Green Swans

A Green Swan is a profound market shift, generally catalysed by some combination of Black or Grey Swan challenges and changing paradigms, values, mindsets, politics, policies, technologies, business models, and other key factors.

A Green Swan delivers exponential progress in the form of economic, social, and environmental wealth creation. At worst, it achieves this outcome in two dimensions while holding the third steady. There may be a period of adjustment where one or more dimensions underperform, but the aim is an integrated breakthrough in all three dimensions.

Part of Volans’ Tomorrow’s Capitalism Inquiry, the latest book from John Elkington highlights how businesses can be catalysts for systems change. Drawing on first-hand experience from boardrooms around the world, and our Inquiry findings, the book examines wicked problems and the ‘ugly ducklings’ of today that have the potential to become tomorrow’s world-saving Green Swans.

The second phase of our Tomorrow’s Capitalism Inquiry will focus on how to accelerate the emergence of Green Swan trajectories, particularly in response to the climate emergency.

Green Swan Highlights

  • The Green Swans Observatory is an initiative dedicated to tracking, researching and supporting solutions to global challenges that have the potential to go positively exponential.
  • Book, Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism, by John Elkington, Fast Company Press April 2020.
  • The Green Swans Bookclub, join us – virtually for now – in discussing key books for the exponential decade.
  • The Green Swan Award.
  • Green Swan Day 2019 – with Sir Tim Smit (The Eden Project),Tanya Steele (WWF), Mark Campanale (Carbon Tracker) and others.

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Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism

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