P4NE is hiring a Convening & Communications Role

Partners for a New Economy is an international donor collaborative that wants the economic system to generate positive environmental and social outcomes.We were founded in 2015 by the MAVA, Oak, Marisla and KR Foundations and have since welcomed Ford Foundation, Laudes and Omidyar Network to our international donor collaborative. Our vision is an economy that enables communities, people and nature to thrive.

Over the next 6 months at P4NE we have a range of activities we want to deliver that will help us further our mission and we need some extra support to do so.

Some of these activities include:

  • Arranging and hosting monthly learning, insight and narrative sessions with our grantees
  • Hosting one-off online events around specific topics, open to a wider audience
  • Hosting collective sensemaking activities with different New Economy networks 
  • Publishing a monthly newsletter and other content 
  • Hosting a 2-day convening with our grantees and partners

To support all of these activities we are looking for someone to join us for an initial 6 months (May – November). You will work closely with our Field-building and Networks Lead, as well as the wider P4NE team and other contractors working on the larger convening.

We are looking for someone who can do the following:

  • Able to write, edit and curate different kinds of content in both a formal and informal style – blogs, social media cards, newsletters, learning insight decks etc. 
  • Suggest and operate digital tools for content, events, sensemaking and collaboration (Substack, Zoom, Miro, Slido etc)
  • Work independently and use initiative 
  • Bring ideas and creativity to the table
  • Highly organised and able to adapt and flex in how you work
  • Confident to co-facilitate online spaces and events
  • Interest in the New Economy movement 

The production of the convening will involve other contractors, including an event producer, so this role won’t be expected to be responsible for that.

We are hoping to contract someone to start from May 1st – November 1st 2022.

There is a budget of £15-£20,000 for this contract, which we’re considering as 3 days a week over 6 months, or with monthly agreed deliverables. We will be using these 6 months to better understand what we need for P4NE going forward in terms of comms, engagement and learning capacity so we will be looking to approach this role in an ‘action learning’ style.

To apply for the work please send us a short document (no more than 1 page) to crobinson@p4ne.org sharing how you would approach the work and any experience you have of doing similar activities and working with a small, agile team in an emergent way.

Deadline to apply is Midnight on Monday April 4th 2022. 

If you have any questions about the work, please get in touch with Cassie – crobinson@p4ne.org

Any questions that people ask will get shared on this google doc so that everyone can see questions and answers as they come in.

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Partners for a New Economy

posted March 22, 2022

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We are what we teach: 5 ways that education can be re-wired for nature

Join us on 2 March 2022 at 18:30-19:30 EAT (GMT+3) for the virtual UNEA side event: “We are what we teach: 5 ways education can be re-wired for nature.” Register here.

This event will present 5 cutting edge ideas as to how Universities, student leaders, Olympic sports, the Scout movement and the video gaming industry are all acting to protect and defend nature.

Following their presentations, there will be an exclusive discussion between ministers of education and high-level government representatives from across the globe to build out a broader plan for nature. Adam McKay, the film director of Don’t Look Up, will share his valuable insight on what must come next.

More details can be found below:

We will tackle the most challenging yet urgent topics to help realize the climate and nature secure future we need. Ideas will be shared around:

  1. What do students want from their education? Youth from Teach the Future and MOCK COP will share what young people are calling for around education for nature in order to prepare them for the sustainable future we need.
  2. How can universities play their part? The new Nature Positive Universities Alliance, led by the University of Oxford, is calling for universities to reduce the biodiversity impact of their supply chains and land use by joining the movement – 300 universities have already expressed interest in reducing their impact on nature.
  3. How can sports deliver for nature? The environmental activist and british rower, Melissa Wilson, along with the International Olympic Committee will talk about the unrivaled influence of sport and the development of a major new Sport for Nature programme.
  4. How can some of the biggest youth movements in the world take action? The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) will explain how their Earth Tribe platform seeks to advance education for nature by bringing all environmental badges into one space.
  5. How can we make use of popular mediums such as video games to reach people where they are? Playing for the Planet Alliance member Ubisoft will show how gaming is being rewired in support of the environment.

This will then be followed by a unique discussion among ministers and government representatives from Malawi, Indonesia and the UK, to reflect on how they are working to change what we teach.

Finally,  Adam McKay, the Director of “Don’t Look Up,” will share his thoughts on how youth can take action for nature and the climate.

