Volans has been working for several years on how breakthrough innovation can help shape tomorrow’s capitalism. In 2016, on a mission to explore how exponential mindsets, technologies and business models can bridge the gap between what we are doing today and what we will need to have done by 2030 to meet the UN Global Goals, we visited the meccas of moonshot thinking in California.
In Los Angeles, we met with the XPRIZE Foundation, while in San Francisco and Mountain View we dropped in on Google’s ‘X’ facility and Singularity University. Shortly afterwards, we were thrilled when XPRIZE Foundation Chief Scientist Paul Bunje agreed to join our Board.
As we have worked to distil what we have discovered in co-evolving our Project Breakthrough initiative with the UN Global Compact, working closely with the fabulous team at Atlas of the Future, we have begun to synthesize our insights from numerous filmed interviews into a series of video shorts.
The first of our ‘medley’ short films has posted on the Fast Company Ideas site today. It’s about some of the things we have learned to date about Breakthrough Mindsets – and features the CEOs of companies like Covestro, Enel and Grant Thornton, leading sustainability champions from Interface and Patagonia, exponential entrepreneurs from Hampton Creek/Just, Planet, Provenance and TransferWise, and thought leaders from MIT, Project Drawdown and the XPRIZE Foundation.
We will be following up with a second piece on breakthrough business – and a third on our rapidly evolving Carbon Productivity work. We also covered elements of the story in a recent piece in Harvard Business Review.
Any comments on any of this VERY welcome.