The oikos FutureLab is our flagship event taking place every autumn since 2011. The main goal of the event is to bring together our community, network, and strengthen our actions for integrating sustainability in economics and management curricula. At the FutureLab, the whole community meets to build partnerships among oikos members, alumni, faculty, partners and more.
We look forward to hosting the FutureLab 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland on 1st and 2nd November. In 2019, we focus on designing new activities to actively contribute to curricula change and on including all the different stakeholders in this process: students, professors/faculty members, businesses/companies, alumni, and the public.
The first day of the FutureLab 2019 revolves around the topic of partnerships for a sustainable world, while the second day focuses on the partnerships for changing economics and management education. Our overarching theme this year is Acting Together for Sustainability!
oikos Legislative Meeting
Thu, October 31stBefore the FutureLab, oikees will gather to elect new Executive Board members and make other important decisions about the future of oikos. This meeting is intended for oikos members only.
Partnerships for a sustainable world
Fri, November 1stThis day will be a chance to interact with individuals and organizations that live the oikos ethos and are trying to make the world a more sustainable place. We will share experiences and exchange about the opportunities of creating strong partnerships between civil society, governments, business, academia, and students.
Partnerships for changing economics and management education
Sat, November 2ndThis day will make the connection between the major sustainability challenges of our time and what is taught in economics and management degrees. It will introduce oikees to other groups working to change university curricula and include discussions on how to develop partnerships in order to scale up action and shape education for sustainability.
Thursday, October 31st, 2019 - Legislative Assembly 14:00 Check-in at hostel 15:00 Legislative Assembly 19:00 Dinner Friday, November 1st - Partnerships for a sustainable world
8:30 Registration 9:00 Kick-Off & Icebreaker 9:15 Opening Remarks: introducing oikos and the FutureLab
An introduction to oikos and the FutureLab by oikos President Clémentine Robert and the FutureLab Team
9:30 Keynote presentation: building partnerships for scaling up action for sustainability
Keynote speaker will present his/her ideas on the importance and opportunities for developing a global movement for sustainability and take part in a discussion about how we can advance our sustainability ambitions.
> Kathrine Milligan, Bamboo Capital Partners
10:45 Break 11:00 Workshops I : (re)drawing blueprints for action
Parallel workshops organized by the oikos community will explore specific strategies, actions and tools necessary for engaging different stakeholders and making progress towards a more just and sustainable world.
> Suzanne Feinmann, WBCSD
> Elise Buckle, SDG Lab
> Kaspar Wehrhahn, Tomorrow
13:00 Networking Lunch 14:00 Workshops II: (re)drawing blueprints for action
Parallel workshops organized by the oikos community will explore specific strategies, actions and tools necessary for engaging different stakeholders and making progress towards a more just and sustainable world.
> Christian Bärtsch, Essento
> Michel de Kemmeter
> Fabienne Lang, Climathon
16:00 Break: Getting ready for an Impact Fair 16:30 Impact Fair: Getting Real - sustainable projects and practices in our community
oikos community will present their current/recent projects in a brief one-minute pitches. Pitches will be followed by a project fair where chapter members will be available for longer discussions and to exchange best practices.
19:00 Reflections and Outlook 20:00 Leave for dinner Saturday, November 2nd - Partnerships for changing economics and management education 9:00 Welcome: Introducing agenda of the day 9:15 Building partnerships for changing economics and management education
A series of presentations will discuss key stakeholders that are actively pursuing a change in economics and management education. They will outline their motives, considerations and opportunities for bringing sustainability into education.
> Ivo Matser, ABIS
> Chiara de Bernardi, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
> Ellen Hazelegger, oikos
> Kathrin Zirn, oikos
10:00 Workshop I : Curriculum Reform Now!
This set of workshops will introduce the oikos community to our new Curriculum Change Initiative which aims to support participants in integrating sustainability into economics and management curriculum at both local and international levels. The workshops will follow the two major strands of the initiative—Curriculum Action and Curriculum Research—and will be a continuation of oikos' deeping involvement in curriculum reform.
> Lenka Parkanova, Curriculum Strategy Manager, oikos
12:00 Networking Lunch 13:30 Workshops II: Campaigning for education for sustainability
Parallel workshops organized by the oikos community will look at different strategies and campaiging opportunities for promoting curriculum reform at their home universities.
