#28 – Future-proofing Organization for Decades to come


In this podcast we unfold:

  • When we take a look at sustainability through the lens of the Bell curve, where is the most significant leverage for the decades ahead? Is it more in the realm of adoption and mainstreaming of less bad (like saving energy, and carbon) behavior in business? Or is it rather in radically rethinking business models at the core?
  • When we look at the state of affairs of a world in multi-crises or Omni-crises, how can we make a case for sustainability? Sustainability is still seen as an add-on, as something that is “nice to have” but we “can’t afford it now”? 
  • What examples of business models are already exemplary for the regenerative paradigm? And if so, in which sectors? 
  • Let’s talk about system demonstrators. Let’s imagine for a moment we could choose some bioregions in the world where together with legislators, business leaders, and new technology we could showcase that the regenerative paradigm truly works in action. What would be a scale in action that would be sufficiently big enough to showcase? Yet small enough of a sandbox to allow for failure – which obviously is very much needed when we are sailing into uncharted territory. 
  • Finally, what are the necessary steps toward a planetary civilization ahead? Taking into account the leverage points that you can unlock through Volans but also through the adjacent networks that make a difference. 

Louise Kjellerup Roper

Louise leads the team and is responsible for Volan’s mission, programs, and strategy, and ensuring Volans has the biggest possible positive impact, through what we do and who we work with. 

After leaving her native Denmark to study PPE at the University of Oxford, Louise started her career with ‘bleeding-edge’ software companies such as Cisco and Check Point Software Technologies, before focusing on the role of business for good, launching Cradle to Cradle and B Lab pioneering companies like method and gDiapers into Europe and bringing circular economy business models and scale to ambitious small businesses.

Louise is a guest lecturer at both Cranfield University and the University of Exeter and is part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network. She also mentors young change-makers via the Aspire Foundation and the Aspire Trailblazing Women network.



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