Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting


by Sue Heatherington

Published January 2021

Available in paperback and Kindle via Amazon

Or via your regional Amazon site

“Thoughtful and creative, this is a beautifully written manifesto about the new change-makers: those with the courage to speak softly about things that matter. This book will inspire, encourage and provoke you to become the change you want to see, wherever you are.”

Have you noticed, we’re entering a new era? And it’s time for a new language because we need new voices and a different kind of change. This calls for fresh eyes, more creativity and a more collaborative way of working together. Quiet disruptors are the new change-makers, and they have something to say.

  • Read the manifesto and understand why this shift is so significant now
  • Encounter fresh voices across the world already making a difference through their curiosity, creativity and courageous connections
  • Find bite-sized practical insights on becoming the change you want to see and changing the conversation for good

Just don’t expect to encounter the usual superheroes.

Sue Heatherington is a writer, regenerative thinking partner and conversation host for people who value fresh sight from the quiet edge and who want to create a different kind of change. She coined the phrase quiet disruptor in 2018 as a short-hand introduction to her unusually broad backstory, which included a decade as a pioneering public service chief executive. And she was astonished by the response.

Available via Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting (this is the UK link – use your local Amazon site for the paperback print on demand version).



The book itself has an extensive resource section covering everyone who is mentioned in the book with a thumbnail portrait, their website, books, podcast, TED-talk and On Being references. In the Kindle version, the websites are live links, and each entry has a hyperlink to the relevant chapter in the book.

Part 3: Change the Conversation offers five practical chapters to support your becoming the change you want to see. The largest chapter – Find your voice – is a mini workbook, built on tried and tested practical tips gathered from quiet disruptors around the world (including me!).

The book finishes where it starts, with an invitation to cross the threshold.

Other resources

Being Seen and Heard… Notes for People Professionals is a companion text to Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting for people who want to extend their leadership and professional practice to create more space for quiet disruptors. Practical and provocative, this short eBook is available free of charge for those who already have the main text.

Being Seen and Heard PDF – Download


So many people enabled this book to happen. From the extraordinary quiet disruptors around the world who were happy for me to share their story; those kind folk who lent their design and editing expertise; through to those amazing people who kept cheering me on. Thank you