As part of our Meet the Maker series, we speak to the people behind the creations in the Big Issue Shop – a platform for buying ethical products which put people and the planet first. This time, we speak to Miranda West, publisher of the Do Book Company.
What can we find on your part of The Big Issue Shop?
“Some small but powerful books! We publish a collection of inspirational pocket guides for creative entrepreneurs, makers and Doers across business, design, wellbeing and sustainable living. “
How do your products make a positive difference in the world?
“The books are designed to inspire positive change in the reader. Whether that’s learning a new skill, a shift in mindset, or a change in outlook. They focus on the ‘doing’ not the background theory.”
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What inspired you to start your company and how did it start?
“Now you’re asking. I’ve worked in book publishing my whole working life – from an academic press to a small indie to Penguin Random House. But I always had an itch to start my own business. A few years ago, a friend sent me a link to an online Do Lecture.
“I hadn’t come across the Do Lectures before so spent some time on their website. Here were some of the world’s Doers, changemakers, innovators and pioneers sharing their stories in a heartfelt – and from what I could tell, largely unscripted – way to inspire those listening to go and ‘Do’. Whilst I hadn’t heard of the majority of the speakers, the talks felt authentic and the stories real – and that was really appealing. I emailed the ‘info@’ address that afternoon to say how much I liked the website and to ask if they had ever considered publishing books by their speakers.