conference. The start-up supports us for the second year and we’re happy that we can offer our participants an integrated service for all information needed: speakers, venues, schedules.
Protocols or minutes from meetings often end up shelved: unread and forgotten. A protocol using visuals will attract its readers attention and remains interesting to read until the end. Our visual recorder for the FutureLab, Christian Eggenberger from the Innovation Factory with capture important discussions, keynotes and panel debates with his pen and present his work at the end of the conference day. We thank Mr Eggenberger for his support.
The 30th Anniversary celebration is an invitation only event. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners.
If you are an oikos member, the president of your chapter will suggest the most active members, who will also register through our website. The organizing team will then choose the participants based on their applicationand their chapter activity. However, it will also be possible to register for a waiting list without suggestion of your president. Please feel free to register through the tab “Registration”.
Two would be the ideal number of members from each chapter. In case there is an excess of applicants from your chapter, you will be put on a waitlist and we will evaluate the application when the minimum representation criteria from each chapter has been fulfilled.
Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend. We also have a special sessions only for alumni on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, October, 2017.
As a chapter representative you can check in on the evening of October 11th and check out on the morning of October 14th in the Hotel one66.
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the FutureLab opening session starts on Thursday at 9:30 am. For accommodation, we recommend you to stay with us at the Hotel one66. We got a great deal at this hotel and if you would like to, we can reserve your accommodation for you.
If you have any questions, please contact us at to help you with your schedule.
You will receive further info on this matter soon.
You will hear from us by September 5th 2017. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.
You would be required to stay on till the afternoon on October 15th 2017.
Yes, you can do so. However, please inform us whenever you make such changes.
More information soon about the registration.
The deadline is September 1st, 2017 for student members and September 10th for the other participants.
Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.
Yes, you can make the payment via bank transfer as well. Following are our account details that you’ll need:
IBAN: CH49 0025 4254 L024 6142 0
BIC (Swift): UBSWCHZH80A
Account Number: 254-L0246142.0
Clearing Number: 254
oikos-Stiftung fuer Oekonomie und Oekologie
9000 St. Gallen
Postfach, CH 9001 St Gallen
Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion – http://www.oanda.com
80 CHF includes your accommodation in double room at the hotel one66 (check-in: 11.10.2017 and check-out: 14.10.2017) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from the city where you are currently living.
We have made reservations at the Hotel one66 –
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, you are welcome to stay with us at this Hotel one66. We can make a reservation for you and you can take advantage of great price.
The best way would be take a train from the airport. The IC/ICN trains run frequently and take approximately 55 minutes, charging 28 CHF for the ride from the airport to St. Gallen. For more details on the schedule, please visit the following page – http://www.sbb.ch
The oikos Conference 2017 will take place at the Aula of the University, St. Gallen.
oikos Conference Team
Photo Credit: Ⓒ Stuermer Foto
For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was to pursue the implementation of our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. Whilst many understand and talk about the struggle of our educational systems to integrate sustainability and teach for its internalisation, we cease to couple the talk with the walk. A gap can be observed both in the struggle to teach for sustainable change agents and for inciting people to walk their talk in implementing projects that can bring about transformation. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.
Present at the conference were inspirational voices from business, NGOs and learning institutions as well as motivated oikos members from around the world. Watch this video for a quick impression or
The 2015 oikos FutureLab took place on 26 – 28 October (Monday – Wednesday) in the Pfalzkeller in St. Gallen. Its main aim was to create action plans to implement sustainable and relevant education systems, by involving representatives from all parties with an interest in management and economics education. It is, specifically, intended to facilitate the design of learning experiences that are more effective at preparing change agents to address the challenges of the 21st century. This signifies the embedding of sustainability and social perspectives in management and economics education and integrating pluralistic teaching methods.
We are an important step closer to making education matter and could not have done it without more than 120 enthusiastic and driven participants from 20 countries and 4 continents. Now it is time to act in our local chapters. We are looking forward to seeing the next steps, projects and initiatives of the whole oikos community. Check out the Publication of Ideas here.
The 2014 oikos FutureLab took place on 10 – 11 November in St. Gallen. Several projects and initiatives were planned during the oikos FutureLab towards “building a bridge for sustainability in economics and management” together with 120 participants from 18 countries.
For the first time, the oikos FutureLab was organised by a group of seven members from three different chapters worldwide who worked together for eight months. The floor was mainly in the hands of the participants who shaped the gathering. Students, alumni, NGO representatives, faculty members and corporate partners were working together in seven oikos Learning Circles (Economics, Finance, Leadership, Management, Energy, Fashion/Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship) in order to develop projects and initiatives. Speakers included Yuan Yang from Rethinking Economics and Marloes Nichols from Meteos, who spoke about campaigning for sustainability and shared their practical experience, as well as Uwe Lübbermann, founder of Premium Cola, the ecologically friendly and socially just drink producer in Germany who has chosen an organisational structure and strategies at Premium Cola that are in sharp contrast to what we learn in business schools.
The 2013 oikos FutureLab took place on 11 – 12 November in St. Gallen. It focused on “Transforming Education” and on opportunities to drive change at faculties for economics and management. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab offered insights to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities to take oikos to the next level as an effective learning organization – in particular:
- To understand and effectively tap into the learning opportunities already existing in our network.
- To develop a platform for oikos and universities where we are active as learning organizations that foster sustainability leadership skills among their members and audiences.
- To explore what a reference model for sustainability education in economics and management actually could look like, so that we can inspire students, scholars and university administrators.
On 19th and 20th November, 2012, we will welcome oikos members and partners in St. Gallen for the second oikos FutureLab. The 2012 topic is “Impact: Think – Act – Share”. As a central platform for changemakers, the FutureLab will bring together our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects.
The oikos FutureLab will focus on impact and activating our network: What impact do we aim to achieve as individuals? How do we develop a mindset of change? How can we activate our oikos network more effectively to create impact? As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch, to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities for strengthening our impact in the future.
A key feature of the oikos FutureLab will be the Impact Fair, a forum where conference delegates introduce their own projects, and through which they can engage the oikos community to help them further develop their project. Delegates will be invited to present their initiatives by using a theory of change logic during the Project Fair. Background information will be provided prior to the conference.
The Project Fair will be followed by an Open Space to design and develop concrete projects to pursue with the support of the oikos community.
More information: www.oikos-international.org/2012-2/
The oikos FutureLab 2011 is the first oikos event ever to gather our global family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012, we are launching this new platform to provide not only a meeting point to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. With oikos chapters across four continents, alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia, faculty members at leading schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects, we believe it is time to bring all of us together and accelerate the sustainability momentum.
As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch in the long-term, key developments to monitor during the next 12 months, and opportunities for change moving forward. It will take a close look at how the oikos community can strengthen selected projects that are already on their way and provide a launching pad for new initiatives that emerge in the discussions. And it will nurture an ongoing exchange within the oikos community to set agendas, define priorities and join forces to increase impact.
Participation is by invitation only. The event will take place in St. Gallen, Switzerland – where it all started in 1987.