Posts tagged Do Wales 2008
Yun Hider | Free Food

Foraging... an ancient practice key to the survival mankind.

Through foraging Yun feels he's discovered a surprisingly simple and accessible way to connect with the environment. Essential knowledge that we all used to depend on once rekindled, can help connect us to our precious and fragile world.

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Timothy Ferriss | Aim For The Impossible

How and Why to Be Unreasonable

Timothy presents case studies of how to think big and test assumptions to accomplish the impossible, whether launching a #1 bestselling product, setting a world record, or changing the world.

Timothy Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Business People of 2007' is the author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week bestseller, 'The 4-Hour Workweek'.

He has been featured by dozens of media, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.

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Andy Cummins | Surfers Against Sewage Story

Andy talks through the evolution of SAS. From a group of surfers from St Agnes in Cornwall wanting to end raw sewage going out into the sea. In 1990 they evolved into "Some of the Governments most sophisticated environmental critics" (BBS News and Current Affairs) and "Britain's coolest environmental pressure group" (The Independent). SAS now has over 20 live campaigns on 5 major issues.

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Trevor Baylis | You Can Invent

Why invent? Art is pleasure, invention’s treasure

Trevor discusses the difficulties he had in getting my Clockwork Radio taken seriously as a product and the obstacles he faced taking it to market, illustrating the problems many inventors have in bringing their ideas to the attention of others and their attempts at commercial success.

But most of all, he encourages and inspires us to think creatively or ‘outside the box.’

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Paul Chatterton | Everyday Action Matters

Everyday, everywhere, through spontaneous and planned actions, people are changing the world, together. These everyday actions come from the growing desire to do it ourselves – planting vegetables, organising a community day to get people involved in improving where we live, exposing exploitative firms, taking responsibility for our health, making cups of tea in a social centre, figuring out how to install a shower powered by the sun, making a banner, supporting strikers, pulling a prank to make someone laugh, as well as think.

A whole range of groups from the Camp for Climate Action to No Borders and Social Centres are showing how people can take back control and organise to create a more just and sustainable world.

Paul's talk is about this kind of DIY politics: a call to get involved in practical action and reflection to create more sustainable and fairer ways of living. It is based on the recent book called ‘DIY: a handbook for changing our world’ which he co-wrote with the Trapese Popular Education Collective.

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Russel Davies | How to Fail More

Tinkering. Playing. Interesting. Slow. Lessons learnt to build the Instorematic.

About a year ago Russell volunteered to build a machine thing to go in howies shop window in Carnaby Street. It took longer than they thought, but building it has taught them all sorts of interesting things about building, playfulness, slowness, making things with your friends and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. They talk about those things and others that seem related. There'll be jokes and funny videos from the internet.

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Tamsin Omond | Applying Pressure

Applying Pressure – Can An Individual Change the World?

Drawing from her experience with high profile ‘Plane Stupid' and her role as a radical lobbyist and non-violent direct activist, Tamsin considers what transforms illegal action into legitimate world-changing events.

Using both historic precedent and the current environmental struggle, she suggests that at times of crisis, when governments will not act in the interest of the people, individuals must involve and empower one another to demand and live according to what is socially good. Non-violent direct action is this community's application of pressure - not to asking for a better tomorrow but creating the reality of a better today.

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Michael Braungart | Why Less Bad Isn't Better

When we focus on the 'efficient' use of materials and resources, we are burying our heads in the sand. Matt argues that we need a conscientious approach to design, so that everything we take from nature either goes back to nature (in a biological cycle) or is up-cycled into further products (the technical cycle).

There is no such thing as "waste" in this picture - only resources which we can redeploy forever. Then human consumption becomes good for the planet.

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Guy Watson | Stubbornness Is Underrated

Guy recounts through a brief history of the business and then explains why Riverford does what they do and the way they do it. He talks about their vegetable box scheme that started in 1993 as a means of escaping the grasp of the supermarkets and how it has grown to deliver to 25,000 households nationwide.

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John Grant | Love Versus Greed

John has been involved in a number of social ventures over the last 20 years. He explains how they are always a mixture of love (social purpose) and greed (capital, investment, equity and personal ambition), putting it this way allows John to make it clear that there is an inbuilt conflict at the heart of every such venture.

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Aubrey Meyer | Do More Of Less

Aubrey talks about contraction & Convergence. It's a response to the objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is a rational, science-based global framework to share the removal of CO2 emissions globally at a rate where we solve the problem of climate change faster than we are creating it.

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