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oikos Newsletterjan 2010 Dear oikos friend, On the following pages, please find recent news from the oikos network and the most important upcoming international oikos events. I am happy looking back on an exciting year as oikos International president 2009. You will get the next newsletter from our new president Anna Ritschel, whom I wish all the best for her presidency in 2010. Together, we can make a difference!

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oikos alumni (page 7) and oikos academic (page 8)

oikos is the international student organisation for sustainable economics and management and a leading reference point for the promotion of sustainability change agents. Learn more at

Kate Negacz, oikos International, President 2009


local chapter news

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Newsletter | jun-dec 2009 > jan-feb 2010 Student Reporters at World Resources Forum 2009

Members of oikos Monrovia embarked on a project to promote sustainable Liberian cultural practices through music and sustainable innovations among students. A topic of this project was Sustainability through Music.

oikos Monrovia The Sustainable Liberian Cultural Musical

L A C O L S R jun E T P A H C L A C LO oikos Bayreuth “Working for Mum, 18

Dad, Grandma and Grandpa�

Panel discussion on sustainable financial policy - with representatives from major German parties: Will that be our future? Or is there a alternative?

Ten selected international students were blogging live from the WRF 2009 to a global audience, providing content summaries, background stories, interviews and impressions from the event.

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oikos Dhaka Save Rivers Signature Campaign oikos Dhaka organised the Summer 2009 Club Fair with a purpose of collecting signatures from the Presidents of more than 20 clubs at the university to facilitate the protection of rivers in Bangladesh.


oikos Dhaka World Environment Day

On the occasion of the World Environment Day, oikos Dhaka, in collaboration with the Global Affairs Forum, BRAC University, organised a talk show and a poster competition. 80 students were present during the seminar, while 10 students had submitted posters.


oikos Warsaw Responsibility for ownership

Doubtable credit transactions, the “greed� of investment bankers, weak regulations - we seem to have an unsustainable financial system. In a lecture series at the University of Cologne, oikos Cologne asked: Can we do it differently?

oikos Warsaw organised a panel discussion on the topic of responsible ownership.The main questions for the panel discussion were as follows: Responsibility in business meaningless talks or a great idea? What is the freedom in business? Is it possible? Is an existing legislation an impediment for an enterprise and how is it related to the idea of CSR?


nov L A C O L S 22 R E T P HA oct C L 20 A C LO S R oct E T P A H C L A C O L S R E T P A H 14 C L A C O oikos is growing ERS Loct Discuss oikos Cologne Responsible Finance - Can we do it differently?



Hamburg Paderborn

Belfast Brussels

responsible finance in Oxford!

How can responsible finance provide solutions to the financial crisis? oikos and the University of Oxford organised an event to engage students in a solution-driven discussion.




Cologne Witten/ Herdecke

Graz St.Gallen


Chapter in accession


Sylhet Dhaka

Friedrichshafen Constance

oikos Local Chapter

Bayreuth Clausthal Opole Warsaw Bratislava Zagreb NEW Prague New Delhi NEW

Kolkata Chennai Ahmedabad NEW



Zagreb, Sylhet, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai and New Delhi have joined the network as oikos chapters in accession. For their new projects visit Local Chapters websites. In January 2010, oikos comprises of 31 Local Chapters.


as of December 2009


No chapter in your town? Create a chapter! Interested in starting a new oikos group? Founding an oikos group has a lot in common with starting a company. You are just about to become an entrepreneur!


The oikos International Team is always ready to guide you through the process of founding an oikos Local Chapter. Please contact the International team at


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24 presidents and advisors met and discussed their roles in Local Chapters and a joint work in the future.

international news Newsletter | jun-dec 2009 > jan-feb 2010

Cologne, Witten/Herdecke, Graz, Paris and Sylhet chapters contributed to the International Day of Climate Action. During one week five of Local Chapters took a stand for a safe climate future, by organising inspiring events at their universities.

The Student Sustainability Initiative from Michigan and INEX from Vienna won the oikos Student Entrepreneurship Award 2009.

oikos Student Entrepreneurship Award 2009


L A N O I T NA R 21 E Chapters take first Climate T N I S O Curricula Challenge K nov 15-21 I O Presidents and 17-24 AL N nov O I T Advisors Retreat oct A N R E T N I 15-18 OIKOS oikos Winter School 2009 L oct A N 11-12 ATIO N R sep E T N I oikos Autumn Meeting 2009 OIKOS in Belfast Fifty oikos members gathered in Belfast to explore the issue of Sustainability and Conflict Resolution: Learning from the past, looking to the future. Although the “troubles� in Ireland had sociopolitical roots, the decades of conflict affected all parts of society, particularly the economy.

A new generation of student project leaders was trained in sustainability and project management skills by advancing their own projects at the University of Witten/Herdecke.




Wings of excellence. Apply for St Gallen Symposium! Do you want to discuss future issues with world leaders? Would you like to share ideas on how entrepreneurs can be agents of change? Then write an essay and be part of the St. Gallen symposium on May 6-7, 2010!

oikos International is currently seeking to fill the position of its President and Executive Board in 2011. Please send your applications to anna.ritschel@ by 14th March. More information is on our homepage.

Call for the President and Executive Board 2011!


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N O I T A NTERN I25-28

Programme deadline!

Get fit in sustainability and project leadership! Ten oikos Project Leaders will be coached by oikos alumni and experts e.g fundraising and communication to make the best out of their ideas and ressources.

