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Reaching Breakthrough will require knowledge sharing and breaking down silos. Breakthrough Events bring together a rich variety of speakers and ideas from across corporate, investment and social entrepreneurship sectors, among others to facilitate these conversations.

Breakthrough also needs action. We develop interactive workshops for sectors and organizations to build strategies with the potential to dramatically reshape the systems they operate within. They typically bring together a range of contributors, whether across different areas of a single company, different parts of the investment chain or even competitors in a given field.

Get in touch if you would like to develop a Breakthrough Event with us: breakthrough@volans.com

Good Deals 2014

24 - 25 November 2014, London, UK

Volans will be working with Matter&Co. to explore the link between Breakthrough and Social Investment. More details to follow.

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The Fundación Recyclápolis – el mecurio 2014 awards

3-4 November, Santiago, Chile

John Elkington will give a keynote speech and present The Breakthrough Challenge.

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Emerge Conference 2014

20 October 2014, Oxford UK

Amanda Feldman and Charmian Love will provide insight into our latest report Investing in Breakthrough.

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The 2014 Global Impact Forum

8-9 October 2014, Zurich, Switzerland

Amanda Feldman will lead a panel on how corporates are investing in impact.

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Humboldt University's 6th International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility

7 October 2014, Berlin, Germany

John Elkington will give a keynote speech on Breakthrough: How Business Leaders Create Market Revolutions.

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Berlin launch of The Breakthrough Challenge

7 October 2014, Berlin, Germany

Hosted by The BMW Foundation and Impact Solutions. More information to follow.

BSD International Annual Conference Reporting 3.0 Platform

6 - 7 October 2014, Berlin, Germany

A kaleidoscope of new developments that influence reporting regime setting globally. John Elkington will give the opening keynote.

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2degrees Resource Efficiency Summit 2014

26 September 2014, London, UK

Amanda Feldman will share insights on The Breakthrough Challenge and the ambitious targets that it requires.

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4 September 2014, San Francisco, USA

SOCAP is an annual event series that connects leading global innovators – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build this market at the intersection of money and meaning.

Amanda Feldman will be running a session titled "Investing in Breakthrough: Corporate Venture Capital".

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Singapore Institute of Director (SID) Director's Conference 2014

23 September 2014, Singapore

John Elkington will give the keynote speech on "Breaking through to Tomorrow's Bottom Line".

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Exclusive Forum

2 September 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Based around Tomorrow's Bottom Line and the Power of Unreasonable People organised by Dialog Axiata in collaboration with The British Council and Sri Lanka's Daily FT.

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The Verbier Institute's summit on Global Leadership in Sustainability

30 August 2014, Verbier, Switzerland

John Elkington will open the event with a Keynote speech on The Breakthrough Challenge

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Sankalp Unconvention Summit 2014

9-11 April 2014, Mumbai, India

Volans is pleased to be a partner of the upcoming Sankalp Unconvention Summit in Mumbai, India on 9-11 April 2014.

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Regenerative Agriculture: A Conversation

27 March 2014, London, UK

Volans is partnering with Soil Capital, A Very Good Company and Net Impact as part of its Breakthrough Capitalism program to bring to London a unique event exploring how business leaders and farmers can lead a paradigm shift towards more sustainable agriculture.

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Breakthrough Breakfast Series: B Corps as the Future

27 February 2014, London, UK

In partnership with B Lab, Volans is organising the next session in our Breakthrough Breakfast series on “B Corps as the Future”. The session discusses the future potential of B Corps as a force for good in the UK, and a means of uniting the divide between social enterprises and mainstream businesses.

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Inaugural Sankalp Africa Summit 2014

12-13 February 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

The inaugural Sankalp Africa Summit will convene over 350 SMEs, investors, service providers, industry networks, policy makers and academia in Nairobi from 12-13 February to take an ecosystem view on inclusive development in Africa. The Summit will drive greater harmonization between different market based approaches to development like impact investing, inclusive business, SME-led growth, social enterprises among others. It is also a start towards building a South-South corridor in inclusive development.

