Ray Richards

What do I do?

Make sure as an organisation, we practice what we preach. Making sure we balance the need for healthy habits and routines with the need to be curious.

Three reasons I am working on Flex

  • I want to avoid striving for the life the media portrays as success. I want to define and strive for my own version of success.
  • Because thinking changes nothing unless it leads to a change of what we do. Doing changes results. Doing changes thinking.
  • I’d like people to embrace the idea that uncomfortable is part of the process and that different results are on the other side.

Words to live by

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Alan Watts


Joao Rui Martins

What do I do?

I’m usually on top of the technical side of things, mainly the development and delivery of the system, assuring that everything runs on track and smoothly.

Three reasons I am working on Flex

  • Doing something different sounds so simple, and is so powerful.
  • I have always loved the passion and excitement that the Do Something Different team had, so when I had the opportunity to be part of it, I didn’t think twice.
  • I want to make the world a little bit better than it is at the moment. Flex is a good start and not that hard, considering the loads of new opportunities that we face everyday.

Words to live by

One small thing at a time.

Julie Thompson

What do I do?

Anything finance related, keeping the books up to date and paying the invoices.

Reasons I believe in Flex

  • It has made me look at my own daily routine and how I can make small changes to improve the quality of my time.
  • It brings results.

Words to live by

Positive mental attitude.

Tamsin Bishton

What do I do?

Strategy and content, alongside audio helping and copy doing for the website and Flex app.

Three reasons I am working on Flex

  • Because you can think about stuff till the cows come home, but if you don’t put the thinking into action with doing then nothing changes. You just end up with a head full of noisy thoughts and a sense of frustration or disappointment.
  • Because I need a reason to get out of bed every morning.
  • To help people understand themselves and realise that they have enormous power over their own existence.

Words to live by

“Life, what a b*stard. Still, you’ve got to give it a go – there’s nothing better to do.” – Bez


Charlie Peverett

What do I do?

I research, plan and create content for Flex and Do Something Different.

Three reasons you are working on Flex

  • Flex is all about stepping out of your comfort zone in a mindful way, and I like it when that happens.
  • Every day working on Flex you learn something new, whether you’re researching the evidence or creating and testing out the steps. 
  • The world could do with something different right now.

Words to live by

“No matter the self-conceited importance of our labours we are all compost for worlds we cannot yet imagine.”
– David Whyte


Luke Greenaway

What do I do?

Visual design, user experience & brand application for the new Flex website & App.

Three reasons I am working on Flex

  • Flex is a brilliant idea and it will really help people, especially after such a challenging year.
  • I love working with the team at Do Something Different, and as a local company it’s great to feel like I’m contributing to the city.
  • I want to see how far we can continue to push and evolve the brand across digital.

Darren Lambert

What do you do?

Creating and maintaining the Flex website.

Three reasons I am working on Flex

  • It’s changed my perspective on being able to change your way of thinking and feeling.
  • Because things are never as you think they will be. Instead you will have a difference experience that will make you think and behave differently.
  • To help people change issues they have carried for a long time, and that they think they can’t change.

Words to live by

Don’t regret anything you’ve done in the past. At the time you thought it was the right thing to do.

John Davison

What do you do?

I’m responsible for the visual communication of the thinking and ideas behind Flex.

Three reasons I am working on Flex

  • There is no inherent ‘Why’ (in life). The game is to make up the best one possible.
  • Thinking always overlaps with feelings. There are always times when I don’t feel like doing something. Taking action outside of the realm of feelings mean I do things whatever I feel. Validation and a different sense of self (and positive feelings) often come as a result.
  • On a macro and micro level – the thing for humans to discover is that they have a huge capacity to create new realities for themselves and the world (we made it this way and we can make it differently); without this discovery there is only reacting to ‘the way things are’. Flex enables people to find this out first hand.

Words to live by

“You will never get any more out of life than you expect” – Bruce Lee

Nilhan Jayasinghe

What was I doing before Do Something Different?

I was a marketing geek at a digital agency in Brighton for over ten years. And like Ben, I was also thinking way too much, though almost certainly about more trivial things.

Why did I join?

In my agency days, I got to work with many brilliant people and learned a lot, but you have to be pretty agnostic about who you are working for and what you are selling. I wanted to use my knowledge to get behind something more meaningful with a purpose. I really liked the thinking or rather doing behind Do Something Different. It chimed with the way I had managed quite a bit of change in my life.

What do I do?

My personal mission is to help more people discover Do Something Different. This allows me to tinker and fiddle in many areas of the business, which is exactly how I like it. Having come from a digital marketing background, I’m keen to use data to inform what we develop to help people.

What do I most want to change in the world?

I have big ambitions. I don’t think we can solve any of the big issues in this world without changing our relationship to work and money.  People should work together and not for other people. We are trying to follow this principle with Do Something Different.

What do I most want to change about me?

Take more risks. Committing to change without knowing the outcome is hard but something worth conquering.

What am I doing differently?

Over the last year many little changes have crept in. But getting up an hour early and starting the day in my own time is a game changer. I’m also watching very little TV, having more veggie days and trying different ways to get where I need to go.

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