All posts by Scott Berkun

Writer, Author of Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds, The Myths of Innovation, Making things Happen, & Confessions of a Public Speaker

What is Ignite Seattle: in 60 seconds

The live experience of attending our events is a special thing. We know that people who come, and even speakers, can have a hard time explaining what Ignite Seattle is. It’s more than presentations. It’s more than storytelling and community. It’s more than a fun night. It’s…. MANY GOOD THINGS.

To help solve the problem, we’ve made a short video that tells the story. We hope you like it enough to share it! Kudos to Bryan Zug for putting this together.

 

Videos/Recap from Ignite Seattle #32

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another spectacular show at Town Hall Seattle. We learned about our bodies, our spirits, our stuff and our wifi. Which talk was your favorite? Let us know and leave a comment.

Our sincerest hope is you had a great time and will spread the ideas of our speakers to your friends, coworkers and followers. And we hope you will join us for our next event. Mark your calendars: Ignite #33 is May 18th, 2017.

All of the videos from last night are now live (Thanks to Bootstrapper studios). You can watch individual talks or the entire show in one video.  Please take a minute to share your favorites on all the interwebs (use #ignitesea).

  1. Let’s Talk About Menstruation, Sara Gentzler
  2. A Gut Feeling: Microbiome and Mental Health, Hannah Thomasy
  3. Become a Wifi Ninja: Learn How to Fix Internets, Patrick McCanna
  4. Badass 3.0, Karen Johanson
  5. Being Uncomfortable Is The Only Way to Grow, Virginia Emery
  6. Storage Hacking (or how to hoard neatly 101), Beth FitzGibbon
  7. The Power of Wearing Your Pain, Bridget Foley
  8. How To Win A National Award, Stephanie Lucash
  9. Holy Shit – A New Way “To Go”, V Calvez
  10. How To Be Mad at Your Kids, Jenni Pertuset
  11. Obsession With Causality, Andrei Borodin
  12. It Takes a Village, Stephanie Carrillo
  13. A World For Every Classroom, John Krajewski
  14. Simulating The International ComMUNity, River O’Connor
  15. No, I Don’t Know Where To Buy Weed, Farris Holliday
  16. Why We Stopped Eating The Nasty Shit, Andrew Ho

Hope to see you at Ignite #33 on May 18th, 2017. You can volunteer to help or read about how to submit your own talk right now.

Ten great reasons to come to Ignite Seattle #32, This Thursday

This Thursday (2/23) at 8:00pm is Ignite Seattle #32 – we’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the largest open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. We’ve sold out many shows in a row, as we consistently deliver a fun, challenging, fast paced evening of ideas, opinions and stories for your pleasure.

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one to come check out.

Here are ten reasons to come to Ignite 30:

  1. We are in Town Hall Seattle’s Great Hall, celebrating their 100th year. It’s one of the best venues for live events in our town (and their cash bar opens at 7pm)
  2. Hate fighting with coffee shop wifi? Patrick McCanna will teach you all you need to know.
  3. Have too much stuff and not enough space? Beth FitzGibbon will train you in storage hacking.
  4. Trying to predict the future? Andrei Borodin will explore his (and our) obsession with causality.
  5. Want to grow? Get Uncomfortable! Virginia Emery will explain how and why.
  6. Do your kids make you angry? Get mad the right way, as Jenni Pertuset will teach us.
  7. Do you have, and/or like, female body parts? Well Lets Talk About Menstruation! says Sara Gentzler.
  8. The photobooth will be back – take pictures of friends old and new.
  9. Beat the traffic and grab a pre-show snack or drink in the neighborhood – our recommendations.
  10. Plus ten more talks on a wide array of challenging, fun and entertaining subjects.

You will hate yourself if you don’t come. I mean, it’s Thursday night – shouldn’t you start your weekend of awesome a day early? We think you deserve it.

Go here to buy tickets ($5).  Doors open at 7:00pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 8:00pm, with an  intermission. Full list of speakers and topics.

Help Wanted: Ignite Seattle Marketing/ Media Champion (P/T)

Here at Ignite Seattle a small team of volunteer organizers works behind the scenes to make everything happen. Thanks to you, our fans, our events have become so popular now that we’re looking to grow our team. Here’s what we are looking for:

Marketing/Media Champion (P/T)

Ignite Seattle needs someone who can lead the way for our kind of storytelling on the interwebs. You will use your proven social media talents to transform our nascent marketing efforts before, during and after our events into a glorious wave of tweets, posts and shares, spreading the ideas of our speakers far and wide. Perks include working with a high fun / high trust team, your fill of good bourbon and wine and the joy of using your talents for the altruistic goodness of the Seattle creative community.

Minimum time commitment: a couple of hours a week between events, 5-10 hours a week, or more, leading up to and during the event (3 to 4 times a year).

The role: you’d lead our social media and other marketing efforts. This includes working with other organizers to define strategy and also leading the work to implement tactics. We all support each other, but we’d look to you as our marketing expert.

Rewards: none of us organizers are paid – this role is something you should do because you like Ignite Seattle, you love doing pr/marketing for cool projects, and you want to volunteer to be part of an important community (of ideas). You will meet many interesting and amazing people, as they (our speakers and audience) are the stars of each event – Ignite Seattle might be one of the most rewarding things you contribute to regularly. You’ll know much more about your city and what great things are happening.

