When Anna first introduced the question whether or not to host the CEE Meeting this year, we were all a bit skeptical if we could really pull it off because we are quite a new chapter. oikos Vienna is only turning three this August, so we have literally no experience in hosting an international meeting. Plus: What should the meeting be all about? Where can we get the funds? When should it be? Where to start?!
A lot of questions, but in the end we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads anymore so we said: „YES WE CAN!“ Since than we are busy planning to make the next CEE Meeting an unforgettable experience for all of our fellow oikees.
After quite some time discussing about the main topic for the meeting we finally agreed on „Circular Economy“. I guess, I don’t have explain in very much detail what the term means to the educated readers of our blog 😉 (However, if I’m wrong and you are not so familiar with the term, I can recommend this or this article.) Briefly, it’s an economic concept which strives to improve the world’s problem of exploiting our earth’s scarce resources. It is based on the 3 R’s: Repairing, Reusing and Recycling.
Of course, the 3 R’s are quite nice but we thought 3 W’s would be more fitting for a meeting held in Wien (Vienna):
- Water: Vienna is not only located at the Danube but it is also famous for its great water quality. The water comes directly from the mountains and supplies all of Vienna’s inhabitants with excellent tap water.
- Waste: Vienna is also ranked one of the top cities worldwide when it comes to handling its waste. Most of it is burned in state-of-the-art waste incineration plants within the city borders to provide district heating to Viennese households.
- Wear: Even though Vienna is not a fashion capital like Paris or London, there has been some recent development regarding sustainable fashion & cosmetics plus oikos Vienna has its own sustainable fashion blog fesches.mascherl since the very beginnings of the chapter.
But enough about the topic, let’s move on to our further planning process. As organization team had lots (and lots and lots) of meetings about all the small details such as accommodation, program, speakers, budget* 😀
However, at some point we figured most of it out and we really hope you’re going to like the result! You can find all details about what we are going to do on our website here.
Just to mention a few highlights: a workshop with a green cosmetics expert with the chance to produce your own stuff, a Q&A session with the director of „Plastic Planet“ and „Population Boom“, a tour of a state-of-the-art waste management facility, a visit of a typical Viennese „Heuriger“, a paper chase in Vienna’s city center and of course some awesome parties!
Last but not least you get the chance to spend some lovely days in beautiful Vienna with our great team 😉 May I introduce you the CEE organization team (from left to right): Anna, Melanie, Astrid, Michi, Sandra & Lena (who is sadly missing on the photo).
All six of us plus all the other members of oikos Vienna are very much looking forward to welcome you to Vienna in September. So if you have not yet done so, you still have the chance to apply for the CEE Meeting 2015 until Tuesday, 30 June here!
In case of any questions please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you soon 🙂
– by Astrid
* We would like to thank our partners for their contribution: