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A curation of opinion and insight gathered from our podcast and distilled for a different point of view.

Rick de Blaby: One day? Let’s try a decade or more

Rick de Blaby is at the heart of one of London's newest neighbourhoods. Seven Hills chairman and Change Makers podcast host Michael Hayman finds out what makes him tick.

Lord Heseltine: “If you’re only thinking about getting into politics, don’t”

Lord Heseltine has seen it all on the frontline of British politics. Seven Hills chairman and Change Makers podcast host Michael Hayman meets him at home.

B Corp Month: Practicing business the smart way

Change Makers is about celebrating the campaigners, creators, connectors and contrarians who are driving business as a force for good – of which there is no better proof of than a B Corp certification.

Freedom and Redemption: Katy Emck OBE

Last week on Change Makers, Michael Hayman interviewed Katy Emck OBE, Founding Director of Fine Cell Work, for the collaborative series Journeys of Discovery, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

International Women’s Day: Being Inspired and Feeling Empowered

At Change Makers we don't just wish for a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination – we promote, learn and most importantly draw inspiration from women that are striving towards equity, full steam ahead.

Leaders supporting leaders: creating an environment for success, Cécile Reinaud, Founder, Seraphine and Xavier Mufraggi, CEO, YPO

Last week on Change Makers, Michael Hayman welcomes Cécile Reinaud, Founder, Seraphine and Xavier Mufraggi, CEO, YPO

The Polycrisis: How to turn our system around – Andy Haldane on the Change Makers podcast

This week on Change Makers, Michael was joined by Andy Haldane, former Chief Economist for the Bank of England and CEO of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). 

A little less conversation, a little more action: how to tackle the climate crisis

The climate crisis – as described by one of our guests Bella Lack – is an “umbrella term” and in order to effect change, issues must be tackled in segments, by individuals who can channel specific passion. Bella, along with other recent guests: Jason Knights, Elisa Moscolin, Tom McGillycuddy and Sian Sutherland, are all taking action in more specific ways, to weather the climate storm.

Change Makers and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra launch exciting new podcast series

Change Makers is delighted to bring you the first episode in a brand new series with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Journeys of Discovery.

Guests in September: Bruce Daisley, Author of Fortitude, and more

In September’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic Champion; Eric Collins, CEO & Co-Founder, ImpactX Capital; and Bruce Daisley, Author, Fortitude.

Celebrating International Podcast Day

This week we’re celebrating International Podcast Day! Join us as we re-listen to our guests, from James O’Brien and Leena Nair, to Lord Dubs and Beatie Wolfe, via Arizona Muse, Richard Curtis and Dr Scilla Elworthy. These names, with hugely different career trajectories and spheres of influence, are united by an active commitment to change. 

Tales of our Time: A renewed celebration of British design

Now more than ever we need the opportunity to put our own mark on the design of our times.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playlist: Future World

Enjoy the latest exclusive collaboration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Change Makers, containing music from the RPO and insights from our guests on what inspires them to help build a better world for all.

Guests in July: Bella Lack, Conservationist, and more

In July’s Change Makers episodes, Michael is joined by Dr Grace Lordan, Founding Director, The Inclusion Initiative, London School of Economics; Taban Shoresh, Founder, Lotus Flower; Bella Lack, Conservationist and Campaigner; and Duncan Goodhew MBE, Olympic Champion.

Guests in June: Greg Hoffman, former CMO of Nike and more

In June’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by Greg Hoffman, former Global Chief Marketing Officer, Nike; Tom McGillyCuddy, Co-Founder, Circa5000; Romi Savova, Founder & CEO, PensionBee and Cheryl Giovannoni, CEO, The Girls Day School Trust.

Pride 2022: Allyship and Activism

We are proud to mark Pride 50 – the anniversary of the first Pride event in the UK – by revisiting the episodes of four past Change Makers podcast guests. From the remarkable Anil Sebastian and Dan Glass to the equally inspiring Jude Kelly CBE and Juergen Maier, they are all committed, in their own ways, to inclusion, equality and diversity. They shared their thoughts and stories about how they are furthering these causes through their work with podcast host Michael Hayman.

World Refugee Day: hear from Taban Shoresh

20th June was World Refugee Day, a UN-led initiative to celebrate, honour and raise awareness of global refugees.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playlist: Jubilee

Enjoy a special Platinum Jubilee edition of the Change Makers playlist in collaboration with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, containing music & insights from our guests celebrating HM The Queen, Britain, its progress and communities spanning the past 70 years.  

