Are you excited for the next installment of Ignite San Diego? Curious about these titles? Get a peek behind the curtain at what you can expect on Thursday, October 5 as each of these speakers has the opportunity to take the stage for just five minutes to educate, intrigue or inspire you!
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And in no particular order:
Nicola Peill-Moelter – The Circuitous Journey of a Tree-Hugging Capitalist – Your dream career is never out of reach. Mine, as an environmental sustainability professional, took me twenty-five years to realize. But my experiences and lessons learned along my circuitous journey have given me unexpected skills and insights about people and business. My learnings have inspired a vision of our future in which people, businesses and the planet can thrive in harmony.
Jason Bechtel – You Are a Language Machine – You’re *not* bad at languages! Homo sapiens are language machines! It’s what we do, automatically, every day with our native tongues. And you can use this superpower to learn any language you want.
Max Rosenthal – Section 5250 and Me – My journal notes from the 14 day lock up in a psychiatric ward.
Barbara Khozam – Why Don’t You Like Me? (My Battle With Approval Addiction) – Have you ever backed down from expressing your opinion for fear of being judged by others? Have you ever felt self-conscious about being over or under dressed? Have you chosen a major, gotten married, stayed married, had children to please your family or friends? According to research 99.8% of the population has Approval Addition: Addiction to the approval of other people. In this speech you’ll learn 3 steps you can implement immediately to deal with this addiction today!
Sherry Nouraini – My Horton Helped Me Hear the Who, Yours Can Help You Too! – Ever get into arguments with people on Facebook only to leave the conversation thinking “they’re just stupid”? Yep, that used to be me, until, because of a series of fortunate events, I learned to recognize my own biases and see other people’s point of view differently. What does that have to do with Horton? You’ll have to come and find out!
Beth Accomando – Zombies for Humanity: No Brains, Big Hearts – Zombies — in both film and literature — have consistently been used over the decades and around the globe to explore social issues such as racism, classism, consumerism as well as the fundamental issue of what makes us human. They are the perfect blank canvas for social commentary and for exploring our deepest, darkest fears.
Karin Zirk – Why Myths Matter – Myths are woven into our culture. From the Wizard of Oz to the President of the United States, we live in a landscape drenched in mythic symbols, stories, and art. Yet most people consider a myth to be a lie, something to expose and defeat. What if there is a way to embrace true and not true at the same time? What if the myths in which we live are molding our thoughts and actions, coloring our past and creating our future? What if we are mythic beings?
Denise St. Onge – Why America Needs Compulsory National Service – Denmark, Sweden, Norway…the happiest countries in the World! Why? They all have compulsory national service. A sense of common goals for the greater good. Could America become ‘great again’ through a National Service Program?
Kevin Corcoran – A Life-Changing Lesson from Farting in Yoga… – If you are anything like me, you’ve probably been scared to let one rip in public. I spent my entire life squeezing my legs, sucking in my stomach, and awkwardly coughing at just the right time to avoid indecent exposure. It wasn’t until I accidentally farted in yoga that I learned an incredibly valuable lesson: by opening our legs we can open our minds.
Luke Schrotberger – How My Dead Dad Helped Me Become an Ironman – After my Dad died, I struggled with grief and depression as I tried to imagine life without him. To my surprise, he helped me go from an indulgent, carefree lifestyle to completing one of the most difficult single-day sporting events in the world, an Ironman Triathlon.
Robb “Latz” Latimer – Why Men Should be Feminists – There is a War Against Women in this Country! The true definition of a feminist is: Any person who believes in the social political & economic equality of the genders! The time has come for men & women to join together as Feminists & REALLY make America great again.
Brooke Binkowski – Journalism in the Age of Disinformation – The managing editor of fake news busters snopes.com is a career journalist who has observed the world of misinformation and disinformation for years. She has ideas on how to deal with it! Come listen to what they are.
Bob Cunningham – How I Stopped Hating Social Media and Used it to Write Novels, One Post at a Time – I despise social media; Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, all of them. I also avoid “creative writing”, scarred by harsh high school experiences. Then I found a social media platform that set me free; I fell into it heart-first. To my utter astonishment, I used it to write two novels, one post at a time.
Sarah Elizabeth Richards – Did 23andMe Steal My Will to Live? – San Diego is the genomics capital of the word, and new discoveries have fueled diagnostic tests that tell us whether we are genetically predisposed to health conditions from lactose intolerance to breast cancer. I recently took the popular 23andMe test and learned how likely I am to develop Alzheimer’s, an incurable disease that cruelly killed my great-grandmother at age 62. I will use my story to ask: How much do we really want to know? And will it improve our lives in this new Information Age?
Abby Heilbron – “Treat Your Mom Right – She’ll Probably be the one to Bail you out of Jail Someday,” And Other Lessons the Golden Girls Taught Me – Who knew that four little old ladies and a lanai would have such a lasting impact on who I am as an adult?! Snarkiness, compassion and the importance of cheesecake are just a few of the valuable lessons imparted on me by Dorothy, Blanche, Rose & Sophia (The Golden Girls)!
Chris Hammell – Patience, Panic, and Prayer: The Life of an Action Figure Collector – Ever wonder why you can’t find that Batman action figure little Billy wants? Toys R Us, Walmart, and Target don’t have it. You’ve gone to amazon.com and ebay.com only to find that figure selling for a price you will call disgusting when you retell the story to your friends. Can you find little Billy that Batman figure he wants so badly or will you be frustrated and forced to fork over an inflated fee? As an action figure collector, it’s a question I ask myself every week as I try to hunt down the Batman figure before you can buy it for Billy.
Amanda Qassar – Jeff Bezos Wants Your Soul: or, Why I Hate Amazon (and You Should Too!) – Amazon has become synonymous with ease and affordability. The site accounts for nearly half of all on-line purchases. And yet, this convenience comes at a great price, leading to damaging communities, objectified workers, loss of privacy, and, counter-intuitively, less choice for consumers.
Ada Powers – Why You Should Date Your Boss, Your Friends, And Your Mom – Why do we treat romantic relationships like the most important ones we have? How can we bring that kind of mindfulness and negotiation to the rest of our social lives? And what kinds of rewarding connections do we miss out on when we can only conceive of a few ways to relate to people? Let’s explore some uncommon metaphors for thinking about relationships.