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Back to basics

  • Posted by howies
  • 26 April 2009

There was a really interesting article in todays Observer about a man, Guy Grieve, who cashed in his chips and headed into the wilderness to gain some clarity on his life.  Using Henry David Thoreau's Walden; Or, Life in the Woods as his inspiration, he spent a year living off the land in the wilds of Alaska.  Grieve has a book coming out (Call of the Wild), which describes the trials and tribulations of his time spent in the wilderness.  It is a tale - which I am sure will draw comparisons with Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild - that makes us all wonder how we would cope in such a situation. Fortunately, the author lived to tell his story and the degree to which his experiences, along with Thoreau's book, have changed his life. 

We would love to know if any of you have been so profoundly touched by a story (or novel) that it has inspired you to change your life or start a new adventure.

wild things are

  • Posted by howies
  • 20 April 2009

directed by spike jonze

titles by the one and only geoff mcfetridge who might be coming over to the Do lectures (tbc)

someone described the do lectures as the burning man meets ted meets the wild things are



  • Posted by ade
  • 9 April 2009

in 2001 howies did their first catalogue. it was taken at some trails with some dirt jumpers.

one of the riders was Joe Anchor who would always go bigger.

At the Manchester sample sale I met Tim Royal from whitenosugarproductions.com who caught Joe on some super8 in the same year with some other riders we went on to sponsor, and some other riders who became big names.

This was filmed before they were really good and is a nice bit of footage showing great riders just riding summery trails.

Joe Anchor, Jim Davage, Chris Smith, Steve Geall and Olly and Grant Feilder.

The Do Word

  • Posted by howies
  • 7 April 2009

The Do Word

It’s short.

To the point.

Quick to say.

All its letters do something.

It loves a deadline.

Despises procrastination.

It’s the rapids of a river.

The bubbles in a lemonade.

The kick in caffeine.

It’ s a small word but does more than almost any other .

It means the same thing all over the world.

It’s most effective when its got a plan.

It’s a word for getting things done.

It means action.

It’s all verb.

Doers inspire.The Do Lectures. Sept 3-7th 09.


Once a year, the doers of the world come together to share their stories. To inspire the rest of us to go and do something positive.

Tickets go on sale May 1st

New T-shirt of the Week

  • Posted by pete
  • 19 March 2009


This weeks T-shirt of the Week is 'Get Excited and Make Things'.
Designed by Matt 'Black Belt' Jones.


Don't just keep calm and carry on.

And don't panic and freak out.

Matt says get excited and make things.

Amen to that.


(Matt has kindly offered to donate his design fee for this to the Do Lectures fund. Top bloke.)
Available on Fern for men and Peppermint for women.



Click here to read the Guardian article about the original WW2 poster that inspired Matt

I want to tell you why I think The Do Lectures are important.

And I want to tell you how over the next decade they will become one of the most important set of talks in the world. And yet there’s little evidence to suggest that’s possible right now.

To that end I want to tell you about a book that I have never read.

And the two things it taught me.

(Bare with me, the dots will connect.)

The book was called What Make’s Sammy Run.

It’s about the drive of someone who started at the bottom.

And how he worked his way up to the top.

And although a fictional character, I always wondered what drove him.

What made him run? Something had set him off. But what exactly? This ‘Something’ had always interested me.

Just by being told the story of the book had inspired me without ever reading it. But the idea that you could start at the bottom and work your way up just through hard-work, never left me.

This was my first learning. I had discovered the power of story telling. And how people’s stories can release the handbrake in our minds.

This was the reason Clare and myself started The Do lectures. To bring these remarkable storytellers together in one place to inspire the rest of us. To release lots of handbrakes.

But going back to the book for a minute, I don’t think he was about just hard-work and persistence. I think there was a little more to it.

My take on it is this, I don’t think he ever dreamt of just being a runner. I believe as he ran, he took his dream of running the whole thing along with him.

Indeed it was this dream that made him run. And this brings me to my second piece of learning from the book that I never read: The power of dreams.

What makes some people change things? What makes some people start something when the odds are so stacked against them? What keeps them going when others fall by the wayside? Well, my answer is because these people are dreamers. They have made it exist in their own head long before it exists in real life.

