Storytelling is damn important, and pirates have long since lead the way. However, the modern publishing industry is well overdue for an OS upgrade so that different kinds of stories get the airtime they deserve
Read or Die: power back to the indies
Hoist the main sail. Books are urgent. Stories are non-negotiable. Don't let the navy win. It’s time to read or die.
Leena Normington’s Read or Die is taking on mainstream publishing supporting independent bookstores to be better marketeers and redistribute the book selling wealth more equitably.
Storymix: more BAME heroes in children’s lit
Storymix is a children's fiction development company with a focus on inclusive representation. Founder Jasmine Richards is rewriting the rules of publishing in two fundamental ways:
Storymix isn’t an agent, nor is it a straight publisher,; it acts more as a producer bringing in writers and storylines and blending talent to craft the perfect story
Of the 9,115 children's titles published in 2017 only 4% featured Black Asian Minority Ethnic characters. STORYMIX is challenging that, creating heroes for every child.
No need to explain this one…we’re the last generation who can stop climate change
TAKK Cap: investing in eco
Tackling the war on climate change through investment in new technology, you can read the full story here.
All Takkcap investments must meet the following criteria:
Be an innovative way of fighting climate change
Have a people first culture
Have a sound financial model that will generate profit
Takkcap are able to offer angel investment (£50-100k), seed investment (£100-250k) and growth investment (£250k+)
Possibly the only serious activism happening on this issue. They have three demands for the government which we fully support:
tell the truth - declare a climate and ecological emergency
reduce green house gas emissions to net zero by 2025
Create a citizens assembly to decide on climate and ecological justice
The website tells you all you need to know to get involved. Check out their code too.
As we reach near suicidal rates of capitalism, the advertising industry has got a hell of a predicament on its hands. Are they going to keep selling us stuff we don’t need, or be part of the solution?
Mere Mortals is totally new kind of advertising agency - no bullying, no hierarchy, more trust, better quality work, and they’re a B Corp. All of this is embedded in their code. Mere Mortals are a model to follow for the sector, if you want to know more about how it’s working, get in touch: email@example.com
Good is the New Cool
It’s a book, a movement, events, workshops, and Adhel Aziz and are leading the way in showing brands that they can make money and do good and that this is the future. Get behind it or get left behind. All info on their website.
We all know that our education system is ripe for mutiny. Box ticking and constant scrutiny leaves teachers drained and unable to do the real job: teaching kids the skills they need for the 21st centur.
Performance Learning is an organisation led y Tej Samani that uses a radical new method to teach. They are able to predict student grades solely through how a child feels about a subject. PL is 80% accurate in predicting student outcomes and the teaching methods support students to change their perception, and therefore their outcomes. The full story is here.
Wastage, needless bureaucracy and a dangerous addiction to growth means that we’re failing people on healthcare. But, mutinies are happening.
Cat Duncan Rees and Naomi Davies are leading the way with their healthcare mutiny in Greater Manchester.
Cat does her own thing, alongside working for Think Local Act Personal, a charity that recognises that a simple truth: people in need of social care support, want to have a life, not a service. People are citizens first and foremost. Naomi’s on the inside, and daily bringing more people into the crew. You can read more about their mission to ‘re-humanising the system’ here, or find their daily BMP shout outs on Twitter.
Tackling loneliness at source
In 2018 the UK government appointed a Minister for Loneliness, recognising that lack of human connection is a serious factor in mental and physical ill health. Matthew Cook is head of people at creative agency Gravity Road, but he is also on a mission to disrupt loneliness using what he knows about pirate style storytelling.
When it comes to talking to people there is no place more terrifying than the London Underground. But here he is. Follow @abeautifulsomething or get Matthew on
Mental health mutiny
Ian Hurst runs We are Hummingbird. They go into companies and train people to become Mental Health First aiders - recognising that there’s still a lot of work to do in reducing the stigma on mental health. They also use music to help people express themselves and host a thriving community with tons of great playlists.
You can read more about Ian’s story here, but suffice to say he is fully pirate and has used the principle of REORGANISE: Ian and the team use guerrilla marketing and various light touch collaborations to achieve scale.
They’re open to all kinds of collaboration in the mental health space and music industry. Contact Ian here, he’s based on the South Coast.