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Breakthrough Berlin

26 November 2013, Potsdam, Germany

Volans is working in partnership with the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Impact Solutions to organise the very first Breakthrough Innovation Lab in Potsdam, Germany. This is an interactive, collaborative workshop aimed at helping participants learn about breakthrough, and learn tools to drive Breakthrough culture.

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Breakthrough Leaders' Circle (The Berlin Edition)

25 November 2013, Potsdam, Germany

Hosted by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and Impact Solutions, this event convenes 20 individuals across various sectors that have started a responsible and future-proof transformation of their organisations and companies to discuss how a Leaders' Circle can help drive a breakthrough movement in Germany.

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Breakthrough Cities

8 November 2013 - Toronto, Canada

Hosted at BrickWorks, Breakthrough Cities will bring residents together from across the region in Canada to share their authentic, genuine thoughts on how highly ambitious changes to our existing system would be received by residents, what barriers exist to adoption of these ideas and how these barriers can be overcome.

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Breakthrough Leadership

7 November 2013 - Toronto, Canada

A gathering of 10 CEOs focusing on challenges and barriers to breakthrough that exist in the wider market and an exploration of tools that can help overcome these obstacles. Co-presented with CBSR and supported by KPMG, MaRS, and Royal Bank of Canada.

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Breakthrough Capitalism Canada

7 November 2013 - Toronto, Canada

An exploration of how to reframe Capitalism via three lenses: Accountants Will Save The World, Making It Personal and Food.

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Good Deals 2013

6-7 November 2013 - London, United Kingdom

Volans is delighted to be a partner of Good Deals, the UK's leading social investment conference, and will be hosting an interactive session on Breakthrough Partnerships on the second day of the conference.

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Breakthrough Breakfast Series: Fair Trade

1 November 2013 - London, UK

Hosted in partnership with Fair Trade USA, the breakfast explored ways that Fair Trade can serve as a channel for ‘breakthrough’. Click here for a summary of the event, blogged by Josephine Living, an On Purpose Associate at Volans.

New Economy Summit 2013

21 August 2013 - Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Volans is pleased to be a global partner for the New Economy Summit where the theme of Breakthrough Capitalism is explored amongst others to push against the status quo, and search for a more human-centred, sustainable economic system.

Bonn International Summer School on Responsible Business

21 August 2013 - Bonn, Germany

Attendees reflected on Breakthrough Capitalism as the core theme, and participated in a “Challenge Breakthrough” solution-focused session where they developed a series of solutions targeting sustainability challenges.

Breakthrough Innovation in Asia

20 May 2013 - Singapore

Volans is exploring the relevance of the "Breakthrough" framework in Asia, and worked with The HUB Singapore to organize a roundtable discussion on "Breakthrough Innovation in Asia" on 20 May 2013 at 1800hrs, with an introduction by John Elkington (via video link).

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Breakthrough Berlin Lecture

6 May 2013 - Berlin, Germany

Volans is excited to be working closely with partners in Germany, BMW Stiftung, Impact Solutions and Enorm in organizing a Breakthrough lecture by John Elkington at the Politbüro in Berlin on 6th May 2013 at 1830hrs.

The program featured Q&A and comments from Professor Gerald Hüther, one of Germany's leading neurobiologists and proponents for cultural change, and Carsten Schmitz-Hoffmann of GIZ.

Watch this space for highlights from the event and details of the forthcoming Breakthrough Berlin Forum.

Breakthrough Breakfast Series: Accelerating Breakthroughs in Finance

5 April 2013 - London, UK

In partnership with the Tellus Mater Foudation, Volans hosted the inaugural breakthrough breakfast which saw a gathering of 10 professionals across the mainstream and social finance sector gather to talk ‘breakthrough’.

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Good Deals 2012

28-29 November 2012 - London, UK

Partnership with Good Deals, the UK’s leading social investment conference, to host one of the event’s three streams on Breakthrough Capitalism.

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Nestlé Zero lab

October 2012 - Vevey, Switzerland

The power of zero in aiding stretch thinking.

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2012 Breakthrough Experience (sponsored by Autodesk)

30 May 2012 - London, UK

An interactive opportunity for investors.

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Inaugural Breakthrough Capitalism Forum

29 May 2012 - London, UK

Videos and images from the first Breakthrough Capitalism Forum held at King’s Place, London in May 2012

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