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 James Thornton and Martin Goodman

James Thornton and Martin Goodman, authors of ClientEarth, joined us for a truly inspirational book club on how the law can be effectively used for systems change.

Watch the replay to learn how they think strategically about which areas to pursue, how they stay grounded, what the Chinese government had to say about their work and what is next for legal activism.

In conversation with Dr. Margaret Heffernan

Louise spoke to Dr. Margaret Heffernan about her book Uncharted: How to Map the Future Together which explores the people and organisations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty.

They discussed why we can’t predict the future, the need for imagination in board rooms, thinking for ourselves and the need for people of a certain age to retire and give young people room to flourish.

See the replay here.

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.