This is Change Makers – the podcast bringing you ideas, life lessons and amazing stories from those making a difference in extraordinary times.
Powered by campaigns firm Seven Hills and hosted by Michael Hayman, this interview series delves into what makes leaders tick and looks at the contribution this empowers them to bring to the world.
This is the podcast for those who want to hear the optimism that comes from challenging the status quo.
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David Jones – One Young World: the rise of Generation Now
David Jones is co-founder of One Young World and founder of the world’s first ‘Brandtech’ group, You & Mr Jones. The former global CEO of Havas, he is a renowned purpose leader, passionate about the ability of young people to drive change. In 2009, he co-founded One Young World alongside Kate Robertson, the global forum that identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world. David wrote the book on purpose-led businesses in 2011 with Who Cares Wins, in which he defined the Social Business Idea: the overlap between what a company is good at and what consumers care about, and was voted The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Leader in 2013. With You & Mr Jones, he has created the world’s first brandtech group building brands better, faster and cheaper through technology. Founded in 2015, You & Mr Jones recently raised a further $260m, valuing it at $1.36bn.
Sheree Atcheson – Demand more: how to make change happen
Sheree Atcheson is the diversity and inclusion leader defying traditional barriers for both women and ethnic minorities in tech. Born in Sri Lanka and adopted at three-weeks-old by a working-class, Catholic, Northern Irish family, her upbringing gave Sheree her first lived experience as a person of colour in a majority white community – experience she has taken into a career spent fighting against corporate exclusion. Recognised by the FT and Computer Weekly as amongst the most influential women in tech in the UK, Sunday Business Post’s 30 under 30, Management Today’s 35 under 35 and One Young World’s 40 under 40, amongst many other accolades, Sheree’s career has taken her to the highest levels of some of the UK’s leading companies. Her debut book Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don’t Happen and What You Can Do About It was chosen by the FT as one of its summer books for 2021 and has been described as “necessary reading for anyone who is alive in the 21st century.”
Kenneth Cukier – How the human ability to ‘frame’ helps us to make sense of the world and gives us the edge on AI
Today, Michael is joined by Kenneth Cukier, senior editor of The Economist and best-selling author. His 2013 book 'Big Data' written alongside Oxford University Professor Viktor Mayer Schönberger, was a revelatory exploration of the impact big data will have on the economy, science and society at large – arguing data can change the way we live, work and think. But Kenn’s latest collaboration with Professor Schönberger and Francis de Vericourt says we shouldn’t write humans off just yet. 'Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil' argues that while AI, machine learning and algorithms are on the rise, the human ability to frame allows us to see patterns, predict how things will unfold and make sense of situations in a way that data never can. Described by The Economist as “an ode to human ingenuity”, 'Framers' argues that the way we frame the world and the situations in it can be crucial to how we deal with our greatest challenges.
Gordon Brown – Seven Ways to Change the World: how to fix the most pressing issues we face
Our new Change Makers collaboration with University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS) is a landmark series that explores the ways in which COVID-19 has changed us as a society. Here, Michael speaks to former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. His tenure as Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 followed a decade spent as Chancellor of the Exchequer – the longest-serving holder of the role in modern British history. Described by former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney as a “person of action”, he has been a fierce campaigner throughout his career – whether in office or since, in his passion for maintaining the union and as a UN special envoy on global education. Today he is campaigning for global change with his new book, ‘Seven Ways to Change the World: How to Fix the Most Pressing Issues We Face’. This is the story of someone who has witnessed how great global events happen, with the mission to inspire a fairer, safer and more equal world.
Mary Ann Sieghart – The Authority Gap: why are women still taken less seriously than men?
Our new Change Makers collaboration with University of London's School of Advanced Study (SAS) is a landmark series that explores the ways in which COVID-19 has changed us as a society.
Today, Michael is joined by the political journalist, broadcast and author Mary Ann Sieghart. As a senior editor and columnist at The Times for 20 years, Mary Ann made her name as one of the country’s most well-respected political journalists. Her latest book ‘The Authority Gap’, demonstrates that no matter the person or profile, the gender gap is perpetuated by systemic perceptions of women’s authoritative ability. Drawing on her own experience, alongside that of women from all walks of life, the book has been called “a much-needed manifesto”, that is not only a diagnosis of the problem, but a prescription of the change we need – described by former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese as “a credible roadmap capable of taking women from the margins to the centre.”
Richard Curtis CBE – Love, actually: why it's all around you
Our guest today is the screenwriter, director and campaigner Richard Curtis CBE, known for film and television classics including 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', 'Notting Hill', 'Love Actually', 'Bridget Jones’ Diary', 'Blackadder', 'The Vicar of Dibley', and many more. But he has also been described by The Times as a “relentless humanitarian activist” and with good reason; having co-founded the charities Comic Relief and Make Poverty History, as well as the 2005 Live 8 concerts alongside Sir Bob Geldof. From re-inventing the romcom, to re-writing history, to even re-imagining how to make your money matter, this is the story of a creator and a campaigner for whom change is the destination we all need to reach and love the path we must take.