We are prepared, concise, and visual. We are Ignite Bainbridge.

After months of prep and hours of what felt like near-chaos, the performance Tuesday night was pure relief and delight. It was the second time our Bainbridge community had put on our own local flavor of the international trend called “Ignite”—a high-energy evening listening to many inspirational 5-minute talks, each accompanied by 20 slides. Ignite speakers need to be prepared, concise, and visual with their presentation, but not necessarily experienced or comfortable in their role. That’s what I love about Ignite—it’s a big challenge, but achievable if we care enough about what we want to share.

Leigh Calvez at Ignite Bainbridge 2

So who is Ignite Bainbridge? How does it get done? How is it changing? Our first Ignite a year ago was inspired by Beth Robson, who introduced the idea, guided the volunteers, and was our first emcee. It was amazing: 14 presentations, 150+ attendees, some essential sponsorships that kept costs down, an enthusiastic crowd at the mixers before and after the event, and videos on YouTube for each speaker by island filmmaker Steve Stolee.

For this year, we wanted to lock in a culture of community support for return performances. I think we made progress! Over 210 attendees, 16 presentations, new volunteers and sponsors, and stories in the local papers to promote the event. Alex Sanso set the tone with some beautiful updated designs for our materials. Lynn Smith, Karen Hallis, and Leigh Calvez were three volunteers who came to so many weekly meetings in the past couple months to manage promotion, food, ticketing and more. Bhama Roget, a dangerously funny frequent flier with the Edge Improv hosted the stage as our Emcee. Read the rest of this entry »

Save the date! Ignite Bainbridge 2 is coming back on May 14, 2013

We are excited to announce that Ignite Bainbridge 2 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Bainbridge Pavilion. The idea for Ignite Bainbridge was freshly hatched in late December 2011, and the first Ignite Bainbridge held on May 16, 2012 went beyond the wildest dreams of those early organizers. Fourteen speakers and more than 150 attendees celebrated stories, inspiration, and big ideas from our lives on Bainbridge Island or a bit beyond. Many of those 150 showed up early for the pre-party and came again for the post-party! We all got a chance to connect with the speakers, and we hope there were many who wondered if they might be the ones on stage “next time.”

So it’s time to start thinking about “next time!” If you have a topic you are passionate about, we highly encourage you to entertain the idea of speaking about it. No matter if this would be your first ever speaking experience, or if you tried to be a speaker but did not make it to the roster the first time around.  We even encourage the now-experienced “alumni” speakers to consider signing up again with a new topics. Read the rest of this entry »

Ignite Bainbridge 2 Postponed

Ignite Bainbridge 2 is postponed until early 2013. But this is just an excuse for you to submit more talk ideas, and hone your storytelling. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Intermission Interviews

Ignite Bainbridge Co-founder, Alex Sanso, elicits some feedback from the audience during the first ever Ignite Bainbridge evening, held May 16, 2012 at the Bainbridge Pavilion Cinema.

IGNITE is a fun, high-energy evening of 5-minute talks and socializing. The Ignite motto, “Enlighten us, but make it quick,” captures the spirit of the event. Speakers have only 20 slides, and 15 seconds per slide, to entertain and inform you!

IGNITE BAINBRIDGE (Island) was started in 2012 by Elisabeth Robson, Alex Sanso and OfficeXpats founders, Jason Omens and Leslie Schneider. Bainbridge Island is full of amazing and interesting people, and Ignite Bainbridge is a great way for you to meet those people and learn new things.

The first Ignite Bainbridge was held at the Bainbridge Pavilion on May 16, 2012 at the Bainbridge Pavilion Cinema, with a mixer before the event at OfficeXPats (2nd floor in the Pavilion).

Christine Castigliano: In Praise of Spontaneous Spark

Christine Castigliano tells how singing has helped her throughout her life and how we can use singing to confront our inner demons and doubts that keep us from being fully creative. As a writer, designer, singer and teacher, Christine’s lifelong passion is to uncover the jewels at the heart of a story, organization, or individual so they can shine.