> Ellen Quigley, Oxford University
> Thomas Dyllick,Positive Impact Rating
> Anna Prad, Rethinking Economics
> Nicole Walther, Rethinking Economics
> Baptiste Crozat, Rethinking Economics
> Guiseppe Ugazio,University of Geneva
> Thomas Maillart,University of Geneva
> Simon Zysset, WWF
> Valerian Stalder, WWF
15:00 Break 15:30 Presentations: the road to change
oikos community will present results of their workshops. They will discuss their ideas of the oikos ideal curriculum and share strategies for its impementation at higher education institutions.
16:00 Fishbowl Discussion: the drivers of change
A panel of experts and participants will share their views on the workshop results. They will further discuss how students can pitch the curriculum change idea at their universities, what problems they might face and how they could overcome them through forging partnerships with different stakeholders in the education system.
> Michel de Kemmeter
> Marius Aeberli, University of Lausanne
17:30 Storytelling and Poetry Slam: Inspiring the action for sustainability
oikos community will share their own stories of change to inspire action for sustainability and will sum up the conference in rhymes.
19:00 Closing Remarks 20:00 Leave for Dinner
Workshop Leader: Suzanne Feinmann
Description: This 90-minute interactive workshop will discuss leadership and leaders in the context of Sustainable Development with a mix of theory and practice.
Workshop Leader: Kaspar Wehrhahn
Description: We wear fair fashion, eat organic, use green energy… but what is our money doing? The money in conventional bank accounts is financing wars, oil business or evil mining companies. Sounds over the top? Unfortunately, it is a fact.That is why we founded Tomorrow: A sustainable, transparent and modern bank account for your smartphone.Kaspar, who is doing the business development at Tomorrow, will show you how banks can channel money away from the bad towards the good. You will work in interactive group sessions on the following topics:– How can we create a partnership between oikos chapters & Tomorrow? #partnership– How should a sustainable & modern bank account for students look like? #bankingfortomorrow– How do we get young people to start investing sustainably? #impactinvesting– How can we introduce “offsetting” into our sustainable business model? #offsetting
Workshop Leader: Elise Buckle
Description: Thinking through system change and building a cross-sectoral action plan
Connecting climate, people and nature
- Goals of the session: to understand what the Paris climate agreement is about and share ideas about how countries, cities, and citizens could implement it by thinking outside the box, beyond silos, connecting climate to SDGs through the various sectors of the economy.
Workshop Leader: Christian Bärtsch
Description: Christian Bärtsch, oikos alum, founder of Essento, the Swiss pioneer of edible insects, and driving force of other successful startups, shares his secrets of the necessary framework you need in order to build and grow your own sustainable business based on a “crazy” idea.
Workshop Leader: Michel de Kemmete
Description: Do you wish to learn how to create a partnership to serve the common good/sustainability? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to detect needs and resources in a stakeholder ecosystem. We’ll provide you with the 7D-value tool and you’ll learn during the workshop to activate those resources and contractualise them. If time, we’ll go deeper and How to turn that into a smart business model/chapter model.
Workshop Leader: Fabienne Lang
Description: Find out more about the Climathon the largest global climate action program for cities and citizens powered by @ClimateKIC. Together we will also explore Climathon challenges together and look for creative solutions. Come and join Fabienne.
Workshop Leader: Lenka Kepkova and J.Christopher Proctor
Description: The workshop will discuss and apply the main principles on which economics and management education for the 21st century could be built on. We will reflect critically on these principles and apply them to concrete sustainability challenges. We will develop strategies for shaping the curriculum at our universities.
Workshop Leaders: Ellen Quigley and Thomas Dyllick
Part 1 | Ellen will discuss the history and current state of business school rankings and their
impact on business school education.
Part2 | Opportunities for a new B-School rating:
- Rankings are recognized as a key lever for change in the B-School landscape
- The SDGs set the stage for a new shared Global Agenda 2030 and offer a foundation
to discuss the positive impact of management education for the world
- Enabling a transformation of the B-School sector by placing relevant innovations into
the headline in order to recognize newcomers for their positive contributions and to
serve as external pressure to existing players
- Supporting positive forces within B-Schools to justify their work by measuring relevant
outcomes and providing public visibility for their action
- A selection tool for students who care to make a positive difference through their
professional lives, to help them find a business school that educates for global
responsibility and citizenship
Workshop Leader: Simon Zysset and Valerian Stalder
Description: In contrast to many other disciplines, sustainability in mainstream economics has not yet really arrived at Swiss universities. This is reflected above all in the fact that only a small proportion of the courses address sustainability appropriately or even focus on sustainability (see WWF 2018 study guide and report).
