31 episodes

The DO Lectures is the long established ideas event run out of a cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales.

The DO Lectures podcast with Gav Thompson is our first venture into the podcast format. We're now in Season 3 - 'Dot Dot Dot' - in which Gav catches up with some of our past speakers to hear what they've been up to since DO.

In previous seasons we've listened to some inspiring personal stories and discussed some of the hurdles and barriers our guests have had to overcome in order to go DO some truly amazing things.

DO Lectures podcast with Gav Thompson The DO Lectures

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 48 Ratings

The DO Lectures is the long established ideas event run out of a cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales.

The DO Lectures podcast with Gav Thompson is our first venture into the podcast format. We're now in Season 3 - 'Dot Dot Dot' - in which Gav catches up with some of our past speakers to hear what they've been up to since DO.

In previous seasons we've listened to some inspiring personal stories and discussed some of the hurdles and barriers our guests have had to overcome in order to go DO some truly amazing things.

    S3 EP10 Dot Dot Dot with Ben Edmonds - Knife Maker Extraordinaire

    S3 EP10 Dot Dot Dot with Ben Edmonds - Knife Maker Extraordinaire

    In this final episode of Season 3, Gav Thompson talks to Ben Edmonds, the founder of Blok Knives.

    Ben has an incredible and slightly bonkers story. Ben was a successful graphic designer who whilst experimenting with pipe smoking (not that kind of pipe), he stumbled across a YouTube video of a pipe smoker in Canada who was also a knife maker.

    This started a journey of discovery of Ben teaching himself to make kitchen knives, building his own brand, and in very short order became one of the most in demand artisan knife craftsman in the UK, leading to waiting lists of over 2 years for his beautiful handmade knives, with Michelin starred chefs also queuing for what is now considered one of the best knives in the business.

    We chat about the secret to his success, doing one thing well, and how The DO lectures changed his life.

    A humble, yet very focused and successful man doing something he loves and being absolutely bloody amazing at it.

    Please do have a listen, leave a review and subscribe.

    Thank you. See you soon for Season 4 "Living Your Best Life".

    Please check out Ben's weekly knife sale at 1pm every Friday at www.blok-knives.co.uk

    • 27 min
    S3 EP9 Dot Dot Dot with Joshua Coombes - Hairdresser To The Homeless

    S3 EP9 Dot Dot Dot with Joshua Coombes - Hairdresser To The Homeless

    In 2015, Joshua Coombes was walking home from his hairdressing salon in London when he stopped to talk to a homeless man and ended up giving him a haircut on the street that would change Joshua's life.

    Joshua has since gone on to take that very simple idea of giving a homeless person a little bit of free help and turned it into a movement #DoSomethingForNothing and has recently written a book about how this little act of selfless generosity can help change lives.

    Gav & Joshua have a (rather sweary) chat about the simplicity and power of this idea, the complex issue of homelessness and how we are just a few poor choices from ending up on the receiving end of one of his haircuts.

    This is a powerful story told by a passionate and charismatic maverick hairdresser and activist. 

    Please do have a listen, leave a review and subscribe.

    Thank you

    Please buy and read Joshua's book "Do Something for Nothing" and join the movement

    • 40 min
    S3 EP8 Dot Dot Dot with Ling Ling Phung - The Power Of Love (To Overcome Probabilities)

    S3 EP8 Dot Dot Dot with Ling Ling Phung - The Power Of Love (To Overcome Probabilities)

    Ling Ling Phung was a 1 year old in Vietnam when her parents chose to escape the regime and become refugees as one of the many Vietnamese Boat people who landed in Hong Kong after an unbelievably risky 3 day boat trip across the South China Sea.

    Gav & Ling Ling have a very honest conversation about her life as an immigrant in the US and the UK and talk about the (sadly extremely topical) issue of immigrants, refugees and immigration. And love. They talk a lot about love and how love can overcome probabilities.

    Ling Ling is currently practicing Zen & The Art of Social Innovation. She combines social innovation tools + mindfulness practices to help people and organisations become more effective innovators.

