All Images by James Bowden via: www.dolectures.com
Since The Do Lectures wound up its fourth year of blowing minds in a Welsh Field last month we've been hearing extraordinary tales of sun-rise canoe trips, wild disco dancing in a mobile library and Tim Berners-Lee turning up as the surprise guest. Now The Do Lectures' stock in trade is inspiration, as the Do team say, "People who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too." But each year there is one story that really stands out. Last year, when TreeHugger was lucky enough to be there, everyone was talking about Gabriel Branby's Axeness of an Axe. This year it was a 23 year old girl who travelled all the way from Nepal to tell her story.
Maggie on construction site of bamboo school building in Nepal
Just Do It
Maggie Doyne was clearly born to do it. While travelling on her gap year she experienced scenes of poverty and deprivation that many of us, who have travelled to the far flung corners of the planet, have also experienced. So many people, when confronted with children working in terrible conditions, say "I wish I could do something about this." I know I certainly have. Maggie Doyne said the same thing, but she didn't just think about making a change. She actually did it.
The Do Lectures 2010 Programme
Blink Now Foundation
Maggie decided that, instead of going home to the States to start her University education, there were more urgent things that needed doing right there and then in Nepal. So she founded the Blink Now Foundation to support her efforts to give orphan children in rural Nepal a secure home, health care and education.
Kopali Valley Children's Home
She started by buying a piece of local land with her life savings and then, through amazing fund raising efforts and sheer force of will, Maggie built the Kopali Valley Children's Home where 30 orphan children now live and thrive.
She didn't stop there though, Maggie then went on working with the community and together they built an amazing school building from bamboo that will educate up to 200 children, all of whom will be the first literate generation in their families.
The Do Lectures Lodge
Following The Dream
The passion and emotion in Maggie's voice when she is talking about her life in Nepal is palpable, even just watching her on film. I can only imagine what the atmosphere must have been like in the Do tent. Apparently there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
"What if my dream was to walk across this dry river bed one day and not see a single child breaking stone? That's what I want. I want to create a world that I want to see everyday and I think that we have the power to do that."
You can watch Maggie tell her story on The Do Lectures site. As well as the other incredible tales of motivation and awe-inspiring ambition.
Do Speakers 2010
You can watch Ed Stafford recount his extraordinary walk down the length of the Amazon river from the source to the sea, listen to Alice Holden talk passionately about sustainable farming and food, hear eccentric design guru Steve Edge talk about how his dyslexia makes him a better communicator, and take advice from the King of Doing himself David Allen of Getting Things Done fame.
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