Only with inter- and transdisciplinary learning environments and learning methods can students develop the skills they need to help shape the upcoming transformation to a sustainable economy.
- Understand WWF Switzerland’s strategy and activities in the field of economics and have an overview of the current situation of economics and business administration.
- Discuss together whether this approach makes sense, whether it can be transferred to other countries and jointly develop ideas for additional approaches.
- Clarify the potential for further cooperation.
Workshop Leader: Giuseppe Ugazio
Description: The focus of the workshop is to brainstorm with students how to set up and design a course that guides students to applying innovative ideas (e.g. creating start-ups) to support international organizations (or other types of organizations) to promote Sustainability (in particular SDGs).
Workshop Leader: Anna Prad, Nicole Walther, Baptiste Crozat
Description: In this workshop, we invite you to discover how our student group at Geneva University tried to change the curriculum of our economics studies. You’ll see a step by step approach on how we tried to implement a new Pluralist Economics module in our very own bachelor’s degree. We’ll discuss our motivations, the strategies we used, the tipping points we encountered, and assess both our current difficulties and results. The workshop we’ll be in the form of a short presentation, followed by the personal intervention of three students involved in the project and end with an open discussion. The goal is to share our experiences and benefit from exchanges of ideas that could lead to more open economics education.
The applications for the FutureLab 2019 is now open. Apply here
The oikos FutureLab 2019 will bring together a diverse representation of the oikos community and will allow in-depth discussions and exchange. We cordially invite active student members from oikos Chapters, alumni, faculty, advisors and partners to join us in November in Geneva. We encourage our community to actively participate in the preparation of the FutureLab 2019 and co-develop the agenda with us.
oikos chapters are invited to encourage their most active members to apply. Since there are usually more applications than spaces, the organizing team may select chapter members. Each chapter is also guaranteed one spot in the FutureLab. Please, decide within your chapter who will take this space, and indicate it on the application form. The one person selected from the chapter will be awarded the FutureLab slot without further consideration from the organizing team. Other chapter members are also encouraged to apply. Their applications will be rated by the organizing team and the best candidates will be invited to Geneva in November.
- The applications for the FutureLab 2019 opened on June 17, 2019.
- The first deadline for applying was on August 5, 2019. (Please, consider that this is a recommended deadline for candidates who require a visa to travel to Switzerland)
- Payment deadline for accepted applicants from this cohort is August 26, 2019.
- The second deadline for applying is September 15, 2019.
- Payment deadline for accepted applicants from this cohort is September 22, 2019.
To register: Click here!
Participation fee for the oikos student members:
The student participation fee is 90 CHF, to be paid after acceptance of your application. Please, make the payment only after acceptance of your application!
The fee includes:
Accommodation (check-in 31.10.2019/check out 3.11.2019) and food. You are responsible for the cost and arrangement of transportation to and from Geneva, Switzerland.
Participation fee for non-student members:
oikos alumni, faculty, young scholars and partners can purchase a daily pass to the event. The pass costs 100 CHF and includes lunches and dinners, coffee-breaks, and a social event. If you plan to attend both days, you can purchase a full pass for 200 CHF, in this case, oikos will additionally provide accommodation to the person.
Please, make the payment only after acceptance of your application!
▪ A refund will be given for cancellations received 20 days before the first day of the conference. The cancellation fee is 20 CHF.
▪ No refund will be given for cancellations received later than 19 days before the start of the conference.
Payment deadline 1st Round: 5 August 2019
You can make your payment via Bank transfer or PayPal (Credit Card).
Kindly find our bank details here.
* When paying your participants fee via paypal, paypal charges a fee according to the amount of transferred money. This is why you have to pay a bit more so that we finally get the 90 CHF / 100 CHF/200 CHF.
The FAQ section will be updated soon
General Questions:oikos Members: Every oikos member can apply to the FutureLab 2019.Alumni, young scholars, faculty, advisors, and partners are welcomed to join us.
Two would be the ideal number of members from each chapter, but this will depend on how many applications we receive from each chapter.
Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend.
As a member, you can check in on the evening of October 31st and check out on the morning of November 3rd.
