oikos was founded in 1987 by students who, in consequence to the absence of sustainability in their formal educational programs, aimed to empower young leaders to drive sustainable change. More than thirty years later, the majority of universities still fail to integrate sustainability holistically and struggle to develop sustainability leaders, resulting in a “leadership crisis.”
With the signing of the Paris Agreement in April 2016, sustainability is a key priority on the agenda of all major actors worldwide. Twenty-first Century challenges guide debates on various aspects of sustainability such as climate change or energy efficiency. However, a key element to drive the desired transformation of society towards sustainability is often overlooked: the necessity to develop sustainability leaders (Werft, 2015). Sustainability leaders are “individuals who are compelled to make a difference by deepening their awareness of themselves in relation to the world around them, and thus, adopt new ways of seeing, thinking and interacting that result in innovative, sustainable solutions”(Visser & Courtice, 2011).
The Leadership program is now in its fifth run. We’re looking forward to continuing the LEAP journey with the different participants from chapters all over the world to keep living the change, learning to listen to themselves and others, to find out what they truly want or need and become the leader of their lives.
For the future, we see the potential to adapt the leadership program to other organizations needs to make it available further and increase the outreach of this program. This has been tested at an inspirational day for trainees and interns at one of our partners which was very successfully done in cooperation with Future Proof World, which lead to a very innovative methodology implementation called Lego Serious play. New supporters could also benefit from our leadership program by having a workshop on responsible leadership or having young employees coached.
Special Options for Sponsoring Partners
- Have LEAP Coaching for your employees
- Have a LEAP Workshop at your organization
We have a dedicated website only for the LEAP Advanced Track. Check it out here
oikos LEAP is designed to inspire young leaders to become more responsible and sustainable in their decision making and equip them with insights, knowledge and tools to do so.
oikos LEAP challenges participants to reflect on themselves and their values. Whilst adopting and sharing the lessons learnt in their chapters, participants practice sustainable leadership. The result is strengthened chapter performance and greater impact in line with the oikos mission. These basics will, moreover, accompany participants throughout their lives and result in change towards sustainability.
We are holding an Informational call for the LEAP on August 5th at 6pm CEST where we will give a brief introduction into the program and answer all your questions. This is the zoom link to join the call: https://zoom.us/j/508192055
You can also watch the recording of the LEAP Informational Call from June 24th here.
This year everybody that would like to be part of the LEAP Advanced program needs to apply beforehand. There is no possibility to decide during the LEAP Meeting to join the advanced track.
Registrations for the LEAP Meeting and the LEAP Advanced Track are open from July 1st to September 9th. You can register here.
Duration: 9 months.
Time: Circa one hour per week (on webinars, reflections, individual coaching and peer2peer discussions) + two onsite meetings (in October 2019 and in March 2020. Hours invested in the practice aspect of oikos LEAP vary according to participants’ individual engagement in their chapter or community.
Eligibility Criteria: A selection process. The next selection process will take place in the mid of 2019
The LEAP Chapter Track is an opportunity for our Chapters to receive support for, reflect on and practice their responsible leadership on the local level. The target group of the track: the local chapter leaders- and thus as a result: the whole chapter!
Registration & Timing
The Chapter track is based on running registration, meaning that chapters can decide to join in all year long. The commitment time frame is flexible, whereas the participation in onsite meetings is highly recommended. Click here to register your chapter!
- Chapter Coaching
The chapter coaching will be offered to all chapters in order to help the chapter leaders to better understand their local organizations and chapter members, focusing on questions such as:
“What are the strengths, weaknesses, challenges for your chapter?
Which topics do you focus on? Where are you heading in the future?”
The chapter coaches can directly empower presidents/boards to involve their members, guide them through their leadership questions and reflections & show them tools to do so.
The second objective of the coaching is to ensure a detailed understanding of the changes and oikos International as an organization.
