Monthly Archives: October 2008

Grit in our oyster

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

Trailblazing in Le Monde

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.

Red-Redemption- Games People Play

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

For This Generation, Vocations of Service

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

Volans Connects – Cambodia – Hagar International

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

Can We Green the White House?

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

The Ultimate Domino Effect

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.

Fortune Global 500 in the eye of storm

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