They use their vision of things to take them forward. Just like cats eyes in the road, their dream slowly guides them along the way.

And right now that is where we are at with The Do Lectures. We got the dream in our heads. And we are running.

We are going to create a set of talks over the next decade that will change things, create national debate on issues that are important to all of us from the environment to business to technology to design to education to food to play.

It will become an amazing resource for the Doers of the world both in terms of inspiration and, just as importantly, the plain nuts and bolts practical stuff of how to do this or that.

The first Do Lectures felt like being at the start of something. Like being at the first Glastonbury. But a Glastonbury for talks rather than music.

And now before this September’s talks start, the website should have received over 100,000 visits from over 3000 cities in over 100 countries. It’s still small in comparison to some. But all great things start out small.

So right now we are busy trying to find a sponsor and trying to raise donations too. We are doing that thing of jumping off the edge of the cliff and building our wings on the way down. But that’s what Doers do.

They tell stories. They dream a lot. But at the end of the day, they make things happen.

If you would like to make a small Do-nation, please Do.

Help us run.

David Hieatt

Co-founder of the Do lectures.


Do has grown up

  • Posted by howies
  • 5 March 2009

the Do lectures is taking its first steps into adulthood.

it has a bank account.

its a ltd company.

it's purpose is to build a world class resource for doers to make a positive change.

it has to pay its way in the world but it is not here for profit.

it's here to make people think, to inspire us to go do good things.

It has its own blog so if you want to know what is happening, go visit.

you can donate on the website to help make this years talks happen. (every pound helps)

it's a moment, as they say.

and we got some amazing speakers lined up.

the speakers will be announced on May 1st. 

the 40 tickets that are going to be sold, will go on sale May 1st.

The 40 tickets that will be given to students will be awarded to those who write the best letters to the do lectures and tell us what they want to do.

So all good stuff.

But it does need your donations to keep on Do-ing, so if you can, please Do.

www.thedolectures.co.uk  twitter.com/dolectures

Passing the baton

  • Posted by howies
  • 25 February 2009


You know when you walk into your office and Clare is there with tears in her eyes, you know, well, it is not going to be a good day.

 And it turned out that way.

 Alison resigned to Clare yesterday morning.

 She wants to go and travel. And who can blame her.

 But I just wanted to say thank you to her.

 I want to say thanks for coming in here with all your heart.

 I want to say thanks for your optimism. It’s good to be around that.

 I want to say thanks for never moaning.

 I want to say thanks for always saying ‘why not?’ instead of ‘why?’

 I want to say thanks for being so bloody cheerful.

 I want to say thanks for all the sleepless nights you had over the Do Lectures.

 Girl, you did good. You should be proud.

 This company is going to miss you.

 Oh boy, is this company going to miss you.

 You see some people who work in a company are respected but not loved.

 And some people who work in a company are loved but not respected

 It is rare to find a person who is both loved and respected.

 But you managed it.

 You have been the star that shone a little brighter.

 People like you are the jigsaw pieces of a company’s soul.

 Lose one and you can still see the picture.

 Lose two and the picture gets a little less clear but is still there.

 Lose any more than that and all you can see is that it is not the same anymore.

 We can’t lose any more extra milers.

 We have lost Anja, and more recently, the life force that is Scania.

 We can’t lose anymore jigsaw pieces of the soul.

 So here’s to Alison.

 She passes the baton on to the Tim March’s, Jon Heslops and Chris Vandrill’s of the world.

 Quick boys, we need to run.






howies pets

  • Posted by howies
  • 13 February 2009



In September me and my man decided to get a dog.

We wanted a Beagle and we found George.

He's a year old now and full of beans.

We knew it would be hard work having a dog, but we had no idea how much fun it was and it's great going walking when its cold and windy and wet and dark and the sea is crashing all around us.

Alison saw a dog and was very close to keeping him.

Emma got some kittens.

Then a couple of weeks ago Scania got a dog called Daisy.

Now Clare and David have a Dog called Sonny.

We will need a doggy cresh soon.

George in the snow

Here's my George in the snow last week.

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