I'm Alex - I'm a speaker, facilitator, writer and community builder. And a Pirate.
Using the most interesting and inspiring stories from the community, I help organisations to think differently, change their culture, and challenge the way things are usually done. In September 2020 Sam and I will publish How to: Be More Pirate (more details below), an update on the original which dives much deeper into how to effectively rewrite 'the rules'.
But for me, it was a long road to piracy. I studied literature at King’s College London, followed by an MA in International Relations where I focused on conflict in the Middle East. After a six-month stint backpacking around the region, I took a job in international development, moved briefly into social care before spending seven years at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) as communications manager.
Then, after almost a decade in the charity sector, I hit a wall. I felt as though leaders and decision makers were increasingly disconnected from the problems they were trying to solve, and that people were becoming more disengaged at a moment in time when we desperately need active citizenship.
So, I took some time out to think about what I could contribute, and began a freelance adventure. I worked briefly for two wonderful authors; Onjali Q. Rauf and Alastair Humphreys, before teaming up with Sam in January 2019. Last year was undoubtedly the most rewarding of my life and seeing this community grow has cemented my belief that Be (ing) More Pirate is an important message. We need a new story, one that stirs people not just to talk about change, but gives them permission to act.
The time has come when breaking the rules is the right thing to do.
Faced with chaotic leadership, growing inequality, business disruption and an impending climate crisis, Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller Be More Pirate was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned the book into a movement.
Enter the real life pirates.
From healthcare to education to big business, mutiny in Manchester to the climate pirates of the Caribbean, How to: Be More Pirate captures their applied wisdom. Packed with relatable examples and practical, applicable tactics, it is a blueprint for causing good trouble.
Whether you want to overcome personal limitations, upend the status quo in your line of work, or find some co-conspirators, this book will help you to be more radical, relentless, and ambitious in your life and work.
The only certainty is uncertainty, it’s how we respond that matters, so now is the time for pirates.
Reclaim your power, purpose and potential. Join the movement #BeMorePirate.