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Ed Stafford heads to the woods for the Do Lectures 2010

23rd September 2010

The ‘Do Lectures’  are based on the premise of “ideas + energy = change” and they have just come to an end - but no fear if you have missed out, they will be available online from next Monday.  This has been an ideas adventure with a difference.  You don’t simply rock up for a lecture and leave.  You stay immersed in a beautiful part of West Wales on a campsite with fellow listeners and incredible speakers to enjoy a host of lectures, workshops and entertainment. 

The furnished tents are situated on raised wooden decks in the middle of the forest and lectures take place in a rustic teepee for what is a very friendly and homespun weekend.  There are acoustic sets, jam-making and bakery workshops, and a whole range of attendees from business to science, politics and environmental fields. 

This year included the likes of Ed Stafford – the first human to hike the entire length of the Amazon from the source all the way to the sea, taking 3 years and battling one extremity after another.  Ed is an ex-British army captain hailed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as “a truly magnificent demonstration of the stubborn grit which you need to succeed”.  Ed’s inspirational approach is one of taking the leap into the unknown, “Don’t be afraid of taking risks.  Don’t listen to negative people.  Don’t be afraid.  If you’re positive and visualize you can really achieve your dreams.”  Quite a character for a sedate forest in West Wales, and he was not the only one.  The secret speaker (whose identity was only revealed on the weekend itself) was none other than Tim Berners-Lee, the man who invented the World Wide Web.  “I am a geek, by the way” Tim proclaims, “and proud of it...Having people from different disciplines criss-crossing each other here can be inspiring...what really stimulates me is being here in this beautiful rural environment.” 

Jay Rogers, the CEO and co-founder of Local Motors was also in attendance.  Described as the “modern day Henry Ford who is going to change the car industry” he has a revolutionary approach and was joined by Marcus Brehler of the alternative energy company EnOcean.  The aim of the weekend is to galvanise inspirational ideas and the co-founder of the project David Hieatt started with a speaking weekend in the woods (called Little Big Voice) 4 years ago and it has now developed into the Do Lectures.  As David says, “If we can share ideas enough we can accelerate change.”

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