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oikos Newsletter December 2019

23 December 2019 | Newsletters

Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter! For the last time this year, we take a look at what happened in the preceding months in our community. We also inform you about upcoming opportunities that you can already mark in your 2020 calendar. December at oikos is a month of bittersweet farewells and new beginnings. We already said goodbye to the oikos Board 2018/2019 and welcomed seven astonishing members to the Board 2019/2020. You can read their stories below. We are grateful to the whole oikos community – our members, alumni, partners, and supporters – for their astounding commitment, ingenious ideas, and continuous help throughout the past year. Happy Holidays! READ THE WHOLE NEWSLETTER HERE... »

oikos Newsletter November 2019

22 November 2019 | Newsletters

In October and November, our community came together in Switzerland to meet in person after months of online communications and kick-start new discussions and projects together. This month, we reveal the winners of the oikos Case Writing Competition and look at the impact our Leadership Program – LEAP has had on participants. READ THE WHOLE NEWSLETTER HERE... »

B-Line Sustainable Urban Delivery: Can Last-Mile Bicycle Delivery Survive The E-Commerce Minefield?

07 November 2019 | Cases

As the population of cities in the western United States continues to boom, the demand for retail and wholesale food has followed suit. To deal with the accompanying increase in traffic and congestion from population and business growth, the city of Portland planned to increase bikeways and reduce the use of single-occupant vehicles to less than 30% of total commuters by 2026. Despite efforts to decrease dependence on vehicles, traffic congestion in Portland continued to increase, and traditional vehicle delivery in the urban area became less and less efficient. As ride-sharing services and online retailers increased their presence in the food delivery business, these activities contributed even more to congestion. Consequently, there was a pressing need for alternative... »

Authenticitys: who said unicorns are legendary?

07 November 2019 | Cases

The case focuses on Authenticitys, an online platform that curates and co-designs social impact experiences for people to travel, share, and learn together in unforgettable settings in the world’s cities. Authenticitys’ ambition is to showcase the unique cultural heritage intrinsic of destinations in a responsible way that adds value to the community and travellers alike making tourism a true force for good. The case traces the history of Authenticitys, a start-up that caught sight of a business opportunity in a current issue: over-tourism. From the choice to become a certified B Corp, to the implementation of the Social Impact Report, the case both explores the values and mission of the company, and focuses on the practices at the... »

Sistema Biobolsa: Addressing Challenges of Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Waste Management in Mexico

07 November 2019 | Cases

The case chronicles the innovation in Bio-digester technology in Mexico led by Alex Eaton and Camilo Pages through a social enterprise ‘Sistema Biobolsa’. It describes how the two social entrepreneurs created an innovative waste and resource management system by re-imagining 150-year old biogas production. The innovation brought together high-quality membrane, durable modular parts, and anaerobic bio-digesters that transformed animal waste into renewable energy (bio-gas) and organic fertilizer. Sistems Biobolsa addressed several challenges that small and marginal farmers in Mexico and across the world faced – low yielding land due to excess use of chemical fertilizers, lack of organic fertilizers, unviable waste disposal methods and limited access to energy. Sistema Biobolsa converted organic waste into organic fertilizer and renewable... »