FutureLab

  • The oikos FutureLab is our flagship event taking place every autumn since 2011. Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the latest edition of FutureLab had to be postponed and will take place online April 23rd to 25th, 2021.

    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.

    FutureLab 2021: Justice Shift – Building a passage for a just world

    Drastic adjustments in our world are necessary to reach the targets of the Paris agreement. Associations, governments, companies and citizens start realizing that it will be impossible to reach them without a global transition towards more sustainable practices in all domains. It is vital to make sure we are aiming for a just transition together. 

    However,  it is crucial in these changing times/environment to think of those who are actually affected by policies that now are put in place or by changing practices and ensure fair measures towards all stakeholders (or … and ensure participatory processes of all stakeholders).

    The FutureLab 2021 will explore ideas and best practices of how to establish justice in this transition – environmentally, economically and socially. It will create a space to discuss justice and a just transition and will provide a stage for stakeholders to communicate their claims.

    How can you get involved?

    Join as a participant online

    Register for the FutureLab 2021 and represent your chapter in this gathering of  our international community. Join discussions, share your experiences, gain new inputs and perspectives and develop actions together with around 100 people from all over the world and all that from the comfort of your home.

    Join or organize one of the satellite events

    You want to bring big speakers to your university and increase your chapters visibility with little effort? Then organize one of the satellite conferences. Find out more here. 

  • Program

  • We know you are curious about who you will have the chance to exchange with at the event but we are still working on invitations and confirmations of experts. We will update the page as soon as we have confirmations.

  • Workshops

  • Satellite Events

    Does your chapter want to benefit from the amazing opportunity to organize a satellite event? Then you are right here.

    What is a satellite event?

    Satellite events are extensions of events to other geographical places via online streaming of the content to increase their outreach and impact. 

    In the case of the FutureLab that means that we, the FutureLab team, organize the input of the event – the speakers, workshops, discussions, etc. – and you only have to focus on the logistics around an event – the venue, food, promotion and nice casual activities for your participants if you want. 

    Why your chapter should organize a satellite event:

    This is your chance to bring high-level experts (virtually) to your University and increase the visibility of your chapter on your campus with relatively little effort. 

    It gives your whole chapter the possibility to experience the international community and hear from and exchange with people from all over the world.

    It is also a way to create new solutions in a guided environment and in your local context and thereby bring change to your community. 

    What you have to do and next steps: 

    1. Get in touch with Alexandra Horvath, our coordinator for the satellite conferences and indicate your interest
    2. Reserve a venue. Depending on how many participants you expect, reserve a big room for the discussions and smaller rooms for the workshops. You can also organize some snacks for the breaks or some evening activities for participants to get to know each other better in a casual environment. 
    3. Promote your event through your network, University, community and friends. 
    4. Recruit and train your onsite facilitators. To ensure the success and smooth running of the workshops make sure that you have a trained onsite facilitator for each workshop. The training will be organized by the FutureLab team. 
    5. Enjoy maximum conference fun with minimum effort.
  • Team


    Oikos Darija Miletić

    Darija Miletić

    oikos Belgrade

    Logistics + Fundraising & Partnerships

    Team 2020


    Oikos Juliana Theurer

    Juliana Theurer

    oikos Reutlingen

    Program & Speakers + Fundraising & Partnerships

    Team 2020


    Oikos Nithin John

    Nithin John

    oikos Lille

    Marketing & Design

    Team 2020


    Oikos Chloé Motte

    Chloé Motte

    oikos Reims

    Team 2020


    Oikos Alexandra Horvath

    Alexandra Horvath

    oikos International

    Project coordination & link with oikos International

    Team 2020


    Oikos Eva Späte

    Eva Späte

    oikos Bayreuth

    Participants Management

    Team 2020


    Oikos Jana Lea Weise

    Jana Lea Weise

    oikos Bayreuth

    Program & Speakers

    Team 2020


    Oikos Magdalena Rusch

    Magdalena Rusch

    oikos Graz

    Team Lead 2020

  • Registration

    Registrations for the FutureLab 2021 are not open yet.

