I was privileged to take part this weekend in one of the most uplifting and inspiring events I have ever been to. Founded by Clare and David Hieatt, The Do Lectures bring together an amazing group of people from all walks of life to live for four days at Fforest, a glamping site in West Wales, with great talks, great conversations, and great food. [The photo above is our speaking venue!]
There were so many inspiring people, but for me meeting Maggie Doyne, who runs a school for orphans in Nepal was the highlight. I gave Maggie a lift down to Wales from her train and did the usual thing of being sociable and asking what she did. I kind of took it in but had only scraped the surface. When she did her presentation to the audience of 170 people there was hardly a dry eye in the house as we all took in what she does day in day out and the energy and commitment she shows to reduce other people's suffering.
Other special moments included sorting the world out with Sir Tim Berners-Lee sitting around the campfire - which is a bit like passing the time of day with Gutenberg - and getting to spend time with David Allen whose book Getting Things Done has made such a difference to my life. And then there was Ed Stafford who had just become the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon .... and Steve Edge ... and Jay Rogers ... and ...
Thanks to everyone at Do - I'll not forget this weekend in a long time.