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Two more videos: How to give an Ignite talk, becoming food literate

on June 25, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on Two more videos: How to give an Ignite talk, becoming food literate by

A total of 6 presentations from Ignite Sault 1 are now online, with 4 to come, should have everything up within a couple of weeks. See all of the presentations at the Ignite Sault YouTube channel.

How to give an Ignite talk by Gerry Kirk

Food literacy by Birgit Kroll

More Videos from Ignite Sault: Paper Towers and Running Sights

on June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on More Videos from Ignite Sault: Paper Towers and Running Sights by

Two more videos uploaded from Ignite Sault 1:

Pre-Ignite Contest: Paper Tower Building

This contest turned out to be a lot of fun. Each team was given 5 pieces of paper, scissors and tape to build the tallest free standing tower in 15 minutes.

Things You See While Running

Sherri Smith gave an inspiring talk about the joys of running. Her presentation is a good example of how to use visuals and text to support a talk.

If you like these videos, check out the rest at the Ignite Sault YouTube channel.

More Videos from Ignite Sault: Paper Towers and Running Sights

on June 18, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on More Videos from Ignite Sault: Paper Towers and Running Sights by

Two more videos uploaded from Ignite Sault 1:

Pre-Ignite Contest: Paper Tower Building

This contest turned out to be a lot of fun. Each team was given 5 pieces of paper, scissors and tape to build the tallest free standing tower in 15 minutes.

Things You See While Running

Sherri Smith gave an inspiring talk about the joys of running. Her presentation is a good example of how to use visuals and text to support a talk.

If you like these videos, check out the rest at the Ignite Sault YouTube channel.

First Ignite videos now online

on June 9, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on First Ignite videos now online by

There is now a YouTube channel for Ignite Sault videos at http://youtube.com/ignitesault. Some are posted here on the Watch page. The first two installments are:

  1. Tom Noland’s trip through the wineries, gardens and trees of California. Tom’s passion and knowledge captivated the audience, taking us on a delightful journey.
  2. Luc Duchesne’s off-beat trip on a sustainable future called 2050: A Banana Odyssey.

Find out when more videos come online by subscribing to email or site feed updates.

Tonight: Live stream of Ignite Bend

on June 4, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on Tonight: Live stream of Ignite Bend by

Just got an email from the Ignite gurus mailing list, Ignite Bend is happening tonight, and you are all invited, via live stream. Fun starts at 8 pm.

Head over to http://www.ignitebend.com/ at 8 and check out another flavour of Ignite.

Ignite 1 – A ‘spark’-ling success

on June 3, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on Ignite 1 – A ‘spark’-ling success by
Tom Noland and the General Sherman tree story, one of the highlights of Ignite Sault 1

Tom Noland and the General Sherman tree story, one of the highlights of Ignite Sault 1

Wow. I can’t imagine the first experiment going any better. The place was packed, the conversation lively, the talks inspiring. Sure, there were glitches like one presentation advancing slides in bizarre timing and then forgetting to turn the (loud) AC off during another, but those are to be expected on the first try.

Ignite Sault was simply awesome. At least that is what everyone told me, so I have to believe it. One person said it was one of the best events they’ve ever been to in the Sault. By the end we had offers of sponsorship, facilities, and volunteering for the next event. Many were already thinking of a topic to present for Ignite Sault 2.

Lou Derrer and I launched Ignite because of our belief that there is a lot of creative potential lying beneath the surface, waiting for an audience. Our passion is to connect people with ideas, to ‘spark’ new opportunities for positive change here to happen. Oh, and we’re two guys crazy enough to dare try something different.

That, and recognizing citizens here need more choice for social entertainment. Or maybe just Lou and I, we both work from home and get a little loopy after a while.

Last night validated our aspirations.

So what was the recipe for success? Keep it simple, let ’em mix, and serve up community-based content in digestible chunks.

The casual format allowed for plenty of mingling. The upper room at Dock’s was cozy and intimate. The waitresses kept the drinks flowing. People mixed freely despite a diverse crowd that didn’t know each other well before the event.

Icebreaker contest: paper tower

Icebreaker contest: paper tower

The ice breaker contest was a lot of fun. Teams got engaged trying to build the tallest free standing tower out of 5 pieces of paper, some tape and a pair of scissors. The entries were varied in their approach, with the winning team reaching an impressive 1.5 metres.

The 10 presentations were done well considering this was the first time any of them had attempted the unique Ignite format of 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide. Some were not comfortable presenting in public, but wanted to stretch themselves by trying. Everyone did a fantastic job, inspiring the audience with their knowledge and passion. Ignite couldn’t have happened without them, thanks to everyone who participated.

Ignite Sault 1 was a pilot project, kept purposely small, minimally promoted. We have 3 months to scale Ignite Sault 2 to a bigger audience. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing our thoughts and inviting yours to make the next event an even greater success. Come back regularly also to see videos of the talks posted online.

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Anyone ready to share their 5 minutes of passion can submit their talk right now.

Photos from Ignite Sault 1.

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