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oikos FutureLab 2015

  • FutureLab 2015 – Make Education Matter

    The oikos FutureLab is the biggest event in the annual oikos calendar which gathers representatives from the entire oikos community. It provides a 2-day platform for 140 participants to inspire, discover and develop joint perspectives on the future of sustainability in management and economics. It leverages our global network of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners for action. It offers a “laboratory” to design initiatives, engage the oikos community in pursuing them and fuel our journey towards higher impact.

    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. At this two-day conference we will create an environment in which:

    • The main issues of management and economics education, as well as the challenges in improving it, are identified;

    • Initiatives and programs that had a positive impact on management and economics education are introduced as best practice examples, while taking the contextual conditions in which they succeeded into account;

    • Students and faculty members are equipped with the tools and confidence to take action and able to connect, collaborate and create plans of action to make learning experiences more meaningful.

    The rationale for this aim is that resourceful students and faculty members often face road-blocks, making it difficult for them to really change education systems. Such barriers include lengthy bureaucratic processes slowing down curricula change but also lacking awareness and concern from within parts of the student-body. The FutureLab 2015 intends to encourage students to take ownership of their learning experiences and to spread this awareness, while simultaneously empowering faculty members to defy the barriers they face in transforming educational programmes and agendas. These realisations are believed to remind all stakeholders of the power of education to tackle the challenges of our complex world and lead to concrete action to actively shape it.

    We hope to achieve these objectives in three main ways:

    Creating dialogues between the previously mentioned stakeholders

    During the FutureLab 2015 we want to bring together representatives of all stakeholder groups, who have an interest in management and economics education. This includes students, faculty members as well as employers. Encouraging the exchange between these groups will lead to more empathy between them, which in turn facilitates solutions that are beneficial for everyone involved. The Futurelab will also include observers from the media to provide a holistic overview of the problems as well as challenges in economics and management education with regards to sustainability.

    Learning Circles

    The FutureLab 2014 saw the introduction of a new approach to learning. In six Learning Circles, members of the oikos community deepen their knowledge and understanding of a specific topic in sustainability. There are Learning Circles in Economics, Participatory Learning, Energy, Finance, Fashion, Entrepreneurship. The conference will, on the one hand, provide Learning Circles members with an opportunity to come together to develop new and existing projects. On the other hand, the Learning Circles are encouraged to mirror the aim of the conference: to identify specific educational issues in their field and connect with initiatives that address them.

    Open Conference

    In an effort to extend the impact of the conference, the FutureLab 2015 will be set up as a physical convention in St. Gallen, which will be opened up to a wider audience online. The attending participants will share their experience through centralized social media streams, permitting the entire oikos community, and beyond, to be involved. Prior to the conference, we encourage oikos members to contribute how they are making education matter in the form of videos, photos or any other way they would like to communicate. These contributions will be shared during the FutureLab and on social media. Similarly, we are asking changemakers in our network to contribute video testimonials that will also be shared at the conference and online. Finally a video of the conference will also be made capture the highlights as well as the atmosphere of the physical conference.

    In the FutureLab 2015 all stakeholders are invited to co-design meaningful learning experiences and everyone will have the opportunity to have their voice heard.

    • Students will be able to exchange with faculty members on a level playing field and show that they are not alone in their concerns. It will make it easier for them to understand the factors that prevent faculty members from acting on their wishes and work on solutions together.

    • Faculty members will have the opportunity to explain the challenges they face to students and work with them on strategies to overcome them.

    • Representatives of the private and public sector are invited to express what they value in potential employees and communicate what kind of challenges they are facing.

    • oikos alumni and advisors are encouraged to share their experiences in which oikos has helped them in their personal and professional development

    • The media will be present at the FutureLab to provide an objective perspective on, as well as an overview of, the problems and solutions in education.

    The FutureLab 2015 is created based on the belief that by bringing together all stakeholders of sustainable management and economics education in one place, meaningful collaborations will emerge to design learning experiences more effectively. By empathizing with each other the participants of the FutureLab 2015 will make education matter.

  • Monday, 26 October 2015
    FOCUS: OBSERVE
    14.30-20.30 Check-in for student members at the Youth Hostel
    16.00-19.00 Legislative Meeting (Location: Kantonsratssaal)
    19.30-20.30 Dinner
    21.00-22.00 Optional Learning Circles Meetings (Location: Youth Hostel)
    Tuesday, 27 October 2015
    FOCUS: OBSERVE AND REFLECT
    08.30-10.30 Registration (Location: Pfalzkeller)
    09.00-10.30 Parallel Meetings
    09.00-10.30     Members Meeting
    09.00-10.30     Alumni Meeting
    09.00-10.30     Partners Meeting
    10.30-11.00 Welcome
    11.00-13.00 Identify Challenges
    The main issues of management and economics education, as well as the challenges in improving it, are identified and different stakeholder perspectives are considered.
    John Elkington, Volans; Martin Kalungu-Banda, Presencing Institute; Anita Negri, oikos
    13.00-14.00 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Lessons Learned
    Initiatives and programs that had a positive impact on management and economics education are introduced as best practice examples, while taking the contextual conditions in which they succeeded into account
    Sascha Spoun, Leuphana University; Jacqueline Spühler and Tina Zybur, IBM Switzerland; Regina Vogel, Climate-KIC Switzerland
    16.00-16.30 Break
    16.30-18.30 Learning Circles | Session 1
    The FutureLab 2014 saw the introduction of a new approach to learning. In six Learning Circles ((Economics, Management, Energy, Finance, Fashion/Supply Chain, Entrepreneurship), members of the oikos community deepen their knowledge and understanding of a specific topic in sustainability. In this session, Learning Circles are encouraged to mirror the aim of the conference: to identify specific educational issues in their field and connect with initiatives that address them
    18.30-19.00 Connecting Dots
    Participants reflect on the day
    19.30-22.00 Dinner
    Wednesday, 28 October 2015
    FOCUS: REFLECT AND ACT
    08.15-09.00 Impact Walk
    Participants walk, in couples, from their accommodation to Pfalzkeller whilst exploring and exchanging their personal vision of sustainability education.
    09.00-09.30 What if
    Participants reflect on their vision of how education should be and write a letter to themselves
    09.30-11.00 Call to Action
    Ed Gillespie will kick-start the day ahead and call the participants to action
    Ed Gillespie, Futerra
    11.00-11.30 Break
    11.30-13.00 Learning Circle Workshop | Session 2
    In their groups, Learning Circles develop impactful initiatives
    13.00-14.15 Lunch
    14.15-15.00 Impact Fair
    Participants share and present inspiring projects from around the world
    15.00-16.30 Learning Circle Workshop | Session 3
    In their groups, Learning Circles develop impactful initiatives
    16.30-17.00 Break
    17.00-18.00 Open Space
    Participants discuss ideas and design initiatives to pursue with the help of the oikos community
    18.00-18.30 Pledges
    Participants' pledges to Make Education Matter
    18.30- 19.00 Wrap-up
    19.00- 24.00 Dinner & Party

    *Preliminary programme subject to change

  • We are inviting our speakers, stay tuned for more information.

    Speakers

    Ursula Arztman, Visualist, innovation factory

    ProfilfotoUrsula Arztman has 17 years of experience as an expert in visualisation, information design and imagery coaching. Touring Europe, she uses visualisation to make work- and learning processes more efficient. Her career has taken her to the IT- and service-industry and she has worked as a consultant, business designer, coach, sales coordinator and marketing planner in areas ranging from research & development and education to marketing and media. As an environmentalist educator and eco-tourism-enthusiast, she supports permaculture projects in Central America. Spreading the idea of ‘learning-by-doing’ she has a positive impact on local communities.

