A playground for builders of a brighter future.

A playground for builders of a brighter future.

 

what is heliotropy?

 
 
We believe humans are motivated by the power of heliotropy.

We will grow taller, faster and stronger when motivated by light, warmth and positivity, rather than fear and despair.

Helio -  a combining form meaning “sun,”  originating from the Greek hḗlios 
-tropy -  the state of turning in a specified way from a specified stimulus, originating from the Greek tropos "a turn, change" 

Heliotropy is a phenomenon in nature where certain plants (or parts, like sunflowers) grow in response to the stimulus of sunlight, so that they turn to face the sun. This is not about ignoring the urgent and deeply entrenched problems facing our world - but about acknowledging them, and setting a positive trajectory to create solutions, together.

 

the team

 
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Charmian Love



Co-Founder

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Charmian believes in the power of business as a force for good.

An experienced entrepreneur, intrapreneur and systempreneur, Charmian splits her time between Saïd Business School at University of Oxford, where she she teaches on the Circular Economy and is Entrepreneur in Residence, and London where she is Chair of B Lab UK and a Trustee of B Team UK.  

She also sits on the Investment Committee at LWARB and the Sustainability Committee at ICAEW (because she believes Accountants Can Save The World).  Charmian is one of the co-founders of Volans, an adventure she began after moving from her hometown of Toronto.  You can get a feel for some of Charmian’s thinking in pieces she has contributed to publications including HBR, Wired, Fast Company, Stanford Social Innovation ReviewPioneers Post and The Guardian.   

She holds a BAH in art history from Queen's University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Amanda Feldman



Co-Founder

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Amanda believes that any investor, policymaker and entrepreneur can manage their impact to do less bad and more good.

Previously at Bridges Fund Management and Volans, Heliotropy gives her the space to encourage unusual suspects to do more, better, faster.

She continues to shape and support the Impact Management Project, focused on making it easier to talk about, measure and manage impact. She is also an Advisor on Monitoring and Evaluation to the Board of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), a non-executive Board Member at Bethnal Green Ventures, a BMW Foundation UK Responsible Leader, a mentor at MAZE-X and a member of Sandbox.

She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration from the London School of Economics.

 
 

Corporate Impact (Ad)Venturing

 

We are re-imaging corporate capital. How can corporate capital be used to do more good in the world? What partnerships are needed between the private, public and social sectors to accelerate positive social and environmental impacts?

We are focused on creating the necessary conditions where courageous corporations can collaborate on projects that increase the supply of backable deals and supercharge their routes to market and scale — all while creating positive outcomes for those who need it most.

 
 
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