How we work: We are mostly virtual (Slack), with monthly in person meetings related to the events and our speakers. We are all volunteers and happily wear many hats. You will get your hands dirty often as we are a small, lean team.

How To Apply: 

  1. Study the marketing/media efforts Ignite Seattle already has. What two things would you improve first and how? (You won’t hurt out feelings)
  2. Give us a brief rundown on your past marketing/media experience (link to resume or LinkedIn is fine)
  3. Email the above to pr@scottberkun.com

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Speakers for Ignite Seattle #32

Our 32nd Ignite event, and part of our 10th anniversary year, takes place on Thursday  February 23rd, 7pm/8pm at Town Hall Seattle. Tickets $5 at the door or in advance (we frequently sell out – buy tickets early. Or NOW. Really).

Doors open at 7pm, with a cash bar and a fun (optional) social interactive game (you don’t have to play, and since there is a bar you can stand and drink and make fun of the people who do, but we suspect you’re more likely to play than you think).

Talks start at 8pm, with an nicely sized intermission halfway through for you to do various acts of biology and sociology, including getting more drinks.

Here are the brilliant speakers we are thrilled to bring to our stage:

  • It Takes a Village, Stephanie Carrillo
  • Become a Wifi Ninja: Learn How to Fix Internets, Patrick McCanna
  • Storage Hacking (or how to hoard neatly 101), Beth FitzGibbon
  • Holy Shit – A New Way “To Go”, V Calvez
  • A World For Every Classroom, John Krajewski
  • The Power of Wearing Your Pain, Bridget Foley
  • A Gut Feeling: Microbiome and Mental Health, Hannah Thomasy
  • No, I Don’t Know Where To Buy Weed, Farris Holliday
  • Obsession With Causality, Andrei Borodin
  • Being Uncomfortable Is The Only Way to Grow, Virginia Emery
  • How To Win A National Award, Stephanie Lucash
  • Why We Stopped Eating The Nasty Shit, Andrew Ho
  • Simulating The International ComMUNity, River O’Connor
  • Badass 3.0, Karen Johanson
  • Lets Talk About Menstruation, Sara Gentzler
  • How To Be Mad at Your Kids, Jenni Pertuset
  • (Speaking order TBD so don’t presume this is it)

Looks like a great night, yes? Get your tickets here. 

We want challenging talk ideas

Here at Ignite Seattle we’ve built a finely tuned machine. Each event delivers on great talks, fascinating stories and a fun and welcoming community atmosphere. But one problem with finely tuned machines is this: they become predictable.

Over the years we’ve had some folks bring us bold ideas that challenge us. They push the limits of the 5 minute format or what can be done with an audience of 800 people. We’re always looking for more talks like this. Do you have something in mind? We want to hear from you. Submissions for the next Ignite are open.

Challenge us with:

  • New ways to use the 5 minute / 20 slide format
  • Topics or perspectives we’ve never had on stage before
  • Interesting ways to use the stage or the audience
  • Something we’ve never even considered

To seed your thoughts, here are some challenging examples from Ignite Seattle history:

Tag-Team: How To Have An Argument

Live music performance: How to Solve a Song

Getting the crowd to dance on stage: Where the hell is Matt?

A Wedding In 5 minutes: Wedding Planning for Geeks

An improv talk within a talk: Improv, Public Speaking and You

Slides that only keep time: Attention and Sex

One armed Juggling: The Juggling Act of Life

Live Burlesque: To Be A Great Leader

 

 

 

 

Ignite Seattle #31: Videos & Recap

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another sold out show at Town Hall Seattle. For our 10th anniversary we couldn’t ask for a more supportive, energetic and playful crowd. Our sincerest hope is that you keep coming to our shows, and help spread the word about what we do – we want to keep this forum for the exchange of ideas going for a long time.

Photos:

All of the videos from last night are now live (Thanks to Bootstrapper studios)! You can watch individual talks or the entire show in one video.  Please take a minute to share your favorites on all the interwebs.

  1.  Happiness through Calculus, Jordan Couch
  2. Guaranteed Successful Design, Noah Iliinsky
  3. Definitely Not Nordstrom: A Rally Call and Celebration of Awkwardness, Kristin Leong
  4. Not Everything Is A Collaboration, Eric Holdeman
  5. Appy Bride: How I Infuriated the Wedding Industry & Got My -Dream Wedding, Sarah Schacht
  6. Hello, My Friend. Madi Williamson
  7. Eat Your Ice Cream: How To Live Like You’re Dying, Robin Tarter
  8. Building Solid Teams with Silly Games, Shannon Mead
  9. After the Psych Ward, Jeffrey Hicks
  10. Our Brain’s Next Firmware Update, Laura Lantz
  11. Nope! Really! Africa is Not A Country. Kevin Obbayi
  12. The Irish Goodbye, Kelly Kanary
  13. So You Think You Can’t Dance, Sandi Olson
  14. Breaking Bread, Breaking Boundaries. Phillip Deng
  15. The Streets Where You Live, Amy Cash
  16. Great Things Never Came From Comfort Zones, Andrew McGee
  17. Ignite Seattle #31 – Entire show