Stories From Women Who Walk

How Quiet Disruptors Are Rearranging Our World for the Better Led by Sue Heatherington. Part 1.

Episode Summary

Sue Heatherington, writer, catalyst and thinking partner for pioneers, innovators and change-makers who want to cultivate a better change perspective in the world coined the term “Quiet Disruptor” which led to a manifesto which became a book: Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting.

Episode Notes

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk. You’ll recognize yourself in these true-life stories from women who are walking their lives while their lives walk them and the lasting difference these journeys have made. I’m your host, Diane Wyzga.

Today my guest is Sue Heatherington, writer, catalyst and thinking partner for pioneers, innovators and change-makers who want to cultivate a better change perspective in the world. In 2018 Sue coined the term “Quiet Disruptor” as a short-hand introduction to her unusually broad back story, which includes 10 years as a pioneering public service chief executive. Now, Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting is the title of her newly published book.

Sue is joining us all the way from Swansea, Wales where she writes daily thought-provoking blog posts while inviting us to explore her valley through the lens of her camera. I’ve invited Sue to talk with us about the practice of writing, changing the narrative around conversations and belonging, her manifesto, her book, and most significantly doing it all without shouting. Welcome to the podcast, Sue!

Minutes 38:24

00 to 4:02       Intro and Alpacas

4:02 to 6:28       Start From Where You Are

Host: One of these fine days we will return to travel and Wales - among other places - is on my hiking itinerary. If I met up with you on one of your favorite walks, where is it and what might I notice about you?

Host: Sue’s blog posts with her photography comes from a place of slowing down, pausing and being aware.

6:28 to 20:05       A Bit of Back Story

Before we get to your manifesto and your book, entitled Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting, I’d like to know a bit about how you coined the term “Quiet Disruptor” in 2018. Would you share with us how that came about and what you discovered about yourself in that process.

Host: an unrealistic burden to expect The One to have the answers, especially when imposed by society. If The One has no answers or, not the right answers they might push, shove, shout or masquerade

20:05 to 36:30       Manifesto for Quiet Disruptors

The word Manifesto is strong, a public declaration of intention, of design. Would you give us the opportunity to hear your Manifesto.

Host: There is so much in the invitation to come along. People drawn like filings to a magnet. Sue named qualities or attributes shared by the Quiet Disruptors: stubborn courage, do work quietly and insistently. Question: How might we notice change makers among us or even notice if we could be a change maker?

Host: I imagine you have people and situations in mind. Question: would you share a few who are already carrying on as a Quiet Disruptors.

Host: One woman begins the shift and then change happens over the course of time. Similarly in the legal profession. Litigators who learned to tell their own stories - doing an archeological dig on themselves - were better able to tell their clients’ stories. Being seen and being heard goes toward our understanding and being understood.

Question: Let’s assume you might have to work with or encounter someone who is not so agreeable to this notion of disrupting quietly, how would you suggest working with folks like that to get them to see the necessity of hopeful, quiet change?

Here we are, at the end of the road but not the journey. Thank you for listening to Part 1 of this episode of Stories From Women Who Walk with your host Diane Wyzga and my guest Sue Heatherington, Quiet Disruptor, blogger, author of the book Quiet Disruptors:Creating Change Without Shouting, and a catalyst for pioneers, innovators and change-makers who joined us from her small valley in Swansea, Wales. We hope you enjoyed and are motivated by our quietly disrupting conversation. We’ll be back in a week with Part 2.

You’re also invited to check out over 450 episodes of this podcast Stories From Women Who Walk found on Simplecast, your favorite podcast platform and my website: Quarter Moon Story Arts. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you’ll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! You will have wonderful company as we walk our lives together.

About Sue Heatherington  

Sue Heatherington offers fresh sight from the quiet edge and believes that our words shape our reality. She is a writer and host of Waterside Conversations from a little valley in South West Wales.

Sue coined the phrase 'quiet disruptor' in 2018 when trying to make sense of the journey of her life and work. Her book Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting was published in January 2021 and has been read across the globe.

Her short daily pause points combine words of inspiration, provocation and encouragement, with a beautiful photograph from her home in the valley, which she shares with her husband, learning disabled brother and a herd of alpacas.

Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting is available on Amazon in printed and Kindle versions. The short ebook Being Seen and Heard… Quiet Disruptors: Companion Notes for People Professionals is also available for free to those who have the main title

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Stories From Women Who Walk Production Team

Podcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story Arts

Music: Entering Erdenheim from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron Music

Sound Editing: Darwin Carlisle & First Class Reels

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