    Martin Kalungu-Banda, Core-Faculty Member, Presencing Institute

    martinMartin is a consultant in organisation and leadership development; a designer and facilitator of innovation and organisation change processes; a trainer, coach and author.

    Martin serves as Core-Faculty Member of the Presencing Institute, the HSBC Next Generation Development Programme, and the HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders Programme. He has been visiting faculty for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Copenhagen Business School and the Blekinge Institute of Technology. Martin, a Fellow of Future Considerations, trains and coaches business, government and civil society leaders in different parts of the world.

    Since September 2010, Martin serves as an adviser to the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative – playing the role of Thinking Partner with Secretaries to Cabinet and Chiefs of Staff to a number of Heads of State in African. Between March 2005 and May 2008, Martin served as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia.

    He is the author of the bestseller Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006) which has been translated into six languages including Dutch and Hindi; It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009) and On the Wings of Others: How to Access Life’s Greatest Opportunities (2015).

    Martin holds professional qualifications in Organisation Development and Coaching; and academic qualifications in Public Affairs, Philosophy, Development Studies and Anthropology.

    Yahya Hassan Bajwa, Co-founder & President, LivingEducation in Pakistan

    Yahya 12Dr. Yahya Hassan Bajwa, is co-founder and president of the peace education projects of LivingEducation in Pakistan, including two girls’ boarding schools with a kindergarten seminar, kindergartens and a Human Rights Office for Women with a shelter home near Islamabad. He is a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. In Baden, he leads the Office of Research and Communications (TransCommunication) and specializes in communication between cultures and interreligious dialogue – especially in Islam. As an award-winning author and ex-member of the World Conference on Religion and Peace and the Peace Education Standing Commission, the Swiss of Pakistani background commits him always there, where communication is needed to overcome conflict. He is active as a lecturer at various universities, colleges and hospitals. In Baden, he is a teacher at the cantonal school of vocational training. He also regularly works for the Swiss media and reports from countries in conflict – especially Pakistan.
    He is member of the city parliament of Baden, represented the Green Party in the cantonal parliament and recently is representing the Swiss Green Party in the European Greens with focus on Human Rights and European security questions. He is candidate for the Green Party for the Swiss National Parliament. More information: www.TransCommunication.info, www.LivingEducation.org

    Katharina Beck, Consultant, Accenture Strategy – Sustainability Services

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    Katharina Beck is Consultant at Accenture Strategy – Sustainability Services. Her expertise lies within (sustainability) strategy development and sustainability valuation, with a specialization in Banking and Finance and in ICT. Before joining Accenture, Katharina was department head at a European research institute for financial services and consumer protection, worked at Schlange&Co., a consultancy specialized in Corporate Responsibility (CR) and served as director of two international NGOs: at the Institute for Social Banking, and, in 2008, as president of oikos International. Katharina has founded “Schöne neue Welt delüx!” and written a blog to promote sustainable lifestyles.

    Katharina also engages in politics and is honorary member of the German Green party’s federal committee on Economics & Finance.

    Katharina has a degree in business administration with a specialization in Finance from the University of Hagen, Germany, a Certificate in Social Banking and Social Finance of the University of Plymouth, UK, and a “Diplom” (equals Bachelor plus Master) in Regional Sciences of Latin America (Political Sciences, Literature, International Law, History) of the University of Cologne, Germany, and the University of Tucumán, Argentina.

    Katharina is a LEAD Fellow – Leadership and Sustainability.

    Katharina’s home is Hamburg, Germany. Originally, she is from the Rhine-area (Düsseldorf/Cologne) and she has also lived in Panama, Argentina and Switzerland.

    Fun facts: Katharina loves to play violin and to hike in the alpine mountains.

    Marc Chesney, Professor of Finance, University of Zurich

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    Marc Chesney is Professor of Finance and the Director of the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich. Prior to his appointment in Zurich, he was a professor and associate dean at HEC Paris. Prof. Chesney’s papers have been published in leading academic journals on quantitative finance. He also writes op-eds on topics such as environmental finance and ethics in finance on a regular basis. His main research interests lie in quantitative finance, environmental Finance and sustainable finance.

    John Elkington, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Volans

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    John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a consultancy & think-tank focussed on driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges. John is also Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility. As well as sitting on some 30 boards and advisory boards, he has just released his 19th book alongside Jochen Zeitz, former CEO of PUMA and now co-chair, with Sir Richard Branson, of The B Team. The book, titled “The Breakthrough Challenge: 10 Ways to Connect Today’s Profits with Tomorrow’s Bottom Line” comes full circle from John’s 1997 “Cannibals with Forks”, where he first introduced the Triple Bottom Line concept. His latest work, The Stretch Agenda, is a dramatisation spotlighting top team dynamics and conversations in the fictional boardroom of a major global company, released in May 2015.

    Twitter: @VolansJohn

    Web: www.volans.com

    Caroline Freigang, Journalist, 20 Minuten

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    Caroline Freigang works as a journalist for the international desk at 20 Minuten. Caroline holds a Bachelor degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen and a Masters degree in International Business and Politics from the Copenhagen Business School. Caroline has worked in the fields of sustainability and media, with particular interest in government and non-government actors in developing countries and conflict zones. At the Copenhagen School of Entrepreneurship, she helped organize Develop Prize, a competition for social entrepreneurship in developing countries.

    Ed Gillespie, Co-Founder, Futerra

    EdGillespieEd Gillespie is Co-Founder of Futerra, one of the world’s only communications consultancies to specialise solely in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He has shaped and driven the creative direction of Futerra’s work since its foundation 13 years ago.

    Aside from writing regularly for the Guardian, Ed is a highly sought after public speaker and lecturer, renowned for his memorable and entertaining presentations laced with refreshing humour and wit.Since 2001, he has presented all over the world – from Hong Kong to Bratislava, from Korea to Auckland. And he’s been heard by every kind of audience, from the UN and national governments, to multinational corporations and campaigning organisations.Ed is author of ‘Only Planet – a flight-free adventure around the world’, Chairman of European Rail Business Loco2, a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, and Director of Zero Carbon Food and carbon emissions campaigning organisation Sandbag. He’s also an investor in FoodTrade.

    Roland Hengerer, Sustainable Investing Research, RobecoSAM AG

    RHDr. Roland Hengerer is responsible for the assessment of corporate sustainability of utilities at RobecoSAM AG, an asset manager with exclusive focus on sustainability investing. He is also in charge of the continuing improvement of the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Index for this sector. Previously, he worked for the German solar pioneer Solon AG and the world’s largest PV manufacturer Trina Solar in business development. Roland Hengerer studied physics in Germany and the US and wrote his PhD thesis at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology on solar cells and Li ion batteries. He also worked as a consultant for Accenture in France, and received an MBA from IMD in Lausanne.

    Ulli Jacob, member, Network for Pluralism in Economics

    Ulli Jacob is a member of the german Network for Pluralism in Economics (“Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik”) and responsible for their internal communication. The “Netzwerk” is part of the International Students Initiative for Pluralism in Economics (ISIPE) and cooperates with it on many occasions. Its main purpose is to coordinate the work of the many local groups concerned with Pluralism in Germany. Apart from that it is also involved in the planing and execution of events, conferences and publications within the discipline of Economics.

