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, right – 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]

Over to you.

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9 Responses to “How Change Happens – need your help with the website and promo tour”
  1. Rose Cowley

    Hi Duncan,
    I had a look at your beta book website and I think it’s really good overall. The one suggestion I might make is that the themes and resources are really well organised, but that the blog tab just directly links to your blog. It might be better to have a page which links to your blog, but also has a selection of a few blog posts you’ve done previously that fit within the themes of the book, organised in a similar way to the themes + external resources page.

    Anyway, really excited for your lecture at IDS next week! I’m a Masters student there.

  2. Jes

    Hi Duncan,
    Thanks for sharing the beta version of the site. Looks great overall and a great idea to offer a platform also for others to share their thoughts on the themes. One small comment: The front page provides interesting teasers to the different themes of the book. I do believe that the themes page could benefit from a similar approach; maybe expanding on the teasers offered on the frontpage. This could offer the opportunity to guide readers through the Theory of Change / Theorie of Change laid out by the book.

    Looking forward to seeing the final version of the page. Cheers!

  3. Hi Duncan,

    I just had a look at the website, it looks great overall. I like the structure of the homepage, very resourceful and clear guidance for the targeted audience. Another minor issue is with the Book tour page. The calendar takes a while to load when I move from one month to another, and sometimes it crashes. It would be great to have dates beyond November 2016 as well.

    Best of luck, cheers!

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