Guests in May: Rosanna Machado, CEO, HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and more

In May’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by Rosanna Machado, CEO, HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant; Kate Griggs, Founder, Made by Dyslexia; Milan Kocic, Head of Sixth Sense, Hexagon and Jan Büchsenschütz, co-founder and CMO of RIIICO.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playlist: Mission

Enjoy the latest exclusive collaboration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Change Makers, containing music from the RPO and insights from our guests on the experiences and ideas that drive their mission.

Tales of our Time: Taking the road less travelled

Change is the ever-present journeyman through the ages, but often getting it right is something easier said than done.

Guests in April: WEF Global Young Leader Gina Badenoch, and more

In April’s Change Makers episodes, Michael is joined by Jenny Costa, founder of Rubies in the Rubble; Alex Wright, co-founder of DASH Water; Capaxia founder and WEF Global Young Leader Gina Badenoch; and Kim Polman, co-founder and chair of Reboot the Future.

A Country & Town House special

We are excited to share a brand new Change Makers publication, created in collaboration with Country & Town House!

Guests in March: Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, WOW (Women of the World) Foundation and more

In March’s Change Makers episodes, Michael is joined by Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, WOW (Women of the World) Foundation; Mark Campanale, Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative; Garvita Gulhati, Founder, Why Waste?; Juergen Maier CBE, Co-founder, vocL; and Melissa Morris, CEO & Co-Founder, Lantum

International Women’s Day 2022 (part 2)

We continue to mark International Women’s Day 2022 by celebrating the achievements and promoting the calls to action of five more inspirational past Change Makers guests. The IWD theme this year is #BreakTheBias and these women shared their stories with podcast host Michael Hayman about how they are doing that, and so much more, through their change-making work.

What is a book that changed your life?

What is a book that changed your life? A question we ask all of our Change Makers guests, to which some answer ‘all of them’, like Gavin Esler, who says there is a lesson to be learned in the pages of every book. Others share one that stands out in their childhood memories, or helped them to find the path they’re now on. We’ve compiled their answers in this article to provide you with some seriously good must-reads this World Book Day:

Guests in February: Hardeep Rai, Kaleidoscope Group, and more

In February’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by humans rights campaigner Dan Glass; rugby pro, turned paediatric nurse, turned endurance rower, turned health-tech leader Dr Elin Haf Davies; entrepreneur and investor Hardeep Rai, who has committed to funding disabled entrepreneurs in a bid to change attitudes; Andrew Roughan, the managing director of Plexal, the innovation centre and co-working space in the heart of East London; and Cephas Williams, Campaigner and Founder of The Black British Network.

International Women’s Day 2022 (part 1)

We are proud to mark International Women’s Day 2022 by celebrating the achievements and promoting the calls to action of past Change Makers podcast guests. They are all committed, in their own ways, to the IWD theme for 2022 – #BreakTheBias – and shared their stories with podcast host Michael Hayman about how they are doing just that through their inspiring work.

Tales of our Time: Learning to live with failure

Change Makers podcast host Michael Hayman learns lessons on how to live with failure from author Meg Mason.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playlist: Resolutions

As we approach the end of 2021, we are delighted to bring you Resolutions, the latest exclusive collaboration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Change Makers.

Tales of our Time: The Generation Game

Gen X or Gen Z – it’s time to start listening to each other, says Michael Hayman in his latest Country & Town House column.

Black History Month

Change Makers is proud to celebrate Black History Month, and the richness of black heritage and culture that has contributed to shaping our world today. Join us as we reflect on some of our guests’ inspiring stories and achievements, and the change they hope to bring for our generation and those in the future. 

Celebrating 100 episodes of Change Makers

This week, we are thrilled to be celebrating the 100th episode of the Change Makers podcast.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playlist: Milestones

This month, we are delighted to bring you Milestones, containing music and insights that celebrate the achievements of our extraordinary Change Makers guests, as we celebrate 100 episodes of the podcast and 75 years of the RPO.
Edeline Lee AW20 Presentation

The planet needs to be in fashion this Second Hand September

In recognition of Second Hand September, we look back on lessons shared by Change Makers who are working hard to bring good and necessary change within the fashion industry – not just for September, but for the months and years to come.

Tales of our Time: Question Time

One of the things I love about the conversations is challenging my own pre-conceived perceptions. To paraphrase, interviews are like a box of chocolates; you never know how you’re going to feel about who you meet or what you might learn from them.

Tales of our Time: why it really is love, actually

We all need to enjoy what gives us the human touch: the emotion, the passion and the feeling and that allows us to relish the moment. This is actually what Richard Curtis means by love, actually.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playlist: Progress

Enjoy the latest exclusive collaboration from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Change Makers, containing music from the RPO and insights from our guests aimed at inspiring listeners to think about the progress our world has made, and the changes they still want to see; from personal goals to global ones.

