Ignite Bainbridge 2

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Here are descriptions and video links to the talks at Ignite Bainbridge 2, on May 14, 2013.

  • Izzy SanchezIzzy Sanchez, The door that would not budge. In a true personal story, events taught me about how efforts, no matter how well-intended, are useless if they are not directed properly. I put a lot of effort in trying to pull a door open, only to realize, by accident, that the door easily opened by pushing. It’s a strong lesson that has guided my life since.
  • Marsha NovackMarsha Novak, How to Build a Better Brain. Our brains physically change throughout our lives- for better or worse- based on the input received. This the concept of neuro or brain plasticity. What can you do to build yourself a better brain?
  • Wendy HinmanWendy Hinman, We’re going to die! My husband and I paid off our mortgage and set sail aboard a 31-foot boat that fit our budget better than it fit my husband’s large frame, crossing the Pacific Ocean on two gallons of fuel. We never imagined we’d be gone for seven years or have so many “character-building” and near-death encounters. But we felt truly alive. We chucked a conventional life to pursue our dreams. At the end of our lives we won’t remember the safe moments, but instead the times when we pushed through our fears. Don’t wait. You need to follow yours, wherever they may lead.
  • Dani HemmetDani Hemmat, No One in Little House on the Prairie Needed Hip Replacement. We live longer, are more prosperous than any time in our history, yet we’ve got more health problems than ever before. How do we reverse the tsunami-like trend of hip, knee, shoulder and joint replacement? Why do we have so many aches and pains? Be prepared for a paradigm-shift that will help you see that it’s not how many hours you put in at the health club, it’s how you stand in line at the grocery store that makes the difference for your overall health.
  • Michael LibesMichael “Luni” Libes, Doing good, while doing good business.  The next “big thing” is business is the business of “good”. Businesses that make a better world. Businesses that treat workers like people. Businesses that care about all “stakeholders.” All while making a profit.
  • David FranklinDavid Franklin, Radical Men: Breaking the Myth of Masculinity & Redefining What it Means to be a Man. In light of the recent acts of violence committed by men in Clackamas, OR and Newtown, CT, it is undeniable that the crisis of masculinity has reached an all-time high. But the traits we have always assumed are inherent in men — violence, stoicism, inability to feel or communicate, preoccupation with sex, fierce competitiveness — are, in fact, not inherent in men, but rather a result of our cultural conditioning and how we have chosen to define masculinity.
  • Leigh CalvezLeigh Calvez, Salmon, Passion, and Entrepreneurialism. Recently, after the removal of the Elwah Dam, Chinook Salmon were sighted in the river for the first time in 100 years. These fish were not born in this river and so, according to popular knowledge, should not have returned to this river. But a few entreprenuerial fish, swimming to the beat of their own inner drum, have returned to re-establish the river. What if our passion, the desire to express our own piece of the puzzle, that stirs within each human heart, expressed by us as new entrepreneurial adventures, is nature acting through us in response to the global crisis we currently face?
  • Elisa RomeoElisa Romeo, Trusting the Irrational: Elisa grew up in an intellectual, analytical household with a scientist father and a mathematician mother. A mystical experience, where she left her physical body overturned her life and left her pondering the question: “What is real?” This question led her on a quest to some of the most famous psychologists, shamans and thinkers in the world. She discovered there is more to our reality than our minds can possibly fathom. Are you able to trust the irrational truths in your life?
  • Steve BradySteve Brady, Must have food: Most of what I have been eating for the last 55 years isn’t good for me and provides me with little nutrition – so I have to eat lots of it. Our stores are filled with isle after isle of dead food. We have no problem consuming chemicals that we can’t even pronounce yet it is considered dangerous by many to consume raw milk. We are a well educated group of people and we deserve to have better options. What might that look like?
  • Richard Packard, How Some Lucky Cats are Changing Our Brains: Richard PackardIn 1969, there were some experimental lab cats who should’ve died.  They didn’t.  Not only did they go on to live a comfortable life after their close call, but by living, they caught the attention of some (fortunately, for them) bright young researchers who wanted to know why.  What they saw has resulted in very profound changes in what we believed was possible to do with our own brains.  This is the story not only of those cats, but what we have learned from them, and what they’ve done to change how we can now treat many common human problems — more safely, more effectively, and more comfortably.
  • Bill McClain, Enlightened Marketing = Cause Marketing:  Bill McClainTraditional marketing pushes products and services with advertising and promotion. (In the extreme, think about TV pitch men yelling and selling.) More enlightened marketers recognize the value in creating a deeper connection with consumers, based on trust and commitment to a shared mission. That’s why Cause Marketing works so well. Cause Marketing brings for-profit brands together with non-profits for the benefit of both. When done right — in a genuine and transparent manner — everyone wins: the company spends less on traditional marketing while building a stronger, more valuable brand; the non-profit benefits from elevated visibility and greater resources; and the consumer is engaged in furthering a cause that matters.
  • Chiara Patricio, Coal: Counting the cost: Chiara PatricioThe impact of Puget Sound Energy’s coal plant from the point of view of an 18 year old high school senior who has spoken at the the XL pipeline solidarity rallies.
  • Robert Weschler, Ride Sharing to Stardom: Robert WeschlerHow a ride-sharing system for 93 Bainbridge Chorale members to attend rehearsal every week was created and how this process might serve as a model to ignite ride sharing throughout the island on an ongoing basis.
  • Leif HansenPlayformation: The Zombie Resistance Revolution’s Most Powerful Weapon. Leif HansenYou’ve been sitting for hours in front of a screen. Again.  What has really changed, what kind of lasting, meaningful impact have those Youtube videos, Facebook updates, and blog posts had?  And, on your deathbed, will you be grateful about this use of your time?  Oh, and what has happened to your brain?  Is it being slowly, stealthily nibbled away by brain-hungry zombies?  Perhaps it’s time to remember the superpowers that brought you so much joy, growth and vitality as you were growing up.  Are you done growing up?  We hope not!
  • Alex Kraft, Good bugs, bad bugs. Alex KraftThe discovery of antibiotics launched the “war on bugs”, but new research is showing how critical some bacteria are to our health and survival. Come learn how to grow good bugs and keep bad bugs at bay.
  • Christine Castigliano, The Pursuit of Joy.  Christine CastiglianoEverybody wants to be happy; it’s even in our constitution. Yet joy takes us to another level. What is the difference between happiness and joy? Where does joy come from? I’ll sing about ways to cultivate, grow and share joy.


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