If you are a Faculty, a Partner, Alumni or Advisor, the FutureLab opening session starts on November 1st
If you have any questions, please contact us at to help you with your schedule.
Unfortunately, there are no travel reimbursements available for FutureLab participants.
The information will be confirmed soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us in case you have any queries.
The information will be confirmed soon.
Yes, you can do so. However, please inform us whenever you make such changes.
More information will be available soon
LEAP Meeting is a separate oikos event that will take place from 25th to 31st October in Switzerland just before the FutureLab. The content and program of these two oikos events are not related.
oikos members can decide to apply for both of the events or just one of them.
To learn more about oikos LEAP, visit the page: https://oikos-international.org/programmes/leap/
Any oikos member who wants to attend the Meeting is welcome to join. You can extend your stay in Switzerland and attend the Legislative Meeting after the LEAP Meeting 2019 is over (We will provide transportation to Geneva) or arrive before the FutureLab. Your accommodation and dinner will be covered by oikos either as part of LEAP or FutureLab package. NB: even though there is no limitation in terms of how many members of a single chapter will attend the meeting, each chapter has ONLY ONE vote.
No, it is not mandatory and you are free to arrive on the morning of 31st October. However, we encourage our members to attend the Legislative Meeting and highly recommend our chapters to ensure that at least one of their representatives is present at the meeting.
No worries, we will broadcast the meeting live and will record it for our members who cannot attend the Legislative Meeting. If no one from your chapter is present, you can vote online.
The payment deadline for the FutureLab 2019 is August 12, 2019
Yes, you would be paying via Paypal. The link from where you can make the payment is given on our website.
Yes, you can make the payment via bank transfer as well. Following are our account details that you’ll need:
IBAN: CH78 0025 4254 6301 7740 Y
BIC (Swift): UBSWCHZH80A
Account Number: 254-630177.40Y
Clearing Number: 00254
9000 St. Gallen
Postfach, CH 9001 St GallenYes, oikos Members need to make a payment of 90 CHF in order to attend the oikos FutreLab. 90 CHF covers your accommodation and food during the event. You are responsible for travel expenses from your home city to Geneva and back.Alumni, young scholars, faculty, advisers, and partners are required to pay 190 CHF. This includes food during the event, but not accommodation
oikos Members: 90 CHF covers your accommodation in double room at the Hostel (check-in: 31.10.2019 and check-out: 03.11.2019) and food during the event. You are responsible for travel expenses from your home city to Geneva and back. Unfortunately, we cannot reimburse this expenses. NB: if you plan to attend both LEAP Meeting and FutureLab, your international travel will be covered as it will be considered as a part of the LEAP package. However, you will still need to pay the FutureLab participation fee.
Alumni, young scholars, faculty, advisers, and partners: 190 CHF covers food during the event, but not accommodation.
Here is a site where you can easily make the conversion – http://www.oanda.com
In 2018, the annual oikos conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 26 to 27 of October. The FutureLab 2018 brought together over 100 oikos members, partners and supporters to discuss sustainability issues affecting our world and explore opportunities for the integration of sustainability into economics and management curricula.
Sustainability was at the heart of the FutureLab logistics as well. From serving vegetarian and vegan food to encouraging participants to take trains or buses for travel, we tried to limit our carbon footprint as much as we could. Moreover, with the help of the Swiss climate protection organization -myclimate, which offset our emissions, the FutureLab 2018 became a climate neutral conference.
Learn about highlights of the FutureLab 2018 in our report. Download the report here
In 2017, the oikos FutureLab was also the launchpad for the celebration of our 30th anniversary and for kicking off the next decade of oikos initiatives. We took stock of and celebrated our achievements by bringing together the global oikos community from 30 years of impact: our members and alumni, advisors and faculty, partners and supporters. The theme for this year’s event was Shaping Tomorrow Today.
The FutureLab took place on October 12. Inspiring keynote speakers included Ambassador Michael Gerber (Swiss Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development), Peter Lacy (Managing Director for Growth, Strategy, and Sustainability, Accenture), and Sophia Tickell (Founder and Director, Meteos). They tackled the topic of how business can and should be a force for good. In addition, oikos FutureLab panelists discussed reforms needed to transform economics and management education and debated the role of oikos in this process. The FutureLab workshops also examined contemporary sustainability challenges that are crucial for the development of the sustainability agenda of the decades to come.
