Watch impressions from the FutureLab 2016

  • About the FutureLab

    The FutureLab is a Learning Platform and Conference for our member base, our Alumni, our partners, faculty and stakeholders. Once a year we convene in St. Gallen to advance topics close to our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. With six successful years of experience we look forward to celebrate the oikos 30-year anniversary with a big event in the fall of 2017. Use this page to learn more! Registrations will open in late April 2017.

    oikos is turning 30 this year. We celebrate with a two-and-a-half event in St. Gallen, Switzerland, bringing together the global oikos community: Our members and alumni, advisors and faculty, partners and supporters, from 30 years of impact.

    oikos FutureLab

    Thu, October 12

    The oikos FutureLab is organized by international oikos members and the oikos management team. It convenes the whole oikos community and furthers the oikos mission: bringing sustainability into management and economics education. Helped by top-class speakers and member-led breakout sessions, in 2017 we will explore what we can do to make the world a better place in 2047.


    9:00 – 18:30, followed by dinner


    Pfalzkeller, St. Gallen

    oikos Conference

    Fri, October 13

    The oikos Conference is the oldest project of our Chapter in St. Gallen. For the 29th time, they will invite high-level speakers on a theme of topicality and relevance. For the special occasion of our 30 year anniversary, the timing of the oikos Conference matches the FutureLab and 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, St. Gallen

    oikos Alumni

    Sat, October 14

    For alumni, it is one of the great pleasures to indulge in conversation with old friends: There is so much to catch up on! And just like our alumni, oikos members are eager to follow up on ideas and conversations of the past two days and create action plans for cross-chapter activities. Saturday’s morning will be all about meeting old friends and making new connections that last. More info tbd.


    10:30 – 13:00 TBD


    [TBD], St. Gallen

  • About the FutureLab

    The FutureLab is a Learning Platform and Conference for our member base, our Alumni, our partners, faculty and stakeholders. Once a year we convene in St. Gallen to advance topics close to our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. With six successful years of experience we look forward to celebrate the oikos 30-year anniversary with a big event in the fall of 2017.

    In 2017 we will think about 2047

    2017 brought to daylight the fragility of democracy. It will likely be the hottest year since the beginning of recordings, as 2014, 2015, and 2016 have previously been. On the other hand, governments have made the biggest pledge to curb emissions to date at COP21. Businesses are being pushed and pulled in the right direction, too. But what the world will look like remains a matter of uncertainty.

    For thirty years, 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. While we take stock of and celebrate our achievements, the conference will also explore what we can do over the course of the next 5 years to influence where we stand in thirty years.

  • About the Conference

    The oikos conference is the biggest project of oikos St.Gallen and has been a fixture in the calendar of the University of St. Gallen for more than 20 years. Every year, students, experts, and practitioners meet to discuss current and future trends in sustainable economics and management.
    The conference took place for the first time in 1988 on the topic of “environment-oriented business management”. In its approach, it was the first of its kind in the german-speaking region – which made oikos a forerunner in raising public awareness for sustainability aspects at university level.

    In 2017….

    Please note

    When you apply for the 30-year anniversary FutureLab, you will automatically apply also to the oikos Conference at no extra cost. If you’d only like to stay for the FutureLab on Thursday, you can select this option in our application form. If you would only like to attend the oikos Conference, please visit the website of oikos St. Gallen.
  • Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
    14.30-22.30 Check-in at the Hotel one66
    Hotel Address: Hotel one66, Alte Bildstrasse, 9015 St. Gallen
    TBD Legislative Meeting
    19.30-21.30 Dinner
    Thursday, 12th October, 2017
    08.30-10.30 Registration
    Venue Address: Pfalzkeller
    09.00-10.00 Parallel Meetings
    09.00-10.00     Members Meeting
    09.00-10.00     Alumni Meeting
    09.00-10.30     Partners Meeting
    10.00-10.30 Break
    10.30 Welcome
    10.30-11.30 Keynote Session
    In this session our keynote speakers will address this year's conference theme.
    Speakers: TBD
    11.30-12.30 Breakout Session: Workshops
    These workshops tackle challenges related to the conference topic with a strong future development focus. They are organized and led by our members.
    12.30-14.00 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Breakout Session: Workshops II
    16.00-16.30 Break
    16.30-17.30 Panel
    Experts discuss with the audience.
    17.30-18.30 Workshop outcomes presentation
    18.30-19.00 Impact Walk towards the restaurant
    19.00-22.00 Dinner
    Friday, October 13th, 2017
    Stay tuned for more information.
    Saturday, October 14th, 2017
    Stay tuned for more information.

  • Levan Pangani

    Levan Pangani

    Turana Aliyeva

    Turana Aliyeva



    Adrian von Jagow

    Adrian von Jagow

    Levan Pangani

    Levan studied his Bachelor and Master studies in Economics at Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and Lodz University (Poland).

    He was Executive Board member of oikos International from 2012 till 2016. He founded oikos Tbilisi in 2011, where he served as the president of the local chapter. He was founder and director of oikos Summer Schools, chief organizer of the first oikos CEE Regional Meeting in 2012.

    He has several years of managerial experience, working as a head of some local organizations in Georgia. His area of interest is sustainable development of economics, as well as in-depth research of other fields connected to it. His efforts to increase awareness of sustainability across Georgia and Caucasus Region are widely recognized and talked about by academia in Georgia.  In his free time he likes to travel, hike and play basketball.

    Turana Aliyeva

    Turana Alieva is undergraduate student of International Relations at Baku Engineers’ University (ex-Qafqaz University). While working as a communications officer assistant at UNDP Azerbaijan, she has realized the importance of SDGs and got interested in sustainable development, which later served as a motivation to join the oikos Baku in 2016. Currently she is an executive board member of oikos Baku. Turana is interested in politics, psychology, philosophy and other related fields. She believes that we can and we should shape our tomorrow today, so she is very passionate about bringing positive changes to this world.



    Adrian von Jagow

    Adrian is a world citizen, passionate about most things: oikos, China, and good conversations, to name a few. He studied International Economics and Sinology at the University of Tübingen, where he joined the local oikos chapter in 2012 and later served as president. In July 2016 he joined the oikos management team full time. His involvement in oikos is motivated by his own academic experience: too often he finds himself confronted with outdated teaching methods, a narrow and singular curriculum and seemingly intractable professors. Sustainability for him resembles empathy – it’s an imperative; and a lack thereof is at the heart of most problems.

  • Registration will open in late April 2017. Stay tuned for further information!

  • oikos FutureLab 2016

    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

    learn more: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2016/

    oikos FutureLab 2015

    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.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2015/

    oikos FutureLab 2014

    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.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2014/

    oikos FutureLab 2013

    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.

    More information: http://oikos-international.org/programmes/futurelab/oikos-futurelab-2013/

    oikos FutureLab 2012

    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/

    oikos FutureLab 2011

    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.

Applications will open in late April.

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Find pictures, videos and articles from the FutureLab 2016.

If you are interested to know what has occured during the FutureLab 2015, check out the Publication of Ideas here


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