Are you ready for the Breakthrough Decade?

How we help business leaders get ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 2020s

Who we are

Volans catalyzes breakthrough change


We help leaders move from incremental to systemic solutions.


To avoid Breakdown, we work for Breakthrough--not Change-as-Usual.


We catalyze market change through agenda setting, advocacy and advice.

Our work

As a market catalyst, we’re interested both in the rate of change
and in its direction, quality and reach. Current projects include:

Project Breakthrough goes 'live'

Volans is proud to announce 'Project Breakthrough' - in collaboration with the UN Global Compact. Project Breakthrough is aims to challenge and stretch prevailing business mindsets into new opportunity spaces, profiling an A-Z of innovators and thinkers who are pioneering disruptive, exponential approaches with the potential to help us achieve the SDGs by the early 2030s.


Volans releases new report for the Global Commission

Our latest report spotlights the shift from the business case for change, to the business models needed to deliver both financial and extra-financial value in tomorrow's world. The report was commissioned by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched at the 2016 World Economic Forum summit.



We shape the future with private, public and citizen sector partners


Championing the Breakthrough agenda at…

26th September 2016

Sustainable Brands Copenhagen

John Elkington will speak on aligning the UN Sustainable Development Goals with business.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark MORE INFO
8th November 2016

UNGC LEAD Breakthrough Symposium

Co-hosted by Volans, this year’s annual UNGC LEAD Symposium will be focused on Breakthrough Innovation. More details to come.

Location: Cambridge, UK MORE INFO
24th November 2016

2016 Meaning@Work: Future of Leadership Conference

John Elkington will discuss how a breakthrough mindset can translate into meaning in an organization.

Location: Lake Starnberg, Germany MORE INFO


Since Volans was founded in 2008, we have produced
a series of books and reports on Breakthrough change.
Here are four recent titles:


If you would like to discuss our Breakthrough work further,
or if you have ideas on how to collaborate, please get in touch below.

2 Bloomsbury Place
London, WC1A 2QA

+44 (0)20 7268 0390


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