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Mallen Baker has worn many hats, but has always been looking for pragmatic and effective ways to make the world better. He is best known for his work with corporate social responsibility, but also has a sustainable food blog, a digital design and social media business, and a former life in campaigning and politics. In this show, he speaks to successful change makers in all walks of life and finds out what makes them tick, and how you can learn their lessons to help make a positive difference to the world.

Mallen Baker has worn many hats, but has always been looking for pragmatic and effective ways to make the world better. He is best known for his work with corporate social responsibility, but also has a sustainable food blog, a digital design and social media business, and a former life in campaigning and politics. In this show, he speaks to successful change makers in all walks of life and finds out what makes them tick, and how you can learn their lessons to help make a positive difference to the world.
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Mallen Baker has worn many hats, but has always been looking for pragmatic and effective ways to make the world better. He is best known for his work with corporate social responsibility, but also has a sustainable food blog, a digital design and social media business, and a former life in campaigning and politics. In this show, he speaks to successful change makers in all walks of life and finds out what makes them tick, and how you can learn their lessons to help make a positive difference to the world.

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Episodes

Richard Walker – The plain-speaking approach to sustainable business

9/10/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland Foods. Richard has become one of the most recognisable faces of sustainable business in the UK, leading campaigns on palm oil, plastics and even debating Brexit on BBC Question Time. In this interview, we talk about how he got to where he is, and what he’s learned along the way. We dive into some of the issues – why ban palm oil from Iceland own products rather than going for sustainable palm oil? How to remove plastics...

Duration:00:46:16

Amy Clarke – Investing in impact

9/3/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Amy Clarke, co-founder and chief impact officer at Tribe Impact Capital, the award-winning wealth management firm and BCorp. Before her current role, Amy has been senior vice president for international CSR at Bank of America, and head of CSR UK for Microsoft. In this interview, we talk about how she got to where she is and what she learned along the way. We talk about the sustainability challenges for the finance system, and who makes up the growing body of...

Duration:00:52:43

Anna Cain – Boxing clever for the youngsters failed by the system

7/16/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Anna Cain, chief executive of the Boxing Academy, a unique and groundbreaking school for the most hard-to-reach young people, realised through the discipline and ethos of boxing. Anna is also an advisory board member for Feltham Young Offenders institution, a trustee of the campus educational trust and a trustee of chefs in schools. In this interview, we talk about her remarkable story of how she got to where she is and what she learned along the way. We talk...

Duration:00:45:02

Giles Gibbons – Doing good with business and food

7/9/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Giles Gibbons, founder and chief executive of Good Business, as well as founder of the sustainable restaurant association. Giles has been at the forefront of promoting sustainable business for well over two decades, and has a wealth of experience in what really needs to happen on the ground to make a difference. In this interview, we talk about how he got to where he is and what he learned along the way. We talk about the future of sustainable business, how Giles...

Duration:00:49:47

Brendan May – Challenging businesses to change for good

6/25/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Brendan May, chairman and founder of Robertsbridge, the sustainability strategy agency. Brendan was formerly chief executive of the Marine Stewardship Council, and then managing director of Planet 2050, Weber Shandwick’s global sustainability practice. In this interview, we talk about how he got to where he is and what he learned along the way. We talk about effective campaigning in an era of polarised politics, sustainability and climate change and a range of...

Duration:00:59:06

In dialogue with Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion co-founder

6/18/2019
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This episode is a rather different type of discussion to the usual ones I have on this podcast. Many of you will know that I do commentary videos on YouTube, and on some of those I have been strongly critical of the Extinction Rebellion group, and particularly its core organisers. We debate these issues with vigour because they are important. However, my preference is always that we can do so as a respectful discussion rather than standing at opposite extremes and shouting at each other,...

Duration:01:32:49

Anna Dixon – What works for an ageing population

6/4/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Anna Dixon, chief executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, the charity working to create a society where everyone enjoys a good later life. Anna has spent her life working at the interface of research, policy and practice. She has been director of strategy at the department of health, as well as a number of health policy related roles at the Kings Fund, the London School of Economics and more. In this interview, we talk about how she got to where she is and...

Duration:00:50:46

Peter Grant – Understanding effective philanthropy

5/21/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Dr Peter Grant, director of charities MSC programme at Cass business school and author of various books on the theory and history of philanthropy. Peter is one of the UK’s leading practitioners in public and charitable funding. He was the director of an inner-city youth charity for eight years before moving to Sport England where he devised the first Lottery programme to favour areas of deprivation. In this interview, we talk about how Peter got to where he is...

