Posts tagged Do Wales 2014
Irfon Watkins | You Don’t Have To Work Hard To Have A Furious Passion

Irfon Watkins is a pop culture icon. As the founding member of the revolutionary punk group The Groovy Pineapples, he was the zeitgeist of a cultural and social movement that embodied the agitation and nihilistic malcontent of the late 70’s. A pioneer. A demigod. A changemaker. Or that was the plan, at least. Instead, he took an interview for a computer firm (having never seen one) and got the job, before embarking on a meteoric rise that culminated with the founding of Coull—a tech company that’s reinvented the way programmatic video advertising works. His mantra ‘luck doesn’t just happen, you can invest in it’ isn’t just paid lip service—it’s an integral part of his journey and the culture he breeds. Here are a few lessons he’s learnt along the way.

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Sarah Corbett | Why Shouting Quietly Gets You Heard

Sarah is a reluctant doer who learnt the art of campaigning in her own quiet but very effective way. She became a head girl and introduced lockers so the kids didn’t have to carry heavy bags. She did this by finding one important person to help in her campaigns. She used her love of craft and campaigning to create craftivists, which she now runs full time and is making change one stitch at a time. A life-affirming talk from an inspirational role model.

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Nick Gray | Why Museums Are F*cking Awesome

Nick Gray, Renegade Museum Tour Guide and Founder of low tech high touch business Museum Hack, shares the love story of his business and why Museums matter. When he first visited the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, it unleashed a curiosity about the history he’d never experienced before. He kept visiting and soon became obsessed and wanted to share this love, and place that meant so much to him with his friends. It became his passion project. He started Museum Hack, a fun private adventure led with heart, soul and a whole lot of fun. It’s a Museum tour like no other, where people are taken to the best parts and any chance of boredom is swept away. His mission is to get people excited about Museums and to be the best tour guide in the World. This super inspiring talk explains how and why.

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Rosa Park | 4 Pieces Of Wisdom From The Editor Of The Iconic Cereal Magazine

Publisher and editor of Quarterly Travel and Lifestyle Magazine of Cult Cereal Magazine launched in 2012. They launched with a print run of 3,000 copies. Today it has grown to 25,000 copies sold in 45 different countries and is sold in great shops and museums around the world. They have launched ‘Guided’ which is a collection of online city guides. In her talk she shares 4 key pieces of advice: 1, No two people are ever the same, so your work will always be original. 2, Your career does not define you. 3, Never Apologise, Never Explain. 4, You can only connect the dots looking back. An insightful talk from an editor of one of the most beautifully curated and designed magazines in the world today. Print is alive and well.

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Nigel Annett | Behaviour Follows Purpose. Build Something That Matters

Nigel built Glas Cymru’s revolutionary non-profit model of communal ownership from Britain’s biggest bond issue that stemmed from the unwavering belief that water is a public commodity, not a private enterprise and that best practice is more important than lining the pockets of shareholders. Consequently, it is one of the country’s most valued and trusted organisations when it comes to the local economy, environmental protection and public health. What he has crafted is a solution. It just works--Glas Cymru has become the envy of the United Kingdom. So, want to know how to increase investment and lower bills? Ask Nigel.

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Hunter Lee Soik | What If We Could Build A Database Of Dreams?

Hunter Lee Soik is founder and CEO of Shadow that is building the Wikipedia of dreams. Do the Japanese who sleep the least also dream the least? What does your dream mean? What is the global dream trend for 2014? If you walk 10,000 steps, will you have more positive dreams? If we eat chicken after 9 pm, will we have a certain type of dream? Hunter’s dream is to answer these questions by building the first global resource for dreams.

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Lydia Winters | How To Use Fear To Propel You Forward

Lydia Winters started out as a teacher and then through her love of photography and film made a video about playing Minecraft even though at that point she had never played it. From her Minecraft Chic blog, she got to meet the founders of Minecraft, and they pretty much hired her on the spot. Lydia gives a very real and human talk about the insecurities and anxieties that even very successful people feel too. And how she uses those to propel her forward.

