A podcast telling stories about people changing the world
hosted by Dr. Amanda Tattersall
There are 140 million people engaged in social change work across the globe. These are the ChangeMakers. The ChangeMakers podcast is short series podcast that tells stories about people who are striving for social change across the world.
To create each story, we travel across the globe to meet with people who have been making change. This has taken us from refugee settlements in Uganda to the streets of Moscow, from Washington DC to Lismore in regional Australia. In each episode we feature a story in the style of This American Life. A scripted narrative ties the story together, where multiple voices lay out what has happened. Hopes, fears and regrets are revealed. Story by story, lessons about what works and what doesn’t work in the world of social change are teased out.
The show is intended to inspire. In a world where it feels like it’s hard to make a difference, this podcast demonstrates just how change is possible.
ChangeMakers is also designed to help people who are involved in social change – by allowing them to learn from others. There are amazing innovations and new ideas across the planet that we don’t often hear about – this show is about making those ideas easier to engage with.
The goal is that the ChangeMakers podcast helps us all become better at making change, in a world that needs progressive change more than ever.
About the Host: Amanda Tattersall
Amanda Tattersall co-founded GetUp.org.au, Australia’s most successful digital advocacy organisations with over 1 million members. She also founded and ran the Sydney Alliance for 9 years, having brought Saul Alinsky style community organising to Australia. She wrote the globally focused “go to” book on coalition strategy (Power in Coalition, Cornell University Press), and has been involved in many social movements – student, union, peace, and refugee movements movement. She currently advises the Australian climate movement on their grassroots strategy and has a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Sydney in city-based citizen activism. Her motivation for starting the podcast is simple – we need to learn from each other and share our emerging successes if we are to create a world that nurtures the common good.
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Our senior writing editor is Charles Firth. Known for founding the comedy group The Chaser (Australia’s Daily Show) he has over 20 years of writing experience in TV, radio and print. This includes hosting Radio Chaser on MMM, author of American Hoax, Editor of Chaser Quarterly and writer performer in the multi Logie award winning TV shows CNNNN and the Chaser’s War on Everything.
Our lead reporter is Mark Isaacs. He is a writer, an author, a researcher and a community worker. He tells stories of conflict and displacement, assisting the oppressed, the persecuted and the marginalised to tell their stories. His first book, The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), is an account of his work with asylum seekers in Nauru, one of Australia’s notorious offshore detention centres. His latest book, the Kabul Peace House, is about a community of peace activists in Afghanistan. You can catch him via his website, on twitter, facebook, or instagram.
Our writing team includes Amanda Tattersall, David Hunt (author of the Australian history satires Girt and True Girt), Mark Isaacs and Amy Farall. Our audio producers are Jules Wucherer and Alex Cake.
To get in touch with us about publicity opportunities, please contact Phil Davey from Mountain Media on [email protected]