Recap & Talk Videos: Charity Champions Event

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in last week’s Charity Champions edition of Ignite Seattle, especially our brave and talented speakers.

With your help, Ignite Seattle was able to donate over $5,000 to five amazing local non-profits and thanks to all who attended for helping us decide. This week donations will be made to the following organizations:

Urban League Seattle: $800
Seattle Latino Film Festival: $1332.26
Northwest USO: $800
Dress for Success Seattle: $1332.26
Seattle Human Society: $800 

If you want to (re)watch the talks, you can check out all the videos here.

While we don’t know when our next event will be, we hope to continue to find ways to help you share your stories. In the meantime, check out our website or find us on social media for more info. 

Stay safe, do good, tell stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

Ignite Seattle Returns: Thurs. April 29th 7:30pm

We’re hosting a special online storytelling event and we’re calling it Charity Champions. This has been a rough year for our city and here at Ignite Seattle we want to help those who have done so much to help our citizens. Our virtual stage will showcase personal stories about local non-profits.

It will be an evening of great stories and you can help us help those in need in Seattle.

Each story will feature a story about a local organization and they will receive grants totaling $4,000 + ticket proceeds. People who attend will help determine how the grants are allocated.

Charity Champion Speakers and Their Non-Profits: 

  • Lorena Ware – My lucky suit (Dress for Success Seattle)
  • Craig Plain – Charity from your village (Northwest United Services Organizations)
  • Nari Weaver – I confess, I’m a gap addict! (Seattle Latino Film Festival)
  • Ginger Chien – Life turns: I decide which way to look (Seattle Humane Society)
  • The LuvLee Leroy – I see Yoda: The ‘Force’ is with me (Urban League – Seattle)

Tickets are FREE or you can donate money to add to what we will give to them. ALL ticket proceeds will go to the non-profits featured. Let’s support these speakers and their charities!

 Get your tickets now.

A huge thank you to everyone who submitted stories. It was amazing to read about all the charity champions in our Ignite Seattle community. We appreciate you!

Stay safe, do good, tell stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

Next Ignite Seattle: Thurs. April 29th, 7:30pm (Charity Champions)

Ignite Seattle is back.  We’re hosting a special online event focused on great storytelling and giving back to the Seattle community. 

$3,000+ giveaway to local non-profits.   Many local groups are doing so much to help the people of Seattle and we’re going to help them. We will put on our virtual stage the best personal stories about local charities and non-profits. The organizations showcased the night of our live online event will receive grants totaling $3,000 or more! 

Tell your story about a local organization
Submit YOUR story related to a charity by March 22. Has a local non-profit helped you? Or have you observed how they’ve supported a community? Tell us the story. If selected, you’ll be assigned a mentor who will help you with your talk. This is your chance to show up for a nonprofit that’s been meaningful to you! We can’t wait to hear about it. 

Free online storytelling workshop
To help you develop your story idea and sharpen your presentation skills, we are hosting a FREE Online Storytelling Workshop on Monday, March 15 at 7:30pm. Scott Berkun, professional speaker coach, former Ignite MC and long-time Ignite Seattle co-organizer, will be your teacher. This online workshop will give you his time-tested advice on short-form (remote) public speaking, and some students will get live feedback. Scott rocks. He will help you rock. Register now

Join the live online event
Hosted by the dynamic duo of Marice Sy and Sumit Basu. By attending YOU will help determine how the grants are allocated to the organizations showcased. Tickets are “donate what you can” ($0-$50), all ticket proceeds will be added to the Charity Champion grants. 

Spread the word
Submissions are open to anyone in the greater Seattle area and the more people who attend the event means more money will go to good causes. Help us get the word out? Thanks. 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW. 

Stay safe, do good, tell stories,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

We’re still here and we miss you: 2021 update

Greetings from the Ignite Seattle team and welcome to our latest year as a civilization on this planet. It’s been a rough ride for sure but we are happy you are here. 

We’ve been staying safe, wise and patient, waiting until it’s safe to do live events again (which we know will happen). But we miss you and hope you miss us, and we wanted to give you a warm hello as we roll into 2021. 

Watch: Re-Ignite Seattle 2020 

Last fall we did a new style of event, of particular interest if you want to learn more about storytelling craft and the behind the scenes view of how Ignite Seattle works.

Hosted by organizers Sumit Basu and Zac Cohn, watch some great talks and listen to our hosts’ expert commentary.  You can also see the chat room in (recorded) real-time, with many alumni and organizers joining in with comments. 

