Ticket to the ‘hottest’ event in town

on April 23, 2009 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on Ticket to the ‘hottest’ event in town by

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These cards are starting to surface in Sault Ste. Marie. First round is by invite only, since the first event will be a small, intimate gathering and we want to ensure a diverse group of inspired thinkers.

There are easier ways to get an invite:

  1. BEST. Submit a presentation, odds are it will be accepted (we’re not expected a flood of proposals, though that would be nice).
  2. BETTER. Wine and dine Lou or I for an evening and tell us what you are passionate about.
  3. TAKE YER CHANCE. Add your name to the mailing list and we’ll do a random draw close to the event for any available tickets. No guarantee there will be any, but hey if you like lotteries, this is for you.

Help us to create a diverse crowd by suggesting a name and what about them inspires you and if there is room, we’ll invite them too! Just add a comment to this post with your suggestion.

  • “First round is by invite only, since the first event will be a small, intimate gathering and we want to ensure a diverse group of inspired thinkers.”

    Hmm… I disagree with this premise. Seems to fly in the face of the Ignite philosophy.

    I participate with the Ignite Phoenix (http://www.ignite-phoenix.org) organizers. We are holding our fourth event in less than a year. We plan to fill a 600-seat theater to capacity. Some of our best presenters of the past were “unknown” and “risky,” if judging by a criteria of “inspired thinkers.” We would have missed out on wonderful and diverse presentations if we limited attendance and input to people we selected as somehow better thinkers than others. You risk creating an “echo chamber” that excludes the source of the very diversity you seek.

    Ignite Phoenix selects presenters by topic description only by a panel of judges with diverse backgrounds. It has resulted in an amazing mix of topics from scanning brain tissue to how to ride the local bus system to raising urban live stock. We hope to continue this trend of full a spectrum of interests to educate and spark creativity.

    I hope your event comes off very well. Not knowing your situation, anything I said here may be completely wrong. I hope you post some videos of the presentations!

    • gerrykirk

      Hi Alan, I appreciate you offering a word of caution based on your insight and experience.

      To be clear, *anyone* can submit a presentation, and we’re actively promoting that in the community. It’s the tickets for non-presenters that is more restrictive, mostly due to the small venue.

      The Sault doesn’t have a history of doing these kinds of events, and the first Ignite is very much a pilot project. We’re inviting people from a variety of backgrounds in the hopes of seeding some, but not all of the desired diversity.

      Hopefully this mix of personal invites and general submissions leads to a successful event. Time will tell!

      We have hopes of eventually moving to a theatre with a 200 seat capacity, but we’re not there yet.

      And yes, there should be videos up on the site after Sault Ignite 1.

      • Here’s to hoping interest will explode for you!

        I did not help organize the first Ignite Phoenix. The two original organizers were shooting for a great success if 40 people showed up. The room went standing only with more than 100!

        I hope you run out of tickets!

  • “First round is by invite only, since the first event will be a small, intimate gathering and we want to ensure a diverse group of inspired thinkers.”

    Hmm… I disagree with this premise. Seems to fly in the face of the Ignite philosophy.

    I participate with the Ignite Phoenix (http://www.ignite-phoenix.org) organizers. We are holding our fourth event in less than a year. We plan to fill a 600-seat theater to capacity. Some of our best presenters of the past were “unknown” and “risky,” if judging by a criteria of “inspired thinkers.” We would have missed out on wonderful and diverse presentations if we limited attendance and input to people we selected as somehow better thinkers than others. You risk creating an “echo chamber” that excludes the source of the very diversity you seek.

    Ignite Phoenix selects presenters by topic description only by a panel of judges with diverse backgrounds. It has resulted in an amazing mix of topics from scanning brain tissue to how to ride the local bus system to raising urban live stock. We hope to continue this trend of full a spectrum of interests to educate and spark creativity.

    I hope your event comes off very well. Not knowing your situation, anything I said here may be completely wrong. I hope you post some videos of the presentations!

    • gerrykirk

      Hi Alan, I appreciate you offering a word of caution based on your insight and experience.

      To be clear, *anyone* can submit a presentation, and we’re actively promoting that in the community. It’s the tickets for non-presenters that is more restrictive, mostly due to the small venue.

      The Sault doesn’t have a history of doing these kinds of events, and the first Ignite is very much a pilot project. We’re inviting people from a variety of backgrounds in the hopes of seeding some, but not all of the desired diversity.

      Hopefully this mix of personal invites and general submissions leads to a successful event. Time will tell!

      We have hopes of eventually moving to a theatre with a 200 seat capacity, but we’re not there yet.

      And yes, there should be videos up on the site after Sault Ignite 1.

      • Here’s to hoping interest will explode for you!

        I did not help organize the first Ignite Phoenix. The two original organizers were shooting for a great success if 40 people showed up. The room went standing only with more than 100!

        I hope you run out of tickets!