Speakers:

  • Adam McKay, Academy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer – “Don’t Look Up” Director
  • Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education, Malawi
  • Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister of School System, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standard, Curriculum, and Education Assessment, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
  • Sonja Leighton Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  • Melissa Wilson, Environmental Activist and British Rower, Co-Founder of Athletes of the World
  • Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President, European Students’ Union
  • Shreya K.C, Climate Justice Activist, MOCK COP
  • Karis Micntyre, Youth Representative, Teach the Future
  • Emily Stott, Nature Positive Universities Alliance Coordinator, University of Oxford
  • Julie Duffus, Olympic Movement Senior Sustainability Manager, International Olympic Committee
  • Grecia Bárcena, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Kek Hian Leng, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Olivier Dauba, VP Games To Life, Ubisoft
  • Siiri Mäkelä, Associate Expert, UNEP
  • Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy, UNEP

Don’t miss this important event – join us on 2 March. Register here!

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UN Environment Programme

posted February 28, 2022

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Using ‘Economy Studies’ to effectively campaign for curriculum change

Join us for the January edition of the Curriculum Change Squad Call on Friday January 28 at 17:30 CET!

This month we will be joined by Joris Tieleman – the co-founder of Rethinking Economics Netherlands and the Co-author of Economy Studies. Joris works at Our New Economy, a small Dutch independent think tank working to renew economic thinking and practice.

To learn more about Economy Studies, check out their website at https://www.economystudies.com/

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oikos International

posted January 28, 2022

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Responsible Management Education | The PRME Global Movement Chapter #29

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Written by many of the key influencers at the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), the book focuses on advancing sustainable development into education, research and partnerships at higher education institutions and, specifically, at business schools, with the purpose of educating responsible leaders for today and tomorrow.

The book serves as a concrete source of inspiration for universities and other stakeholders in higher education on structures, processes and content for how to advance responsible management education and sustainable development. It articulates the importance of key themes connected with climate change, gender equality, anti-corruption, business for peace, anti-poverty and other topics that are related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The book emphasizes the significance of local–global interaction, drawing on local action at management schools in combination with global knowledge exchange across the PRME community. In addition, the book clearly demonstrates the background, key milestones and successful achievements of PRME as a global movement by management schools in collaboration with a broader community of higher education professionals. It exemplifies action in various local geographies in PRME Chapters, PRME Working Groups and the PRME Champions work to advance responsible management education. The authors of the book are all globally experienced deans, professors, educators, executives and students with a global outlook, who are united to advance responsible management education locally and globally.

The book will be invaluable reading for university leaders, educators, business school deans and students wanting to understand and embed responsible management education approaches across their institutions and curricula.

The chapter 29 is contributed by oikos International (Oliver Braunschweig, Giuliana Longworth and J.Christopher Proctor). Click here to read it.

The full ebook is free and available here.

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oikos International

posted January 20, 2022

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“Mapping Pluralist Research” report published

oikos International is excited to announce the publication of a new report on pluralist economics. This report, titled “Mapping Pluralist Research” provides an overview of the research which has come out of the student movement for pluralism in economics. Student organizations working to reform economics education have been very active recently, and this short document tries to put all our hard work in one place.

Mapping Pluralist Research was written by J.Christopher Proctor, the former oikos Associate in Pluralist Economics. If you’re still not sure what all this pluralism stuff is about, check out our oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics here.

You can download Mapping Pluralist Research here.

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oikos International

posted March 12, 2019

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oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics translated to Italian

We are proud to announce that our oikos guide to pluralist economics is now available in Italian thanks to the hard work of the members of Rethinking Economics Italia.

The guide introduces readers to the wonderful world of pluralist economics, which envisions an economics where a diverse set of theories and methods are taught to students in the undergraduate education. It is a great tool for self or group study, and is used in an interactive workshop that helps students get into the shoes of different types of economists.

The guide was created last year by J.Christopher Proctor in his role as the oikos Associate. The translation was done by the members of Rethinking Economics Padova and Torino.

See the Italian version here.

You can access the English version of the guide here. To learn more about running the pluralist workshop, or if you’re interested in translating the guide into your language, contact J.Christopher at j.christopher.proctor@oikos-international.org

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oikos International

posted February 7, 2019

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oikos Guide to Pluralist Economics

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 on the topic, contact J.Christopher at j.christopher.proctor@oikos-international.org.

Download the guide here.

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oikos International

posted February 9, 2018

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Pluralist economics: coming to a classroom near you?

Economics can be a pretty dull subject, both in the way it is presented and in the types of ideas it includes. But oikos is working to change that!

For last month’s Futurelab, oikos Associate J.Christopher Proctor led a team that developed an interactive workshop which introduced oikees to a new kind of economics. Using a number of engaging role playing games, the workshop asks participants to step into the shoes of various types of economists to make speeches, act out plays and even create ‘economic’ street art.