Furthermore, with the necessary knowledge about interests, needs, fields of expertise and topic focus of chapters, coaches can come together to map out possible partners & fields for their thematic clusters in the frame of the Chapter Development Working Group.
A chapter decides on a representative for the coaching, being in charge to make use of the learnings. The 45 min-online session should happen on a monthly basis.
- End of Year Reflection
There will be an end-of-year reflection call for all participating chapters, creating a space to share and discuss developments and exchange ideas and interests.
The meeting should take place at the end of December.
- Chapter Representation during yearly On-Site Leap Meetings & Chapter Days
One representative of each chapter will be invited to join the yearly on-site Leap Meeting before the Future Lab in Autumn and Chapter Days before the Spring Meeting. In the case of available funding, all costs will be covered for these representatives. Next to self-development and Leadership skills, oikos-related developments and networking are in the center of this meeting. If interested in joining the general Leap track, the representative has to apply following the usual formal manner.
- Chapter On-Site Leap
During regional meetings or other chapter-led events, the chapters will have the chance to invite a coach for LEAP workshops on designated topics in the fields of self-development and leadership. The chapters will have the chance to co-create the workshops and decide on the topics together with the coach.
The program coaches are either LEAP or oikos Alumni with experience in chapter matters and group coaching. Coaches approach Leap as learners and the aim to set the ground for a chapter’s own reflection. If you’re interested in the position, please contact .
Registrations for the LEAP Meeting 2019 are open from July 1st to September 9th. You can register here.
This year everybody that would like to be part of the LEAP Advanced program needs to apply beforehand. There is no possibility to decide during the LEAP Meeting to join the program.
https://youtu.be/QCZw9nBIq98In the beautiful village of Leysin in the Swiss Alps, more than 60 participants from different nationalities and a common passion will meet from 25th to 31st of October.
The oikos LEAP Meeting is a crucial gathering for representatives from around the world. Preceding the FutureLab, the Meeting gathers representatives of the oikos Chapters and LEAP Advanced Track participants. We will have invited participants from organizations working on similar vision as oikos such as rootAbility, National Union of Students UK, REFEDD and Euforia . The meeting starts at 16:00 CET on October 25th in Leysin and finishes at noon on October 31st in Geneva.
Throughout seven days, more than 60 participants develop leadership competencies, 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. Some sessions focused only on Chapter matters and others are more focuses on personal development.
The draft Agenda will follow soon.
The LEAP Meeting in October 2019 has sessions with a special focus on chapter matters to address chapters challenges and needs. Every chapter is entitled to send ONE representative to participate in those sessions. During those sessions, we discuss the future strategy of oikos and daily challenges of leading a chapter and exchange experience to improve the chapter performance.
This year all oikees that are interested in the LEAP Advanced Track need to apply beforehand until September 9th. The LEAP Advanced Track entitles a 9-month leadership journey. You will learn to be more conscious of your own actions, better understand your own values and purpose, learn to truly listen to others and to yourself, and gain the confidence to lead and inspire others to make a lasting impact in your community.
The LEAP Meeting in October is a key part of the programme as participants have the opportunity to meet and interact face-to-face. Participants will acquire, not only knowledge enabling personal growth but also practical skills to improve leadership in their chapters.
The LEAP Meeting is a participant-led event. Participants have the opportunity to organize workshops and discussion sessions. In September, a facilitation webinar will be held for all participants. In case you want to run a session during LEAP and want to contribute with specific skills and knowledge, please write an email at email@example.com
Where will we be staying?
What time should I arrive on October 25th?
In order to make the most of the program, you should plan your arrival for 14.00 CET at the Hotel.
What time will the meeting be over?
The meeting will be finalized after lunch on the 31st of October. After the last workshop in Geneva, the Legislative Meeting will be held. We encourage you to take part in this important meeting.
How should I book the tickets to the LEAP Meeting?
Please book your tickets to arrive in Leysin and leave from Geneva. On the 31st the whole group will go to Geneva with a bus, which is covered by oikos.
