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Ignite Seattle Talks on Video

Dylan Wilbanks: Your Diet Will Fail (and why mine eventually will)

Diets always fail. Always. Definitely. At Ignite 24, Dylan Wilbanks told us all about why.

“Over 16 months Dylan Wilbanks lost over 125 lbs with caloric restriction, heavy exercise, and being slightly insane. But the statistics say he won’t be able to keep it off. He’ll explain why, and how he’s trying to fight it.”

Dylan Wilbanks is a user experience designer and public speaker based in Seattle. He’s spoken at South by Southwest, Webvisions, and Ignite Seattle.

Jennifer Whetham: A Story About Syphilis

Where does syphilis come from? There’s more than one answer to this question. At Ignite 24, Jennifer Whetham gave a more brainy, linguistic one than you probably saw coming.

“Two questions you may not have thought to ask: What is the origin of the word “syphilis”? When was the word first used? This talk begins in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…”

Jennifer Locke Whetham is a Shakespeare scholar, hip hop theorist, and self-proclaimed intellectual pervert. She has over ten years experience teaching literature at the college level, where she indulges her obsession with conceptions of sexuality, gender, love, and words.

Jan Gray: Take the Initiative, please!

Washington state’s initiative process could use a few advocates — you. Jan Gray laid out the issues at Ignite 24.

“You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to get answered before you commit to serving on their board of directors.”

Jan Gray is a two career baby boomer with 20 years in broadcast marketing and 20 more in not-for-profit leadership and consulting. She is a co-founder of the non-partisan, not-for-profit group Responsible Choices which is currently raising funds to produce Washington State’s first Citizens’ Initiative Review.

Karen Anderson: What You’ll Wish You’d Known Before You Joined That Nonprofit Board

Nonprofit boards are amazing, efficient organizations that do nothing that serve their mission. Or not. At Ignite 24, Karen Anderson tells the real story.

“You’re successful, energetic, organized and full of great ideas. You’ve volunteered and donated to a nonprofit with a mission you really care about. But…there are a few questions you’ll want to get answered before you commit to serving on their board of directors.”

Karen G. Anderson writes and designs online content for a wide range of companies and organizations. She is the current chair of the board for the Clarion West Writers Workshop and the past president of the board of Northwest Folklife.

Kristin Leong: Nightclub bartending & middle school teaching: A Venn diagram

What do middle schoolers and bar patrons have in common? More than you think. At Ignite 24, Kristin Leong shared what she found where two very different professions meet.

“Surprisingly, there is overlap between nightclub and classroom professional life. This talk aims to clarify some of that overlap with the speed of a bartender and the analysis of a English teacher.”

Kristin Leong is a middle school teacher, writer, and former Seattle nightclub bartender. She does not like people who drink Long Island Iced Teas. She tweets @kristinleong.

Seijen Takamura: Can bicycles be lonely?

Some people collect pictures of pets or landscapes. Seijen Takamura collects pictures of forgotten bicycles. At Ignite 24, he explains what they’ve taught him:

“We have all walked past a Lonely Bicycle in our lifetime: A bike that is securely locked to a rack, fence, or pole… yet is missing wheels, saddles, handlebars, or more. How did these Lonely Bicycles ended up like that?”

By day, Seijen works for UP Global helping people accomplish things that have never done before. By night, he plays photographer where he looks for beauty in things that might otherwise seem forgotten.