Mallen Baker podcast for change makers

The Mallen Baker Podcast for Change Makers

John O'Brien MBE

#23: John O’Brien – Helping people maximise their potential for good

In this episode, I talk to John O’Brien, an ethics and purpose champion, co-author of ‘the power of purpose’, and the managing partner of the One Hundred Agency.

John was responsible for what the government rated as the largest mobilisation of volunteering since world war 2. He was a founder of the Mosaic network, and numerous other charitable and entrepreneurial ventures.

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Ron Bailey, Parliamentary Campaigner

#22: Ron Bailey – Successful campaigns against powerful opponents

In this episode, I talk to Ron Bailey. This is a special one for me. Ron is a campaigning genius who has been possibly the most effective parliamentary campaigner of our time.

In his early years, Ron was one of the founding forces of the family squatting movement in response to truly awful slum landlords that blighted the lives of thousands of people at the time. He went on to focus his attention on getting bills through Parliament – including getting a freedom of information bill through a hostile Thatcher government that had a massive majority.

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Lord Paul Boateng

#20: Lord Boateng – Be prepared to be a disrupter

In this episode, I talk to Lord Boateng who, as Paul Boateng, was a cabinet minister in the Blair Government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Paul also served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa from 2005 to 2009 and entered the House of Lords in 2010. He is chairman of the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.

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Paul Polman, sustainable business champion

#19: Paul Polman – Leadership with purpose

In this episode, I talk to Paul Polman who, until just a few weeks ago, was the chief executive of Unilever. For the last decade, Paul has been one of the highest profile champions for sustainable business worldwide.

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Beccy Speight

#18: Beccy Speight – Why ancient woodland matters for the future

In this episode, I talk to Beccy Speight, the chief executive of the Woodland Trust. Beccy is an energetic champion for practical environmental change. She is an articulate campaigner and an inspiring leader, drawing from her years of business experience and her management of key parts of the National Trust estates.

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Claire Fox, Academy of Ideas

#17: Claire Fox – Robust debate and Generation Snowflake

In this episode, I talk to Claire Fox, Director of the Academy of Ideas and author of the book ‘I find that offensive’. Claire is a panellist on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, and is regularly on a variety of news programmes commenting on culture, education, media and free speech issues.

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Michael Kelly

#16: Michael Kelly – Turning risk into opportunity

In this, the first episode of 2019, I talk to Mike Kelly, chairman of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and former head of CSR for KPMG.

Mike is a seasoned campaigner from the pioneering years of corporate responsibility. He was instrumental in the creation of the UN Global Compact, and has been a consistent supporter of some of the more difficult causes, from a corporate perspective, such as homelessness and the living wage.

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#15: Be a more effective change maker in 2019

This is a different kind of episode, as we finish off 2018 with a quick look back to some things that changed my thinking over the last year, and then we’re going to talk about how you can approach planning the impact you’re going to make in 2019.

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Dame Julia Cleverdon

#14: Dame Julia Cleverdon – connecting the unconnected

In this episode, I talk to Dame Julia Cleverdon, a passionate and practical campaigner, listed by the Times as one of the 50 most influential women in Britain. Dame Julia is co-founder of Step Up To Serve, also known as the #iwill campaign, as well as a number of other important campaigning and charitable roles. But she was probably most prominent as the longstanding chief executive of Business in the Community between 1992 and 2008.

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Vicky Pryce

#13: Vicky Pryce - Economics as a vehicle for change

In this episode, I talk to Vicky Pryce, economist and commentator and previously Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Vicky is a prolific author, whose books include Greekonomics: The Euro Crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get it”, “Prisonomics” and “Why Women Need Quotas”.

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Andy Wales

#12: Andy Wales – Making change that sticks

In this episode, I talk to Andy Wales, the Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer for BT, and formerly the Corporate Affairs Director for SABMiller Europe. Andy is a smart and skilful change-maker with a great track record in some of the most dynamic corporate sustainability programmes we’ve seen in the last two decades.

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Ravinol Chambers

#11: Ravinol Chambers – Storytelling with purpose

In this episode, I talk to Ravinol Chambers, the founder of Be Inspired Films - a multi award-winning video production company that helps individuals and organisations working as a force for good across business and society to bring their stories to life.

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Rob Cameron

#9: Rob Cameron – Tackling the big emerging issues

In this episode, I talk to Rob Cameron, the chief executive of the consultancy and think tank Sustainability. Rob has been the CEO of a sustainability-focused communications company, Flag – he has been CEO of Fairtrade International and now, in his current role, deals with some of the major global businesses that see themselves on the journey for a sustainable future.

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John May, Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

#5: John May - Unleashing the power of young people

In this episode, I talk to John May, the secretary general of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. He describes himself as a campaigner, storyteller, teacher, youth worker, independent diplomat, writer, broadcaster, urban cyclist, avid parkrunner, habitual chocolate cake eater and mischief-maker.

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Chris Harrop of Marshalls plc

#4: Taking risks to tackle human rights with Chris Harrop of Marshalls

In this episode, I talk to Chris Harrop, the group marketing director and the head of sustainability for Marshalls plc. We talk about the dramatic pivotal moment when he knew he had to take a lead in tackling child labour in Indian sandstone – and the mistakes that he feels they made at the start in attempting to tackle that most difficult of issues.

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