Geneva has an international airport, but we want to encourage participants from Europe to choose a sustainable way of transportation (train, bus, etc).
If you are entitled to the Movetia Grant (European chapters, as well as Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Morocco), in order to get reimbursed (up to 400 CHF), your ticket needs to be booked in second-class transportation only.
I am participating in the FutureLab, will we go to Geneva together?
The last two-days of the LEAP will be in Geneva already and we will go there all together by bus. This bus is covered by oikos.
I am NOT participating in the FutureLab, when should I leave?
If you are participating in the Legislative Meeting, please book your ticket to leave Geneva the next day. The Legislative Meeting will take place from 16:00 – 19:00 in Geneva.
I am part of the LEAP Chapter Track, what does it mean?
Will any preparation be required for the meeting?
You have the chance to facilitate workshops/sessions if you are willing to (a survey will be sent). A Facilitation Webinar will be taking place in September to help you to be more confident to take this opportunity. Also, if you need any feedback for your session, we are here to help! Write us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also send a Preparatory Guide to you via email prior to the Meeting and have a call with the participants to meet and clarify questions on the 23rd of September at 6 pm CEST.
Am I entitled to any travel reimbursement for attending oikos LEAP Meeting 2019?
CASE ONE: If your registration to the LEAP Meeting 2019 is approved, one participant from each chapter of the following countries is entitled to 100% reimbursement up to 400 CHF (visa and insurance costs are unfortunately not reimbursed) on solely their transport expenses:
- Hong Kong
CASE TWO: The European chapters have applied for a successful grant and, thus, are entitled to 100% travel expense reimbursement (up to 400 CHF, in second class transportation only). Conditions apply. Please confirm with the team.
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This year’s oikos LEAP Meetings are partially made possible by:
A collection of learning material (books, articles, videos, etc.) will be at the disposal of the participants. It is up to each participant to take advantage of the material and deepen one’s understanding. The creation of the Toolbox is a common effort of the participants and the organising team, taking place via their intranet on Podio, which participants also use to communicate on everyday problems they incur.
The Webinars address topics that give participants a taste of the importance of responsible leadership. By listening to some of the best experts in the field, you will truly enrich your understanding of the addressed topics. Check out all the open webinars on our Youtube Channel here and find a collection of them below:
John is a Co-founder and Chairman of LeaderShape Ltd.
“My purpose is to support leaders on their journey to become excellent Transpersonal Leaders.”
He is an international thought leader in the development of leaders and an experienced coach, mentor and facilitator of individuals (especially Chairs, CEOs and senior managers), teams and peer groups.
John has a Senior Executive Coaching Award from The Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring, lectured at the University of Oxford on leadership development and was Honorary Lecturer at the University of Chester in the field of Work Based Learning. He is an expert in Transpersonal Leadership which incorporates emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence and neuroscience John also has recognized expertise in culture change, corporate strategy, organizational development, acquisitions and joint ventures, business finance, and marketing and sales.
John leads LeaderShape’s programme to develop as a global organisation and works with major corporations, governments, not-for-profits, higher education and SMEs.
Hanna Meirelles – International Trainer and Development Facilitator
Daughter of a teacher and an entrepreneur, Hanna understood the importance of education and business since she was very young. At the age of 11, she started to teach and with 12 years old she created her first company.
She studied Business and specialized in Strategic Planning and Management Development, as well as in Leadership, Culture and Diversity.
During the last 19 years, she has worked around the world in large organizations in Leadership Development, Education, Consulting, Oil & Gas, Engineering and Mining, as a Human Resources Leader, helping thousands of leaders in all 5 continents to develop themselves and improve their management skills and business performance.
Currently, a Trainer, Development Facilitator, Investor and Entrepreneur in the Education Business, Hanna is one of the most energetic speakers nowadays that travels the world fulfilling her mission: inspire and empower people to be free, so they can develop their own potential and have freedom of choice, while respect diversity.
She is passionate about leadership, cultural differences, women empowerment, people development and education.
