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10 September 2018

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oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics

09 February 2018 | News | Economics, Education

Pluralist economics is the idea that the best way to understand the economy is to study a large number of competing theories. If you’ve studied economics in the past, this might sound like a pretty foreign concept. Economics is often taught as if it is a hard science, with strict rules that need to be followed if one is to come to the correct answer. Pluralist economists disagree with this vision of economics. Instead, they think that listening to and respecting a diverse set of voices is a sign of strength, not weakness. This guide was created by oikos associate J.Christopher Proctor to give people a quick introduction to pluralist economics. For questions about pluralism, or to host a workshop... »

New Report: Digital Economy and Sustainability

Digitalization – the increased use of information and communication technologies (ICT) – is affecting all areas of our lives. Rapid progress in the development of hardware and software is steadily moving us towards a fully-digital society. The ways how we learn, communicate, and consume are cases in point. Applications and devices make it “easier” (in inverted comma, because sometimes technology makes things more complicated or confusing) to do routine work or to stay in contact with each other. Many of them have already become so embedded in our daily experiences that it is hard to imagine living without them. Instant e-mail delivery, navigating with online maps, and an internet at our fingertips, available 24/7, has become second nature... »

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.... »

The Journey So Far In oikos Leap – A Sustainable Leadership Programme For Young Leaders

21 June 2016

Abstract oikos was founded in 1987 by students who, in consequence to the absence of sustainability in their formal educational programmes, aimed to empower young leaders to drive sustainable change (oikos, 2016). Close to thirty years later, the majority of universities still fail to integrate sustainability holistically and struggle to develop sustainability leaders, resulting in a “leadership crisis” (Myatt, 2013; Green, 2013). This paper seeks to present the methodology and impact of oikos’ leadership programme (oikos LEAP), created to provide young leaders with an opportunity to discover and practice sustainable leadership in their lives. In 2015, oikos LEAP, was attended by 40 young change agents, of which 17 voluntarily committed to the Advanced Track experience. Whilst oikos LEAP... »