Participants come away from the workshop with a better understanding of economic approaches such as behavioral, ecological and feminist economics, and with an idea of what it looks like to study ‘pluralist economics’ in which diverse frameworks and ideas are taught alongside one another.

There is currently an active international student movement to promote pluralist economics, with groups like Rethinking Economics, PEPS-Economie, and the Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik arguing that new ideas and critical debate are desperately needed in economics and business schools.

Now is your chance to introduce your local oikos group to the world of pluralist economics! In the coming months, J.Christopher will be taking his workshop on tour to try to reach as much of the oikos family as possible. He’ll also be holding webinar-workshops for groups he’s not able to visit in person.

If you’re interested in setting up an event, contact him at J.Christopher.Proctor@oikos-international.org. And if you’re interested in a more detailed introduction to pluralist economics, check out the new book he helped edit: Rethinking Economics: An introduction to pluralist economics (discount code FLR40 at checkout for 20% off).

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oikos International

posted November 8, 2017

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Bridge International Academies

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Bridge International Academy (Bridge), the world’s largest and fastest growing private school chain, is known for its radically innovative “Academy-in-a-Box” model, which is a scalable and easily replicable model that offers low cost unique solutions to the problem of quality education to children at the bottom of the pyramid. With the mission of providing ‘Knowledge for All’ Bridge has enrolled more than one hundred thousand students in Kenya and other developing countries. The unique model revolves around the developing of rigorous course content by expert teachers from around the world and the “Scripted Instruction Methodology” to ensure standardization of delivery in the classrooms. The model that delivers affordable education at about $6 a month needs to scale up and enroll half a million students to break even.

While May and Jay, the founders of Bridge, were well on course to achieve their goal of enrolling 10 million poor students by 2025, they faced resistance from teachers’ associations which felt that encouraging Bridge would lead to privatization and commercialization of education. The governments also brought in new legislations that seriously hampered its business model by increasing costs and stalling its scalability. May and Jay now have to take a decision on how to rework the existing model to overcome regulatory hurdles and opposition from educators in order to achieve their goal. The case has important decision points and ramifications for all social entrepreneurs who have built or are building a sustainable business model to offer quality primary education to the poorest of the poor.

AuthorsManish Agarwal and D. Satish
InstitutionIBS Hyderabad, IFHE University, India
Competition Year2017
PlaceThird Prize
TrackSustainable Entrepreneurship
Key WordsCSR, Socially Responsible Investing, Environmental Performance, Social Performance
CoursesSustainable Finance, Strategic Management, Finance, Business Sustainability, Business and Society, or Environmental Entrepreneurship
Target AudienceMBAs, Undergrads
Permission rightsThis case will be published at the Case Centre shortly. You find an inspection copy for download below.
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oikos International

posted June 19, 2017

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eVidyaloka: Digital Classrooms for Underprivileged

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eVidyaloka, founded by a techie and a Chartered Accountant who quit their promising careers to follow their heart, aims to disseminate education to the poorest of the poor of the Indian society. For a country with a population of 1.2 billion, where 1 out of 4 people is under the age of 14, the future depends highly on its ability to provide quality education to this young generation. The crisis in education sector ranges from resource crunch to quality of teaching itself. Venkat and Satish, the founders of eVidyaloka, created a model that would connect passionate volunteer-teachers across the world through live, interactive online classes for rural children via the digital classroom setups in the village schools. They are using cutting edge digital learning platform to bridge the gap between supply and demand of quality education in rural India. Digital Interactive learning techniques, that were previously available only to the privileged, were taken to the other end of the spectrum. Venkat and Satish are the torchbearers in this journey. eVidyaloka stakeholders included not just the students and the volunteer-teachers but also the school authorities, local government, local NGOs and many other well-wishers and volunteers who work to put together a platform to enable this form of learning.  However, off late eVidyaloka is struggling to maintain its initial momentum.

AuthorsAtul Kumar Singh, Vanishree Sattiraju
InstitutionXLRI Jamshedpur, India
Competition Year2017
PlaceRunner Up
TrackSustainable Entrepreneurship
Key WordsCSR, Socially Responsible Investing, Environmental Performance, Social Performance
CoursesSustainable Finance, Strategic Management, Finance, Business Sustainability, Business and Society, or Environmental Entrepreneurship
Target AudienceMBAs, Undergraduates
Permission rightsThis case is part of the oikos free case collection. Download a free online copy below. If you are a faculty member and you are interested in teaching this case, you can request a free teaching note by sending us an email to freecase@oikos-international.org.
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oikos International

posted June 19, 2017

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