She also leads a non-profit project that supports children to create a better future for themselves, their families and the world.
Our speaker, Tim Peek, is an Emmy award-winning journalist, former NBC News executive, and today works as a leadership consultant and coach. He has spoken to investment groups, professional associations and at corporate annual meetings about the ways consciousness and strategy interact in the business world.
Dr Geoff Scott is Emeritus Professor of Higher Education and Sustainability at Western Sydney University, Australia. From 2004-12 he was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Quality) and Executive Director of Sustainability at UWS. During this time he led a range of successful external quality audits and established RCE-GWS. He is a widely published author on change leadership, professional capability, assuring achievement standards and quality assurance in higher education. His book Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education with Canada’s Michael Fullan (2009) was nominated for the 2010 US Colleges Bellwether Award.
He is a former director of the Australian Council for Educational Research, a Fellow of the Australian College of Education, a member of TEQSA’s Panel of Experts and a higher education auditor and consultant in many countries. From 2014-16 he was a National Senior Teaching Fellow with Australia’s Office for Learning and Teaching. In 2007, he was the Recipient of the Australian Higher Education Quality Award.
Find out more about his work at www.flipcurric.edu.au
Daniel calls himself a “third culture kid at home in innovation, entrepreneurship, startups, social business, sustainability, and all things digital.” His background ranges from music, over marketing and events, to a number of social startups.
Daniel is passionate about building communities that empower people to take collaborative action on their ideas for a better world. He has conducted numerous projects and grown businesses in the sustainability realm. To name a few, he co-founded MakeSense, an online matching-platform for social entrepreneurs, co-authored the book “Phase 0 – How to make some action” (http://www.phase0.org/), established the silent climate parade and now works with the UN environmental program to connect the landscape of green entrepreneurs in the MENA region.
Find out more about Daniel & his projects at projecthires.com.
Check out his Webinar here:
Julian Treasure is chairman of The Sound Agency, a UK-based audio branding consultancy specialising in soundscapes that increase dwell time in major shopping malls worldwide. His book Sound Business is the seminal work on intentional, effective business sound. Julian has been widely featured in the world’s media and is a top-rated international speaker. His five TED.com talks on sound and communication have been viewed over 20 million times; the latest is in the top 30 TED talks of all time.
Check out his webinar here:
Michèle Joanisse is a seasoned development professional with 23 years of work experience in the philanthropic sector. During her career, Michele raised over 330 million euros for medical education, research, and humanitarian projects.
She currently holds the position Head of External Relations at DNDi – Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in Geneva since October 2012 where she is leading a campaign to raise €200M by 2018 to find better treatments for neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, filarial diseases and pediatric HIV. She is working with an international team of 14 staff based in New York, Rio and Geneva. To date, her and the team secured €187M for R&D projects from governments, foundations and high net worth individuals in Seattle, London, Geneva and Tokyo.
Prior to DNDi, Michele raised funds for the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for seven years. From 2006 to 2012, she lead a CDN$130M campaign and exceeded her goal by CDN$25M two years ahead of campaign close. Specifically Michele secured multi-million dollar gifts from alumni, the corporate sector, foundations and high-net-worth individuals to advance epigenetics research, nursing, autism, pediatric musculoskeletal diseases, urology, cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases and established a series of university-hospital endowed chairs, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and student awards.
From 1998 to 2006 Michele lead the fundraising team at Médecins Sans Frontières in Canada. During her eight year with MSF, she grew the fundraising program from a CDN$1M to CDN$22M annually through a multi-facetted direct marketing strategy which included direct mail, street canvassing, telemarketing, online fundraising along with establishing a major gifts & planned gifts (legacies) program. She also developed & directed three ambitious fundraising strategic plans and lead a London-Berlin-Amsterdam-Toronto strategic planning exercise to map-out the best financial investment strategy to raise funds globally. She continues to be involved with MSF as a volunteers and moderates international debates for the movement.
