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The Cult of Done

This just in from the Do Lecture's Kindling newsletter. Good reading for folk who who want to get better things done faster.

The cult of Done Manifesto

01 There are three states of being.

Not knowing, action and completion.

02 Accept that everything is a draft.

It helps to get done.

03 There is no editing stage.

04 Pretending you know what you’re doing 

is almost the same as knowing what you 

are doing, so just accept that you know 

what you’re doing even if you don’t

and do it.

05 Banish procrastination. If you wait more

than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.

06 The point of being done is not to finish but

to get other things done.

07 Once you’re done you can throw it away.

08 Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps

you from being done. 

09 People without dirty hands are wrong.

Doing something makes you right.

10 Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.

11 Destruction is a variant of done. 

12 If you have an idea and publish it on the 

internet, that counts as a ghost of done.

13 Done is the engine of more.


SD as a central organising principle

**Wales’ Central Organising Principle Legislating for Sustainable Development**

Friday 27 January 2012  9-4pm

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen

First Minister Carwyn Jones has set out his Government's commitment not only to have sustainable development as its central organising principal but also to enact this through primary legislation. A Sustainable Development Green Paper will appear next May, followed by a White Paper in the autumn of 2012. This will be the first piece of primary legislation dedicated to sustainable development in the United Kingdom and has the potential to be a world leader.

This conference addresses what the proposals should contain, how they should be implemented and what their likely impact will be. It will ask what difference sustainable development legislation can make to Wales' efforts to create a society more attuned to the related demands of climate change, social justice and a strong economy. Can legislation really enforce sustainable development as a central organising principle? How will the Welsh Government be held to account once the Bill is passed?

Book here: 



Local Multipliers

Adam Wilkinson is doing some great work with local authorities in England, on the way developing a number of useful tools to help decision makers get a better feel of the power of the local multiplier. His latest news follows:

"This tool allows commissioning organisations to forecast quickly the likely economic impact of a project on the local community, or to compare differing impacts of various options. The tool is equally valuable for tenderers and service delivery organisations that need to demonstrate the business case for the delivery of best value. Different kinds of spending for example capital, revenue, or visitor can be used in combination.

The model is based on LM3 (local multiplier) methodology and uses data accumulated from analysing over GBP 11 billion of spending across public, private and not for profit sectors.

The basic model is free of charge. Bespoke versions are also available.

To try the tool visit, email; for the full range of products go to


High childhood IQ and vegetarianism

Interesting academic link via Stumbleupon:

"Higher IQ at age 10 years was associated with an increased likelihood of being vegetarian at age 30"


Failure or learning?

The difference between a failure and a mistake

A failure is a project that doesn't work, an initiative that teaches you something at the same time the outcome doesn't move you directly closer to your goal.

A mistake is either a failure repeated, doing something for the second time when you should have known better, or a misguided attempt (because of carelessness, selfishness or hubris) that hindsight reminds you is worth avoiding.

We need a lot more failures, I think. Failures that don't kill us make us bolder, and teach us one more way that won't work, while opening the door to things that might.

School confuses us, so do bosses and families. Go ahead, fail. Try to avoid mistakes, though.

via Seth Godin

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