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oikos Asia Meet 2014 : Quiz, yoga, workshop, field trip, challenges, inspiration, and more

30 May 2014 | News

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Pune: It was a great learning experience to be at the oikos Asia Meeting this year. This conjugation of the oikos chapters in East Asia was hosted by the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management from 23rd to 25th May, 2014. Set against the scenic backdrop of the Western hills the participants spent three days discussing and learning more on the topic of “Innovation and Sustainability”.

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The three action-packed days witnessed inspiring seminars and talks conducted by eminent Indian innovators/businessmen such as Dr. Abhay Jere of Persistent Technologies and Mr. Ashish Gawade Founder at BOPEEI. Following this was a session conducted by Mr. Nitin Ghatpande on the “Six Thinking Hats” and “Six Sigma” tools for innovation. “My Green Idea Challenge” further encouraged the participants to solve local challenges through innovation tools they had just learned. The Green Idea Challenge and a quiz on history of oikos and sustainability were rewarded with prizes from the organizing team. It was also a pleasure to meet oikos Pune advisors, Dr. Sane and Prof. Shastri in person. The faculty of the institute was much involved in the proceedings of this year old chapter and very encouraging in their approach.

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The Meeting was also successful in establishing a stronger bond between the chapters and oikos International Board Members. During the two sessions conducted by International president Lenka Parkanova and EB member Kavya Agrawal, there was in depth discussion regarding the projects, impact, organsiational stucture and governance of oikos. The concept of the FutureLab 2014 was introduced and chapters were invited to join us for this exciting event in November. A parallel session for other members witnessed the screening of the epic documentary “HOME”.

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The highlight of this event was certainly the visit to Vigyaan Ashram  at Pabal Village, Maharastra. The Ashram runs as an innovation and learning lab for young students and local community with focus on grassroot innovations. Technology was used and made available in the complex in a very cost effective manner. It was motivating to see the dedication and passion in the innovations created by Vigyaan Ashram. The long bus ride to Vigyaan Ashram was utilized to have individual discussions with each chapter president, provide them more information about the network, communication on the international level and upcoming events.

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10365747_1493088174254517_1229318832906609630_nParticipants of the oikos Asia Meeting also had a memorable time cycling, swimming and catching up in the breathtaking beauty of SIBM, Pune. It was hard to say goodbye to all the new friends (a lot of them promising to stay in touch and collaborate on further projects). All in all, it looked like the incredible effort and positive energy that oikos Pune team invested into organizing of this event paid off.  The oikos Asia Meeting was very successful in instilling fresh energy among Asian chapters and paving the way for many like-minded people to work together.

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Feedback by one of the attendees - "I was amazed from the minute I met everyone on a night before the meet. The sheer excitement that the organizing team had was infectious and I was actually in for a surprise. The arrangements were spectacular including the venue and I literally felt like I was taken care of. The amount of synchronization and co-ordination among organizing team was excellent. The ice-breaking activities were innovative and the seminars were very inspiring. There was not a minute in the three days that I felt bored or out of place considering it was my first event with oikos. The workshop and field trip was extraordinary and very educating. To summarize in one sentence, I attended the Asia Meet as a guest and on the third day I walked out of the venue wanting to be a member with okios - Nimisha Ghorpade”

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