Qualifying Your WA Initiative For Under $500,000 – Gabe Meyer

The Washington State initiative process allows anyone with an idea to make a law. And Gabe Meyer  helped qualify two statewide initiatives: I-735 to get money out of politics and I-940 for police accountability. In this talk, Meyer shares what’s needed to qualify for less than $500,000. Direct democracy in action!

So I want to tell you that initiatives are such an opportunity in this state. We can have people power; it’s direct democracy. And those three to five years are a lot faster than things they’ve been working on in Olympia for a long time. And you can do it–you can be involved.

How To Not Be The Least Secure Gazelle – Zachary Cohn

Zach Cohn knows the slowest gazelle gets eaten by the lion. And he also knows that in the world of cybersecurity, you are probably one of the slowest gazelles. But he shares one thing you can do that will drastically enhance your personal security and safety on the internet.

All you need to do is to have a different, unique password for every single account you’ve ever had on the entire internet. Now that sounds pretty hard to remember. So don’t. Instead, use a piece of software called a software manager.

Bias Proofing Business Broom Closets and Board Rooms – Sara Sanford

Sara Sanford was once pulled into a broom closet during a job interview by the male CEO, who asked if she was planning to have children. After that, she knew that gender parity was something she couldn’t ignore. In her talk, Sanford dives deep into what the data of gender bias tells us–and what we can do about it.

We’ve identified over 100 of these cultural levers that can be adjusted to counter the impact of bias by changing environments rather than mindsets. We use this data to help organizations achieve gender parity.

Speaker List: Ignite Seattle #36 at The Egyptian on May 17th

Selecting talks from the list of speaker submissions was tough once again, with so many great ideas submitted! Below is the list of who’s speaking at Ignite Seattle #36 on May 17th (with the speaking order yet to be determined):

Hint: you should buy your tickets for Ignite #36 now. Why? Ignite #34 & #35 sold out. We expect #36 will sell out too.

We can’t wait to see you at The Egyptian on May 17th, talks start at 7:30pm.
Reminder: buy your tickets for Ignite #36 now.

What Government Bureaucracy Taught Me About Creativity – Joel Fariss

Joel Fariss spent almost two years working for the Seattle Mayor. His is a story of championing creativity, challenging power, questioning his identity, and finding hope in the margins of society.

Trust is critical because the act of creativity is fundamentally about bringing something into existence that doesn’t exist yet.

My Life As A Superhero: Myths About Disaster Response – Chris Sheach

As a disaster responder, people think Chris Sheach helicopters in to dig out people from collapsed buildings, feed starving children, or evacuate whole cities from an impending storm. This is a myth. His superhero power is dispelling these myths and sharing insight on how anyone can be a hero, by providing aid that really helps those affected by disasters, at the time they need it most.

95% of people after a disaster are rescued by friends and family. These  are the real heroes. A lot of my focus is on mobilizing local disaster response.

What I Learned Visiting Every Park In Seattle – Linnea Westerlind

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.