Yearly Archives: 2011

Of King and Countries

Geoff Lye maintains focus in a very warm Durban to discuss serendipity and liability at the COP 17: People who know me also know that I am a great believer in serendipity.  As I was driven this morning to the city’s Botanical Gardens for The Durban Dialogue organised by B4E, I spotted a Nando’s restaurant

Oh, to be YOUNGO!

Geoff Lye, co-Founder of Volans and SustainAbility‘s Executive Chairman, focuses part two of his Durban blog series on the YOUNGOs. How are younger generations playing into the COP17? Find out here.

The Durban Disconnects?

Geoff Lye, co-Founder of Volans and SustainAbility‘s Executive Chairman, senses a series of disconnects between the COP conversations in Durban and the future we know is coming. Read his blog here.

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Call for ‘Zeronauts’ in Singapore

John Elkington was in Singapore last month to launch The Future Quotient report (at the Family Business Network’s 22nd International Summit) and participate in a number of events including the Singapore International Foundation’s ‘Ideas for a Better World Forum’ and the ‘Sustainability Unplugged’ forum at the NUS Business School. As the earth welcomes the birth

Girl Power

Volans was the proud host of a ‘Women in Social Finance’ meet-up on our comfortable red couches this past Tuesday.  Wine in hand and nibbles at arm’s reach, Suzanne Biegel orchestrated an evening of frank conversation, project brainstorming and warm laughter. We look forward to having these female game-changers back in the office very soon!

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Good Deals

Volans is looking forward to Good Deals 2011, the UK Social Investment Conference, where inspirational social entrepreneurs meet innovative investors to get good deals done. Charmian Love, CEO of Volans, will join Arthur Wood [Total Impact Advisers], Tamzin Ractliffe [NEXII] and Geoff Burnand [Investing for Good] to discuss why capitalism as we know it is broken,

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FQ for social enterprises

The Future Quotient (FQ) is relevant not just for business and policy leaders, but for social entrepreneurs as well. Read Charmian Love‘s recent article in Social Enterprise Live magazine where she highlights the FQ agenda for social enterprises. View the report and other FQ resources on our dedicated FQ website –

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Next-gen avatars to help future-focused thinking?

Is it possible to programme individuals and business leaders to think sustainably? Although this seems somewhat unusual, such solutions might just be what’s needed in these times where movements like Occupy Wall Street are bringing to the surface difficult questions that business and society must answer. Read John Elkington‘s latest views on the Guardian Sustainable

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An Unreasonable Partnership

Since Volans co-founders John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan published The Power of Unreasonable People in 2008, social and environmental entrepreneurs have continued to take the world by storm. The Unreasonable Institute, inspired by their book and George Bernard Shaw’s wisdom, helps make that happen. Every year, they gather 25 early-stage entrepreneurs from around the world

The Demand and Supply of Sensibility

In the latest issue of Social Space, John Elkington shares his views on thinking long-term and suggests how Singapore and indeed the wider Asian region – can play a role in the new emerging economic paradigm required to weather the brewing storms as the world’s population heads to 9 billion. Social Space is an annual