Oikos is an independent think tank that strives for social and ecological change by contributing to public debate from an ecological perspective. Oikos focuses on long term challenges that are discussed too little in the social debate, but which are crucial for the future of our society and coming generations, such as the challenge of providing healthy nutrition for 9 billion people. Our starting positions are the environmental limitations of the planet and worldwide solidarity with future generations.
Oikos’ main goal is to provide an inspiring framework for positive practices. We therefore foster hands-on initiatives that demonstrate how working towards a sustainable society is possible. They are part of the ‘new social movement that is not yet aware of its own existence’, as German social psychologist Harald Welzer puts it.
In Oikos’ seminars, lectures, publications and opinion pieces, different theoretical dimensions of the aspiration to change are deliberated: the underlying ethics, the analyses of the current situation and the development of alternatives, together with practical strategies to get there. In round table discussions, seminars, reading groups and blog posts Oikos offers concerned citizens and experts the chance to expand their knowledge, exchange ideas and to start a common learning process. As a small NGO Oikos published several Dutch translations of thought-provoking books such as Money and Sustainability - the Missing Link by Bernard Lietaer e.a., The End of Growth by Richard Heinberg or Prosperity without Growth by Tim Jackson. Oikos also brings together scholars, writers and activists from all over the world like Juliet Schor, Michel Bauwens, Vandana Shiva and many more for inspiring lectures.