One of the boons of attending a conference like Social Capital Markets (SOCAP11, more here) is connecting with others who are in a similar space of work. You know you have at least one thing in common, you’re here too. And you won’t know what you will learn from them until you strike up a conversation. For example, I learned about the Do Lectures from a fellow SOCAP-er. (Hat tip @CivicSponsor — check out the website & concept, CivicSponsor.org)
It was launched in 2008 by David and Clare Hieatt (creators of the popular UK active, organic clothing line howies). And the Do Lectures had their first U.S. session this past September, aptly named Do USA 2011.
As described by one of the founders:
With a sizeable sticker price in the range of $3000 (plus transportation) making the trip is a commitment. As explained on the website, the cost pays for the resources required to record and put the Do Lectures online, free for anyone to view.
Is it worth it?
Any social entrepreneur will tell you that determining the value of any event or opportunity is purely subjective. You may gain loads from free event, from volunteering, or from a chat over coffee. But sometimes, to reach the next level in your field, you have to dig deep. In your pockets and in your commitment to finding and making opportunities worthwhile.
I haven’t been to the Do Lectures…but here’s how @CivicSponsor describes it in tweet:
Do on iTunes
Want to experience the wow factor of Do Lectures. Lucky you, they’re posted online. I had the best luck in listening and watching on my smartphone through iTunes.
Feel free to share your favorite Do Lectures below.