    Since the day Ulli first got interested in the question of how far the economy affects the structure of a society, she also started to reflect on the roots of our todays mentality and culture in western-industrialized Europe, our linkages to the environmen and the natural, social aswell as personal ressources we are equipped with. Her interests led her to the great variety of practices in alternative ways of living – compared to the standards she was experiencing since her birth.
    When she first got in touch with the idea of a pluralism in economics, it seemed to her as the profoundest way of finding answers to her questions concerning the relation between society and economy. In her oppinion it is a necessity to give way to an open-minded economic thinking to acieve changes in society. Therefore, she is exercising her engagement as the internal communicator at the “Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik” enthusiastically and with intrinsic motivation.

    Sebastian Lanz, Founder, rrrevolve.ch

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    Born 1979, raised in Zurich, Switzerland
    Bachelor in Communication Studies of the Zurich University of Applied Sciencies
    Several years of working experience in the watch industry, in journalism and as Marketing/PR freelancer
    Founded rrrevolve.ch in 2010
    Opend the rrrevolve concept store in 2013.

    Axel Michaelowa, Head of the group on international climate policy, University of Zurich & CSI

    AxelAxel Michaelowa is head of the group on international climate policy at the chair “Political Economy and Development”, University of Zurich and Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS). Besides his research work, he is senior founding partner of the consultancy “Perspectives”. Axel is a lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due in 2014 and wrote on mitigation policies in the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published in 2007. He is member of the editorial boards of the journals “Climate Policy”, “Climate and Development” and “Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management” as well as of the board of the research network “Climate Strategies”. For the last two decades, Axel has been working on climate policy issues and published over 100 articles, studies and book contributions, mainly on the Kyoto Mechanisms and especially the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Axel is a member of the CDM Executive Board’s Registration and Issuance Team and has contributed to the development of eight approved CDM baseline methodologies. As one of the leading European experts on CDM institution building in developing countries, Axel supported several governments in Asia and North Africa/Middle East.

    Anita Negri, President, oikos

    Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 15.28.24Anita Negri is the president of the oikos Executive Board since 2014. She studied at Maastricht University where she joined oikos and became passionate about its mission.

    Since her election, she has worked on several initiatives within oikos, and attempts to change education in her daily activities whilst inspiring others to join our journey. Whilst attending conferences and speaking to numerous experts in the field, Anita has likewise brought the need to change education to several platforms. She has been capable to collect challenges that we face in changing education for a more sustainable future.

    She specifically believes in co-creating an education that ensures responsible leaders. Whilst developing oikos LEAP, she increasingly believes this approach is one of the most powerful ways we will achieve the broad connotation of a sustainable order.

    Kate Sandars, Content Partnership Manager, FutureLearn

    Kate Sanders

    Kate Sandars is a Content Partnership Manager for FutureLearn, an online social learning platform offering free, open courses from leading world-renowned universities and specialist education providers. In this role, she works closely with a variety of educators and learning technologists to produce learning experiences that are optimised for the social web.

    Kate has more than 15 years’ experience as a digital editor and product manager, previously for BBC News and Shazam Entertainment. She started her career as a journalist for the BBC News website covering major international news stories.

    Tobias Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    Tobias SchmidtTobias Schmidt is Assistant Professor of Energy Politics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Tobias holds a PhD from ETH Zurich in Management, Technology, and Economics. During his postdoc, he spent time as a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) and acted as consultant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) being one of the main authors of UNDP’s De-risking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) project. In his research, published in journals like Nature Climate Change, Research Policy, Applied Energy, Energy Policy or Climate Policy, he analyzes the interaction of energy policy and its underlying politics with technological change in the energy sector. Currently he mainly analyzes innovation and diffusion of electricity generation and storage technologies. He has consulted several developing country governments on renewable energy policy.

    Sascha Spoun, President, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

    csm_spoun_sascha_9d8cd4d61fSascha Spoun has been the President of Leuphana University of Lüneburg since 2006. Under his guidance, the university underwent a fundamental reorientation, driven by democratic process. It has distinguished itself in the field of sustainabilty research and established an innovative educational concept, which won repeated acclaims. As president, he has made it his personal concern that the university should provide the necessary space for of self-directed education and research.

    In earlier years, Sascha Spoun has guided the innovative reform project “Redesigning Teaching” at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), whicht implemented the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a proactive and sustainable manner.

    He studied Economics and Politics at the University of St. Gallen, Ann Arbour Business School University of Michigan, the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, and the Institut des Études Politiques in Paris. He obtained a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of St. Gallen, where he has been teaching as a Visiting Professor for many years. His latest publications are concerned with the evolution of higher education.

    He is member of the Board of Trustees of the Haniel Foundation, Duisburg and member of the Supervisory Board of the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

    Jacqueline Spühler, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM Switzerland

    Jacqueline Spühler.jpgWorking for IBM Switzerland since 1984 in various functions. Since 2000 as Corporate Citizenship Manager with focus on STEM & workplace motivation for kids, students and teachers; employee volunteering; donations and task forces, lectures at universities etc.

    Her Volunteering engagements are:

    • Advisory board member of a teachers CAS institute for coaching & supervision
    • Boardmember of women association Frauenkraftwoche
    • President of local library

    Private:

    • Mother of 19 year old daughter, living in Zürich-Oberland
    • Coaching & Supervision Praxis in Zürich-Oberland

    Jochen Strähle, Professor, Reutlingen University

    Speaker_Jochen SträhleProfessor Jochen Strähle is an international fashion retail specialist trained at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (G), Universidade de Coimbra (PT), and the University of London (UK/F). He holds a Master and a Ph.D. in Business Administration/ Intercultural Management.

    Strähle is a Full-Professor for International Fashion Management at Reutlingen University in Germany. Prior to his current position he was Full-Professor for Retail Management at the University of Cooperative Education in Germany. He is Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton (UK) and the Haaga Helia University in Helsinki (FI), has been appointed Guest-Professor at the Xi’an Polytechnic University Xi’an (PRC) and has been guest-lecturer at the ITC of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKG).

    Prior to joining Reutlingen University, Jochen Strähle was CEO of the biggest fashion online retailer in Central Eastern Europe. He attended several management positions in the fashion industry in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and has been working and living in more than eight different countries.

    Professor Strähle has authored courses on international marketing, fashion chain management, strategic co-operations, and international trade. He has published three books and numerous articles on international Management and Online Business and is a well-known speaker on conferences.

    Chris Taylor, Core Associate, The Oasis School of Human Relations

    ChrisChris is a Core Associate at The Oasis School of Human Relations. Oasis promotes radical approaches to personal growth and organisational development, through Whole Person Learning.
    In this work Chris has been involved in Executive Coaching, team development and organisational change, particularly around issues of social and environmental responsibility.
    Chris has a passion for global issues of social and environmental justice. At the international level he is heavily involved in Oasis’ work on Globally Responsible Leadership and was part of a global working group which created a platform on Management Education at the Rio Earth Summit in 2012.
    Chris runs programmes at Oasis on global issues as well as delivering workshops on several Masters level courses and within businesses. He is also working internationally with an alliance of student groups developing innovative approaches to management education. This work focusses on developing next generation business leaders with a deeply held sense of global responsibility.
    Chris is married and has three adult children. He is a keen music-lover, has been learning tai chi on-and-off for fifteen years and strives to stay fit and healthy.
    See Chris’ profile on the Oasis website here: http://www.oasishumanrelations.org.uk/people/chris-taylor/

    Regina Vogel, Education Lead,Climate-KIC Switzerland

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    Regina combines a Design Thinking background with six years of innovation management for sustainability at the interface of education, R&D, and entrepreneurship at Climate-KIC Switzerland. She is a passionate product developer for teaching products, including ideation and prototyping workshops and summer schools for Climate related entrepreneurship and innovation. She enjoys facilitating workshops and coaching student groups in formats where students learn by doing.