    She has recently launched an online course https://zen-the-art-of-social-innovation.teachable.com/ where we have a 20% discount code for listeners that will be good till the end of 2021: GAVISGREAT (she chose this code, not me…)

    Her Zen & The Art of Social Innovation newsletter is here  https://www.twolings.com/newsletter

    Please have a listen, leave a review and subscribe.

    Thank you.

    • 40 min
    S3 EP7 Dot Dot Dot with Andy Middleton - Founding Partner Of The DO Lectures

    S3 EP7 Dot Dot Dot with Andy Middleton - Founding Partner Of The DO Lectures

    Gav chats to Andy about his wide-ranging career that spans innovation, education, adventure, consulting, activism, sustainability, being a bin man and inventing a new sport. Andy is the founder and director of The TYF Group, an innovative and visionary social enterprise in St Davids, Pembrokeshire whose mission is to train revolutionaries by helping people fall so deeply in love with nature that it changes the way that they live.

    Andy is a connector, a story teller, an idea generator, a problem solver and a pioneer in helping Wales become the world's test lab for sustainability.

    Please have a listen and please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.

    Learn more about TYF at www.tyf.com

    • 37 min
    S3 EP6 Dot Dot Dot with Kris Hallenga - Founder of "CoppaFeel" cancer charity

    S3 EP6 Dot Dot Dot with Kris Hallenga - Founder of "CoppaFeel" cancer charity

    Kris has a chat with Gav that reveals an inspirational & moving story about one young woman's unbelievable bravery in a fight against cancer and the low awareness of breast cancer amongst young people.

    Kris is a remarkable woman. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer at aged 23. This diagnosis came as a real shock to her, as she had no idea that women of her age could get breast cancer. What came as a bigger shock was the realisation that she had been diagnosed late and if she had known what to look for herself then this very aggressive cancer could have been caught earlier.

    So Kris started fighting the cancer and fighting the lack of knowledge that young people have about how to spot the early signs of breast cancer. She started a charity 'CoppaFeel' to educate and encourage men and women to know the signs of breast cancer and to check themselves regularly. "CoppaFeel' has grown into a huge national movement and has been extremely successful in its mission, undoubtedly saving thousands of lives. Kris has won a Pride of Britain award and a Woman of the Year award, though 12 years later, she is still fighting her own cancer. She had 57 brain tumours treated in 2018.

    Please have a listen and please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.

    Learn more about Kris & CoppaFeel at https://coppafeel.org

    • 41 min
    S3 EP5 Dot Dot Dot with Anna Jones - The Queen of Greens

    S3 EP5 Dot Dot Dot with Anna Jones - The Queen of Greens

    The DO Lectures is an ideas sharing event started in 2007 and run out of an old cowshed in Cardigan Bay, Wales. In Season 3 of the DO podcasts, entitled 'Dot Dot Dot', Gav Thompson chats to old DO Lectures speakers about how their story has changed or grown and evolved since they gave their original DO Lecture.

    In the fifth episode of 'Dot Dot Dot' Gav talks to Anna Jones. Anna's life changed when she applied for, and won, a place at Jamie Oliver's prestigious Fifteen Restaurant & Training Academy.

    She went on to work very close with Jamie for 7 years, where she helped him with his cookbooks and his campaigns. Since then she has branched out on her own, and has 4 amazing award-winning cookery books to her name. She also has a food column in The Guardian. Her latest book, One - Pot, Pan, Planet makes a very strong case for why eating super-tasty veg based meals can not only help you make extremely delicious healthy meals, but also help save the planet.

    She is a fantastic guest with a very powerful message.

    Please have a listen and please do leave a review, rating and subscribe. Thank you.

    Learn more about Anna at www.annajones.co.uk

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Itchy feet will travel ,

Hilarious antics from comedy legend

Very very funny

Rainbow magic 346 ,

Essential listening

Brilliant series of discussions with real people determined to make a positive impact on the world. All with a peppering of Gav humour! Highly recommended.

Kasia NZ ,

Easy, fun conversations with a bit of X factor

Loving the series! Light hearted and fun with food for thought. Keep them coming!

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