Here we feature some sample interviews we have conducted.

They are all of people whose work has relevance to the vision and aims of Transforming Business.

The views of the interviewees are theirs alone - they do not necessarily reflect the thinking of Transforming Business.


Dr Peter Dawe

'Groping at Perpetuity', an interview with Cambridge IT tycoon, social entrepreneur and writer, Peter Dawe.

Peter Dawe is one of the great Internet innovators. After creating the UK's first Internet service provider (ISP), he grew it into a multi-million dollar multinational company. This made him one of the key figures in the Cambridge Phenomenon, the proliferation of high-tech companies in and around Cambridge. Today, having been awarded an OBE for services to the Internet industry, he is still at the forefront of e-preneurship, but he is also heavily involved in social enterprise. Transforming Business' Peter Heslam interviewed him at his Cambridge headquarters.

How did you come to be an entrepreneur?
When I was eighteen years old I decided I wanted to do something to change the world. So I worked in local government for seven years. I planned to go for elected office, probably as Councillor. But I gradually came to realize that local politics, including most Members of Parliament, had been taken over by central government. It was a situation without much scope for innovation.

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Martin Wolf
  'Rebel with a Cause', an interview with Martin Wolf of the Financial Times.
As the Chief Economics Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times, Martin Wolf has the ear of corporate leaders not only in the UK but around the world. He spoke to Peter Heslam at the newspaper's headquaters in London. A short review of his book Why Globalization Works can be found here.

You say in your book that you never rebelled against the values of your parents. Nevertheless you describe your progression away from their social democracy to classic liberalism. Why did you feel this shift was necessary?
My father gradually moved to a more liberal position and eventually became a supporter of Margaret Thatcher. Along with many others at the time, we both came to question the basis of the social democratic state with its high spending. It was proving far harder to realise than we had hoped. We became believers in the need for incentives. The hope that people would act responsively turned out to be false.

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Nick Robins
  The Corporation that Changed the World
Peter Heslam interviews Nick Robins, investment banker and author of The Corporation that Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational (London: Pluto, 2006).

What inspired you to write your book and who is your intended audience?

I found in it a way of combining four things about myself that are important to me. My Cambridge degree was in history; I work in economics; I'm involved in socially responsible investment; and I have an Indian wife.

Also, when I was working in Bangladesh I met some people who told me about some of the abuses of the British East India Company. I felt I had to respond by looking into the story and getting it better known.

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Dr John Meadowcroft
  Musings of a Market Moralist
Dr John Meadowcroft of the Institute of Economic Affairs talks to Peter Heslam about his new book The Ethics of the Market (for publication details and a short review in Enterprise Excellence 1.2 see here).

Why did you write this book?

I wrote it for two reasons. Firstly, to make a positive moral case for the market. I think this is really important. Regarding the market as a necessary evil restricts its moral significance. It focuses attention on the need to reign in the power of the market. I think capitalism has a distinct moral dimension. That's what makes it attractive to so many people.

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