Green Swans Book Club

Coming together, at a time of distancing, to imagine (and take action for) the future.

Introduction

Welcome to the exploding universe of books focused on creating positive exponential shifts (Green Swans).

Each month, we invite a brilliant person, at the forefront of some aspect of systems thinking, to discuss their thoughts and writing – and our CEO, Louise Kjellerup Roper, facilitates an interactive Book Club session with plenty of questions from members.

The Book Club is open to anyone interested in the driving a better future and we particularly encourage you to join if you are already working in business and finance, or planning to do so.

Sign up to join future Book Clubs here.

Past Book Clubs

In conversation with John Elkington

For our inaugural book club Louise Kjellerup Roper spoke with John Elkington, Volans’ Founder and Chief Pollinator, about his inspirations for writing, activist mindsets and all things Green Swans. Tune in to the recording below to hear John’s outlooks on the emergence of exponential positivity, and businesses, organisations and individuals stepping up in a turbulent and COVID catalysing year. 

To buy John’s 20th book, or find out more about Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism, head here.

In conversation with Denise Hearn

Denise Hearn, co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition sat down virtually with Louise to talk about systemic indicators for assessing the health of competitive markets, and the role we (as citizens) can play in reducing monopoly/duopoly power. The conversation teetered from spotlighting countries that are getting right, to bringing in “new economy” citizen economists into the fighting ring.

Watch the full session below.

In conversation with Daniel Christian Wahl

Louise spoke with Volans’ friend Daniel Christian Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures. The discussion delved powerfully into the restorative and soul-nourishing topic of regeneration; highlighting industry heavy-weights such as Carol Sandford from The Regenesis Group, Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi who wrote the The System’s View of Life and Bill McDonough the co-creator of cradle to cradle.

Watch the full session below to warm your mind and soul.

In conversation with Jonathon Porritt

For any conservation [on climate change] to be authentic we have to start with the truth.”

Jonathon Porritt joined Louise to discuss his new book Hope in Hell: A Decade to Confront the Climate Emergency. We talked about using alternative mediums to engage with tech savvy and environmentally conscious Gen Zs, building back the incredible climate momentum we saw in 2019 in a post-COVID time and his thoughts on being a little more civilly disobedient. 

Listen to the full session below.

In conversation with Rebecca Henderson

Louise and Rebecca Henderson sat down together to talk about Rebecca’s new highly anticipated book Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire. The conversation flowed between reimagining leadership and how to stay connected to nature during complex times and even to Rebecca’s thoughts on rewiring capital markets and wealth taxation and of course, starfish throwing. 

If you were not able to join us, or you want to relive the energising conversation again, find the video recording of the session is below.

In conversation with Roman Krznaric

Roman joined Louise to tell us about his new book The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World. Tune in to hear Roman’s thoughts on 
Yoshi-engumi – the Japanese act of adopting an heir, Cathedral Thinking, and how we train our marshmallow (short-term) brains into long-term acorns. 

Grab some marshmallows and watch the session below.