Do Lectures USA 2013
We love ideas. We love how they change things. And we love the people who have those crazy ideas and go and make them happen. Their stories need to be told. These people inspire us to go and do something amazing too.
There is nothing like The Do lectures. It is not a conference. And yet @brainpickings voted us in the top ten contemporary conferences in the world. It is not a festival. And yet The Guardian voted us in the top ten ideas festivals in the world. We are not an event. And yet the Independent newspaper put us in their top ten lectures event.
If we are hard to describe, that is not a bad thing. We are breaking new ground. And the box people want to put us in doesn’t yet exist. We are a mash-up. We create a ‘village of ideas’. We take great talks, super local food, great un-signed bands (not for long), frantic to calm workshops, and bring these things together in one place.
Then we pick the most eclectic bunch of attendees and speakers we can find. And then we put you in a beautiful retreat called Campovida that will take you somewhere else altogether. (The best places do that). And then, if that wasn’t quite enough, we switch the internet off. So you begin to talk to people. Ideas need conversation.
We believe mashing all this stuff up creates an eco-system for ideas where they have the best chance of being born, shared and acted upon. So what do we do? We start conversations.
We have learned the importance of place to The Do lectures. Our locations beauty needs to remove you from your day to day. It needs to free your mind from the shackles of your everyday. Head space comes from physical space.
And the award winning organic gardens of Anna’s and Gary’s Campovida will certainly do that. The old hop barn is a magical setting for all the talks. And most of the food you’ll eat during the Do USA comes from Campovida’s amazing organic gardens (the food you will eat in the evening will still be growing in the ground at breakfast) that is going to help fuel the talk after all the talks. There is nothing like hearing the sound of all the talk that the talks have created while everyone relaxes eating under the garden canopy. And, of course, this is wine and beer country, so there is plenty to go around. And then, once your mind needs a rest, a little music will help you switch off. Which is when you have your best ideas.
We are now accepting applications for our event in September. Contact Matt Helt at email@example.com if you’d like to receive an application from us.
The idea is a simple one— that people who Do things can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things, too. So each year we invite a set of people down here to come and tell us what they Do.David Hieatt