Inventing Change Podcasts

To compliment my work on publishing and social change, this podcast channel features interviews and monologues on a wide range of subjects which I care about. My blog is and my YouTube channel is here:

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Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

In this second conversation with Steve Connolly, we talk about publishing trends and the likely direction of digital development. We focus particularly on the experience of our teenage children in the world of digital school under lockdown and their expectations of digital teaching at university. Let's hope that the digital educational life offered at university matches their ambitions and prepares them for the working world they will face afterwards.

Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

Back in May 2021 I spoke to Steve Connolly, then Publishing Director of Digital at Hodder Education, about the recent launch of their Boost platform. The first part includes the challenges of launching a fully secure digital platform for primary and secondary students, with issues ranging from technical debt to project delivery. I hope it gives a great insight into how to avoid the pitfalls and manage a successful platform launch.

Friday Dec 10, 2021

Last month I had the opportunity to interview Ziyad Marar on leadership and publishing, alongside his career as an author in the social sciences. Much of the discussion centred around his latest title Judged: The Value of Being Misunderstood. Ziyad’s career in publishing spans 32 years to his most recent role as President of Global Publishing. It was great to hear how the SAGE team managed under coronavirus and to listen to how Ziyad’s leadership style has changed in this time.

Wednesday May 19, 2021

Sarah Pittaway, Head of Library Academic Engagement at the University of Worcester, presented on Imposter Syndrome at UKSG in 2018. Three years on, I wanted to talk to her about her feelings today and how she addressed feeling like an imposter after that time. Our interview extended far beyond this topic into gender equality, female leadership, and how to achieve true gender parity at all levels of an organisation.

Thursday Apr 29, 2021

James Routledge posted publicly about his decision to step down as CEO from a start-up mental health organisation, which he originally founded. Here he talks about his uncertainty prior to making this radical change, why he did it, and what he is focussing on now. An inspiring and unexpected interview with someone who achieved the aspiration of many while still in his twenties!

Wednesday Apr 21, 2021

Recently I asked two very different CEOs to talk about their feelings during their career, and on appointment to Chief Executive Officer. Roger Horton, now a Board member at CABI and BMJ, was CEO at Taylor & Francis for around 20 years. He talks here about his experience of overcoming imposter syndrome and how it can be a useful tool, particularly in motivating yourself to perform at your best.

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