What it takes to win

Wimbledon, the Euros, The Olympics, and a bruising Lions series – it’s been a superb summer of sports. But these events have also shown that winning is more than a gold medal. The perfect time to reflect on what it really means to win, listen back to conversations on mental health, having a happy mindset and reaching your goals.

One Young World 2021 special

The annual One Young World Summit, which began yesterday in Munich, convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from around the world are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders, including some of our brilliant Change Makers guests from the past year.
Shot of Michael Hayman DBE, Change Makers host, laughing with interview guest

Hosting a year of Change Makers

Change Makers host Michael Hayman explains the ethos of the podcast, what his guests all have in common and why questions are as important as answers.

Filmmaker Richard Curtis on the potential of the activist era

Richard Curtis is the man behind many of our most-loved romcoms, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Notting Hill, Love Actually and Mamma Mia – he has enthralled the nation with his tales of love and life for over three decades. He spoke to Change Makers’ host Michael Hayman about the power individuals have to instigate change and why business must be a force for good.

Pure Being: the new Change Makers podcast track from Beatie Wolfe

The new Change Makers podcast track was created by Beatie Wolfe, the brilliantly talented and innovative ‘musical weirdo and visionary’ who is breaking boundaries with every new project

Celebrating Queer Britain with Joe Galliano and Mark Gatiss 

Change Makers caught up with founder and curator, Joe Galliano and actor Mark Gatiss, to understand how we can start to paint a picture of Queer Britain and understand its place in the history books

Three very different approaches to profit with purpose

An exploration of profit with purpose from the worlds of advertising, insurance and grocery with the MD of Iceland, the CEO of Legal & General Group and the founder of Good Loop.

War Horse author Sir Michael Morpurgo on the power of storytelling

The much-loved children's laureate talks through some of his inspirations, his advice to would-be writers and why children's books are so important

Brand Profile: Ondine in Great British Brands

Blossoming professional cookware brand based on non-toxic titanium

Brand Profile: Hattingley Valley in Great British Brands

As sparkling as ever with its first still wine

Brand Profile: FBC London in Great British Brands

Timeless luxury furniture, inspired by nature and handcrafted in Britain

Brand Profile: Duke + Dexter in Great British Brands

Telling tales of iconic collaborations, subversive styles and sophisticated designs

Brand Profile: Symprove in Great British Brands

A food supplement to support gut health and general wellbeing

Brand Profile: Theo Fennell in Great British Brands

Time and technology are enabling the renowned Chelsea jeweller and silversmith Theo Fennell to thrive during the global crises

Fruits, Shoots, Restaurants & Roots: We need to claim back our space as diverse healers and feeders – Asma Khan for Great British Brands

At its simplest, food is the global unifier – we all need it. But the way we grow, commodify, transport, eat and respect our food needs to change. Restaurants, too, must take up their responsibilities, says Asma Khan.

No social dilemma: Michael Hayman for Great British Brands

2020 proved one thing, that we cannot survive without technology. We’ve just got to ensure that it is used for the greater good, says Michael Hayman.

What are our Change Makers listening to in lockdown?

They say “music be the food of love” – well one thing is certain, music has become the food of lockdown too.

Six ways to think differently about the world from a Nobel Prize winner

A social entrepreneur, banker and economist, Professor Muhammad Yunus, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his creation of the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concept of microfinance – he has since helped millions of people out of poverty. 

A world-view from three very different economists 

We often turn to economists to make sense of the present and predict the future. But they don’t all sing from the same hymn sheet. Each one takes the facts before them and adds their experience, their insight and their understanding to create their own vision of how things could be. Some offer reassurance, some issue warnings. All offer a view.

Allyship in business: battling racism and discrimination with Cephas Williams and Caroline Casey

When we talk about businesses changing for the better, often we hear the phrase “diversity and inclusion” as an area for improvement. And yet the issues of discrimination and equal opportunity in business are broad, it’s impossible to capture the struggle of so many different people and communities with one sweeping phrase. 

10 books to change your life 

Lockdown takes so many things away from us. Our freedom, our daily habits, our friends, our family and in some cases, our work. But in the place of these dear and essential things, we have found small opportunities. With life slowing down, many of us have found a new opportunity, and indeed joy, in reading a good book. 

Views on an uncertain future from three historians

When you’re facing an uncertain future, many would argue that the events of the past can offer some guidance, inspiration and indeed, comfort. So, who better to talk to as we battle through the Covid-19 crisis, than three esteemed historians and writers?

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