Thoughts from category: learning

go do


Last week myself and Ceri (doing our very best catalogue poses below) drove a grassy van down the entire length of the M4 to West Wales for a long weekend at the Do lectures.


(picture by talented camera pointer James Bowden)

We rambled, ate hearty food, drank tea, chatted to strangers who became friends, chatted to Ade, went bird watching and slept under the stars in kata's (Swedish tipis). And learnt loads. Like loads and loads. In the spirit of 'sharing is caring' we've now started to spread some of the lessons we picked up throughout fruit towers. Here's the left overs from a session we did yesterday.

If you want to decipher the mystic one liners we'll give a curated guide to the best of this year's lectures once all the videos are up online. Done?

painting the future


We have a competition to tell you about. We want kids to design our packaging, and the best designs will end up being used in real life – in the shops and everything. Quite exciting. As you might know, we quite like putting different stuff on the back of the kids smoothie packs, to keep the young ones entertained (and sometimes even educated). But we figure that as a bunch of old people, we should let the kids have a go themselves.

There are four age categories (under 8's, 9-11, 12-14, 15-16), with the very best design from each age group appearing on our packs in spring/summer 2008. And five runners up from each category will receive a year’s supply of smoothies and a visit to their school by our DGV to hand out smoothies. We’re not necessarily looking for amazing works of art – what we’re after is creativity, smart ideas and something that’s relevant to what we do. The judging will be done by children's author/illustrator Lauren Child, creator of Charlie and Lola and Clarice Bean. And that’s that. It’s a pretty exciting thing to have a go at – visit to find out more.

free learning

We know that people sometimes stop by our blog for some business inspiration and an insight into our entrepreneurial world. Well that and trying to win a stack of great CDs by finishing a random sentence.

Anway we thought we'd share some stuff with you that will save you a good few quid on going to expensive conferences. First up is our Rich (above) giving a bit of background on innocent. You may notice that he's got himself a bit out of sync in the video. This happens every now and again especially in Monday morning staff meetings, a good slap on the back normally sorts it out though.

Then the nice people at Thoughtful have been very, well thoughtful and posted up some webcasts from an thought provoking recent conference on business and sustainabilty. It includes some interesting thoughts from our friend Russell (a connoisseur of interesting things) talking about Wattson's and stuff.

Last but not least is another great set of webcasts from Little Big Voice organised by our friends at howies in the summer. Russell turns up again here (he's good at talking) along with our very own Dan.

every loser wins

It's been over ten long years since Wicksy first sat down at a piano and tinkled out 'Every Loser Wins' (they had amazing acoustics in the Queen Vic back then). Well this week we learnt the true poignancy of Wicksy's words the hard way.

Do you remember our attempt to break the world record for the longest bunting in the world at our village fete in Regent's Park? Well, we failed. We didn't quite make it. The current record is still held by Wendy Hughes, helped by 6,000 Buckinghamshire school children.

It's taken us a while to measure up all the different bits of bunting but the final total came to 0.455 miles, 771.72 metres short of the record unfortunately.

But as Wicksy sang, every loser does indeed win and we have also won in many ways...

You sent us so much beautifully handmade bunting that we felt truly in awe of your creativity and dedication.


We got to hang out with the Girl Guides for a weekend as they helped us to organise our attempt.


It got us all together for a lunch time of bunting making at Fruit Towers and cheered the office up with the tangles we put up afterwards (I bet the Central Office of Information has never looked like this on a random Wednesday in July).



And we all had a lovely couple of days out in the park.

We're sorry that we failed, but you can't win them all. We feel humble in our failure but would like to thank every single one of you who helped or donated bunting to the attempt.

Just watch this space next year, we're determined to get in that book now.

(Oh and if you fancy getting yourself one of those ghetto blasters that were all the rage in Albert Square in 1986 then have a look here).