The oikos Project Development Fund (PDF) supports financially projects organised by oikos Local Chapters. The purpose of this fund is to improve the performance of oikos projects by providing detailed feedback and promoting oikos projects.

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The Spring Meeting will take place in Reims on 25-28th March. This year the main topic will be “sustainable marketing�. We encourage all oikos members to register and participate in this great event!




O K I mar O L A N O I T A N R E 1 L OIKOS INT feb NA Attend the oikos Spring O I T A N R E Meeting 2010! T N I S O L OIK Project Leadership

Organise Spring Meeting 2011 The application for the Spring Meeting 2011 is open now. Please consider whether you want to be the next hosting Local Chapter.

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academic news Newsletter | jun-dec 2009 > jan-feb 2010

oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy 2009 oikos PhD Fellows lab Visiting researchers are welcomed! With the support of the University of St. Gallen and Swiss-based Mercator Foundation we opened the ‘oikos PhD Fellowship Lab’ this summer - three cosy office rooms providing workspace for the growing international team of oikos PhD Fellows.

The first oikos UNDP Young Scholars Development Academy attracted applications from five continents. Fifteen selected scholars presented their research on inclusive business models, market development and sustainability at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP).


going Get involved as an academic! Are you as an academic interested in oikos, but not connected to the network yet? Write to Johannes Schwarzer at johannes.schwarzer@


A C feb A S O K OI 6-11 C I M E D A dec C A onS O K I O going oikos PRI Young Scholars C I 30ADEM Finance Academy 2010 C A oct S O K I O C I M E AD C Deadline oikos Global sep A S O OIK Case Writing Competition 2010 New PhD Fellows in St.Gallen We welcomed two new PhD Fellows in St Gallen: Liudmila Nazarkina and Johannes Schwarzer. Liudmila will be working on social entrepreneurship. Johannes will conduct research on the political economy of policy reforms.

oikos and Ashoka joined forces to promote high quality teaching cases on Corporate Sustainability and Social Entrepreneuship. Winners will be announced in spring 2010.

oikos and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative invited the next generation of finance researchers to Switzerland to the 2nd oikos PRI Young Scholars Academy on Responsible Investment.


Connect as an alumni via your preferred social network:

Connecting in London! The group of oikos alumni in Vienna is expanding! During our second meeting we talked how to become a sustainability professional.

Alumni in London are connecting to other sustainability professionals! The alumni group in London has now teamed up with sustainability professionals. They have just had their first session in The Hub, Islington.

S O K I O I N M 21 U L A OS nov K I O I N M 6 U L A Vienna alumni get S O 7 oikos Alumni Day and Shaping Change K I jul O I together! N M U sep L A 5 S O K I O I jun N M LU A Zurich meets again! S O K I O oikos alumni from mainly St. Gallen got together again on 9 September for an informal dinner.

Meet alumnus... Lukasz Makuch My name is Lukasz Makuch and I work as a CSR coordinator at PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, Poland’s biggest energy company. Before I joined this company, I was a corporate sustainability consultant at PwC. I was part of oikos between 20042006 when I served as the president of oikos Warsaw. Since 2006, I am a member of the Advisory Board of this chapter. The oikos motto — ‘Be informed, get involved, make a difference’ — was and still is my reason for being active within oikos because I truly believe in this philosophy.

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On 21 November, Local Chapters around the world celebrated oikos Alumni Day 2009. It is the first time the oikos network brings together its alumni on the same day in different cities around the world (for example, in Paris and Cologne). The oikos Alumni Day coincided with Shaping Change. This events was the first in a series of events focussed on developing tools for change makers.

What I care most about in sustainability is the possibility to make a difference. In my job, I try to balance the ecological, social and economical aspects of PGE to minimize its environmental and social impact and create added social value. For me, the biggest hurdle to overcome within my company is a mental hurdle: it is a former state owned company and currently 85% is still state owned. In 2010, I hope that we can continue networking amongst oikos alumni and develop some joint projects, in collaboration with oikos chapters. One hint I can give to current oikos students is ‘Never stop being an oikee!’

alumni news

Newsletter | jun-dec 2009 > jan-feb 2010


Get involved as alumni!


Are you oikos alumnus? Not connected to the network yet? Write to Kim Poldner at kim.poldner@



get involved whom

…on oikos in 2010? to contact …on the Local Chapters? on what …0n the international projects? Anna Ritschel oikos International, President 2010 skype ‘anna-ritschel’ …on oikos in 2009? Kate Negacz oikos International, President 2009 skype ‘katenegacz’

Connect via your preferred social network:

…on curricula change projects? Patricia Mesquita | oikos PhD Fellow 2009-2012 …on member coaching and training programmes?

Or find us on twitter:


Nina Hug | oikos PhD Fellow 2008-2011

…on PhD and faculty projects? …on potential involvement as a donor?

Dr. Jost Hamschmidt oikos Foundation, Managing Director phone +41 (0)71 224 2595

…on the oikos academic network? Johannes Schwarzer| oikos PhD Fellow 2009-2012 …on how to stay in touch as alumni?

Kim Poldner | oikos PhD Fellow 2008-2011

…on the oikos public relations? Martin Herrndorf | oikos PhD Fellow 2008-2011 …on oikos publications? Liudmila Nazarkina | oikos PhD Fellow 2009-2012


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