Change Makers

Change Makers

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) at the University of London has teamed up with Change Makers to produce a new series of interviews with key public figures on how the pandemic has changed them, and what challenges and benefits it will have for society in the future.

SAS is the UK’s National Centre for the promotion and facilitation of Humanities research, and has worked to produce the series with Michael Hayman MBE DL, host of Change Makers, co-founder of the campaigns firm Seven Hills and Honorary Professor of the Purpose Economy at the University of London.

Over the course of each episode, Michael and his guests will explore how the pandemic has changed us as individuals and as a society, and how our experience of the past 18 months will impact the way we continue to respond into the future.

Jo FOxProfessor Jo Fox, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Engagement) & Dean, School of Advanced Study at the University of London, said: “As we approach new societal challenges, we will need an understanding of the human dimensions of our most pressing issues: threats to democracy, the recovery from the pandemic, including the inequalities it has revealed, personal and community resilience, social justice, climate change, increasing reliance on AI, and the technologisation of traditional human processes.

“This series explores some of the ways we will need to tackle these as a society, and as individuals. The podcasts provide compelling ideas on the ways we have had to change our lives as a response to the pandemic, and what that means for all of us as individuals and as a society.”

The current series focuses on how COVID-19 has changed us. Guests are set to include:

Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Podcast: Seven Ways to Change the World: how to fix the most pressing issues we face – Gordon Brown 

Mary Ann Sieghart, journalist, author (The Authority Gap) and former chief political leader-writer and senior editor of The Times
Podcast: The Authority Gap: why women are still taken less seriously than men and what we can do about it – Mary Ann Sieghart

Kenneth Cukier, New York Times bestselling author on technology and business (Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil and Big Data), senior editor at The Economist
Podcast: How the human ability to ‘frame’ helps us to make sense of the world and gives us the edge on AI – Kenneth Cukier

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, and former controller of BBC2 and BBC4.

Cephas Williams, the activist and campaigning founder of the Black British Network and 56 Black Men.

Dr Eliza Filby, Generations Expert and Historian of Contemporary Values

Professor Jo Fox, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Engagement) & Dean, School of Advanced Study at the University of London

About Change Makers

The Change Makers podcast presents audio portraits of people with an eye for innovation and a restlessness for making a difference. This series of evocative conversations brings to life the influences that have shaped the lives of change makers, the advice they would share as a result and ideas on “what’s next” for a changing world. Listeners can discover the people seeking to create change and find inspiration to how they too can help make a difference – from personal growth and creating a business for good, to combating climate change and campaigning for social justice.

It is brought to you by the campaigns company Seven Hills, and is hosted by Michael Hayman, co-founder of Seven Hills and author of Mission: How the Best In Business Break Through. The Change Makers podcast is supported by an annual summit and partnered collaborations – creating a powerful platform for new thinking. Visit to find out more.