I've just spent a lovely weekend in a castle in Co. Limerick in the west of Ireland, with a fascinating group of people. Everyone was a member of the Sandbox network, which is a collection of young people from around the world who are doing interesting things in a wide range of fields. As it happens, the network is currently accepting applications for new members, so if it sounds like your cup of tea, i'd urge you to submit an application.
Having joined Sandbox a few years ago, I have made some great friends and been inspired by the people i've met who are thinkers, dreamers and tinkerers. We've also had lots of great parties together, and this weekend was no exception.
Thankfully, we had great weather and were able to make the most of the impressive grounds of Springfield castle, a sprawling 300 year old pile. The owners warned us that the tower was haunted by a 'happy drunk' ghost, although the only one to get spooked during the weekend seemed to be the resident peacock, who wasn't quite sure what to make of this bunch of high energy international misfits.
It's not often you get to spend a couple of days in the company of a group of people like this; all of them were interesting, most of them a bit crazy and a few of them I think will help to change the world in some way.
There were too many of them to list but here's a flavour of what some of the people I had the pleasure of spending time with are up to:
- John Egan runs Archipelago, a network of young entrepreneurs in Ireland. I think John knows everyone in Ireland.
- Katie Tsouros is getting ArtFetch off the ground, which is a site that will revolutionise the contemporary art market.
- Rebecca Winkworth is a truly beautiful singer of Irish music.
- Daire Irwin is an amazingly talented painter. I was lucky enough to visit his studio in Dublin and saw some of his striking images of the troubles.
- DJ Saul is CMO at leading digital agency iStrategyLabs, from Washington DC.