    Registrations will open in January and close April 11th. 

    If you want us to update you about the agenda and the date for registrations you can fill out this form and we will get back to you as soon as there is more information.

    The oikos FutureLab 2021 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 online from April 23rd to 25th 2021. We encourage our community to actively participate in the preparation of the FutureLab 2021 and co-develop the agenda with us.

    Registration

    oikos chapters are invited to encourage their members to register. Since the event takes place online this year we have higher capacities and can host more people. 

    • The registrations for the FutureLab 2021 open in January.
    • The deadline for registrations is April 11th 2021.

    Payment

    Participation fee:

    Since the event will be held online this year we are happy to inform you that there will no participants fees to join the event.

  • What is the oikos FutureLab?

    The oikos FutureLab is our flagship event since 2011, usually taking place every autumn. Due to the current situation with COVID-19 the latest edition of FutureLab had to be postponed and will take place online from April 23 to 25, 2021.

    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.

    What is the topic of the FutureLab 2021?

    At the upcoming FutureLab we will focus on Justice Shift. We will explore ideas and best practices of how to establish justice in global transitions – environmentally, economically and socially. It will create a space to discuss justice and a just transition and will provide a stage for stakeholders to communicate their claims.

    How will the FutureLab 2021 take place?

    The FutureLab will take place April 23rd to 25th fully online. The platform and instructions to join will be shared with all registered participants prior to the event. 

    Additionally, some chapters will organize Satellite Events based on the content of the FutureLab 2021 which will take place onsite at their respective locations if possible.

    Who can apply for the oikos FutureLab 2021?

    Every active oikos member can register to the FutureLab 2021.

    Alumni, young scholars, faculty, advisors, and partners are welcomed to join us as well

    More information about the registration process will be posted here in the first weeks of 2021.

    If you like to stay informed, please sign up here.

    Is there a limit how many oikees per chapter can apply?

    Since the event is held online this year there is no limit to the number of chapter members that can attend the event. Bring your whole chapter and introduce them to the international community.

    Can alumni from my chapter attend the FutureLab 2021?

    Yes, we strongly encourage alumni to attend.

    Are there any participant fees?

    As the FutureLab 2021 will take place fully online, the event is free for the oikos community.

    What is the LEAP Meeting and is it related to FutureLab?

    LEAP Meeting is a separate oikos event that will take place online from 19th to 20th March, 2021. The content and program of these two oikos events are not related.

    To learn more about oikos LEAP, visit the page: https://oikos-international.org/programmes/leap/ 

  • oikos FutureLab 2019

    In 2019, the annual oikos conference took place in Geneva, Switzerland from 31 of October to 2 of November.

    Learn about highlights of the FutureLab 2019 in our report. Download the report here

    Learn more: https://oikos-international.org/futurelab2019/

    oikos FutureLab 2018

    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

    Learn more: https://oikos-international.org/oikos-futurelab-2018/

    oikos FutureLab 2017

    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.

    Learn more: https://oikos-international.org/oikos-futurelab-2017/

    oikos FutureLab 2016

    For the sixth consecutive year, the oikos community is gathered in St. Gallen from November 6 to 9 for the FutureLab 2016. The aim was to pursue the implementation of our mission: integrating more sustainability in economics and management education. Whilst many understand and talk about the struggle of our educational systems to integrate sustainability and teach for its internalisation, we cease to couple the talk with the walk. A gap can be observed both in the struggle to teach for sustainable change agents and for inciting people to walk their talk in implementing projects that can bring about transformation. This is why the international organizing team chose the topic #WalkTheTalk, empowering and inspiring each other and the oikos communities to advance our actions and close educational gaps.

    Present at the conference were inspirational voices from business, NGOs and learning institutions as well as motivated oikos members from around the world. Watch this video for a quick impression or

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

    oikos FutureLab 2015

    The 2015 oikos FutureLab took place on 26 – 28 October (Monday – Wednesday) in the Pfalzkeller in St. Gallen. Its main aim was to create action plans to implement sustainable and relevant education systems, by involving representatives from all parties with an interest in management and economics education. It is, specifically, intended to facilitate the design of learning experiences that are more effective at preparing change agents to address the challenges of the 21st century. This signifies the embedding of sustainability and social perspectives in management and economics education and integrating pluralistic teaching methods.

