Student Reporter provides online media coverage of events around the world. Our  international teams broaden the scope of sustainability events and explore the sustainability aspects of conventional management, economics, political or research events in a creative, critical, and prospective attitude.

Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education, Copenhagen Business School Workshop 2013, Copenhagen-Denmark

It’s fashionable to refer to the state of business and the financial economy as being in crisis. The metaphor of crisis triggers the cues for emergent action. But few people (can and do) take action to slow down, reflect and initiate thoughts for iterative transformation. A partnership between the University of St Gallen Contextual Studies program, the Copenhagen Business School’s Department of Management, Politics, and Philosophy, and the Haniel Foundation Germany took the lead and did so with management education. In 2011, the European consortium of management schools embarked for a European debate on what the Carnegie Foundation Study on Rethinking Management Education initiated in the US.

Led by editor Sunmin Kim and in partnership with the Copenhagen-based business magazine Grasp, we capture the essence of this movement at workshop taking place at Copenhagen Business School, 5-7 June, 2013. The workshop is titled, “Humanities and Social Sciences in Management Education: Writing, Researching, Teaching” and will gather business school professors, management scholars and academics to rethink management education.

Reporting at this event received financial support from the University of St. Gallen Contextual Studies program and the Haniel Foundation Germany.

World Economic Forum Open Forum 2013, Davos-Switzerland

Every last week in the month of January, the usually small, quiet Swiss city Davos transforms itself into a major international hub as the World Economic Forum gathers over 2,000 heads of state, business executives, journalists, academics and civil society representatives to discuss today’s most pressing global issues. With debates and discussions that bring together such number of public figures and wide variety of stakeholders, the Davos events are regularly broadcast by major media houses all over the world and thus stimulates as much criticism as attention. Running in parallel with the main flagship event Annual Meeting, the Open Forum was convened by the Forum in 2003 to provide a more public and open discussion. Since then, it has become an important aspect for improving wider stakeholder engagement.

In light of today’s economic woes and systemic shocks ranging from financial to natural disasters, the Forum’s theme this year is “Resilient Dynamism”. This theme will certainly trigger sustainability-related topics and issue close to our hearts. Led by editors Sunmin Kim and Tim Lehmann, our team of six editors and staff writers will delve into these topics as well as covering the broader issues of the Forum and Davos.

Reporting at this event did not receive any financial support. Expenses were covered by the reporting team.

UNEP Sustainable Consumption and Production 2012, Bangkok-Thailand

Rio+20 saw the adoption of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), a concrete and operational outcome that responds to the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI). Calling to all stakeholders to “[e]ncourage and promote the development of a 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) in support of regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production to promote social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems…”, the 10YFP was the only mechanism formally adopted at the Summit. The effort stems from the active participation of all regions and countries, in particular Asia Pacific.

On 12th and 13th November, 2012, government and business leaders will convene in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss the future of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the Asia-Pacific region. The “Post-Rio Future We Want in Asia: the SCP Engine” conference is being organised by the United Nations Environment Programme in conjunction with the EU funded SWITCH-Asia Policy Support Component (SWITCH-PSC), as well as in partnership with the Asia Pacific Roundtable on SCP (APRSCP). It will provide a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on key issues facing Asia when it comes to sustainable development, governance, SCP planning and implementation, and the role of small and medium enterprises in achieving this goal in a world of increasing resource scarcity.

The Student Reporter Team is led by Andreas Slotte, a Master’s student at the Stockholm School of Economics, and features reporters from China, Cambodia, the Philippines and South Korea.

Reporting at this event received financial support from the United Nations Environmental Program.

World Economic Forum Global Agenda Summit 2012, Dubai-UAE

How can CEOs of multinational corporations, non-profit foundation directors, religious leaders and major university presidents work together to carry forth the World Economic Forum’s mission to improve the state of the world? This is just a small sample of Global Agenda Council members that will be present at the Global Agenda Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, 12th – 14th of November.  The summit is an annual meeting of the Forum’s network of Global Agenda Councils, which create issue- or region-specific expertise by bringing together thought leaders from business, academia, government and civil society. This meeting fosters a truly multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary approach to addressing challenges of the global agenda.

This is an event of many firsts for oikos Student Reporter! It is our first collaboration with the World Economic Forum as well as our first event coverage in the Middle East. Led by Sunmin Kim, we are a team of three reporters hailing from Ann Arbor (US), Oxford (UK) and Accra (Ghana).