    Tina Zybur, Key Account Manager, IBM Switzerland

    DSCF4256Tina Zybur currently works as a Key Account Manager for major Swiss retail clients at IBM Switzerland. Prior to that, she held various positions at IBM Germany – Systems Engineer, Key Account Manager, Sales Manager – before she went on an international assignment to the European Headquarters in Zurich as Sales Initiatives Leader. She then decided to join IBM Switzerland. Tina was part of the “Corporate Service Corps” team in the Philippines 2012 – a program aiming to help in emerging markets.

    Learning Circle Managers

    Learning Circle Economics

    Moritz Linder

    11847809_1197961360229323_609260119_oMoritz is a passionate student of Economics with a strong affection towards sustainability. His special interest lies in raising awareness for the need of pluralism in Economics and the improvement of its teaching at universities. To achieve this goal he is trying to promote discussions between students and faculty about good education in order to have all stakeholders work together rather than against each other.

    Learning Circle Energy

    Shyam Srinivasan

    ShriamyI’m Shyam Srinivasan, a 19 year old undergraduate scholar studying Biomedical Engineering. I am enrolled at VIT University, India. I have done my schooling in Muscat, Dubai and New Delhi, and the cross cultural exposure is the greatest gift and opportunity I was fortunate enough to experience at a young age. My father has worked in the Energy sector for more than 20 years, the reason for my interest in Energy and Energy Innovation. I have completed a Summer Semester at Technical University of Munich, during which I had the opportunity of meeting some of the best minds in Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Energy in Europe. I am the President of oikos Vellore and the Director of Public Relations for a national NGO called Uddeshya. For the FutureLab 2015, I have been tasked to manage the Energy Learning Circle with a group of enthusiastic students with different backgrounds and majors. I believe in an active, simplified and interactive approach to learning, which is the main goal of the Energy Learning Circle at the FutureLab 2015.

    Learning Circle Entrepreneurship

    Kilian Massiah

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    Kilian is a young student of International Affairs with a strong interest for sustainability and the improvement of the current approach to entrepreneurship. Being a students he tries to create an impact starting from his environment, the university, and the resources this environments offers: network, very motivated colleagues and different point of views.

    Learning Circle Finance

    Sanober Shaikh

    image1Sanober has completed her masters in Financial Management with major in Sustainable Finance, from Symbiosis International University, Pune, India. She manages oikos Pune finances, participates in fund raising processes and is also the oikos international external
    auditor. Apart from her keen interest in number crunching,Sanober also interest in Finance sustainability. She was also the organizing team member of finance learning circle FutureLab 2014 . She has a heart for foreign languages. With German being her favorite one, she has excelled in 4 levels of specialization, from Goethe institute and hosts free of cost German learning events at schools for under privileged children in India. She has been active participator of Global Cancer Concern India (GCCI), where she spreads awareness and help to procure resources for the cause of cancer sufferers. Sanober likes to cook, dance and travel during her free time.

    Salome Lekishvili

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    Salome is currently doing her master in banking and insurance at the University of Economics in Prague. She is interested in sovereign monetary policy and works as professor’s assistant at the department of monetary policy and economics.

    Salome is oikos Prague’s active member since 2012. She was involved in different projects, as for example project called Alternative finance, which aimed to promote various topics, as time banking, alternative currency, microfinance etc. She has been elected as chapter president of oikos Prague since 2014. As a president, she aims to promote oikos at university among students and faculty members as well, recruit new members and been involved in different interested projects, initiated from oikos and other student organizations.

    At her free time Salome enjoys cycling, listening music and reading. She is deeply in love with Georgian literature and poetry.

    Learning Circle Participatory Learning

    Julia Weber

    To be updated

    Learning Circle Supply Chain | Fashion

  • Preceding the FutureLab

    Presidents' Meeting

    The oikos Presidents’ Meeting will be a crucial gathering for representatives from around the world. Preceding the FutureLab, the Meeting will gather oikos Executive Board members and chapter representatives. It will start on Friday at 14pm CET, October 23rd in St. Gallen and finish in the afternoon of October 26th.

    Throughout three days, more than 45 participants will develop leadership competences, improve their understanding of oikos, dive deeper into sustainability and acquire knowledge and skills to advance and improve their impact. The group will become a support group and take part in various experiences. From listening, to taking tests, to sharing to dancing out of your comfort zone: the programme of the meeting will be shared with confirmed participants.

    The philosophy of the Presidents’ Meeting 2015 is that we will not focus on best practices but on next practices. The training will not be one-dimensional but it will be a dialogue intended to address present and future needs. We will focus on individuals and move away from thinking in boxes.

    The Presidents’ Meeting is an integral part of oikos LEAP. At this meeting, participants interested in the Advanced Track will be identified and allocated to their peer-to-peer groups. Participants may also choose to just undertake the Intermediate Track.

    More information here!

    Parallel Meetings

    Legislative Meeting

    This is session is open only to chapter members. It the opportunity for the members to exercise their right to influence the oikos network, by voting on who will be the next oikos executive board, and which chapters should join the oikos network, amongst other issues.

    Alumni Meeting

    Besides being a great occasion for Alumni to catch up with each other and share their knowledge and experience. The alumni meeting will have an outcome a concrete plan of the next steps to improve the oikos alumni network.

    Members Meeting

    This is a chance for oikos student members to get to know each other better. There will be ice-breaking, networking and a lot of laughter, to get everyone in the spirit to connect, collaborate and create.

    Partners Meeting

    The Partners Meeting convenes the oikos donors and thus the group of corporates, foundations and government departments that support our work with funding, ideas, knowledge and outreach! It offers a platform to provide our partners with an overview on oikos initiatives and programs, and to jointly explore developments with regard to sustainability in management and economics.

    Sessions for all Participants

    Identifying Challenges

    In the morning of the first day we will identify the main issues of management and economics education, as well as the challenges in improving it. We will do this by creating a space for students, business representatives and faculty to have a conversation on eye-level. We have invited Martin Kalungu-Banda to represent the faculty perspective and John Elkington to represent the business perspective. oikos president Anita Negri will facilitate the oikos students to engage in the discussion. By bringing the stakeholders together in this way, we believe everyone will gain a better understanding of the problem we would like to tackle.

    Lessons Learned

    In the afternoon of the second day, initiatives and programs that had a positive impact on management and economics education are introduced as best practice examples, whilst taking the contextual conditions in which they succeeded into account. Participants will learn about

    • the founding of the sustainability-oriented University Leuphana
    • experiental learning implemented by IBM’s Corporate Service Corps Programme
    • the educational initiatives of Climate KIC, which connects the private, public and academic sectors to drive innovation in climate change.

    Connecting Dots

    Visualist Ursula ‘Uzzy’ Arztmann presents a graphic record of the day to enable participants to review their FutureLab experience so far. Participants get the chance to reflect on their day as a group.

    Impact Walk

    Participants walk, in pairs, from their accommodation to the Pfalzkeller and share their vision of how education should be.

    What if

    In this session participants will reflect on their vision of how education should be and write a letter to themselves. In this letter they are invited to write about what they hope will change and how they will contribute to bring about this change. The letter will be sent to the participants after six months.

    Call to Action

    Ed Gillespie will call the participants to action. He will talk about the attitudes we need to adopt towards learning to be able to tackle the environmental, social and economical challenges we are facing.

    Impact Fair

    Participants share and present inspiring projects from around the world.

