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Learning Circles

  • Our community is comprised of many sustainability-passionate individuals. Some are more interested in learning how we can embed social and economic perspectives in finance, whilst others are passionate about the garment industry. Possibly, this is one of the reasons that in the past years, we have seen an increasing amount of subject-specific cross-chapter initiatives rise.

    To support you in the development of these initiatives and give you a chance to kick-start new ones, we offer you the opportunity to engage in the oikos Learning Circles. A Learning Circle is a highly interactive, participatory structure for organizing group work within a subject area. The goal is to build, share and express knowledge through a process of open dialogue and deep reflection. Within each Learning Circle people with a common interest gain experience, knowledge and establish networks in their chosen subject area. The Learning Circle structure gives the oikos community the opportunity to map the landscape of a specific topic, get in touch with external inspirational experts and systematically spread the knowledge in our network.

    In 2016,  you have the opportunity to get involved in one of 6 Learning Circles:

    1. Economics

    2. Energy

    3. Entrepreneurship

    4. Finance

    5. Participatory Learning

    6. Supply Chain (Fashion)

    Check out the Informative Call (held on May 30) recording below and get involved in one of the Learning Circles!

  • Please note that oikos Learning Circles are constantly evolving and their learning objectives are subject to change.

    Within Learning Circles open dialogue and reflection on contemporary thematics and issues takes place. Learning Circles develop projects or initiatives which apply the knowledge and competencies generated during the interactions.

    Learning Circles in four steps

    • Reflection – we gather data, impressions, history, stories, and any other observations about a certain topic and about what we have done.
    • Learning – we examine the observations made in the reflection and discover new insights, skills, relationships, structures, failures or any other conceptual changes.
    • Planning – we apply the conceptual understandings we have developed. We use these newly discovered principles to create a plan of action.
    • Action – we carry out the plans we have created. We do our work.

    (The description above is a simplification of  the OpenAgile Learning Circle by Garry Berteig, 2007, more information including diagrams here.)

    oikos Learning Circles are currently working on their projects and ideas for 2016/17. More information will be posted on this page in the coming months.
    Want to get engaged? Check out each Learning Circle’s Facebook page or send us an email at futurelab@oikos-international.org”

    You are never late to join a Learning Circle! Learning Circle activities run all year round, join in!

    Economics

    “This Learning Circle wants to increase participant’s awareness of different topics in the field of (sustainable) economics. After a general critic about common economics at the last meeting we now want to continue with alternative ideas in economics. The idea is to have a look at approaches of feminist economics as well as ‘common good economy’ (Gemeinwohlökonomie). In particular, we’d like to deal with growth criticism, the measurement of the society’s performance (including unpaid work) and cultural aspects like lifestyle. If you are interested in these topics, we (Hannah and Frank) are happy to welcome you to the Economics LC. You can get in touch via facebook. During the next weeks, we’re going to concretize the framework. So, if you are fast you have the chance to co-design the LC and in particular the session at the FutureLab 2016. Furthermore, we would like to strengthen the exchange between members of the LC to guarantee the LC’s continuity. Therefore, we are looking for people who like to revive discussion in the facebook group.”

    Wants to get engaged? Check out their Facebook page and send us an email at futurelab@oikos-international.org

    Learning Circle facilitator: Frank-Elmar Linxweiler, oikos alumnus; Hannah Brack, oikos Paderborn 

    Energy

    Are you interested in the Energy topic? Then, this is the Learning Circle for you. Currently the Energy Learning Circle is working on their projects and ideas for 2016. More information soon.

    Wants to get engaged? Check out their Facebook page and send us an email at futurelab@oikos-international.org

    Learning Circle facilitator: Prudhvi Gadiraju,  oikos International

    Entrepreneurship

    Are you interested in Entrepreneurship? Then, this is the Learning Circle for you. Currently the Entrepreneurship Learning Circle is working on their projects and ideas for 2016. More information soon.

    Wants to get engaged? Check out their Facebook page or the podio workspace (only oikos members) and send us an email at futurelab@oikos-international.org

    Learning Circle facilitator: Ankit Agarwal, oikos International

    Finance

    Are you interested in Finance? Then, this is the Learning Circle for you. Currently the Finance Learning Circle is working on their projects and ideas for 2016. More information soon.

    Wants to get engaged? Check out their Facebook page and send us an email at futurelab@oikos-international.org

    Learning Circle facilitator: Adrian Von Jagow, oikos Foundation

    Participatory Learning

    The Participatory Learning Learning Circle aims at raising student voices to ameliorate management education. At the 2014 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:http://www.commitnow.org.

    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

    Learning Circle facilitator:Julia Kaltschmidt, oikos Paderborn

    Supply Chain (Fashion)

    Are you interested in Supply Chain (Fashion)? Then, this is the Learning Circle for you. Currently the  Supply Chain (Fashion) Learning Circle is working on their projects and ideas for 2016. More information soon.

    Wants to get engaged? Check out their Facebook page or the podio workspace (only oikos members) and send us an email at futurelab@oikos-international.org

    Learning Circle facilitator: Kate Negacz and Katarzyna Kiedrowicz, oikos Warsaw,

  • Are you passionate about a specific topic within sustainability in economics and/or management? Do you want to share your ideas, brainstorm with experts in your field, join forces with other oikos members, alumni, and advisors, and start collaborative actions? Then join us! Interested? Write us an email: info@oikos-international.org”

Check out the 2016 Learning Circles Guidelines.

Management LC

Energy LC

LC Sharing