You can watch it here

Get your live storytelling fix

We’re wisely waiting the pandemic out for our next major event – but many other local groups have been charging ahead. If you miss live local storytelling, check these events out:

  • Fresh Ground Stories: stories of people who had your back, Thurs Jan. 21 7pm PST – This longstanding Seattle event does monthly open-mic style short form storytelling on a theme, live with no slides. Free and open to all.
  • Unexpected Productions – One of the oldest improv groups in Seattle, they offer a mix of live performances and classes weekly. They’re a great organization and can use your support this year. And improv is a fun way to improve your speaking skills (approved by former emcees and improv students Scott Berkun and Nicole Steinbok).  
  • Under the Rainbow: Storytelling for LGBTQ+ – Mon January 11th, 6pm PST. this bi-monthly event for teens and adults is open-mic. LGBTQIA+ tellers are prioritized; allies are welcome in the audience. No one is obligated to tell a story.
  • Class: Creating Stageworthy Stories Workshop, taught by Kent Whipple (of Unexpected Productions, an Ignite friend and one of our speaker coaches). This 6 class online workshop is a fantastic way to get direct coaching from one of the best coaches you will find – a great way to grow your storytelling skills. $200 for 6 classes, starting Sunday, Jan. 10th 3-5pm PST (and weekly thereafter). 

Favorite talks that will make you smile

We asked the team for a fun talk to recommend to you and here’s our list from Tyler, Zac and Nicole:

That should give you a solid boost of fun, creative and inspiring storytelling to get you through the week. 

Stay well and stay safe,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team

P.S. we don’t know when the next in-person Ignite Seattle event will be held however you can submit an idea whenever inspiration sparks

P.S.S If you have an idea for something we should do before live events return, get in touch. 
 

Re-Ignite Seattle: Sept 24th @ 7:30pm PST

We miss you. And while we can’t return to Town Hall any time soon, we have something different in mind. We are going to Re-Ignite Seattle on Thursday Sept 24 at 7:30pm and we would love for you to join us from wherever you are.

What is Re-Ignite Seattle? It’s an experimental online event where we will revisit 3 past talks from our wondrous library. Our hosts, who are Ignite Seattle alumni as well as organizers, have picked 3 of their favorite talks. They will re-watch them with you and chat about what makes each of these talks great.

Re-Ignite Seattle will be hosted by:

  • Sumit Basu – Sumit did a fantastic job hosting our most recent Ignite Seattle event. He is a scientist, an artist and an Instant Pot expert. He is insightful, funny and kind.
  • Zachary Cohn  – Zachary is a long time Ignite Seattle organizer. He wrangles cables, speakers, slides and anything else that has needed wrangling. He is smart, witty and thoughtful.

When: Thursday Sept 24 at 7:30pm PST.
Where: Anywhere on any device with internet access.
Tickets: Tickets are free. Register here to receive the event link.
 

Talks to be Re-Ignited:

  • Saving the Planet With Your Fork – Mary Purdy
  • So, You’re Black in Tech – Rovina Broomfield
  • How My Life Changed Over the Skies of South Korea – Craig Plain

Whether these talks are new for you or you saw them live, our hosts will help you have a great time and appreciate the work of these fantastic storytellers.

See you online soon,
The Ignite Seattle Organizing Team
 

P.S. we don’t know when the next in-person Ignite Seattle event will be held however you can submit an idea whenever inspiration sparks


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Insider’s guide to presenting and working remotely – Tues. April 28th 7:30pm – live class

Here at Ignite Seattle we’ve been a remote team since 2006. And we’re experts on storytelling and public speaking. We asked ourselves why not put two great things together and help our community? And here it is!

We’ve put together a fun, fast-paced class to help you improve how you present ideas online. Plus some time tested advice on remote working in general.

In this one hour session you’ll learn:

  1. The 5 common mistakes presenters make and how to transcend them
  2. The science behind speaking fears and how to manage them
  3. Why remote presenting is harder and what to do about it
  4. The 5 mistakes remote workers make and how to prevent them
  5. Q&A where your questions will be answered

Your teacher will be pro speaker, remote work expert and Ignite Seattle speaker coach  Scott BerkunIn addition to giving 20 to 30 lectures and keynotes each year, he wrote the bestselling guide to public speaking, Confessions of a Public Speaker and The Year Without Pants, an Amazon book of the year about remote work.

Class will be taught online using Zoom.

REGISTER HERE for our Insider’s guide to presenting and working remotely – Tuesday April 28th at 7:30pm ($10).

Other events like this charge as much as $250. For the Ignite Seattle community, this workshop is only $10. How can you pass up that deal?  (We also provide free tickets to those with need. Just email us.)