    We are an important step closer to making education matter and could not have done it without more than 120 enthusiastic and driven participants from 20 countries and 4 continents. Now it is time to act in our local chapters. We are looking forward to seeing the next steps, projects and initiatives of the whole oikos community. Check out the Publication of Ideas here.

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

    oikos FutureLab 2014

    The 2014 oikos FutureLab took place on 10 – 11 November in St. Gallen. Several projects and initiatives were planned during the oikos FutureLab towards “building a bridge for sustainability in economics and management” together with 120 participants from 18 countries.

    For the first time, the oikos FutureLab was organised by a group of seven members from three different chapters worldwide who worked together for eight months. The floor was mainly in the hands of the participants who shaped the gathering. Students, alumni, NGO representatives, faculty members and corporate partners were working together in seven oikos Learning Circles (Economics, Finance, Leadership, Management, Energy, Fashion/Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship) in order to develop projects and initiatives. Speakers included Yuan Yang from Rethinking Economics and Marloes Nichols from Meteos, who spoke about campaigning for sustainability and shared their practical experience, as well as Uwe Lübbermann, founder of Premium Cola, the ecologically friendly and socially just drink producer in Germany who has chosen an organisational structure and strategies at Premium Cola that are in sharp contrast to what we learn in business schools.

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

    oikos FutureLab 2013

    The 2013 oikos FutureLab took place on 11 – 12 November in St. Gallen. It focused on “Transforming Education” and on opportunities to drive change at faculties for economics and management. As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab offered insights to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities to take oikos to the next level as an effective learning organization – in particular:

    • To understand and effectively tap into the learning opportunities already existing in our network.
    • To develop a platform for oikos and universities where we are active as learning organizations that foster sustainability leadership skills among their members and audiences.
    • To explore what a reference model for sustainability education in economics and management actually could look like, so that we can inspire students, scholars and university administrators.

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

    oikos FutureLab 2012

    On 19th and 20th November, 2012, we will welcome oikos members and partners in St. Gallen for the second oikos FutureLab. The 2012 topic is “Impact: Think – Act – Share”. As a central platform for changemakers, the FutureLab will bring together our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects.
    The oikos FutureLab will focus on impact and activating our network: What impact do we aim to achieve as individuals? How do we develop a mindset of change? How can we activate our oikos network more effectively to create impact? As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch, to co-learn with our members and partners and to identify opportunities for strengthening our impact in the future.
    A key feature of the oikos FutureLab will be the Impact Fair, a forum where conference delegates introduce their own projects, and through which they can engage the oikos community to help them further develop their project. Delegates will be invited to present their initiatives by using a theory of change logic during the Project Fair. Background information will be provided prior to the conference.
    The Project Fair will be followed by an Open Space to design and develop concrete projects to pursue with the support of the oikos community.

    More information: www.oikos-international.org/2012-2/

    oikos FutureLab 2011

    The oikos FutureLab 2011 is the first oikos event ever to gather our global family of student members, alumni, advisors, faculty and partners. As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2012, we are launching this new platform to provide not only a meeting point to share perspectives on the future, but also a “laboratory” to design initiatives and engage the oikos community in pursuing them. With oikos chapters across four continents, alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia, faculty members at leading schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects, we believe it is time to bring all of us together and accelerate the sustainability momentum.

    As a platform focused on solutions and action, the oikos FutureLab will offer insights into sustainability trends to watch in the long-term, key developments to monitor during the next 12 months, and opportunities for change moving forward. It will take a close look at how the oikos community can strengthen selected projects that are already on their way and provide a launching pad for new initiatives that emerge in the discussions. And it will nurture an ongoing exchange within the oikos community to set agendas, define priorities and join forces to increase impact.

    Participation is by invitation only. The event will take place in St. Gallen, Switzerland – where it all started in 1987.