Get Free Accommodations Worldwide, Thanks to Neurotic Dogs – Silvana Clark

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.

Be an Ignite Speaker (Ideas due April 6)

Great event… Ignite. Check!
Great MC… Scott Berkun. Check!
Great venue… The Egyptian Theatre. Check!
Great speakers… well that is where you come in 🙂

We want you to share a story about a great (or weird) idea you love, a hard lesson learned, an insight into how something in the world works (or should work), or anything you are passionate about and want to share.

The talk submission deadline is Friday, April 6th at midnight.

Ignite Seattle #36 is Thursday, May 17 at The Egyptian Theatre, talks start at 7:30pm.

Don’t worry if you’re an inexperienced speaker — we provide two speaker training sessions to help you craft your story and feel more confident about speaking in front of a crowd.

We want to hear from you! So submit a talk idea and enlighten us — but make it quick!

Pro Tip: tickets are already for sale and will likely sell out,  get your Ignite Seattle #36 tickets now so you don’t miss out.


Videos & Recap: Ignite Seattle #35

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for another sold-out show at the Egyptian Theater. Once again Seattle’s most supportive, energetic, and playful crowd encouraged a line-up some of our city’s most creative and interesting citizens.

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. Get Free Accommodations Worldwide, Thanks to Neurotic Dogs, Silvana Clark
  2. Running A Hummingbird Food Bank, Lauryl Zenobi
  3. What Government Bureaucracy Taught Me About Creativity, Joel Fariss
  4. Bias Proofing Business Broom Closets and Board Rooms, Sara Sanford
  5. Swinging On The Lamp Posts Designing For Play In The Modern City, Colin MacDonald
  6. Qualifying Your WA Initiative For Under $500,000, Gabe Meyer
  7. How One Guy Can Make You Less Racist, Maryam Hosseini
  8. What I Learned Visiting Every Park In Seattle, Linnea Westerlind
  9. How To Mouse With Your Toes- Throw Your Mouse On The Floor, Not Out The Window, Elizabeth Nelson
  10. How To Not Be The Least Secure Gazelle, Zachary Cohn
  11. My Life As A Superhero Myths About Disaster Response, Chris Sheach
  12. Not Your Father’s Lumberjacks, Seth Zuckerman
  13. I Love Profanity! The Surprisingly Difficult Decision To Remove One Word From My Book, Jeremy Kayes

There was a ton of great photos taken: here and here and don’t forget the photo booth photos here (tag yourself & friends)

And if you were there live, or have a been to an Ignite in the last two years, take a minute to tell us what you thought. We want to make each Ignite better than the last and our 3 minute survey is just a click away. Thanks!

How to get standby tickets

We are sold out again for this Ignite Seattle event, but do not fear. We have a standby ticket system, thanks to the folks at Town Hall Seattle. Here’s how it works:

  1. Note: we can’t 100% promise there will be tickets – it depends on no-shows and other factors we don’t control. 
  2. But there probably will be some! We usually have quite a few to give away.
  3. At 6:30pm a line will be set up outside the Egyptian theater (our venue). Doors open at 7:00pm for ticket holders, show starts at 8pm.
  4. You show up and get in line. Tickets will be given away first come, first served, one per person and you can’t buy for folks not in line with you.
  5. At 7:45pm venue staff will make the call and release tickets in batches.

Cash is strongly preferred and will speed things up for you and everyone else.

If you want to be notified when tickets go on sale for the next Ignite (so you can avoid waiting in the standby line), hop on our mailing list.  Thanks and have a nice day or two.

Speaker List: Ignite Seattle #35 at The Egyptian on March 1st

Selecting just 14 talks from the list of speaker submissions was tough, with so many great ideas! But here is the list of who’s speaking at Ignite Seattle #35 on March 1st (with the speaking order yet to be determined):

Hint: you should buy your tickets for Ignite #35 now!

  • Get Free Accommodations Worldwide, Thanks to Neurotic Dogs – Silvana Clark
  • How One Guy Can Make You Less Racist – Maryam Hosseini
  • What I Learned Visiting Every Park In Seattle – Linnea Westerlind
  • My Life As A Superhero: Myths About Disaster Response – Chris Sheach
  • What Adults Can Learn From Teens – Sargun Handa
  • What Government Bureaucracy Taught Me About Creativity – Joel Fariss
  • Bias-Proofing Business: Broom Closets and Board Rooms – Sara Sanford
  • How To Not Be The Least Secure Gazelle – Zachary Cohn
  • Running A Hummingbird Food Bank – Lauryl Zenobi
  • Qualifying Your WA Initiative For Under $500,000 – Gabe Meyer
  • I Love Profanity! The Surprisingly Difficult Decision To Remove One Word From My Book – Jeremy Kayes
  • Swinging On The Lamp Posts: Designing For Play In The Modern City – Colin MacDonald
  • How To Mouse With Your Toes: Throw Your Mouse On The Floor, Not Out The Window – Elizabeth Nelson
  • Not Your Father’s Lumberjacks – Seth Zuckerman

We can’t wait to see you at The Egyptian on March 1st!
Reminder: you should buy your tickets for Ignite #35 now, if you don’t want to miss out.

How To Promote Your Ignite Talk

If you’re speaking at the next Ignite Seattle, make the most of your amazing opportunity! Here’s how:

Before the event:

  1. Invite your friends and family to be in the audience. We’d love to have them in the audience to support you. Tickets are inexpensive and it’s a great night. You can use this video to help explain what Ignite Seattle is like.
  2. On Facebook, go to our event page, mark yourself as “going” and then share it out to your network. You can directly invite people to attend and you should!
  3. If you are on Twitter, Facebook or have your own blog, here’s a simple announcement you can copy and paste

Big news: my talk on “<Insert your amazing talk title here>” will be part of the next Ignite Seattle event on Thursday March 1st at the Egyptian theater on Capitol Hill. it’s an evening of great short talks on interesting topics and you should come to cheer me on!

You can buy tickets now, and act fast as they usually sell out. Hope to see you there.

After the event:

We capture and publish videos of all talks and post them online in just a few days. We want to help you to get your message out as best we can.

  1. You’ll receive an email a few days after the event with links to all of the talks, including yours.
  2. Find your video and post it everywhere, Facebook, Twitter, your blog, your neighborhood newsletter – your friends and family want to see it.
  3. We will also post photos from our staff photographers that you can share with your friends and social networks.

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Ticket Update: Ignite #35 (March 1st)

For the first time since we started charging admission, we are raising our ticket price for Ignite Seattle.

Some hard financial realities drove this decision. When Town Hall closed for its renovation, we had to move to a smaller venue. The Egyptian Theater is fantastic, but it only seats 570 folks. Town Hall could seat 830. That leaves us down about $1,300 in revenue right off the bat.

We are an all-volunteer organization, and we run a tight financial ship, so our costs aren’t too high. Every penny that we collect goes into the program.

As evaluated our new situation, for the first time in our history, we were looking at a non-sustainable budget. As diligent stewards of this community resource, we made the decision to raise prices.

So, beginning with our March 1 event, the price of admission will be $10 ($5 for Town Hall members).

We’re working hard to make sure that Ignite will still be a good value for you. And we’re working all the time to make the event even better.

Most importantly, we still get as many high-quality community speaking submissions as ever. So you can count on another great line-up March 1.

At $10 we are still more affordable than a first-run movie. And, honestly, when was the last time you felt that fun, friendly community vibe in a Regal Cinemas lobby?

We hope you’ll support us in this decision. Which you can do right now by buying a ticket for Ignite Seattle #35 🙂