What is The Do Lectures?
Far from everywhere. Far from perfect. Far from the norm. But somehow magical moments happen here. We have no clue how. All we do is create a safe space.
It is place for optimism and wonder to thrive, and inspiration to bubble its way to the surface.
This event won’t scale. Intimacy doesn’t. Just 100 attendees and 20 speakers.
No name badges. People swim in rivers. Music plays long into the night.
Local food is cooked by talented local chefs. Coffee made by UK’s top baristas. Teas like you have never tasted before. And local beers brewed on a micro-brewery just 3 barn doors away.
It’s difficult to get to. But by heck, it is even harder to leave.
What we are not?
We are not a conference. We are pause button in a busy life.
The venue takes place on an old farm. The walls tell you how hard this place used to work.
In fact, after 10 years of doing it, we still have no idea how to describe the event. But, we do know this, that people who attend tell us that it’s the best ‘thing’ they have ever been to.
Something happens here, and it changes people.
Do the talk you have always wanted to do, the one that scares you because it reveals the very essence of who you are.
We LOVE the heroe's journey. The highs and the lows. And we LOVE vulnerability.
If there is a formula for DO talks, the ones that resonate most are those that are real, honest and powerful tales of human passion, resiliency and compassion. They are human, humorous and humbling. They make you feel that you could do something amazing too.
We get to see you as a human being. You allow us in.
The Essence of Do.
1. The importance of place.
Difficult to get to. Middle of nowhere. Lots of silence. This place takes you far away from the day to day.
The Farm is on the edge of West Wales. Closer to Ireland than to London.
We are on the edge of interesting things.
2. As far from a conference centre as you can get.
No air conditioning. No bland square box. Nope, none of that.
This farm is far from perfect. And all the more beautiful for that.
3. Embrace the eclectic.
No theme. The speakers need to bring different stories, different viewpoints, different nationalities to the party. The thing that unites them is that they are making some positive change to the world.
4. Remember, the importance of the crowd.
Everyone understands how important speakers are to an event like this. But just as important is to build an eclectic and interesting crowd. Without that, it all falls flat.
5. The magic takes place while everyone eats.
If the talks start the fire, sitting down for dinner and listening to the music at night fans the flames. This is where the real thinking gets done. This is where the magic takes place. This is what sets it apart.
6. Magic happens when you stay.
Being difficult to get to means most speakers stay for the event. Actually, being so far away works in our favour. Most events you leave the same day. And the sense of community leaves with it. We make it very comfortable for you to have a great time.
7. More than just a set of talks.
The workshops are there to give you simple practical tools: How to make bread, how to chop a log, how to doodle etc. Their purpose is to let your mind have a rest. And they give you a chance to get to know the other people while doing something fun.
8. Music stirs the soul.
Music brings people together. The night times give everyone a chance to relax the mind and the body. Getting the mix right is important. Something local. Something to stir the soul. And something to get everyone singing in the barn.
9. Don’t follow our own formula.
We keep trying new things. The magic can come from un-planned things like running and ending up in the river, A 60 second disco, a gin bar that no one on the farm knows about until the second night. Our job is to create a space for the magic to happen.
10. It’s a platform to bring ideas people together and then share those ideas with the rest of the world for Free.
Give the talk of your life, and we will share it free with the world. Inspiration travels fastest when free.