“How collective actions make the world more sustainable”

Understanding our Mission: Enhancing sustainability through collaboration


Real and lasting change happens when individuals and communities, especially students, are given the tools to improve their lives. 

The journey begins with education, a critical pillar of empowerment. We aim to share attributes that will better empower us as students and our local community to meet challenges, seize opportunities, and make informed decisions. 

This approach is consistent with our small steps – big impact approach, which recognizes that modest actions can lead to significant results. 


Taking care of our environment is not just a choice; it is a necessity. Our goal is to actively contribute to the mission of prioritizing and taking meaningful action to improve our environment

By encouraging small sustainable steps within our project, such as reducing waste, conserving resources, and making environmentally conscious choices in our daily lives, we believe that as students we can make a big impact in our local community. 

Together, we work to ensure that habitats remain strong, diverse plant and animal species continue to thrive, and environmental challenges are addressed. 


In our vision, prosperity goes beyond temporary financial gains to encompass lasting, holistic well-being. 

We recognize that true prosperity benefits all stakeholders, including communities, individuals, and the environment. Consistent with the principles of connectUS 2024, prosperity is not viewed as a finite commodity, but rather as a shared endeavor. 

We take a broad view of prosperity that goes beyond monetary wealth. It encompasses multiple dimensions, including the holistic well-being of society and the robust ecological health of our environment. 

this years timeline

october to january

partnerships are formed

For this unique project to be possible, we are dependent on finding partners that support us. Together as a team we contact companies that are willing or interested in supporting this year’s project team.  


delegation is recruited & Selected

If you are interested in taking part in our seminars this is the time to send us your application! Afterwards a group of highly motivated and eager students from a variety of degree programs are selected to participate in both the Seminar in Switzerland and Seminar Abroad.  


kick-off delegation

After our delegation is selected, they are invited to meet us, get to know each other, and learn more details about this year’s project topic. Be ready to have your picture taken! 


Seminar in Switzerland

Together with our delegation and expert speakers we will explore and discuss aspects related to our chosen topic all while also having the opportunity to expand our networks.  


seminar abroad

The second part of the project takes place in North America and focuses on broadening the horizons of students about business in the US and Canada. Additionally, knowledge transfer between senior executives, universities and FHNW students is possible through visits of companies, public institutions, and universities.  


april showers bring may flowers

The closing event of all four flagship projects takes place at the FHNW Campus in Olten where each team will showcase and reflect on their project experiences.