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Kasim Ali | Why Great Tea Is As Every Bit As Geeky As Great Coffee

Within 8 months of launching Waterloo Tea House, it won the award for best café in the UK. The thinking behind Waterloo Tea is the simple idea that it is all about your palate and exploring taste. They have no marketing, no sales team, no people on the road, all their growth comes from people just tasting their tea. They now have 3 tea shops in Cardiff. Waterloo tea’s mission is to get you to re-think tea. For the last 20-30 years, we have to drink the wrong stuff, pouring boiling hot water over it and calling it tea. But once you taste the real tea, you won’t drink that other stuff again.

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Stephanie Lynn | How To Fight M.E. And The Prejudice That Comes With It? And Win

What happens when you get ill? And what happens when no-one knows why? At 15 years old Stephanie Lynn developed M.E. This is her moving story, warts and all, of how she fought the disease and the prejudice that comes with it. A journey from wheelchairs to Zimmer Frames to taking 25 pain-killers a day to someone who runs and does yoga 3 times a week. This is a must watch, hope-giving talk from an inspiring role model.

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Peter Saunders | How The Angel Investor Of The Year Learnt To Back His Instinct

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Innovator - Peter Saunders OBE truly is the quintessence of the DO’er spirit. His handwork, passion and talent saw him build Halo Foods from humble foundations in rural Wales into one of the UK’s premier food groups boasting a global reputation. But it gets better. He then founded Severn Aviation, a specialist flying school that was soon training pilots for the Metropolitan Police and the North Sea Oil & Gas industry, and it was quickly recognised as Europe's finest training facility. Now his mission is to revolutionise healthcare technology with Sure Chill— a revolutionary technology that seeks to improve the longevity of vaccinations though powerless refrigeration. And could save millions of lives.

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Michael Townsend Williams | Inhale. Exhale. Why We All Need To Learn How To Do This Better

In the glittering heydays of 1980s advertising, Michael was in the thick of it; working at Saatchi’s and living the prolific adman lifestyle. High pressured deadlines, a pace as fast as lightning and alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol. His journey - as Michael’s wife would call it - is from being off his head to on his head. From alcoholic to Yogi.

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Justin McMurray | What If We Point The Camera Back At The Internet?

Justin McMurray is the co-founder of Somewhere. maker, doer and entrepreneur – from building voluntary platforms to street art projects to building companies. He recounts the story of one of the most famous pictures of all time: NASA’S voyager picture looking back at earth after Carl Sagan had persuaded them it would be a good thing to do. So a picture from 6 billion KM’s from earth put us into context. The earth was one tiny pixel amongst millions of others. So in an internet world of Sunset drinks and Double rainbows in a perfect Instagram world, we share a perfect version of ourselves. But is that really turning the camera back on the internet? How do we bridge the gulf between reality and the world that we put out there? How do we be ourselves in a digital world? Are we being authentic? He talks about emerging platforms like Patreon which is taking patronage into the 21st century, and Kiva, the microloans site and Kickstarter. His point is these took an awful lot of doing but at the same time an awful lot of reflecting. So remember to turn the camera back.

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Carlo Navato | A Call To Arms For Curiosity

Carlo Navato is the visionary founder of Haxted Estates, a multi-award winning property developer who believes his success has come from being passionately curious. He believes he has no special talents, with the exception of his ever curious mindset. For him, curiosity leads to inspiration which leads to creativity which leads to you doing cool stuff.

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Evan Doll | How To Conquer Information Overload

Evan Doll is the co-founder of Flipboard that started from a garage in Palo Alto. Flipboard now has over 100 million registered users around the world. The launch of the iPad proved to be a turning point for Flipboard as it became one of the first seminal apps for it. In his talk, Evan talks about his Welsh roots, how his Nan would find interesting clippings and send them to him. Like a modern day curator. And how information overload can be like empty calories and why we need to slow information down, switch that phone off and start taking notice of the little important moments that are happening in our daily lives.

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