For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was to pursue the implementation of our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. Whilst many understand and talk about the struggle of our educational systems to integrate sustainability and teach for its internalisation, we cease to couple the talk with the walk. A gap can be observed both in the struggle to teach for sustainable change agents and for inciting people to walk their talk in implementing projects that can bring about transformation. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.
Present at the conference were inspirational voices from business, NGOs and learning institutions as well as motivated oikos members from around the world. Watch this video for a quick impression or
The 2015 oikos FutureLab took place on 26 – 28 October (Monday – Wednesday) in the Pfalzkeller in St. Gallen. Its main aim was to create action plans to implement sustainable and relevant education systems, by involving representatives from all parties with an interest in management and economics education. It is, specifically, intended to facilitate the design of learning experiences that are more effective at preparing change agents to address the challenges of the 21st century. This signifies the embedding of sustainability and social perspectives in management and economics education and integrating pluralistic teaching methods.
We are an important step closer to making education matter and could not have done it without more than 120 enthusiastic and driven participants from 20 countries and 4 continents. Now it is time to act in our local chapters. We are looking forward to seeing the next steps, projects and initiatives of the whole oikos community. Check out the Publication of Ideas here.
The 2014 oikos FutureLab took place on 10 – 11 November in St. Gallen. Several projects and initiatives were planned during the oikos FutureLab towards “building a bridge for sustainability in economics and management” together with 120 participants from 18 countries.
For the first time, the oikos FutureLab was organised by a group of seven members from three different chapters worldwide who worked together for eight months. The floor was mainly in the hands of the participants who shaped the gathering. Students, alumni, NGO representatives, faculty members and corporate partners were working together in seven oikos Learning Circles (Economics, Finance, Leadership, Management, Energy, Fashion/Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship) in order to develop projects and initiatives. Speakers included Yuan Yang from Rethinking Economics and Marloes Nichols from Meteos, who spoke about campaigning for sustainability and shared their practical experience, as well as Uwe Lübbermann, founder of Premium Cola, the ecologically friendly and socially just drink producer in Germany who has chosen an organisational structure and strategies at Premium Cola that are in sharp contrast to what we learn in business schools.
The 2013 oikos FutureLab took place on 11 – 12 November in St. Gallen. It focused on “Transforming Education” and on opportunities to drive change at faculties for economics and management. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab offered insights to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities to take oikos to the next level as an effective learning organization – in particular:
- To understand and effectively tap into the learning opportunities already existing in our network.
- To develop a platform for oikos and universities where we are active as learning organizations that foster sustainability leadership skills among their members and audiences.
- To explore what a reference model for sustainability education in economics and management actually could look like, so that we can inspire students, scholars and university administrators.
On 19th and 20th November, 2012, we will welcome oikos members and partners in St. Gallen for the second oikos FutureLab. The 2012 topic is “Impact: Think – Act – Share”. As a central platform for changemakers, the FutureLab will bring together our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects.
The oikos FutureLab will focus on impact and activating our network: What impact do we aim to achieve as individuals? How do we develop a mindset of change? How can we activate our oikos network more effectively to create impact? As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch, to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities for strengthening our impact in the future.
A key feature of the oikos FutureLab will be the Impact Fair, a forum where conference delegates introduce their own projects, and through which they can engage the oikos community to help them further develop their project. Delegates will be invited to present their initiatives by using a theory of change logic during the Project Fair. Background information will be provided prior to the conference.
The Project Fair will be followed by an Open Space to design and develop concrete projects to pursue with the support of the oikos community.
More information: www.oikos-international.org/2012-2/
The oikos FutureLab 2011 is the first oikos event ever to gather our global family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012, we are launching this new platform to provide not only a meeting point to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. With oikos chapters across four continents, alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia, faculty members at leading schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects, we believe it is time to bring all of us together and accelerate the sustainability momentum.
As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch in the long-term, key developments to monitor during the next 12 months, and opportunities for change moving forward. It will take a close look at how the oikos community can strengthen selected projects that are already on their way and provide a launching pad for new initiatives that emerge in the discussions. And it will nurture an ongoing exchange within the oikos community to set agendas, define priorities and join forces to increase impact.
Participation is by invitation only. The event will take place in St. Gallen, Switzerland – where it all started in 1987.
Applications are now closed! We will open applications for the FutureLab 2020 in the late Spring of 2020.
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Check out the Publication of Ideas from the FutureLab 2015 here.