Episode 67 – Copyright and creativity with Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

‘Computers and the networks that we connect to them, they’re the nervous system of the 21st century.’ And yet Cory Doctorow argues passionately that right now, the way we legislate the internet isn’t serving the creators, or even the consumers. If you care more about people seeing and using your content…

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Episode 66 – Carpe Diem with Roman Krznaric

What does ‘Carpe Diem’ mean to you? In his fascinating new book, Roman Krznaric reveals how the meaning of this famous phrase has changed over time, and how it’s been pressed into service as a rallying cry for both hard work and hedonism, mindfulness and political activism. He also talks about…

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Episode 65 – Sensemaking with Christian Madsbjerg

Episode 65 - Sensemaking with Christian Madsbjerg

‘I wanted to write a book about how magical people are, as opposed to machines. How enormously efficient we are at understanding things, particularly each other, in a way that no machine will ever come close to doing.’ Through his work with ReD Associates, Christian Madsbjerg helps companies make better decisions…

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Episode 63 – Storytelling & Reader Experience with Bernadette Jiwa

Episode 63 - Storytelling & Reader Experience with Bernadette Jiwa

‘How can I write books that people will read all the way to the end, they can open at any page and find something interesting or useful or inspiring or actionable, and they’ll come back to again?’ And with that question, Bernadette Jiwa – author of Difference: The one-page method…

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Episode 62 – The Year of the Book with Glenda Shawley

Episode 62 - The Year of the Book with Glenda Shawley

I met Glenda Shawley in January 2016 when she came along to my ‘The Year of the Book’ workshop, in which writing productivity guru Bec Evans and I helped a small group of entrepreneurs get clear on the book they wanted to write and plan how they were going to achieve…

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Episode 61 – Messy is Good with Tim Harford

You’ve heard the mantra: ‘Focus!’ You know you need to niche. You understand that multi-tasking is inefficient, and you curse yourself every time your attention wanders from the one thing you know you should be working on. You’re trying to put in place systems and processes to optimise how you work,…

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Episode 59 – Reinventing Publishing with Lou Rosenfeld

Episode 59 - Reinventing Publishing with Lou Rosenfeld

Lou Rosenfeld is in the ideas business. He’s a writer himself, and a speaker and trainer, and now he’s created a distinctive approach to publishing that’s based around ideas – and the community engaged with them – rather than books per se. The publishing company he created – Rosenfeld Media – supports the…

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Episode 58 – How to Have a Good Day with Caroline Webb

Episode 58 - How to Have a Good Day with Caroline Webb

Caroline Webb writes about the everyday, the little things that make a big difference to how we feel: being interrupted, boring meetings, feeling stressed, late-night emails, giving directions to someone who’s lost. So on one level, How to Have a Good Day is an everyday book. What makes it remarkable is…

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Episode 56 – The Future of Content with Melissa Romo

Episode 56 - The future of content with Melissa Romo

This is not just any frog. This is the frog that gets Melissa Romo into writing mode. Usually he sits atop the antique writing desk in her bedroom, but if she’s travelling he comes along and perches wherever he can, so that even on a plane or in an anonymous…

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Episode 55 – Writing as Thought Leadership with Mark Levy

One of the most common pieces of advice for business book authors – and one that I often repeat myself – is to focus on the reader. What problem do they have, what is it that they’re seeking, what language will resonate with them? That’s important, but it’s not the whole…

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