    Please find below some projects that will present at the event:

    Euforia, Théo Fischer

    Project Description

    We are a youth driven social enterprise. We believe that the world needs more people who come together to imagine, design, and implement bold solutions to today’s most pressing social, environmental and economic challenges. That is why we provide fun, inspiring and engaging trainings as well as events that empower people who would usually not meet to collaborate radically and unleash their full changemaker potential.

    Expected Impact

    Since 2007, we have mobilized more than 350 young volunteers who have organized 100 + euforia trainings and events in Switzerland and beyond. By now, more than 5’400 youth as well as managers have participated in these trainings. Evaluations show that 6 months after our trainings, 50 to 70% of the participants have become actively involved in finding local solutions to global challenges and have turned sustainable development into a hands-on matter for their daily lives. The new commitments that emerge at our trainings take various forms: More than 80% of the participants change their behavior, especially when it comes to responsible consumption, transportation or fields of studies. 35% join an existing initiative or organization, for example a local Red Cross or WWF chapter. 18% launch their own initiative (See the projects that are still running after imp!act). 12% join the euforia training programme and become the driving force behind our empowering imp!act events.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    We are always striving to enlarge our community. We would love to work together with oikos, to bring our project to the next level. We also provide fun and inspiring training programs that could be very interesting for oikos members.

    YES – Youth Encounter on Sustainability, Silja Püntener

    Project Description

    Intensive, innovative, international: With the Youth Encounter on Sustainability YES, myclimate offers intensive two-week trainings for graduate students to advance sustainability in all countries and professional fields. The way towards a sustainable society is a global challenge. In all countries and professional fields, change-makers are needed who are able to deal with complex and dynamic questions arising in our world society today. With the YES, myclimate offers a two-week intensive learning program: exploring environmental, economic, social, and technological complexities; providing a deeper understanding of diverse perspectives in addressing these challenges; and combining the scientific state-of-the-art with professional practice and know-how. YES provides a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their skills in crafting a sustainable future – and to start sharing their expertise with more than 1,500 committed YES alumni all around the world.

    Expected Impact

    The impact of the YES is truly global. After the YES individual participants return home with new skills and knowledge and the motivation to be a change agent. Evaluations conducted with alumni after the YES have demonstrated the wider impact of the YES program. Many participants redirected their professional and personal lives after attending the YES, for instance, by starting sustainability related programs at their own universities, completely changing their career paths towards issues of sustainable development, integrating sustainable practices and concepts into their projects, and by trying to reduce their own ecological footprints. Many alumni have gone on to create their own projects and organisations as a direct result of the YES. A 2011 alumni survey identified that over 40% of Alumni have gone on to start their own organisations or projects after the course.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    – Communication and co-promotion of activities throughout respective networks

    – New participants for upcoming courses: Next in Switzerland (http://www.myclimate.org/yes-apply),

    2016 Costa Rica planned – Implementing carbon footprints of university campuses – Activities fostered in universities and beyond

    oikos Winter School 2016, Lukas Nehlsen

    Project Description

    The oikos Winter School is traditionally organized by the oikos Chapter Witten/Herdecke. A team of six PPE students came together to organize the school for the last week of February 2016. Chapter members from all over the world, as well as non- students, can apply to participate in the Winter School. To maintain a productive and familiar atmosphere during the week we have a limit of 25 participants.

    Expected Impact

    This year’s theme for the oikos Winter School is: “How to feed the world”. We are organizing a well-balanced mix of diverse input from speakers, discussions and theoretical outcome produced by the participants as well as practical experience. Our goal is to shape awareness for the status quo of the nutritional supply in the world regarding production, trade, consume and littering and to point out alternatives for a more sustainable development concerning institutions and social structures. Furthermore we want to highlight the personal, the demand site of the problem by practical experiences such as alternative ways of purchasing and preparing food. We plan to be accompanied by experts from theory and practice during the week.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    We hope to get lots of ideas for innovative forms of learning and teaching during the Future Lab, which we can use as inspiration for the organization of the Winter School. Aside from that, we hope to build up a network to get in touch with future participants as well as prospective speakers or sponsors by connecting with the international oikos community in St.Gallen.

    Sustainability Report University of Hamburg, Franziska Straten

    Project Description

    oikos Hamburg is preparing a sustainability report for the university of Hamburg for second time and the process is now much more professional and involves more stakeholders than before. We aim to reach out to the students to raise awareness about sustainability and how it is applied in the four fields: ecological, economical, social and education&research at the university. Additionally, we reach out to the university itself to foster processes to improve the sustainable performance and also to transfer the responsibility to the university to take care of these processes and also the results.

    Expected Impact

    The sustainability report shall be read by students, professors and administrative staff to raise the awareness about sustainability issues all over the campus. Additionally, it shall provide students with the opportunity to apply their gained knowledge and therefore get some working experinece with reporting, discussing indicators and how sustainability can be measured. In these processes we experiences that the cooperation with institutions in the university, the administration and the professors was fruitful to enforce the ʺbrandʺ oikos, to recruit new members for the organization and to establish our chapter more in the landscape of the university if Hamburg.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    We would like to inspire other chapter to copy this idea and scale up the impact of the project as processes and structures might be used somewhere else with modified elements. As well, the comparability of sustainabilit reports would underline the statements and measured indicators of each report.

    oikos Academy, Stefan Hillenbrand

    Project Description

    oikos Academy is a lecture series held every semester under a new theme for all students in Copenhagen. Now in its third year, the audience has grown steadily to more than 200 students per lecture and attracts high level speakers from leading organizations to tell about real life challenges and solutions in sustainable business.

    Expected Impact

    Our mission is to inspire students from various backgrounds to become aware of the benefits of following sustainable business practices and consider relevant career choices in green businesses, CSR or as social entrepreneurs.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    Feedback on how to grow and improve the project continuously.

    GrassBlade, Shyam Srinivasan

    Project Description

    GrassBlade is a comprehensive and interconnected server designed to enhance the experience of simulation events such as Model United Nations and other conferences. Delegates can communicate with each other without the need for paper and liaisons.The ultimate goal is completely rid the use of paper since an average of 1-2 kilogram of paper is wasted per conference. Additionally, it helps increase productivity and overall carbon footprint.

    Expected Impact

    Paper usage will be negligible. Increase in productivity of communication and work. Online conferences can be simulated from different parts of the world. Impact factor directly pertains to the direct reduction in carbon footprint of an event. Additionally, it fosters the use of digital platforms for communication in the future. Also, oikos’ motto of sustainable economics is fostered with the open source coding for the online community.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    oikos will have a Copyleft product at the end of its development with recognition from all its users from around the world. It will help reduce the carbon footprint in multiple events around the world fostering oikos’ impact factor. It could be oikos’ introduction into the technical domain of sustainability.

    Detection of Octacosanol from Indian apple peels, Vaishnavi

    Project Description

    Detection of Octacosanol from Indian apple peels and its applications in Health Management & Sports Nutrition. Importance of n-Octacosanol was realized in western countries much before it was realized by others. Moreover, it was observed that, the athletes who consumed the prescribed dosage of n-Octacosanol, outperformed than the athletes who consumed other supplements.

    Expected Impact

    The bioactive compound from the selected fruit, on isolation will turn out to be a boon and lead to marketable formulations. Apple peels which are thrown as wastes, can thus lead to novel inventions, taking in mind its nutrition values. Thus, Indian apples too contain a good amount of n-Octacosanol, similar to Japanese and American apples.Many such fruits’ if analyzed, can lead to wonderful inventions and discoveries, and then it can be rightly stated, ‘Let Food be your Medicine’.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    Best out of waste attitude is the need of hour.!

