TED’s Quirky Cousin

If TED Talks had a quirky cousin, it would be Ignite.

I just started browsing Ignite talks online, a series of five-minute talks structured around 20 slides — similar to Pecha Kucha. “Enlighten up, but make it quick,” is their tagline. (I’m late to the party: Jeff Hurt wrote about them eons ago on his blog.)

Ignite talks started in Seattle— where organizers are gearing up for Ignite Seattle 17, to be held on Aug. 19 — and have spread around the globe. Author and speaker Scott Berkun, whom we interviewed for the May issue, will be a presenter this year, and Berkun’s blog is where I was tipped off to industrial and graphic designer Mark Selander’s talk from 2010.

I think it’s terrific. It’s funny and tongue-in-cheek, but makes a serious point that would brilliantly kick-off a conference on, say, transportation planning. We can’t solve problems caused by the way we do things by doing more of the same things.

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3 Responses to TED’s Quirky Cousin

  1. thom singer says:

    Ignite is GREAT. I have participated in the Austin ignite (both as a speaker and an audience member). If there is an Ignite in your community, I recommend you attend.

  2. Barbara Palmer says:

    Thom, is your talk archived somewhere? Would love to see it!

  3. thom singer says:

    Barbara… here is the link to one of the Ignites. I also participated in a “Battle Decks” (which meant I had never seen the slides and had to to improv). I can’t find that video online, but it is funny.

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