Friday Inspiration: Do Lectures – That Crazy Dumb Idea

Stay Curious – How we created a world class event in a cowshed Clare Hieatt

I’ve been thinking a lot about community recently – how do you build it and how do you sustain it. Even harder as we live through the challenges thrown our way because of COVID-19.

David and Clare Hieatt seem to have built a great community with the ‘Do Lectures’. I was flicking through the book ‘Stay Curious’ about the first 10 years of the Do Lectures in search of inspiration.

Clare and David started the Do Lectures with the simple goal:

‘To gather together the world’s Doers – disruptors and change makers, experts and pioneers – to share their stories, and encourage others to go and Do.’

Looking through the list of speakers by year I was curious to see when they hit the mainstream and ‘big names’ started to appear. I recognized some of the names – Tim Ferris right there at the start, David Allen of GTD fame in 2010 and others that I think I know from the Do Lectures themselves.

Rather than make the Do Lectures a huge circus they’ve stayed true to their core values and purpose, kept the event intimate and made a good deal of positive change in the world.

I couldn’t resist finishing up with the video by Andrew Paynter ‘A Visual Language’ about his journey as a photographer and the recommendation to check out his book Do Photo.

6 thoughts on “Friday Inspiration: Do Lectures – That Crazy Dumb Idea

  1. i love the do lectures! i was fortunate enough to attend when we lived in the uk, then also attended one in hopland, ca on our travels moving back to new zealand. my copy of the book just arrived and i am excited to dip into it this rainy weekend. hoping you are well xx

    • Hi Leonie,

      That’s so cool. It looks like a really great event and an opportunity to have conversations with people who are making a difference. Like you!

      All’s well here – ups and downs but more ups!

      Andy

      • more ups is encouraging! i am glad to remain connected with you here. i always think back fondly to our chats in the bus in japan. be well!

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