    Ecologic – board game, Olga Simotová

    Project Description

    Ecologic is board game which is designed to educate people of all ages and interests. The main concept of the game is balancing the development and taking care of both your finances and sustainability of your industry. You can try yourself as a CEO of large mining company. Especially, this game demonstrates how you can build a business and care about the environment. It helps to understand how we can and should live in a world to which change we are strongly contributing.

    Expected Impact

    This board game is an innovative tool for educating young people about sustainability or testing strategic thinking and teamwork in a group, but also it is a great and challenging game to enjoy with family and friends.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    In general, I feel that this game is something what represents the whole oikos ideology. It makes sense to me to spread the tools by which we can educate people about the importance of sustainability and raise their awareness about ecology. The game can be played in different chapters and can be spread out by students among other people. It is possible to connect playing the game with another education about sustainable business and economy. Ecologic could be a basic platform for the creation of educational network among young people.

    Partnership oikos Reims-Envie, Yumeng Lin

    Project Description

    Collaborating with association Envie, Reims oikos organizes a project of renting renovated electrical household appliances. Association Envie always collects broken household appliances, employs reintegrating people to repair them and then sells the appliances for prolonging their life. oikos, collaborating with envie, rents the electrical appliances to Neoma new students at an attracting price. Besides, oikos proposes the students to go to the envie shop for buying the appliances with delivery service.

    Expected Impact

    This project aims at simplifying students’ installation by offering electronic appliances at an attracting pricing with free delivery. oikos hopes to raise students’ awareness of sustainable development and let more people know what Envie does and pay attention to reintegrating people. Because Envie is an association that hires the reintegrating people to repair the broken electrical household appliances.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    oikos will have a Copyleft product at the end of its development with recognition from all its users from around the world. It will help reduce the carbon footprint in multiple events around the world fostering oikos’ impact factor. It could be oikos’ introduction into the technical domain of sustainability.

    oikos Case Writing Competition, Lena Hörnlein

    Project Description

    Launched in 2003, the oikos Cases Programme supports the development and use of cases on sustainability in courses on management, finance and entrepreneurship. It comprises the annual oikos Case Writing Competition and the oikos Case Collection. The competition invites scholars from around the world to submit cases in one of three tracks on corporate sustainability (started in 2003), social entrepreneurship (started in 2009) and sustainable finance (started in 2013). An international panel of leading faculty evaluates the cases in a double-blind review process and gives written feedback to all authors. For each of the three tracks the judging committee selects the winners and runners-up. The first prize amounts to CHF 5000, the second prize is CHF 2000 and the third prize CHF 1000. Inspection copies of all winning cases, as well as runners-up, are included in the oikos Online Case Collection. The collection currently consists of over 80 excellent peer-reviewed cases on sustainability in management and entrepreneurship. 13 of them are part of the oikos Free Cases, available for free online. A selection of the cases is also available in the four books published by Greenleaf Publishing titled Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship – The oikos Collection Vol. 4, Case Studies in Sustainability Management – The oikos Collection Vol. 3 (both published in 2014), Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Vol. 2 (published 2011) and Case Studies in Sustainability Management and Strategy Vol. 1 (published 2007).

    Expected Impact

    The year 2015 has seen a successful case competition, with a first prize awarded to a case in the finance track. Out of 11 finalists, 6 published their case in the oikos free collection, which is the second highest number in the competition’s history, and 3 with the Case Centre. For 2016, a set of ambitious indicators has been defined with the goal to increase outreach and results both in terms of high quality submissions and usage numbers. We are currently on track to meet these indicators. Each year the competition involves more than 60 case authors and 40 jury members. By conservative estimates, the competition will reach more than 3,700 students in 2015, who will have used one of the oikos cases in a university class (see below). In short, the competition spreads sustainability knowledge and inspires professors and students to write and use business cases focused on sustainability questions.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    The year 2015 has seen a successful case competition, with a first prize awarded to a case in the finance track. Out of 11 finalists, 6 published their case in the oikos free collection, which is the second highest number in the competition’s history, and 3 with the Case Centre. For 2016, a set of ambitious indicators has been defined with the goal to increase outreach and results both in terms of high quality submissions and usage numbers. We are currently on track to meet these indicators. Each year the competition involves more than 60 case authors and 40 jury members. By conservative estimates, the competition will reach more than 3,700 students in 2015, who will have used one of the oikos cases in a university class (see below). In short, the competition spreads sustainability knowledge and inspires professors and students to write and use business cases focused on sustainability questions.

    Ideas to spice up the competition and also feedback on whether cases are popular teaching tools, what else students like, etc.

    The 4hrs sustainability-driven strategy consulting experience, Katharina Beck

    Project Description

    oikos Chapters can apply to “win” a 4 hrs workshop with Accenture Strategy – Sustainability Services at their university. Two of Accenture’s strategists will provide the opportunity for 12 students, either only Chapter members or also to invited non-oikees (decision to be made be winning Chapter). Objectives of the workshop – Participants get to know and apply typical strategy consulting methods – Participants discuss sustainability dilemmas in sustainability-driven business strategy – Participants get the chance to closely interact with practitioners and ask questions – Faculty gets the chance to be inspired by participants’ ideas and approaches Topics can include strategy development and/or sustainability valuation. Specific industries and cases can be jointly defined.

    Expected Impact

    Impact expected in the social, specifically educational and intellectual development sphere: – Students can broaden the perception on future work opportunities in sustainability and strategy consulting – Students can dive into practice and learn sustianability-related business thinking and potential dilemmas – Faculty can gain “out of the box” ideas for sustianability-related business issues

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    Many inspiring applications as either motivation letter (max 2 word pages), presentation (max 6 slides) OR video (max 2 minutes) Answering one major question: How do current sustainability drivers impact the bottom line of large companies? Please also include in your application: – Why does your chapter want to do the workshop / why do you believe it could benefit your chapter and Accenture? – What is your preferred industry and why? Decision criteria are – Overall impression of application – Observed sharpness of analysis of sustainability drivers – Observed motivation of team

    Application deadline is 20th November Please send your questions and/or applications to Anita (oikos International president) and Katharina and Daniel (Accenture Strategy)

    Power Peel, Harshal Shinde


    Project Description

    Project Team : Harshal, Neha & Bhakti. While we are sipping the apple juice, a thought regarding what about its peel, is it used or discarded? No idea. With a survey at Juice centers in Pune, we found that most of the peels are discarded – WASTE!! Not just apples though, other fruits as well. We took up up an initiative to try something with these peels. And as a result we processed the peels and it resulted to be a supplementary product for the health based groups i.e. Gyms, Sportsmen.

    Expected Impact

    1. A source of natural organic energy from the to be waste peels.

    2. Reduction in waste

    3. Better health from natural ingredients.

    In what areas of your initiative/project would you like help from the oikos community?

    1. As the project is completed, help us spread the same & marketing.

    2. Funds to carry out the project at a large scale

    Open Space

    Participants pitch emerging ideas and discuss them with the oikos community to pursue them together.

    Pledges

    Participants’ pledges to Make Education Matter.

    Learning Circles

    Economics

    The overall goal of the Economics Learning Circle is to improve economics education, in a first step on a local level at universities where oikos is present through oikos chapters. To achieve this four main objectives are set:

    • Mapping the opinions of what may be problematic in economics education using a survey;
    • Sharing well working and inspiring modules/lectures/events that are already taking place and which could or should be expanded;
    • Developing a catalogue of topics, methods and contents that will make education more relevant and interesting;
    • Identifying opportunities to start a dialogue between students, professors and faculty and facilitating such discussions.