Experienced in generating revenues through diversified fundraising program, Michele has manage large departments and complex cross-sector partnerships to meet her targets. She is fluent in both English and French with a deep knowledge of the medical and educational sectors. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Communication and Management and is currently completing a Certificate in International Organisation Management at the University of Geneva.
Check out his webinar here:
Dr. Majidi is a university professor and international consultant in sustainable socioeconomic development and cross-cultural management. He has served as the Chair of International Business Administration (IBA) Department at the American University of Paris (AUP) and Director of a graduate program he created on cross-cultural and sustainable business management. In these positions he has strategized and implemented a new vision across the department to integrate business management education with liberal arts and aligning its learning objectives with the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) objectives creating a balanced technical skills and holistic understanding educational approach. His recent professional interest and academic research are focused on cultural values and sustainable development while extending his work toward secular spirituality and sustainability. He advocates social entrepreneurship as an effective initiative for socioeconomic transition toward sustainable development.
His consulting projects include assessment of innovative projects and innovations for commercialization, educational curriculum development, professional training programs, industrial development, workforce development, and the design of a solution to measure, monitor, and evaluate the dynamics of the socioeconomic progress of a country based on international standards indexes. He has worked at, and consulted for, Coopers and Lybrand (C&L), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s Global Consulting and IBM Global Business Services, at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the World Bank and the National Technology Transfer Center of Kazakhstan (World Bank grant initiatives).
Read more about his projects here.
Check out his webinar here:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal. More info here.
Building the Bridge As You Walk On It: A Guide for Leading Change by Robert E. Quinn
“Building the Bridge As You Walk On It” tells the personal stories of people who have embraced deep change and inspired author Robert Quinn to take his concept one step further and develop a new model of leadership “the fundamental state of leadership”. The exploration of this transformative state is at the very heart of the book. Quinn shows how anyone can enter the fundamental state of leadership by engaging in the eight practices that center on the theme of ever-increasing integrity – reflective action, authentic engagement, appreciative inquiry, grounded vision, adaptive confidence, detached interdependence, responsible freedom, and tough love. After each chapter, Quinn challenges you to assess yourself with respect to each practice and to formulate a strategy for personal growth. More info here.
Tribes We Need You to Lead Us by Seith Godin
A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have joined tribes, be they religious, ethnic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. All those blogs and social networking sites are helping existing tribes get bigger and enabling new tribes to be born―groups of ten or ten million who care about a political campaign, or a new way to fight global warming.
Who is going to lead all these tribes? The Web can do amazing things, but it can’t provide leadership. That still has to come from individuals―people just like you who have passion about something. Anyone who wants to make a difference now has the tools at their fingertips.
If you think leadership is for other people, think again―leaders come in surprising packages. Ignore an opportunity to lead and you risk turning into a “sheepwalker”―someone who fights to protect the status quo at all costs, never asking if obedience is doing you (or your organization) any good. Sheepwalkers don’t do very well these days.
Tribes will make you think (really think) about the opportunities for leading your fellow employees, customers, investors, believers, hobbyists, readers…. It’s not easy, but it’s easier than you probably imagine. More info here.
How to inspire leaders to grow by Omid Aschari. He will be with us at the Presidents’ Meeting!
The Tribes we Lead by Seith Godin
How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek
How to Make Work-life Balance Work by Nigel Marsh
The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink
Dare to Disagree
The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
Would you like to learn more?
Email us to learn more about how to contribute as a speaker, donor, coach or get involved as a student.
“The LEAP Program embodies the true core of the oikos mission – empowering student change agents raising awareness for sustainability. It helped me grow as a person, as a listener and as a leader. I can only highly recommend it to anyone interested and not interested, as the quality and effect of the program is incredible”
Fred Hilgenfeldt, Participant 2017/18; oikos Vienna, Austria
“For me, it was the best decision to join the LEAP programme in 2016. Through all the participatory learning activities with fellows I can totally trust in I learned to better lead myself. I became stronger in my values and worked on my weakness: Listening. I get a better understanding of what leadership means to me and what characteristics a leader should have. Thereby, the LEAP supported me in setting up the Spring Meeting 2017 in Hamburg, starting into business life and deciding about my future career path. And all of that combined with lots of fun, inspiration, and friends from around the world. A great opportunity!”