Buy your ticket today, before tickets sell out.

(By purchasing a ticket you agree to uphold the Ignite Seattle Code of Conduct.)

Rescheduling Ignite Seattle #42

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the postponement of the next Ignite Seattle (#42) due to be held on June 4. Instead, we plan to hold the event on Thursday, October 8 at Town Hall Seattle. 

At this point any explanation as to why is unnecessary, unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months. If that’s the case, please sit down, we’ve got some really bad news…

More info about the postponement, what it means for you, and how COVID is affecting Ignite Seattle is below:

Did you already buy a ticket to the June event? 

Even though the event is technically postponed, we will be sending a full refund to anybody who already bought a ticket. If that’s you, expect the refund in your bank account soonish. Tickets for the October date will be on sale soon.

What effect is COVID-19 having on Ignite Seattle?

Ignite Seattle is a completely volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit. Since we have no paid staff, nobody in our organization will be financially hurt by the postponement of our June event. 

However, like everybody else, we are sad. We’ve all lost something during the crisis and losing the next Ignite is just another disappointments for us. 

We hope what’s happening will bring people together to tell more stories, some of which we’d love to see on stage in October. (Now may even be the perfect time to submit a talk.)

As always, we’ll be working to make our next event the biggest and best yet. We hope you’ll be there to join us.

See you in October.

– The Ignite Seattle Team


Event recap and videos for Ignite Seattle #41

Thank you for being part of another great event at Seattle Town Hall. Your support helps us continue to use storytelling to build community and bring people together. 

Below you’ll find a full recap of Ignite 41 with links to videos of every talk and a few amazing photos from the night.

Special thanks to our sponsors Punch DrunkMindhatch and 4Culture. Kudos also to Reel Grrrls for producing our live-stream.

Our next event, Ignite #42, is on Thursday, June 4 2020 and submissions are open

Tickets are on sale NOW at our early bird price ($10). We’ve sold out 9 of our last 10 shows – so get your tickets now. 

Videos from Ignite Seattle #41

Please share your favorites on social media – we want these people to have their stories heard by as many people as we can.

Ignite #41 Photos 

Ignite Seattle #41 is SOLD OUT, but we still hope you’ll join us!

Exciting news, Ignite Seattle fans, our show on February 27, 2020 is now SOLD OUT! No tickets will be available at the door.

Didn’t get your ticket, and still want to see the talks? Don’t worry! We’re providing a free livestream of the night. Tune in to get:

  • A professionally produced livestream from our friends at Punch Drunk.
  • The best seat in the virtual house to catch 12 funny, inspiring, and otherwise amazing five-minute talks.
  • A Livesteam-exclusive look into Ignite Seattle before the show and during intermission, produced by Reel Grrls.

Announcing speakers and stories for Ignite Seattle #41 – Feb. 27th at Town Hall Seattle

We are excited to announce our speaker lineup for Ignite Seattle #41, with guest host Sumit Basu. We had over 80 (!) submissions from which we picked our lineup of fantastic talks (thanks to everyone who took the time to share their story with us).

Get your tickets now – just $10 at the early bird price, which ends soon. ($5 more after that).

  • The speakers and topics are fantastic. See the list below. 
  • We will sell out. We almost always do.
  • You save $5 now. Buy tickets before 2/13 and you get Early Bird pricing.

Here are our evening’s stories and storytellers (order is to be determined):

  • The Most Glad You’ll Be All March, Gavin Verhey
  • Lessons From a Billboard, Willie Weir
  • Horny and Hooved Fur Babies: Why Goats Are the New Dogs, Susan Fergason
  • The Struggle As An Emotional Man (And Asian American), Victor Ung
  • The Wheel Deal with Suffrage, Haley Shapley
  • The Day My Heart Stopped 14 Times, Jana Morrelli
  • Co-Living the Dream, Syd Fredrickson, M.Ed.
  • How My Life Changed Over the Skies of South Korea, Craig Plain
  • Nobody cares about drowning polar bears, Nicole DeNamur
  • 22q11 Deletion Syndrome: The Most Common Birth Defect You’ve Never Heard Of, Ramon Arjona
  • Worldschooling: Bringing It Home, Alex Alviar
  • Shirro’s Plate – Eating Fresh, Mercy Kariuki-McGee

What to expect at the show on Thursday, Feb. 27th:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm – get a drink, a snack, and play a game
  • Show starts at 7:30pm – with an intermission in the middle
  • After party at 9:30pm – celebrate the show with the speakers and organizers

$10 until Feb 13 – $15 after