Social business models have found a new platform … the Venice Biennale! The major theme of the Biennale changes from year to year and the focus in 2008 is architecture and space. I expected to be dazzled by a buffet of cultural treats on my recent visit to this international arts mega fair, and was
Monthly Archives: October 2008
A phenomenally busy week, including a session with Singapore’s Economic Development Board on Monday, a highly successful joint SustainAbility-Volans evening event at The Hub (one of our Trailblazer organisations) on Wednesday, a brown-bag lunch with Monica Araya of Climate Change Capital and members of the Volans SustainAbility teams, a filming session for a client on
A column I co-authored with Pierre-François Thaler and Sylvain Guyoton of EcoVadis, one of our Trailblazers, appeared in yesterday’s issue of Le Monde. It explores similarities between the U.S. suprime and Chinese melamine-in-milk scandals.
Many interesting social entrepreneurs drop by the Volans office in London and in these disruptive times of financial crisis it is especially heartening to hear their stories and appreciate the change that is already taking place. So this week Charmian and I were delighted to welcome Gobion and Hannah from Red Redemption . Red Redemption
On the surface, India is quite frightening. It has a population of 1 billion and growing- most of them living in squalor. Raw sewage flows through many streets and traffic is so chaotic that getting into a car is a death defying act. Yet India is touted as the frontier of the new economy, and
Ian Shapira from the Washington Post writes about the current generation of people in their 20s and early-30s looking to effect social change by leveraging social entrepreneurship models. Pamela Hartigan, Founding Partner and Director at Volans, shares this quote: “In the 1960s and 1970s, politics was the way we thought of changing the world. But
I’ve just completed a two-day planning trip for a Volans Connects engagement in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This engagement will involve a major multi-national professional services firm (name withheld for confidentiality reasons) and Hagar International, a social enterprise that serves the needs of women and children who have backgrounds of violence, abuse and trafficking. This professional
As I pushed my cycle through the front door last night after arriving back late from Volans, Elaine asked me whether I wanted to watch Simon Schama on BBC – the first programme in a new series on the Future of America. We proceeded to do so and it proved to be the most extraordinarily
Some thoughts on the links between the credit crunch and the looming ecological credit crunch – including the climate crunch – are presented in an editorial by John Elkington and SustainAbility CEO Mark Lee. Similar article published on the openDemocracy website.
Took part today in a so-called Roundtable for the Fortune Global 500 in the BT Tower, though the event was mainly held in a small auditorium. Theme was global innovation, but, understandably, this was somewhat side-swiped by the turmoil in the financial markets. Kicking off, BT CEO Ian Livingston noted that the evening’s cocktail party