Monthly Archives: October 2008

Trashbergs, photovoltaic tress and houses made of water bottles? What else would you expect to see in Venice?

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Blog Action Day:The Vision of Dr. V – Harbinger of a “New Economy” – Madurai, India

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…

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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,…

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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…

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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 –…

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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…

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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,…

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The Green Rush, recycled

This interview popped up today in the ‘Movers & Shakers’ section of Times Online , drawing on an interview I did a long time back. A still earlier interview in…

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The Power of Unlikely Connections

This evening, Alejandro, Charmian, Sam, Smita and I made our way across to King’s Cross from Volans for the launch of the new Hub in York Way, where I’m an…

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SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL SOLUTIONS FOR PHARMA INDUSTRY

From Mumbai – I was last in Mumbai 37 years ago – and while I have been to India many times since, I had not been back to this city…

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JOHN ELKINGTON AMONG LONDON’S 1000 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

“Influence is about power — the power to shape our lives, our thinking, and our environment,” The Evening Standard began its introduction to its 2008 listing of the ‘1000 Most…

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Repainting poverty in Convivial Yellow

Flew to Fort Myers, Florida, via Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, to speak at a Novo Nordisk session here in Naples yesterday. Nice to catch up with, among others, Flemming…

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