Apply to be a student reporter for the World Resources Forum 2013 in Davos! A conference that Student Reporter has covered since its inception, the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos is held bi-annually to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use. You can review our latest coverage from 2011 and 2012 (held in Beijing). This year, WRF2013 convenes under the theme “Shaping the Future of Natural Resources” and will address topics of resource efficiency, sustainable cities, urban mining, and lifestyles. It will be held 6-9 October, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland. (more…)
On a sunny Thursday afternoon, I meet Nefertiti Harris at her salon in the Cass Corridor, one of Detroit’s comeback neighborhoods. Harris is a tall, slender, smiling woman with long locs wound neatly around the crown of her head.
Come become part of a fast moving global organizational environment! Student Reporter seeks for two project managers to lead an international team of students covering the World Resources Forum 2013 (WRF 2013) held in Davos-Switzerland, 6-9th October 2013. We are looking for managers to lead in both managerial and editorial capacities – ideally, our teams comprise of one experienced project manager and one experienced editor (a call for those interested participating as a reporter can be found here). Listen to an interview with Student Reporter editor Caroline D´Angelo about her experience leading a team at the World Water Forum 2012, Marseille-France. Candidates are expected to have experience in the following areas:
Working with senior management personnel
Leading and coordinating international teams in both an online and physical setting
Proven track record writing for an online audience
Interest in resource economics and management, business and sustainability (more…)
“How do we create the positive energy to fuel real change?” Ian Johnson, Secretary General of the Club of Rome, asks to a young audience of artists, activists entrepreneurs, and representatives of international (youth) movements in his opening remarks at the Change Course Conference on December 8th, 2012. The scene in Winterthur, Switzerland was an atypical one for the Club of Rome. While traditionally, the organization’s member base consists of influential, elderly white males, the average age on that day was 25 years. Sixty young men and women from over fifty countries came together to deliberate for four days on how to “change course” towards a sustainable world. Founded in 1968 as an association of leading independent thinkers from politics, business and science, the Club of Rome is today primarily known as the think tank that published the influential “Limits to Growth” report in 1972.
Language is an interesting device. It helps us communicate with each other, share our ideas, thoughts, feelings. Yet, more often than not, all of the above get lost in a morass of misinterpretations and misunderstandings. The concept of sustainability isn’t safe from this either. It’s easy to overuse the S-word these days.
Year 2012 was incredibly exciting for Student Reporter. We reported from around the world, from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the Kasbah of the Middle East. As we traveled to these locations, we critically reflected on our own carbon emissions, and met a participant who even traveled by train from Leeds, England to Beijing, China to save his own emissions! We interviewed each other, Nobel Prize winners, social entrepreneurs, environmental advocates, and professors, just to name a few. (more…)
Would you like to rethink and critically reflect on the current state and future development of social entrepreneurship? Well, here is your opportunity: The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the Huffington Post and Student Reporter have teamed up to invite ten students to form a virtual team starting 1st of February 2013 for six months to contribute to Huffington Post’s Social Entrepreneurship section. Ideally, an inter-disciplinary team of students with strong disciplinary foci in sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, entrepreneurship studies, and political theory would form this team. We also welcome applications from social entrepreneurs. Candidates must be enrolled in an educational program such as BA, MA, MBA, or PhD. Each student reporter is expected to deliver four to five articles within the six months of collaboration. One article should adopt a critical op-ed perspective based on the disciplinary focus of the reporter.
When we think about international environmental conferences, similar pictures come to our minds: experts flying in to chic venues, abundance of good food and long discussions of impacts that are hard to gauge. Which brings us to the question: do we really need to launch the tradition of another yearly environmental conference in Europe? Dr. Harry Lehmann, who conceived the idea of the European Resources Forum, thinks that the answer is certainly yes. Before heading for the first sessions of the ERF in Berlin, my colleague Tanaka Tabassum and I spoke to Dr Lehmann on his motivation for “another” environmental conference. As well as leading the planning division of the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA), Dr. Lehmann is a veteran in the field of sustainability policy with an academic background in physics. Clearly, this is not a man who builds castles in the sky.
The Clinton Global Initiative’s 2012 Annual Meeting kicked off at noon on Sunday. The event, which follows the highly publicized Rio+20 Conference held in Brazil two months earlier, holds an easy claim to the heavy weight champion title for all conferences focused on social and environmental challenges. Taking place over three days, CGI 2012 includes plenary sessions complimented by smaller, issue-based breakout sessions with Heads of State, business leaders and nonprofit directors from around the world. The roster of participants reads like a who’s who of world leaders and global change-makers and speaks volumes to former President Clinton’s continued influence. Both Pres. Barak Obama and challenger, Mitt Romney are slated to speak. The newly elected presidents of Libya and Egypt are in attendance as are media heavyweights Piers Morgan and Fareed Zakaria. The ever-ebullient former New York governor-turned cable news anchor, Elliot Spitzer hustled through the pressroom early Sunday morning, shortly after the doors opened. Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs is scheduled for a Monday panel. UN Sec. General, Ban Key Moon, World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, Walmart CEO, Michael Duke, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan accompanied Clinton on an opening panel, which centered on the this year’s theme: “designing for impact.” Topics related to health, scaling up good ideas to achieve meaningful impact, education and youth employment dominated the conversation. Clinton famously started CGI in 2005 “to help turn good intentions into real action and results.” The Initiative’s aim is to convene global leaders for the purpose of implementing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. According to CGI, their meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media.
From Rio to Bangkok! After making our mark at the United Nation’s Rio+20 Earth Summit in June, we will send a new team of five Student Reporters to cover UNEP’s Post Rio Sustainable and Consumption Conference to be held in Bangkok, Thailand between the 12th and 13th of November, 2012. The program is sponsored by UNEP Asia, and will be led by staff writer Andreas Slotte from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. Selected candidates are required to arrive on 10th November and stay until 14th November. Candidates must reside or hold citizenship in Asia. The application deadline is 30th September, 2012.
Join the oikos FutureLab 2012 as a Student Reporter! The oikos FutureLab is the central annual event of the oikos community, serving as a platform for changemakers, convening our chapter members from across four continents; our alumni in business, government, NGOs, and academia; our faculty members from schools for management and economics worldwide, and a broad array of partners supporting our projects. A team of up to six Student Reporters will exclusively cover the oikos futureLab 2012 via the oikos Blog. Led by oikos PhD Fellow Johannes Schwarzer, the team will provide full coverage of the program, taking place from 19-20 November 2012 in St. Gallen/Switzerland.