How Change Happens — need your help with the website and promo tour

Sharp-eyed readers of this blog will have noticed that I have a book coming out (that’s irony, people). 27th October in

1st of many

1st of many

is the UK publication date, and 1 December in US (don’t ask). First copies are just back from the printer (see pic). Over the
 coming weeks, I will be trying to maintain that fine balance between British reserve and authorial desperation — I’m relying on you to tell me if I fail (see new poll, below — I may regret this…….)

I’ll also need your help, following on the triumph in crowd-sourcing the choice of cover and commenting on the draft. First up, the website. Amy Moran, Basheerah Mohamed, Aishah Siddiqa from the Oxfam Policy & Practice team have done a fab job in building a site full of back up materials — case studies, videos etc etc, on the various topics covered in the book, and which will allow readers to suggest their own additions. Before it goes live on 17th October, could people take a look at the beta version and tell us what works/doesn’t work, plus any suggestions for improvements?

You can also now sign up to receive an email alert when the book is available to download: (I promise we’ll only spam you a little)

Website screengrab - what do you think?

Website screengrab — what do you think?

Next, the tour, aka From Poverty to Powerpoint. Got off to a great start at VSO yesterday — 80 people in the room, an unknown number online, and all 40 copies duly snapped up. Fingers crossed it carries on like that.

Details of the various events will be updated regularly on the website. My current plans are

  • October and November: UK
  • w/b 7 November: Netherlands and Switzerland
  • 28 November — 10th December: Washington DC, New York and Boston

2017 (dates tbd): US West Coast, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, everywhere else.

If you’re interested in hosting an event, and reckon you can muster a decent crowd of book-hungry punters, do get in touch.

After the new year, we’ll be adding in some other stuff — webinars, twitter chats etc. Basically, there’s no escape.

And if you want to try and scrounge a review copy, send an email (including mailing address) to Kate at OUP (kate.farquhar-thomson[at]oup.com)

Over to you.

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