Brace yourselves: the application deadline is coming up!

Summer time is drawing ever nearer – and with it, the registration deadline for the two pioneering summer universities AEMS and GBS! Don’t miss your chance to meet likeminded people from all over the world and to discover innovative ideas on the topic of sustainability! Which topics will be covered? Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems…

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Registration is open!

Registration for our two pioneering Austrian summer programs is now open. The unique summer universities provide an exciting opportunity to  learn, debate and understand a different approach to “think for the future”. The AEMS summer university introduces students to innovative and alternative ideas to the current ‘boom and bust’ nature of the world order. The…

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Multiple Award-Winner: the OeAD-Housing Office

The OeAD-Housing Office has recently won several prices for our outstanding commitment to sustainability. In two days, on November 30, the OeAD-Housing Office will receive the SDG-Award from the Austrian Senate of Economy. This prize is awarded to companies which specifically include the UN Development Goals in their corporate strategies. Our Guesthouse, “mineroom” in Leoben,…

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The Theory of Change

Nina Thüllen and Karin Küblböck introduced us to an approach to develop change projects. Nina and Karin who have decades of experience of NGO engagement guided us together through an interactive process, embedded in sharing their knowledge. The focus was on on ways to challenge the harsh situation in the fashion industry while bearing in…

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Changing the system by changing system thinking: Reflections on the Overshoot Day

On Wednesday we went to the International Institute for Applied System Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg. While the setting with the Castle of Laxenburg was already quite spectacular, Arnulf Gruebler and Brian Faith provided us with two presentations that let us gain insight in unconventional interdisciplinary research approaches about global environmental, economic, technological, and social change….

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Money – the inconspicuous designer of our lives?

“Money and moral” was the title of Bernd Villhauer’s lecture and one question immediately came to our mind: is money even related to moral? Does it have its own morality? Or is it rather a neutral medium of exchange facilitating our everyday life? Before Bernd Villhauer could turn to talk about the morality of money,…

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Crypto Coins – Money without banks?

Dr. Beat Weber’s started his lecture with describing crypto currencies by defining crypto coins and their creating process with the example of Bitcoin. Bitcoin and similar crypto coins are digital currencies with a  limited supply. Miners keep track of all the transactions which are made within the anonymous users. The first miner that finds the…

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Alternative Food Networks for an agro-ecological evolution

Our current way of feeding the world is not sustainable. Most of us still have a romantic picture of agriculture; a picture of healthy animals on a wide fertile landscape; a lovely farmer who’s best friend is a little piglet. Unfortunately, however, this image only exists in the advertisement and does not reflect the reality…

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Rules for a “deadly weapon”

Money is considered a goal in our current financial system. The mechanisms of the “free” financial market make it easy for banks to accumulate a lot of it, due to the absence of an international supervisory authority, no size for the limit of banks, the free movement of capital as well as private money creation….

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