    The involvement of participants in all four of these goals is very important for the success of the Learning Circle. The mapping of opinions will mostly happen before the conference and act as a base of discussion, while the other goals will be pursuit during the conference. In doing so the Learning Circle will identify possibilities to start a dialogue between students and faculty. The Learning Circle aims to show that even small scale, local events and agency within the system have a big impact and are actually crucial for good education. If you would like to join the Economics Learning Circle, please join the Facebook group here: oikos learning Circle Economics. Anyone is welcome, you don’t need to attend the conference to be able to be part of it.

    Energy

    The learning circle Energy will highlight the importance of Energy and Innovation and its impact on a global scale as well as the importance of including such a topic in the University curricula.

    The modern world is largely affected by Energy and its influence in our daily lives. Investment in the Energy sector is the highest it has ever been. While some nations are bent on coping with the increasing demand, others are investing heavily smart technology that would effectively utilize energy. The entire domain of global investment in energy innovation will eventually determine the sustainability and development of developed and developing economies in the near future. With the middle eastern nations reliant on global demand for oil, the United States of America dependant on Shale Gas and India dependant on nuclear power to meet the demands of its population, an effective global plan of action is lost in the chase for profitable economic development.

    The Energy learning circle will

    • contribute to your understanding of the impact and effect of energy in your daily life the relation between globalization and energy
    • deal the importance of global investment in energy innovation
    • provide the opportunity to discuss the importance of integrating energy innovation in our University curricula

    You are welcome to join the learing circles preparations in advance by joining the facebook group: oikos Energy Learning Circle. This will further help to keep track with the ongoing ideas and project and to get in touch with the current members of the circle.

    Entrepreneurship

    The Entrepreneurship Learning Circle in 2015 will focus on Massive Open Online Courses and their potential to spread information and techniques about entrepreneurship – particularly in developing countries. The discussion will comprise three steps:

    Firstly, it is aimed to determine what the relevant components of the concept “entrepreneurship” are for students living and studying in developing countries. Secondly it is seeked to identify what competencies students need to empower them to take entrepreneurial action. In this context it is hoped to reveal what challenges may arise from using MOOCs to educate entrepreneurs and provide training in the required skills and which is the best strategy to challenge them. An example for this could be a practical “on-the-ground” course complementary to the theory taught . Based on this, participants of the Entrepreneurship Learning Circle will finally draft a business plan for the development of MOOCs to improve entrepreneurial training in developing countries.

    If this Learning Circle sparked your interest and you would like to learn more, you can join here: Entrepreneurship Learning Circle – even if you are not planning to attend the FutureLab.

    Finance

    The Finance Learning Circle focuses on the integration of sustainability in finance and on how to promote such integration in teaching and research of finance schools.

    The sessions at the FutureLab will take a deep dive into two specific topics within this broader field:

    • The impact of market power and manipulation in financial markets, and what it means for sustainability
    • The growing movement to divest from fossil fuel companies.

    In parallel, an overview on existing initiatives that promote sustainability in finance education and research will be developed. This basis will then be used to identify leverage points for change at our universities and to develop at least three oikos projects to promote the integration of sustainability into finance education and research in 2016.

    The sessions at the FutureLab shall be another milestone in what is certainly a longer journey towards making sustainability an integral part of finance education and research. If you are interested in getting involved, even if you can’t join us in St. Gallen in October, please get in touch and join the Finance Initiative on Facebook at oikos Finance Initiative.

    Participatory Learning

    The Participatory Learning Learning Circle aims at raising student voices to ameliorate management education. At last year’s FutureLab the initiative COMMIT (Change of Management-education and Methods in Teaching) was born out of this Learning Circle. COMMIT has a vision: institutions that provide the space and learning environment to enable students to follow their passion, develop their own ideas and fulfill their potential as independent thinkers and responsible people fit to tackle the challenges of society. You can find out more about here: www.commitnow.org.

    The FutureLab will continue and build up on the outcomes of the COMMIT Symposium (hyperlink: http://www.commitnow.org/#!symposium/c1ted), which will take place in September. If you are interested in thinking, discussing and experiencing another way of education and to find out which role students play in this transformation to a more critical, open-minded, responsible and passion-driven management education, this is the Learning Circle for you! If you would like to get involved with COMMIT, please like their Facebook page: COMMIT

    Supply Chain | Fashion

    The Fashion learning circle will discuss different business models focused on more sustainable fashion and sustainable consumption.
    In the FutureLab session the goals are: -To generate a general understanding about the meaning of sustainable fashion
    -To get an overview of the different business models focused on more sustainable fashion and sustainable consumption
    -To transfer this business models and develop Ideas to create new concepts which could be realized in our universities and in our private lives.

    You can find more information on the learning circle in their Facebook group: fashion/supply chain initiative.

    *Preliminary sessions descriptions. Subject to change.

  • The oikos FutureLab 2015 will bring together a diverse representation from the entire oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapter network, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners.

    Registration | Chapter members

    We welcome and invite the most active and committed oikos members to the FutureLab. We want the oikos FutureLab to be more than just a two-days conference; we aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us. Therefore, we encourage all the participants of the FutureLab 2015 to contribute to a Learning Circle before the FutureLab. Check out the available Learning Circles in the Sessions tab.

    The FutureLab 2015 is an invitation only event. Your presidents will select the chapters’ most active members and encourage them to apply. Since there are usually more applications than spaces, the organizing team may select chapter members according to the following three criteria:

    • your impact and involvement in one Learning Circle before the FutureLab
    • your impact and involvement in the project work or Chapter management
    • equal representation of all Chapters in the FutureLab

    A first complete screening and confirmation of participation will be done by 8 September 2015. However, you might receive a confirmation earlier, if you need a visa.

    Register now: click here

    Registration deadline: 5 September 2015

    NB: If you are planning to solely attend the Presidents’ Meeting, you should still register via this FutureLab form.

    Payment | Chapter Members

    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 26.10.2015/check out 29.10.2015) and food.

    You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to St Gallen, Switzerland.

    Cancellation:

    ▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference. Cancellation fee is 20 CHF.

    ▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before start of the conference.

    Payment deadline: 15 September 2015

    You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).

    Bank Transfer:

    Kindly find our bank details here.

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    Registration | Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners

    The oikos FutureLab gathers representatives from the entire community. Therefore, you, Alumnus/a, Faculty, Young Scholar, Advisor of one of our chapters and Partner are cordially invited to register to the FutureLab 2015: Make Education Matter.

    We want the oikos FutureLab to be more than just a two-days conference; we aim for the community to actively participate in the preparatory measures and co-develop the agenda with us. Therefore, we encourage all the participants of the FutureLab 2015 to contribute to a Learning Circle before the FutureLab. Check out the available Learning Circles in the Sessions tab.

    Register now: click here

    Registration Deadline extended for Faculty: 10 October 2015

    Payment | Alumni, Faculty, Young Scholars, Advisors, Partners

    The participation fee for non-student member participants is 160 CHF. The fee includes lunch, dinner, coffee-breaks and a social event. For accommodation, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. Please reserve your own accommodation.

    Please make the payment only after acceptance of your application.

    Payment deadline: 25 September 2015

    Cancellation:

    ▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of a conference. 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).

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    Kindly find our bank details here

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  • General Questions:

    Who can apply for the oikos FutureLab 2015?

    The FutureLab 2015 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 FutureLab Team will then choose the participants based on their application, their Learning Circle involvement and 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”.

    How many members from each chapter get to attend the FutureLab?

