The Do Lectures: It's Like TED In A Welsh Field

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Are you ready for the outward bound version of TED? For the second year running the team behind one of our fav eco-fashion labels, Howies, are presenting The Do Lectures and happily TreeHugger will be reporting directly from the field. Yes, quite literally, it's in a tent, in a field, in Wales! We'll be putting our wellies on, and hopefully our sun hat, to bring you the latest from the front line of 'Doing' in sustainability. But don't take my word for it, you can be there too. Just click through to find out how...Why is it like TED?
The Do Lectures, like TED, are a series of ideas talks given by people who are exceptional in their field of work: pioneering, innovative, energetic, inspiring and most of all 'Doers'. The sort of people that we'd all like to be and the sort that, every now and again, can give us a good kick up the ass and motivate us all. Like TED, The Do Lectures have a small number of places for attendees, then after the event all the talks can be watched online by millions, getting the 'Do' message out there.

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Why is it not like TED?
Well for a start The Do Lectures are not in California or Oxford, they are in a very beautiful green field on Fforest farm in Wales, where you stay in amazing Buckminster Fuller style geodesic domes with stunning views and hang out in the old crofter's cottage bar. This is definitely an outdoorsy, back to nature, adventurous approach to an ideas conference that focuses on sustainability and creativity both in word and deed. The Do Team describe the event as being a cross between "TED talks, Burning man and Where the Wild things are...A Glastonbury for the mind", no less!

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How Can You Attend?
The founders of Howies, Clare + David Hieatt, are collaborating with Andy Middleton of TYF Adventure and James Lynch of Fforest farm to bring you lots of "big ideas in a small tent". The tent they've chosen accommodates a select group 85 lucky people, so tickets for this four day event, September 3-7 2009, are scarce. The all inclusive tickets are not cheap at £1000, but as The Do Team like to see it, buying one ticket will enable around 16 000 people to see it online for free. This year's speaker line up includes Biomimicry architect Michael Pawlyn, adventurer Alastair Humphreys, and Method's Adam Lowry.

Find out more about how to buy tickets at

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