“Nothing prepared me for the response when I first started using the phrase ‘quiet disruptor’ last summer…”

Far from a barrage of questions about what it meant, many people simply paused to grasp the paradox and then started trying it on for size. Expressing relief at the sense of permission and hope it gave.

So I started writing a daily blog in September 2018 and now speak about the potential of quiet disruptors to change the conversation, whenever I get the opportunity.

What’s emerging is a community of thoughtful, curious and creative people who are committed to make a positive difference. These are the new changemakers, going against the grain, without a lot of noise.

Sue Heatherington


Brief week-day posts and longer weekend reflections. Here are the last six - see more on the Quiet Disruptors Blog

  • Smile, please
    by Sue on August 19, 2019 at 9:14 am

    What happens when you smile? I could point you to all the scientific evidence on what it does to our brain and body chemistry. We could talk about the psychological impact on the people around you. But instead, I wonder what happens to you as you smile? How does it affect who you are and … Smile, please Read More » The post Smile, please appeared first on Quiet Disruptors.

  • Celebrating the whole
    by Sue on August 17, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Life and the stuff around us can easily trick us into thinking it’s all about us. It’s not. Let's be intentional and celebrate the whole. The post Celebrating the whole appeared first on Quiet Disruptors.

  • Little things
    by Sue on August 16, 2019 at 9:48 am

    It’s raining. Well, it is Wales… Out in the valley, there is no chance of looking up and feeling the sun. Or seeing stars. Today. Instead, the little things speak. Small birds playing high up in the trees. The stages of transition from flowerhead to seedhead all on the same stem of wild Angelica. Raindrops … Little things Read More » The post Little things appeared first on Quiet Disruptors.

  • Shifting perspective
    by Sue on August 15, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Our conversation last night provided some healthy insights about perspective. Friends had been part of a film crew in Cardigan Bay, where amongst other things you often see dolphins. However, their experience of being on the water shifted entirely when they saw the drone footage from high above. Sometimes we really do need to see … Shifting perspective Read More » The post Shifting perspective appeared first on Quiet Disruptors.

  • Create space to be present
    by Sue on August 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

    The end of all things is not a safe, tidy self. Where all is beautiful stillness. Why not? Because we’re here not as an island, but to make a vital (i.e. life-giving) contribution to the larger whole. The world in which we live. And the best way to do this is to be fully present. … Create space to be present Read More » The post Create space to be present appeared first on Quiet Disruptors.

  • Natural fruitfulness…
    by Sue on August 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Walking in the woods for the first time since the weekend storms, I was struck by the natural fruitfulness all around. Beautiful ruby red jewels scattered the path. Results of the windblown rowan berries. This year in the UK we’ve had the winning combination of rain and sun. These berries, and others like them, can’t … Natural fruitfulness… Read More » The post Natural fruitfulness… appeared first on Quiet Disruptors.


Nurturing Quiet Disruptors not only has a huge impact on individuals, but also on organisations too. Releasing powerful curiosity, targeted creativity and driven by clear conviction, they will shift the way you thrive in our complex, post-industrial era.

Sue is an inspiring and experienced speaker, and is currently writing a groundbreaking introductory book on Quiet Disruptors. Do contact us directly if you are interested in inviting her to speak at your event, workshop or conference.


As I’ve worked with the idea of quiet disruptors, I’ve realised the futility of trying to narrow down a definition. Instead, a manifesto seems much more appropriate and it has certainly landed well!

Find Your Voice workshops

For quiet disruptors probably the most important step forward is finding your voice. This doesn’t always come easily. We’re often not used to being heard, or even being clear about how we want to change the conversation. 
We recognise that it takes courage and vulnerability to be this intentional and we can help you. In addition to the off-site small group intensives we are planning here at The Waterside - Find Your Voice  - we also offer taster, half and full day workshops where you are.  

Forthcoming Book and Podcast

Sue’s book - Quiet Disruptors: find your voice and change the conversation - is currently in progress, with publication expected in late 2019.

We are also using the development of a Quiet Disruptors Podcast as a guinea pig to trial the podcast element of our Find Your Voice  intensive.

Thanks for reading

Sue Heatherington
Founder, Quiet Disruptors