    Two would be the ideal number of members from each chapter at the FutureLab. 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.

    Can alumni from my chapter attend the FutureLab?

    Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend. We also have a special session only for alumni on Tuesday, October 27th from 09:00 – 10:30.

    When can I arrive at and till what date will the hostel accommodation be provided to me?

    As a chapter representative you can check in on the evening of October 26th and check out on the morning of October 29th in the St. Gallen Youth Hostel.

    If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the FutureLab opening session starts on October 27th at 9am. For accommodation, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. Please reserve your own accommodation and plan your trip accordingly to oikos FutureLab’s programme.

    If you have any questions, please contact us at to help you with your schedule.

    Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement for attending the FutureLab?

    You will receive further info on this matter soon.

    I have been put on the waitlist for the FutureLab. When will I hear from you on the final outcome of my application?

    You will hear from us by September 18th 2015. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.

    How do I apply for the Impact Fair?

    Click here to register your project for the oikos Impact Fair (October 28th, 14.15-15.00).

    The deadline for application is September 30th, 2015.

    Learning Circle Questions:

    Am I suppose to be a part of a Learning Circle before the conference to attend oikos FutureLab 2015?

    We welcome and encourage all the invited participants of the FutureLab 2015 to apply and register for participating in at least one Learning Circle before the FutureLab.

    NOTE: You can participate in discussions & preparations for multiple Learning Circles. However, during the conference, you can only be present in one Learning Circle as the sessions will run in parallel.

    Can I be a part of two or more Learning Circles before the FutureLab?

    Yes! If you have multiple interests, you can be a part of the discussions & preparations of multiple Learning Circles before the conference.

    Can I represent two or more Learning Circles during the FutureLab?

    No! You cannot represent more than one learning circle during the conference as the sessions will run in parallel.

    Are there limited seats per Learning Circle at the FutureLab?

    Yes! Once your motivation is assessed, you will be encouraged to join one of your preferred Learning Circles depending upon the availability.

    Make sure to submit all three of the requested Learning Circle preferences in the application form for the FutureLab 2015.

    Can I participate in a Learning Circle without being a part at FutureLab 2014?

    Yes, most definitely! We welcome and encourage all oikos community to contribute in the discussions & preparations for at least one Learning Circle. It would be a great plus if you could physically make it to the FutureLab 2015, of course. Information on the organizational structure of each LC can be found in the Sessions tab.

    Open Conference Questions:

    What is the Open Conference?

    The FutureLab 2015 will be opened up to a wider audience online. The attending participants will share their experience through centralized social media streams, permitting the entire oikos community, and beyond, to be involved. Prior to the conference, we encourage oikos members to contribute how they are making education matter in the form of videos, photos or any other way they would like to communicate. These contributions will be shared during the FutureLab and on social media. Finally a video of the conference will also be made capture the highlights as well as the atmosphere of the physical conference.

    How can I participate in and contribute to the Open Conference?

    To reach our goal of making education more sustainable and a trending topic, we encourage everyone to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Edcast and Instagram. Join us to make education matter! Share our message and increase our reach. Use the hashtags #MakeEducationMatter and #oikosFL15. And, finally, support our thunderclap campaign.

    If I don't have a tablet, smart phone or computer during the conference, how can I contribute to the open conference?

    Data Quest has kindly lent us a couple of iPads for the FutureLab, make use of them and let everyone know how you #MakeEducationMatter

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    Payment Questions:

    When is the deadline for making the payment for the FutureLab?

    The deadline is September 15th, 2015 for student members and September 25th for the other participants.

    Can I pay via credit card?

    Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.

    Can I pay via bank transfer?

    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

    Beneficiary Name:

    oikos-Stiftung fuer Oekonomie und Oekologie

    Tigerbergstrasse 2

    9000 St. Gallen

    Beneficiary Bank:

    UBS AG

    Postfach, CH 9001 St Gallen

    How much is 80 CHF in the currency used in my country?

    Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion – http://www.oanda.com

    What is included in the 80 CHF participation fees for the FutureLab?

    80 CHF includes your accommodation (check-in: 26.10.2015 and check-out: 29.10.2015) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from the city where you are currently living!

    Logistical Questions:

    Where will I be staying during the FutureLab?

    We have made reservations at the following hostel –

    http://www.youthhostel.ch/en/hostels/st-gallen

    Here’s a map of how to get there from St. Gallen train station.

    If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, there are several hotels in St. Gallen ranging from 90 to 250 CHF per person per night. Please reserve your own accommodation and plan your trip accordingly to oikos FutureLab’s programme.

    How do I get to St. Gallen from Zurich airport?

    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

    Where is the FutureLab 2015 taking place?

    The oikos FutureLab 2015 will take place in a Unesco World Heritage Site. The „Pfalzkeller“ is situated at the east side of the monastry garden and was used in ancient times as wine cellar of the monastry. In 1998 the building has been renovated by the spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The Pfalzkeller premisses comprise two impressive vaults – the Pfalzkeller itself and the Hofkeller. You find a selection of photos of the venue below.


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    How do I get to Pfalzkeller (the venue for the FutureLab)?

    It’s a 10-minute walk (1km) from the youth hostel. The route is shown on the following map.

  • Adriana Maia Troxler

    Adriana_photoAdriana is the Program Manager of oikos. She has several years of professional experience in five continents in both private (PwC, Euler Hermes, Interaction Times) and non-profit sector organizations (The Global Fund, AIESEC, and several associations). She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from FAAP in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an International Organization MBA from University of Geneva, which strongly emphasized CSR, PPP, resource mobilization, and performance enhancement of international organizations. She is passionate about empowering and developing young leaders to create sustainable solutions to the world.

    Adrian von Jagow

    DSC_0645_1Adrian is a world citizen, passionate about most things: oikos, China and good conversations, to name a few. He studies International Economics and Sinology at the University of Tübingen, where he joined the local oikos chapter in 2012 and later served as president. 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.

    Anita Negri

    NEGRI A., OIKOS, PROFILE PHOTO (1)Anita Negri was born in Italy and worked and studied in over 14 cities. She has been involved in oikos Maastricht for the past three years where she served as Vice- President in 2012 and as President, and Chief Organiser of the Spring Meeting, in 2013. Anita has always had a passion for education and sustainability and developed these topics throughout her studies and work experiences. Anita was elected oikos International President 2015/2016 at the 2014 Spring Meeting in Copenhagen.

    Renée Horster

    ReneeRenée was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, but spend the last six years in the UK. Currently she is finishing her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Management at the University of St. Andrews. These interdisciplinary studies have led her to question our current societal structures and instilled in her a desire to contribute to changing them to become more just and sustainable.

    Renée has worked with this motivation in different contexts such as teaching, microfinance and social entrepreneurship. She strongly believes that education is the most important source of social change and therefore joined the local oikos St. Andrews chapter in September 2013 and became a board member in April 2014.

    Theresa Zöckler

    Theresa

    Theresa has recently established the first oikos Chapter in Sweden at her University in Lund where she studies a Master in Management.

    She was motivated and inspired by her Bachelor University in Lüneburg, Germany, which is for many reasons at the fore front in engaging and educating students on sustainability. It is a great experience to establish an organization from nothing in a university and country where the culture works a little bit different from what you are used to. But the clue is to be really passionate about the issue and mission she has set for oikos Lund. One of the main challenges in engaging students in sustainability is to motivate students who have not dealt with the issues so far. This is one of the aspects she wants to take on as an issue in the FutureLab.

  • 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: https://oikos-international.org/programmes/conferences/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: https://oikos-international.org/programmes/conferences/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.

    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.

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

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