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#HackGentrification In Seattle And Other Dreams

Mar 26, 2015

The Ignite series started here in Seattle in 2006, but has expanded to over 100 countries. Each Ignite event gives you the chance to talk about something that inspires you.

What’s the catch? You have to do it in five minutes on the stage at a packed Town Hall. Their motto is: “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Ignite organizers call this “an exercise in distilled discovery that leaves you with a deeper sense of the community and possibility that surrounds you.” 

Ignite 26 included the following subjects and speakers:

  • "How To Shake Hands," Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack
  • "Eating Goat Testicles and Other Feminist Activities," Morgan Beach
  • "Hacking Rembrandt," Bill Ritchie
  • "How I Became a Kaleidescopist," Katarina Countiss  
  • "Building Better Humans," Torri Brown
  • "Being the Bigger Person," Cassie Wallender
  • "How to Write About Your #!@$#%# Family," Scott Berkun
  • "Improv, Public Speaking, and You," Sol Villarreal
  • "Think Like An Artist," Bryan Ohno
  • "The Best Hobby You’re Missing Out On," Katherine Hanson
  • "Why Parasitic Wasps are AWESOME," Steven Chau
  • "The Adventures of Founding a Business with Your Best Friend," Martina Welke
  • "Hacking Gentrification," K. Wyking Garrett
  • "Photographing the Unseen," Adam Philipp

Watch Garrett's pitch:

This event took place at Town Hall Seattle on Feb. 18. The emcee was writer and public speaker Scott Berkun. Thanks to Anna Tatistcheff for our recording.

Ignite 27 is coming up at Town Hall on May 20. This time they’ve planned a theme: Experiments! Visit Ignite Seattle to submit an idea for a talk and get suggestions for creating a great talk. 

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