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“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

  • So what do you do?
    by Sue on June 19, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Does your heart sink at the prospect of answering that question when you meet someone new? Or do you already have a nice phrase that you pull out and offer on a plate? And are you proud of it, or do you hide behind it… Ahh, the dance of introductions. As a complicated quiet disruptor, … So what do you do? Read More » The post So what do you do? appeared first on Quiet Disruptors. […]

  • Tethered… to what?
    by Sue on June 18, 2019 at 9:09 am

    As I’ve reflected on Nietzsche’s phrase ‘a long obedience in the same direction’, I’ve realised that this is neither serendipitous wandering nor extreme self-control. Neither is sufficient. In our world, framed at the level of the individual, we can think that this is all about us. The weight of our effort, and our effort alone. … Tethered… to what? Read More » The post Tethered… to what? appeared first on Quiet Disruptors. […]

  • Consistency is underrated
    by Sue on June 17, 2019 at 9:40 am

    We can become over-sensitive to our up’s and down’s. The swings that seem to characterise our lives, usually for a season. In the midst of uncertainty all around, we are both attuned to shifts and are affected by them. That shouldn’t surprise us. But what about the long view? Sometimes we need to readjust our … Consistency is underrated Read More » The post Consistency is underrated appeared first on Quiet Disruptors. […]

  • Hope on the water
    by Sue on June 15, 2019 at 11:24 am

    When life is plain sailing we don’t think about what kind of boat we are in… but sometimes we really need to know. Enjoy this lovely poem by Tracy Ingham. The post Hope on the water appeared first on Quiet Disruptors. […]

  • Re-making the path
    by Sue on June 14, 2019 at 10:17 am

    The 20th-century Spanish poet, Antonio Machado, captured a powerful insight when he wrote: ‘there is no path, the path is made by walking.’ The challenge to our assumption that there must be something already there – and not finding it is our fault – is liberating for quiet disruptors. It’s permission to create, to see … Re-making the path Read More » The post Re-making the path appeared first on Quiet Disruptors. […]

  • Hearing silence
    by Sue on June 13, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Doesn’t that sound like a contradiction? What happens when we listen for echoes and there’s nothing there? Really… Or is it our ears or our impatience? Shhh… Hush now and hear the sounds of silence. They are astonishingly verdant – if we trust them to grow.   The post Hearing silence 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