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.
Find your mission.
Jane Thynne – Writing history: how to define truth
“To control the past they edited history, and to control the future they edited literature." The words of Michael’s guest today, the author Jane Thynne. While they belong to the setting of Jane’s brilliant thriller, Widowland, for many these words have unsettlingly felt closer to the world of facts than they do to fiction. Little wonder that Widowland was chosen by The Times as its 'Book of the Month' adding to acclaim as the "most important feminist novel in decades": an accolade that more than delivers on Jane's passion for historical fiction and telling the stories of the 20th century through the eyes of the women who shaped it.
Meg Mason – Sorrow and Bliss: the flow of a journey
Host Michael Hayman welcomes Meg Mason, the author of Sorrow and Bliss, the best-selling novel acclaimed as "remarkable," "extraordinary" and containing a "brutal, hilarious and compassionate truth". With fans including The Times, The New York Times and the likes of Gillian Anderson, Pandora Sykes and Sophie Dahl, its protagonist has been compared to Phoebe Waller Bridge's Fleabag. With an option to be adapted for the big screen by Oscar winning US studio New Regency, this is the story of a writer on a journey – one inspired by one of her own favourite novelists Ralph Ellison, who observed that the end is in the beginning and lies far ahead.
Ben Saunders – Exploring, reflecting and changing: going to the furthest extremes
Joining Michael today is the polar explorer and campaigner, Ben Saunders, whose goal is to restore the very Earth he has explored from head to tail. Having skied for more than 6000km on polar expeditions over the last 20 years, including a solo skiing expedition to the North Pole in 2001, Ben holds the record for the longest human-powered Polar journey in history, and the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton.
Describing himself as “an entrepreneur, writer, cyclist, runner, weightlifter, dog-lover and husband,” this is the story of a jack of all trades – and master of all too! – with lessons about what it takes to overcome adversity, remain focused and achieve your goals.
Christina Bengtsson – Take your time and prioritise precision: how to focus
We’re delighted to welcome Christina Bengtsson, the author and global thought leader on a mission to put society’s focus on the art of focus itself. She has been described as “the female version of James Bond. Moving on purpose with precision, charisma and grace."
And for good reason. As a world champion in precision shooting and a former military officer, Christina knows just what it takes to leverage a focused mindset to achieve success. Today, Christina uses those attributes to focus on unlocking people’s full potential.
Guy Schanschieff MBE - Taking baby steps for a better world
Joining Change Makers today is Guy Schanschieff, co-founder and managing director of the reusable nappy company, Bambino Mio. With 90 billion disposable nappies thrown away worldwide each year, this is an urgent environmental challenge that Guy, and his wife and co-founder Jo have used their entrepreneurial talents and flair to address, with a mission to create reusables that are better for your pocket and our planet. Since, the business has become the world's most widely used reusable nappy brand distributed to more than 50 countries.
Justine Roberts – Embracing the chaos: the story of Mumsnet
Michael is joined by Justine Roberts, the CEO and founder of Mumsnet – the website launched to help parents find and share information and advice. The site has gone on to become a popular forum, hosting over 10 million unique users per month. contributors have included Jamie Oliver, Dawn French, Gok Wan, Clare Balding and even Hillary Clinton. Little wonder then that former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, described Mumsnet as a “great British institution”.