The Do Lectures started life as a small creative gathering that first took place in a remote part of West Wales to give people the confidence and courage to make their ideas happen.
From those early gatherings it has grown into a global community that acts as an encouragement network for creative entrepreneurs.
The quest is to help narrow the gap between where you are right now, and where you could be if you had the courage, curiosity and confidence to pursue your dream. To fulfil your potential as a human, as a business, is all you can ask of yourself or your business.
All the talks at the global events are filmed and we share them with the world for free. We encourage speakers to open up and let us see the real them.
Sharing our speakers vulnerabilities, their struggles, their failures as well as their successes gives reassurance that all these people doing amazing things are no smarter than you. And so yes, it provides real hope that you can do it too.
Networks do matter. Optimism is good to be around. So is energy, so is naivety, so is courage, so is experience, so is vulnerability, so is fearfulness. People who want to change the world are helped by spending time with other people who want to change the world too.
The Do Lectures’ role is to act as a catalyst to help you realize that you can fulfill your potential. We believe in your potential. We are here just to remind you that you can do it. We do that by surrounding you with people who have done it, are doing it, are about to do it.
Intimacy doesn’t scale. And yet, it is what’s needed if you want an event to mean something to you. If you want amazing, it is very difficult to scale. There are no 2 star Michelin restaurants that hold more than 50 people.
The reason The Do Lectures gets to people, is partly down to its iconic settings, the people who attend, what they eat, where they sleep, who they listen to, what workshops they do, where they are in their lives at that precise moment, but, and it is an important but, it is also down to the fact that it is small enough to take all these things in.
The Do is small enough so you can suck all these things up. Because on a human scale that’s what you can deal with. Each Do Lectures is small. Purposely so. Defiantly small. Because small has an impact beyond its size.
And yet despite its size, it has the gravitas to attract some of the most influential speakers in the world. Previous speakers have included everybody from the inventor of the World Wide Web to Oscar winning directors to founders of the fastest growing companies to the bravest explorers to members of the one of the most influential rock bands in the world.
We are an encouragement network for ideas and ideas people.
Some context first.
The Burning Man has been going for 28 years. In their 6th year, they had 600 people attend. Today, they have capped it at 50,000 people. South By South West started in 1994. This is its 20th year. In year 6 it had 3,755 registered attendees. Today, it has over 155,000 people who attend at least one event. Ted is 30 years old. Its first event lost so much money that it would have to wait another 6 years before the next one.
The Do Lectures is about to enter its 7th year. Up until now it has been run by a small team of part-timers. It meets up on a Tuesday, anything that doesn’t get done on a Tuesday, has to wait till the next Tuesday.
We’ve been frugal. The Do Lectures has no bank loan, and only a small overdraft facility which it works comfortably within. It has learnt to live within its means. Its founders have never taken a salary. And have no plans to do so.
Despite being a Tuesday only company, it has come a long way. It now does The Do Lectures in California, and, in Melbourne. It is in talks with people to run a Do Costa Rica, Germany and Canada.
Since it started The Do Lectures has built a global reputation as being one of the most pioneering ideas conferences in the world. The Guardian put it in the top ten ideas festivals in the world along with the Burning Man, South by South West and Ted. It has talks watched all over the world. And it has helped start a publishing company that sells self-help books globally.
The Do Lectures earns a royalty from the Do Book Company, which launched 4 books in 2013. And a further 4 books were launched in 2014. And 4 more are planned for 2015.
Online it has a small but influential following. There are close to 200 talks up online. And they are watched on many platforms including Vimeo and YouTube, as well as its own website. Compared to Ted, its online audience is tiny. But we view that as the opportunity.
We have achieved a lot since we started. But just imagine for a second. For one beautiful moment, what we could do if we had the rest of the week.
1, Build our team.
It’s time to hire a full-time team. To run the global events, and to build our online voice.
2, Build our community.
Our previous speakers and attendees are our alumni. We need to build that community. That is our network. Our strength.
3, Never stand still.
This is a very busy world. And there is a great deal of competition for your attention. We understand that. So we need to be trying new things more often.
4, What do we want to be?
No bank loan. And now we have a permanent space that we can call our own. So now that we can do anything, what do we want to do? How can we help young entrepreneurs and creative ideas people more? It is our intention to conduct lots of experiments, in order to find out what we are most able to help our network with.
5, Do Suppers.
Open up the Do Lectures to more people. The Do Suppers will be one talk, one song and one supper. Combining the best elements of Do: community, food, inspiration, music and a little wine. These nights will take place at people’s homes and the talks will be turned into Podcasts.
6, Do Global.
Add more Global Events. But only if they are in hard to get to iconic locations, and we find people who are keepers of The Do Lectures spirit.
7, The 10 Years of Learning Book.
This may seem like 3 years away. But it is going to be an amazing project. A book with a piece from every speaker. What they have done since DO, and all their learnings along the way.
8, Do Town.
There has always been the desire to take the Do Lectures to our town. So the town benefits from a vibrant mix of thousands of people enjoying a mix of music, food, drinks, tech launches, inspirational talks. This would be very different from the small intimate global events, but it would help put an underdog town on the map. The tickets would be affordable, and from lots of small venues stay intimate. A challenge, but not a bad thing to aim for.
We exist to inspire these little beauties.
We want to grow the support network so it can help, and inspire more people. Our partners will help us not just in terms of money, which is of course a huge help, but also to help us grow our community.
This encouragement network is a service, a gift to the world. We have to find a sponsor, or maybe, more appropriately, a patron that just wants to help us. Just like we want to help others because that is a brilliant to do.
If you are out there, let us know.
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