Join us at oikos as Manager, Operations

08 April 2017 | Featured

Join the international oikos team as a Manager, Operations in St. Gallen, Switzerland. As the manager for operations you provide a key pillar for our work and impact. You manage the operations in our international office in St. Gallen, and you are deeply involved in organizing our international programs. You find further information here.... »

USE YOUR POWER: oikos Spring Meeting Discussed Sustainable Consumption

07 April 2017 | News

On March 23 oikos Spring Meeting 2017 opened in Hamburg, Germany. More than 130 participants from many different parts of the world were gathered together under the title USE YOUR POWER – Empowering Young Leaders for Sustainable Decisions. This year oikos Spring meeting focused on sustainable consumption to highlight the effects of unrestrained consumption and put emphasis on the importance of conscious decision making. The significance of the topic further stems from the fact that the United Nations explicitly incorporated this aspect in their Sustainable Development Goals. The participants were encouraged to think about sustainable consumption on the individual and company level. To make matters easier for them public lectures were organized with keynote speakers from imug e.V... »

LEAP Intermediate Gathered Together Local Chapter Leaders

03 April 2017 | News

From 22 to 23 March 2017 oikos LEAP Intermediate took place in Hamburg, Germany. The event welcomed 32 oikos chapter presidents and international executive board (EB) members in order to discuss chapter development and strengthen presidents’ leadership skills. oikos International is a member-led organization and the presidents along with EBs play key role in the organization’s decision making process and represent a crucial force behind its success, both at an international and chapter level. For this reason LEAP Intermediate devoted special attention to the development of the presidents’ leadership skills and spared no effort to make them comprehend the importance of their position and work. The presidents were briefed on the organization’s history, mission and strategy and were... »

What a Difference Two Days Make – The Second LEAP Advanced Meeting

01 April 2017 | News

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” –Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize Winner) Better leadership is praised as a solution to many problems: dysfunctional teams, weak performance on key indicators, motivational valleys. But after two days with the LEAP Advanced cohort, which started their 9-months journey in November last year, we were reminded of this simple truth: no effective leadership without self-leadership. During the intense two days meeting the group of young leaders, many of them board members of their oikos Chapters, got to know each other – and themselves – much better. The first afternoon, despite being surrounded by nature, everyone spent bent... »

Addressing sustainability and inequality at a global level : how other worlds (may) emerge

Increased global interconnectivity has encouraged a prevalence of forums that seek to organise and facilitate action on sustainability and inequality on a global scale. A body of work has examined such global forums and the theoretical contexts in which they operate but there is little which examines the nature of engagement through these forums to address issues of sustainability and inequality. This thesis explores social actors’ participation in two global forums, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Social Forum (WSF), with the aim of creating more sustainable and equal worlds. It has been structured around four overarching research questions as follows. RQ1. What are the perceived relationships between dominant and dominated social actors in global sustainability... »

From Eco to Common Sense: Sustainability in the Fashion Industry Was Discussed at oikos Winter School

17 March 2017 | News

From 5 to 11 March 2017 oikos Winter School took place in Witten, Germany. The Winter School was titled “You call it Eco. We call it common sense. Sustainability in the fashion industry” and explored a role and impact of the apparel industry on sustainable development. About 30 participants and a dozen of speakers from all walks of life spent the week amidst heated debates, discussing the current situation in the industry and possible solutions to its countless problems. The many drawbacks of the fashion industry are exemplified by widespread media coverage, distressing reports of various NGOs and scientific research and data, all of which include numerous accounts ranging from human rights violations to environmental damage. Bearing in... »

oikos Newsletter March 2017

09 March 2017 | Newsletters

Warmer days have come with March already here! While you book your tickets for the Spring Meeting in Hamburg to #UseYourPower, don’t forget to check out how to compensate your CO2 emissions. Read more about it in our Podio Intranet, where you can now also look out for a carpool or a couch to sleep. Thanks to the dozens of active contributors in our Intranet, good news now spread faster: Did you know, you can now plant a tree with every couple of web searches with Ecosia? Assignment writing just became a force for good! If you can’t make it to Hamburg, look out for other possibilities to stay in touch, like the Webinar on “Leading for More... »

The Transition to Renewable Energy: Don’t Expect a Revolution

07 March 2017 | Articles, News

The second oikos alumni debate online took place on February 22nd and as with the first, it was a true oikos product: made by alumni for alumni. The evening was guided by the title: “Renewing Global Energy: Revolution or Evolution?”. Three panelists shared their insights with interested alumni and replied openly to their questions: Nils Bennemann, Ralph Ripken and Aanal Patwari. The debate was moderated by Benedikt Lemke. Solar, wind, thermal, biomass: Renewable energy (RE) has spread widely. Whether humongous wind farms are built off the European coasts or solar panels powering single households are installed on Kenya’s rooftops: many factors have pushed and pulled renewable technologies into the spotlight. But how far have we come? And what... »

Together We Can: Kolkata Hosted oikos Asia Meet 2017

07 March 2017 | News

From 18 to 20 February oikos Asia Meet 2017 took place in Kolkata, India. The event gathered participants from all over Asia and united them under the theme Together We Can. oikos Asia Meet 2017 facilitated networking of the oikos regional chapters and served as a platform for sharing best practices and lessons learned in sustainability from developed nations for developing nations and vice-versa. oikos Asia Meet 2017 combined thought-provoking debates with invigorating activities to generate novel ideas and proposals in the field of sustainable development. A panel discussion – East or West: Best practices in Sustainability was moderated by Prof. Runa Sarkar, IIM Calcutta. Panelists included Mr. Rustam Sengapta (social enterprise #Boond), Mr. Anurag Danda (WWF), Prof.... »

Green bonds: How the “green” makes a difference?

22 February 2017 | Articles, News

By Stefano Ramelli Green bonds are considered a potential channel to overcome the financing barriers for climate mitigation, adaptation and other environment-friendly projects. The issuance of green bonds has been experiencing a rapid growth over the last few years. The green bonds market was created in the period 2007-2008 by multilateral development banks (the European Investment Bank and the World Bank, in particular) and has started to expand since 2013 with the entrance of private sector issuers. Examples of corporate green bonds include the USD 1.75 billion note issued by Toyota in March 2014 and the USD 1.5 billion note issued by Apple in February 2016. Cities and local government bodies are also important actors of this market.... »