Since Ignite San Diego #7 is right around the corner, we thought we’d give you a little peek behind the curtain at the talks you’re about to hear and see. (By the way, tickets are going fast, so if you haven’t purchased yours yet, NOW is the time!)
In no particular order, here are the talk teasers:
All I Need To Know I Learned In Prison – Jennifer Myers
Jennifer talks about the power of the choices we make and learning how to make better ones, with an underlying, important theme of restorative justice, prison advocacy, and youth empowerment told through the eyes of her experience of going from an all-American girl, to trafficking marijuana, to her incarceration in a federal prison camp, to living a life of integrity and purpose.
Child Free and Happy! – Edna Nerona
She’s known as the ONE “who did NOT give my parents grandchildren!” When her parents repeatedly and emphatically said that child rearing was VERY hard, very serious, and very draining — she believed them! When people find out that she and her husband don’t have kids, they get berated for their choice. They are not heartless human beings. Their decision was made with care, clarity, and respect. Edna will share the insights that led to being ‘child free and happy.’
Tomfoolery: From Lawyer Land to Clown Town – Tommy Galan
Learn how a New York lawyer used the concepts of improv to quit his life, and become a clown 3000 miles away from home. What’s on the other side of risk? What happens when we make big moves? And how to deal with the ups and downs of major life changes through the eyes of a fool who moved from Lawyer Land to Clown Town.
Burritos are Ten-Dimensional – Scott Cole
The burrito is unrivaled in taco shop fare: tasty, cheap, diverse, and filling. Though several of these cylinders are consumed across San Diego every second, we don’t fully understand what makes a great burrito great. We have defined a ten-dimensional system to evaluate over 300 burritos across San Diego county. In an effort to limit the number of tragedies of burrito dissatisfaction, we publicly share our empirical burrito data.
How to Actually Solve Homelessness in San Diego – Dennis Stein
Last year Dennis teamed up with a homeless man named Tony to make a documentary about how to solve this issue in San Diego. After consulting with 40+ experts locally, as well as in Houston, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and L.A., we have found the answers. It isn’t impossible – come learn how to do it.
Living in My Car Made Me Happier – Westley Dang
Westley is a scientist who lived in his car for two years to explore meaning of life. It was supposed to be a one year experiment, but he continued because he discovered that he lived a deeper, more fulfilling life without an apartment while still being a completely normal person! Come learn about how this experiment changed Westley’s life, and how to make it big in a small space.
Bring Your “G” game…and Don’t Forget the Schnauzer – Joon S. Han
For many it was always good times with the thimble, top hat or scottie; for others it was a dreadful everlasting marathon of animosity. Whether you relished the role of cutthroat real estate mogul of little plastic houses or just remember rolling doubles like crazy to get out of the pokey – the game of Monopoly at the world championship level is chock full of wonderful secrets for success. No really, there’s a world championship of Monopoly and its lessons are powerful for all of us!
Why Your Kids are Suffering From Your Love – Sandi Schwartz
In the name of LOVE parents do some crazy things. They yell, threaten, punish, spank and time-out because they confuse worry and ego with love. In a ‘San Diego minute’ moms and dads can learn how to handle daily challenges with authentically loving responses and stop driving themselves and their kids crazy!
I Adopted A Teenager and SURVIVED! – Mary Canady
When she turned 40, Mary decided to begin my journey to adopt a child from San Diego County Adoptions. When she learned how many older children were available, I decided to take the ultimate leap and take in a 13-year old girl. I met and was helped along my journey by many amazing social workers, court appointed special advocates (CASAs), mentors, other single parents, and friends, and realized that my own family had helped me build my own “village” to raise my daughter who is now in college.
The One Single Reason Society Doesn’t Work – Ken Afan
We, as a highly social species, have a need to keep close and personal relationships with other people. We care enough about the people in our inner circle to where a loss of someone in that circle would deeply affect us. Having one person in this circle would be great. Five people? Even better. But what about 100 people? There’ll be a certain point where you wouldn’t care if you lose one. So how many people would it take before you stopped caring? It turns out that there’s an actual number.
Sex Ed 101: WOW, I Did Not Know That! – Mark Halvorson
Did you know our 5 sexual characteristics are shaped by hormones that are only 80% reliable and this produces our sexual diversity? And what are those 5 characteristics? Did you know that being straight is a superset of being gay? Wait, what? What’s “laying cable” and what’s the Male Confusion Attack? Find out, and get a “happy ending” too!
Run, Poke, Pray: What To Do When An Animal’s Trying to Kill You – Jessica Vogelsang
Ever wonder what to do if you get charged by an elephant? What about a warthog? In ten years of travel I’ve been counseled by some of the best guides in the world about how to not get killed by the deadliest creatures on earth. I haven’t been killed yet so I must be doing something right!
The Lies Our Toys Sell – Courtney Harmon
Barbie and Courtney never really saw eye to eye; she and her plastic peers obsessed over fashion and beauty, while Courtney was captivated by art and digging in the garden for insects. The toy market is designed to divide children by gender rather than their interests, and a branding system of pink for girls and blue for boys clearly distinguishes who is allowed on which side. Courtney has been on a playful quest to expose the gender stereotypes sold to children and to design more expansive possibilities.
Special Needs Children Are Not Your Inspiration – Alexis Record
Have you ever seen a special needs child and not known what to say? Have you ever been accused of ableism when you tried to reach out? As a mom of special needs kids, Alexis will discuss the basic things she wishes people knew.
Wooly Bits: The Binary of Knitting – Lindsay LaShell
Knitting and computer engineering have a lot in common. In their simplest forms, there are 1s and 0s, or knits and purls. That’s it. All of the digital apps, tools, experiences, socks and sweaters in the world are built from combinations of those essential elements. I’ll talk about simplicity and complexity, collaboration and isolation, mistakes and beauty, and probably get you hooked.
The Life-Changing Magic of Losing Your Shit – Kyle Bowe
Millions are made annually in support of our society’s obsession with maintaining the appearance of “having our shit together” We’ve all felt the pressure of having to maintain that carefully constructed illusion. In this presentation, Kyle aims to alter our perception of this phenomena by showcasing the magic that can happen when we let things fall apart.
Pretty awesome talks, right? Don’t miss out…Grab your tickets before they’re gone! We can’t wait to Ignite with you May 11!