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LEAP Advanced: At the outset of a life long journey

19 August 2019 | News

The LEAP Advanced is a training program designed to empower and educate better leaders for a sustainable tomorrow. Applications for the Advanced Cohort 2019/2020 are now open. In this brief article, LEAP advanced participants Gregory Vrient and Katharina Buiten describe their LEAP journey and insights on leadership. Our journey spanned across 9 months and included monthly webinars, peer-to-peer and individual coaching calls. While the webinars provided theoretical knowledge on leadership, coaching calls and three written reflections help the participants develop their practical skills through discussions and exercises. An unforgettable part of the program are on-site meetings, where the participants from across the globe gather together. This year, Leysin (Switzerland) and Belgrade (Serbia) were chosen as destination points of the... »

oikos Newsletter August 2019

12 August 2019 | Newsletters

Welcome to the August edition of our newsletter! Today, we celebrate World Youth Day, and in that the incredible potential of youth to be change-makers that the world desperately needs today. On this warm August day, we want to share information on our upcoming projects, get you inspired and offer opportunities for engaging with the youth for a greater sustainable impact. Read through our newsletter to learn about the FutureLab, oikos Leadership Program – LEAP, alumni Unconference in St.Gallen and more. READ THE WHOLE NEWSLETTER HERE... »

30 seconds with Carlos Vargas

05 August 2019 | News

This month, we ask you to take 30 seconds to meet Carlos Vargas, former oikos PhD fellow in Sustainable Finance (2017). During his time at oikos, Carlos was also responsible for running the oikos Case Writing Competition and was involved in other programs such as the PhD Academy and the Future Lab. Today, Carlos is a professor of Finance at EGADE Business School at Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. He also teaches at Harvard Summer and Extension Schools.  In this brief letter, Carlos reminisces his oikos experience and discusses his insights on sustainable finance. In 2015, when I was planning to start my PhD in 2015, I found out about oikos while looking for Case Studies on Sustainable... »

Apply for the oikos Board 2019/20

29 July 2019 | Join Us

oikos seeks  a strategic-minded team from a pool of passionate oikos members and alumni  who are ready to change the world and strengthen our community. Do you want to develop your leadership skills in a truly global context while embarking on the journey of a student-led, international non-profit organisation working towards a more sustainable system? Apply today to become Vice President (VP) of oikos International! Desired experiences/skills Active oikos member  or recent Alumni  A minimum of one academic term (4 months) of experience at oikos at any level Fluency in English (written and spoken) General Opportunities and Benefits Co-create & shape strategies & vision of oikos, help to guide the organization and reflect on the outcomes at the... »

Solving Sustainability Crisis in the Commercial World: oikos Hong Kong hosts the Sustainability Impact Case Competition

23 July 2019 | News

Inspired by the students’ passion for learning through case competitions in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), oikos Hong Kong decided to organize a Case Competition to promote sustainability concepts in the university. The team aimed to introduce the concept of sustainability consciousness as well as to enrich an individual’s experience and awareness of sustainable development. They started by brainstorming ideas to solve sustainability issues in a multinational corporation! Anatomy of the project Goal: The goal of oikos Hong Kong’s undertaking was to raise students’ awareness about sustainability issues in the commercial world. They also sought to strengthen action competence for sustainable development among tomorrow’s decision-makers. In oikos Hong Kong Sustainability Impact Case Competition 2019,... »

oikos Newsletter July 2019

15 July 2019 | Newsletters

Welcome to the July edition of our newsletter! Engage in our upcoming projects and learn what our community has been up to in the preceding month. READ THE NEWSLETTER HERE... »

The First St. Gallen Unconference on Sustainability for alumni

12 July 2019 | News

Join the first St. Gallen Unconference on sustainability for oikos alumni and friends! St. Gallen Unconference Organised by oikos Alumni & HSG Alumni Sustainability Club Topic: Sustainability & Business When: 29th & 30th of August 2019 Where: University of St. Gallen, Dufourstrasse 50, 9000 St. Gallen Some alumni from the oikos International Alumni network along with the HSG Alumni Sustainability Club came together to organize the Unconference for members of both networks to meet, learn, and exchange knowledge and skills. Unlike a regular conference, an Unconference is an event where the agenda is shaped by the participants, which creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity, with a strong focus on networking possibilities. If you are interested in... »

oikos Curriculum Change Initiative at YSI Conference

06 July 2019 | News

At the end of June, oikos management team members, Lenka (oikos Curriculum Strategy Manager) and J.Christopher (oikos Curriculum Research Manager), visited Siena, Italy in order to meet with a dynamic community of young researchers exploring different schools of economic thought, share oikos projects and new initiatives with them and to build new connections with like-minded organizations.  They took part in the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET)/Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) pre-conference followed by the Italian Association for the History of Political Economy (STOREP) conference. J.Christopher organized an interactive session on pluralism in economics and Lenka presented the new oikos Curriculum Change Initiative. In this brief article, they share insights from the conferences and discuss the upcoming oikos curriculum... »

30 seconds with the Germany Meeting 2019 Team

01 July 2019 | News

This July, meet our dedicated, hard-working organizers of the Germany Meeting 2019. In this brief letter, they describe how the team came together, divided up tasks and then worked day in and day out to ensure that everything went well at the meeting.  The café around the corner of our university was crowded and dark, twelve curious faces squeezed together at two tables in the corner, dull murmuring and slow beats coming from the speakers filled the air. Everyone seemed a little nervous, not knowing what was going to await them in the upcoming six weeks. Since most of us had just joined oikos, the earliest challenge was to get to know each other so that we would... »

Farewell to the oikos Foundation: Launching the Next Phase

30 June 2019 | News

On June 25, 2019, oikos had the pleasure of hosting a farewell party for the oikos Foundation to celebrate its impact during the last three decades before it formally closes its doors in the coming months and oikos thus turns into a fully student-led organization. The oikos Foundation was launched in the spring of 1990 as a result of the successful engagement by the students of oikos St. Gallen for a foundation to support the integration of ecological issues into research and teaching of economics and management. Since then the foundation has come a long way. In 1991 and 1992, it welcomed the first oikos visiting professors to the University of St. Gallen. In 1993, it was among... »