Duration:00:56:15

Becky Willan – Challenging brands to embrace a positive purpose

5/14/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Becky Willan, managing director and co-founder of Given London, the brand agency with a focus on purpose and positive impact. Becky was formerly an environmental manager with the Body Shop, and since then has become a widely experienced consultant with some of the top forward-thinking brands committed to doing well by doing good. In this interview, we talk about how she got to where she is, and what she learned along the way. We talk about trends in sustainable...

Duration:00:54:05

Tim Smit - Inspiring the self-belief of others

5/7/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project and executive chairman of Eden Project International. The Eden Project transformed a sterile pit into a fabulous enclosed garden with rainforest and Mediterranean environments. Tim is also known for having, along with John Nelson, restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan where he remains a director. In 2002 he was awarded a CBE and in 2012 a KBE. In this interview, we talk about how he got to where he is, and some of the...

Duration:00:52:40

David Grayson - Working carers and how to support them

4/30/2019
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In this episode, I welcome back David Grayson, author, speaker and Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management. You’ll remember that when he appeared previously, in episode 2 of the podcast, we talked about his thoughts on business and sustainability. He is also the author of the book ‘Take Care: How to be a great employer for working carers’, and it’s that topic we’ll be focusing on mostly in this episode. If you are someone who has had to juggle...

Duration:00:58:06

Alison Ward - Tackling issues from cocoa to cotton

4/16/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Alison Ward. Alison is the chief executive of Cotton Connect, a social enterprise with a mission to transform the cotton industry for good, and former head of sustainability with Cadbury. In this interview, we talk how she got to where she is and some of the issues that she dealt with along the way. We talk about how industries face up to the fundamental challenges to their sector that increasingly emerge in the modern age, and how companies practically get into...

Duration:00:42:29

How leading change makers seize opportunities

4/9/2019
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This episode is a little different to what we’ve done so far. We’re at episode number 29, and bearing in mind we launched the first three episodes all at once, that brings us just about to the half year point since the podcast was launched. It seemed like the perfect time to look back on the great insights we’ve heard so far from some of the world-leading change makers I’ve had the privilege to talk to. And it also is about the right time to talk about where this podcast goes next, and...

Duration:00:31:25

Mike Clasper – Sustainability at the heart of good management

4/2/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Mike Clasper. Mike is the chairman of Coats Group plc. He was formerly chief executive of the airports company BAA, and was chairman of HMRC. He was awarded a CBE in 1995 for services to the environment arising from his time at Procter and Gamble. In this interview, we talk how he got to where he is and some of the issues that he dealt with along the way. We talk about the current landscape for socially responsible business, including whether or not mainstream...

Duration:01:02:43

Stephanie Davies-Arai – Seeking the truth without fear

3/26/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Stephanie Davies-Arai. Stephanie is the founder of Transgender Trend, a parent effectiveness trainer and the author of the book ‘communicating with kids’. She was shortlisted for the John Maddox prize, which recognises individuals who have promoted sound science and evidence on a matter of public interest, with an emphasis on those who have faced difficulty or hostility in doing so. In this interview, we talk how she got to where she is, and the journey she took...

Duration:00:52:24

Caroline Casey – The magic of possibility

3/19/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Caroline Casey. Caroline is a social entrepreneur, international speaker and leading authority on diversity and inclusion. She is the founder of the Valuable 500 campaign, and is committed to building a global movement to create an equal society for the 1.3 billion people in the world with a disability. In this interview, we talk about her extraordinary journey, the highs and the lows and what she learned from them both. We talk about why businesses are scared of...

Duration:00:53:21

Jonathon Porritt – Calling time on unsustainable wealth creation

3/12/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Jonathon Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future. Jonathon has been one of the most respected faces of the environmental movement for nearly forty years. He was formerly chairman of the government’s Sustainable Development Commission, director of Friends of the Earth and co-chair of the Green Party. In this interview, we talk about what he learned through his decades in the environmental movement about what works and what doesn’t. We talk about the hopeful...

Duration:00:49:57

Katie Buchanan – Do a few things really well

3/5/2019
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In this episode, I talk to Katie Buchanan, the head of sustainability for Virgin Media. Katie is responsible for Virgin Media's growing reputation for creative and innovative approaches to sustainability. She has also created a powerful partnership with the charity Scope focused on getting people with disabilities into the workplace. In this interview, we talk about how she got here, and what she learned along the way. Why she has become immersed in inclusive employment issues, and why...

Duration:00:59:27

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

2/26/2019
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What did the world look like to the young John O’Brien as he left school and embarked upon adult life? (1:29) The startlingly different direction that John took after his first job, and why it was both the natural place to be but also slightly uncomfortable (4:54) What was the enduring impact that came out of John’s years with the armed forces? (9:20) Have we, as a society, become soft as a result of our recent success as a society in avoiding major challenges such as wars etc?...

Duration:01:01:01

Ron Bailey – Successful campaigns against powerful opponents

2/19/2019
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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...

Duration:00:52:26