Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

How to be idle (and still be a success) – a video interview with Tom Hodgkinson

Your vision of the rich life might not be about huge amounts of money. It might be having lots of free time that’s more important to you – just as Tom Hodgkinson discovered. Tom is editor of bi-annual magazine The Idler and author of several excellent books including How To Be Idle, How To Be […]

Meet the man who travels the world and gets paid doing it – the Chris Guillebeau interview

Chris Guillebeau makes a full-time living from his blog The Art of Non Conformity while travelling the world on his mission to visit every country on Earth. Last year he very kindly agreed to be interviewed for my book Screw Work, Let’s Play and share a little of what’s made his lifestyle possible. Chris, how do […]

How I created the 50 million selling game Jenga – by Leslie Scott

Leslie Scott created one the world’s favourite games, Jenga, so I was delighted when she agreed to be interviewed for my book Screw Work, Let’s Play. Here, she explains how she turned her baby brother’s playing bricks into the world’s second biggest selling game (topped only by Monopoly). She also explains how she kept going through […]

Tim Smit – creator of the Eden Project and rock ‘n’ roll entrepreneur

Tim Smit led the creation of the £130 million Eden Project. What was once a disused clay pit went on to become one of the most popular visitor attractions in the UK despite its relatively remote location in the hills behind St Austell in Cornwall. Tim is, in my terms, very much a player. He […]

CD Baby – the $22 million business Derek Sivers built for fun

Two years ago Derek Sivers sold his business CD Baby for $22 million (most of which he gave to a charitable trust to support music education). How did he start it all? With a grand mission and comprehensive business plan? Nope. He started with the simple aim of solving a problem he had himself – finding […]

How 3 entrepreneurs turned their passions into successful businesses & had fun doing it

This recording of three very playful entrepreneurs is utterly brilliant. It will show you how you can find the confidence to follow your dreams, how to start a business without knowing where you’re heading (or how you’re going to get there), how to enlist the help of some of the most important people in the […]

Pat Kane on The Play Ethic

Pat Kane is one half of Scottish pop duo Hue and Cry. Famous for hits in the late 80s and early 90s like Labour of Love, the brothers are still making music today and released Open Soul in 2009. Aside from music, Pat is also a writer, consultant, play theorist, and activist. He is author of The Play Ethic: A […]

Sophie Boss of Beyond Chocolate

I quote Sophie Boss, co-founder of Beyond Chocolate a number of times in Screw Work Let’s Play. She’s taken a subject she is very passionate about and turned it into a national business. Beyond Chocolate helps women to stop dieting and overeating and finally enjoy food without guilt, and lose weight. Watch a clip from […]