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Jason Preston

Our next Ignite takes place at Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, October 7th!

We’re just about ready to close talk submissions, review, and select the speakers… so make sure to use our submit talk form before the end of the day on September 1st.

If you’re not sure what to submit, or how to increase your chances of being selected, you can check out this excellent talk from Ignite organizer Randy Stewart on how to pitch an ignite talk:

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What does Elvis have to do with the future. A lot, it turns out. Take a look inside the head of futurist Richard Yonck in this five-minute Ignite talk.

“Our future rarely turns out exactly the way we expect it to, either personally or on a global level. But there are strategies we can use in the face of inevitable and unexpected change.”

As a Foresight Analyst, I routinely explore the ways our world will change in the coming decades and how we might use this knowledge to create positive outcomes. I write for a range of publications including The Futurist Magazine, World Future Review, Wired, Fast Company and Psychology Today.

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A wonderful, concise, and helpful four step process to reaching no higher than 41st in Rock Band rankings. Yes, Rock Band the video game. And incidentally, life too. Daniel Lee at Ignite 24:

“Every 4 years, we have the privilege of watching the best athletes in the world compete on the grandest stage. To be 41st best in the world at snowboarding or hockey is one thing. To be in the 41st ranked Rock Band in the world? That’s a different story…”

Daniel Lee is a Data Ops Program Manager at Porch.com

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What do ancient curses and fairy tales have to do with everyday life? Are there actually lessons to be learned? Here’s what Abigail thinks.

“Once upon a time a girl moved to the big city because she liked the music scene that had been popular there almost 20 years before and because she figured it was as good a place as any to learn how to be a grown up. Sometimes the absurdity of ancient adventures is just the thing we all need to remind us that life does not move in straight lines.”

Abigail Anderson is a singer-songwriter. You can check out more about her at foxandphoenixrecords.com

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If you’ve ever wondered about what it’s like to run for political office, Noel Frame offers a five-minute glimpse into the life, and a few great tips on running your own campaign.

“In this talk I will break down the scary, overwhelming, black box that is running for office, by walking the audience through a handful of easy steps. 1) Pick a community, 2) Get involved, 3) Make sure “people in the know” know who you are, 4) Be ready to capture opportunity, 5) Go for it!”

Noel Frame ran for State Representative in District 36 in 2012. She is currently a Directory at Progressive Majority of Washington.

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What are the odds that Star Wars and Islam have much in common? Never quote me the odds.

“As an avid Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember and a Muslim, I’ve found some formidable similarities between the two. So much so, that I believe Islam, as it truly is– sans the media spin on it, can be perfectly explained by the Star Wars ethos.”

Husayn Raza is the Interactive Art Director at Publicis Seattle.

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Arcadiy Kantor: Change ALL the Passwords Without Pain, Misery and Suffering

July 17, 2014

When someone says “change all your passwords,” do you do it? Did you laugh after reading that sentence? Arcadiy tells us why this is sooooo hard, and what we might be able to do about it. “When vast swaths of the internet have their security breached, like in the recent Heartbleed bug, everyone shouts: “Change […]

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Yes for One Year: Confronting a Fear – Shauna Causey

January 22, 2013

Anyone who knows Shauna Causey in Seattle today would never have guessed that she faced a crippling fear of public speaking for years. One of Seattle’s iconic presences and very regular speakers, Shauna conquered her fear of public speaking by brute force: say “Yes” to speaking opportunities for one year. Shauna’s year long experience left […]

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