Pauline Sprenger, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
“If someone were to ask me whether the LEAP programme had helped me in my decision to set up my own business, I would clearly answer yes. On the one hand, I think that LEAP has opened my eyes to who I am and who I want to become. On the other hand, how I can recognize my goals, understand them better, and finally achieve them. Furthermore, the LEAP was a good help to grow on my way to a better leader. This happened e.g. through exercises about self-reflection and motivation as well as about the right listening and asking questions.”
Mike Brodersen, oikos Hamburg, Participant 2017/18
“Beyond all, the LEAP is a human journey. You learn to be more aware about yourself, to listen better to the people that surround you and it helps you to have a better view on where you are heading to. To me, the LEAP program serves as a lifelong compass. At any time you can watch again a webinar, open one of your reflection exercice or ask a question to one of your fellow LEAPers.”
Benoit Pitsaer, Participant 2017/18; Executive Board Member
“LEAP opened my eyes for how much I can change in my personal life to grow and become the person I want to be. My participation has been one of the greatest experiences I’ve had.”
Svante Bengtsson, Participant 2017/18; CSS, Sweden
“I am so humbled by the receptive environment. The contents of the Meeting were so amazing and really have taken me to another level of life. It has really shaped my thought positively and has equipped me with ideals for quality leadership.”
Isaac Owusu, Participant 2015; Advisor, oikos Kumasi, Ghana
“…The LEAP motivated me to take action in reorganizing our student chapter in order to attract more students interested in sustainability. I would always encourage everyone in taking part in this life-changing experience.”
Luisa Pütz, LEAP Advanced participant 2018/2019, oikos Bayreuth, Germany
“I didn’t really know what to expect when I joined the LEAP Advanced Program, but it has exceeded all expectations I could have had. The possibility to exchange with professionals and to discuss my experiences in a climate of confidence really helped me to develop myself on a professional and personal way. It was for me the first step to a continually self-empowerment. A few months later, I decided to apply to the oikos international board in order to implement the changes I wanted to see within the organization. ”
Tiphaine Rouault, oikos LEAP Advanced Participant 2016/17
“Thanks to LEAP I see my purpose in helping other people to continuously develop themselves and find their own paths. I always wanted to help people and being a LEAP coach showed me how much impact you can have on somebody’s life. After that, I decided on a career as a coach and was lucky to get the opportunity to start this career as the project manager of this amazing program. This whole LEAP journey taught me so many skills that regular education is missing out on and it will be vital for my future career.”
Alexandra Horvath, oikos Graz, Participant 2015/16
The LEAP Advanced helped me understand who I am and why I act in the way I do. It was the beginning of a process in which change is made possible through deep awareness. I feel now empower by all the things I learned and I’m able to take better decisions while it is the most needed. This program has been tailored to every human being willing to turn into a human becoming.”
Vladimir Leuridan, Participant 2017/18; oikos Brussels, Belgium
“LEAP was the best decision I took in 2017. I can only recommend. I’m more than grateful for the life-changing experience.”
Kathrin Zirn, Participant 2017/18; oikos Reutlingen, Germany
“The Meeting has changed a lot in my life and for my future.” –
Gizela Wojtynek, Participant 2015; President 2015-16, oikos Opole, Poland
“I think oikos LEAP is absolutely crucial. I got so much inspiration and motivation and I know now that we all share the same problems and thoughts which makes me feel part of the community even more. I hope I am able to transmit this spirit to my chapter. Personally, I know now how important it is to take time for reflection in order to head into the “right” direction, whatever that is. I’m on the way to find it out.”
– Anonymous Feedback Survey Participant 2015