Reporting at this event did not receive any financial support. Expenses were covered by the reporting team.

World Resources Forum 2012, Beijing-China

From Davos to Beijing! After making their mark at the 2009 and 2011 World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a new team of ten Student Reporters will cover the 2012 World Resources Forum to be held in Beijing, China between 21st and 23rd October, 2012. With a theme of Resources and the Green Economy, this is the first World Resources Forum to be held outside of Switzerland. The team is led by a transatlantic team, Aishwarya Nair from the University of Pennsylvania and Claudio Ruch from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH).

WRF 2012 provides a platform to exchange knowledge about scientific, technological, economic, political and environmental implications.  It aims to promote innovation for resource productivity and utilization by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, business, NGO’s and the general public.

Reporting at this event received financial support from oikos Foundation.

Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012, Rio-Brazil

From the roots of sustainable development (Rio 1992 & Johannesburg 2002) we set the course for the future of sustainability for the next 20 years and beyond our generation. After 20 years of political lobbying, industry change and civil society mobilization sustainable development has become a critical factor of the global ‘Zeitgeist” of the 21st century.

We brought together a team of twelve globally selected students to report during an intensive journalistic programme at key conferences in Rio, between 10-23 June, 2012. The team was led by Tim Lehmann. Apart from the 3rd preparatory meeting and the final declaration Rio+20 UN Conference our reporters attended the following conferences: Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum; Global Forum for Responsible Management Education ; TEDx Rio+20; ISEE Conference – Ecological Economics and Rio+20

Our work was featured in several online media outlets, such as the Guardian Sustainable Business; The Network for Business Sustainability; Sustainable Brands – the Bridge to better Brands; Fair Observer – Environment and Sustainability; IGEL@Wahrton – Knowledge for Business Sustainability; The State of the Planet – Columbia Earth Insitute, Columbia University; The Yale Globalist – Yale University; The Erb Perspective – Erb Institute, University of Michigan.

Reporting at this event received financial support from Mercator Foundation Switzerland and oikos Foundation.

Social Capital Markets (SOCAP/Europe) 2012, Malmö-Sweden 

In partnership with Next Billion, oikos invited two student reporters to cover SOCAP’s 2012 event in Malmö, Sweden during May 8 – 10. SOCAP/Europe is organized for the second time after its launch in May 2011 in Amsterdam.

“Call it blended value, call it philanthrocapitalism, call it social investing. Whatever you call it, it’s a wave and it is happening now:  people want their money to have meaning.  The emergence of the Social Capital Market means that we are moving beyond the myopia of demanding only financial return, without thought for social and environmental impact.  Return is now also measured in solutions. SOCAP is coming to Europe for one simple reason: it is time.  Progressive impact driven investors, entrepreneurs, and multi generational families are now ready to meet at the intersection of money and meaning.”

Reporting at this event received media support from Next Billion.

World Water Forum 2012, Marseille-France

In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Master of Environmental Studies program (US), oikos invites 10 students from the University of Pennsylvania to take part in the Student Reporter coaching programme and live blogging at the World Water Forum 2012 in France-Marseille, 11-17 of March. The team is led by editor Caroline D’Angelo from the University of Pennsylvania.

Held for the sixth time in 2012, the World Water Forum (WWF) in Marseille will bring together 140 ministerial delegations, representatives from more than 180 countries, 800 speakers, 25.000 participants, 250 sessions and about 100 grassroots & citizenship events, and regional trialogues organised among Ministers, Parliamentarians and Local/Regional Authorities. The event this year stands under the title: “It’s time for solutions and commitments!”.

Reporting at this event received financial support from the University of Pennsylvania and oikos Foundation .

World Resources Forum 2011, Davos-Switzerland

Held for the second time in 2011, the World Resources Forum in Davos has attracted a high-level selection of speakers, including Achim Steiner (Executive Director UNEP), Ashok Khosla (President IUCN), Mathis Wackernagel (Executive Director, Global Footprint Network), and Daniel Goleman (New York Times Journalist) and a range of high-level policy makers. The event will re-position the topic of resource consumption and productivity and aims to have a direct and tangible impact on policy makers. The team is led by Tim Lehmann.

Reporting at this event received financial support from Mercator Foundation Switzerland.