Linnea Westerlind had a child and decided she needed to get out of the house. So what did she do? Decided to visit every park in Seattle in a year. OK, it took four years, but she discovered some pretty cool stuff. Like, did you know that some of our parks were built in areas that were previously dangerous? Or that one overlooks an international engineering marvel? Or that one hosts a stolen totem pole?
More than 11% of all the land in Seattle is park. And 96% of Seattleites live within a half mile of a park.
Maryam Hosseini tells the story of Mahmoud, an Iranian immigrant, and his pursuit of the American Dream. The presentation ended with her introducing the audience to her father, who also happens to be Mahmoud, and appreciating his sacrifices that cured the fear of the other.
His life is a symptomatic obstacle, one after another after another. And this man manages to smile, remain resilient, to smile, give back to him community, and encourage his children to foster this incredible relationship with the people they know. Because the America he came for he still believes in.
Lauryl Zenobi explores how the stubborn little Anna’s Hummingbird manages to survive our gloomy Seattle winters, why everyone should turn their backyard into a hummingbird food bank, and what lessons we Seattleites can learn from the resilience of these magical creatures.
Jeri can teach us to remember to care for others and that even those that aren’t from here can find there niche, with just a little bit of help.
If you love pets and want to travel the world, consider house-sitting! Silvana Clark and her husband are “house-sitting hermit crabs.” They’ve lived for free in a chalet, a manor house, a Swiss barn, plus homes in Spain, Portugal, Germany, and Australia. No paying mortgage, internet, utilities or even for toilet paper!
Dude would only relieve himself after a one-hour walk. But we lived 20 minutes from downtown London with him! So we take him for a long walk, and then head off to see a London show, which was great.
Our next Ignite Seattle event is on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Do you know someone with a great idea, interesting project, or fascinating story you want others to hear about?
Get them to submit a talk idea by Friday, January 13th!
The Ignite audience LOVES to engage with a wide variety of topics — for instance, here’s a talk from 2010: Mandy Sorensen on “Fleas, Worms, and Other Parasites.”
Ignite Seattle 30 was an amazing event and if you weren’t there, we’ve got you covered: all the amazing talks are now on youtube. If you were there like me, and it all just crashed over you like ocean waves, you might have forgotten some of the great stories we shared. Here’s your chance to go re-live the event.
Thanks once again to Bootstrapper Studios and Punch Drunk for their excellent video work at the event. You can see the full playlist of all 16 talks here.
Here are a handful of photos taken at Ignite, but you can view all the photos from Ignite Seattle 30 in our Flickr Pool here. Thanks to Morgen Schuler Photography for taking photos with me once again.
“So much to do, so little time. And really, we don’t use that time as well as we could. Ahsan discusses some of what he’s learned about planning his time in his quest to finish things.”
Ahsan Kabir makes software, mostly. He obsesses about what makes for good experiences in software, ice and everything else. He posts occasionally at aephemera.com and you can find him on Twitter @aephemera.
“Why would you want to eat insects?
1) Curiosity- Insects are delicious!
2) Bulldozers move faster than biologists- and insects are a more environmentally friendly protein than other meats we eat!
3) Progress only happens when we challenge our preconceptions. Step out of your comfort zone- why not eat a bug?!”
Virginia Emery is an insect entrepreneur working to build the edible insect industry and change the way Americans think about protein.
I learned to drive stick during a thunderstorm on a dirt road in rural Brazil. I discussed the future of the Castro regime while drinking rum on the back porch rocking chairs of the home of a Cuban couple who took me in like family for two weeks. I probably would not have had any of these experiences if I wasn’t traveling alone, allowing myself to be open to people and places in a way that brought companionship precludes.
Danna Klein uses spreadsheets to keep track of almost everything. Her current obsessions are national parks, Michelin starred restaurants, Cascade hiking, and complaining about the people who moved to Seattle after her. She works at Mixpo, an ad tech startup, as a product marketer.
Earlier this year Norman decided to work on his work ethic and started an experiment he called Operation: Honest Day’s Work. Over the course of 80 days, Norman made some surprising discoveries that have helped him engage at work, and improve his work ethic, productivity and peace of mind. He’s excited to share his findings with you.
Norman Bell is an award-winning public speaker, performer, presentation coach, and expert communicator who has used his communication skills to help Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and AT&T, as well as PBS travel show host Rick Steves. As an actor, he played opposite Academy Award-winner Christian Bale in “The Machinist” and wrote, co-produced and starred in the popular solo show, “SUBPRIME!” As a speaker coach, Norman has worked with social entrepreneurs competing in the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch.